What Happens When You Bleach Your Hair + Hairology

I repeat "Unless you're a natural blonde your hair will always lighten up as a orangey tone first"

Hair bleaching is a chemical hair dye technique that strips the natural color of your hair strands. Bleaching begins with an alkaline agent that opens up the hair cuticle. Next comes the oxidative agent that penetrates the hair cortex and dissolve the hair is natural melanin. The longer you leave this agent in your hair, the lighter in color your hair becomes. Your hair can either light into a yellow or reddish tone depending on your natural tone and then eventually lighten to platinum blonde.

Everything can make your hair feel like it’s texture is less soft, and this is due to the fact that bleaching the hair changes the porosity and elasticity of the hair. When your hair is more porous, this means that the hair cuticle is more open, and will continue to open, become a split and and eventually break off if left untreated. 

Damage can also result from the bleaching chemicals that penetrate the hair shaft, they also break down natural fatty acids, which results in a week or hair strand.

Can can damage hair be healed

Technically speaking, no. However there are ways in which you can damage your hair less and if your hair is already damaged there is a way to treat it. Let’s take a look down below.

What is damaged hair:

Damaged hair means that the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair strand has been opened this in turn  can cause split ends.

Whether your hair has been damaged through bleaching or through hot tools or because you’ve rough with your hair and there is a solution to help with you. 

Try This:

A pre-shampoo and conditioning treatment will pump your hair with moisture, making it more elastic and less likely to snap.

When your hair cuticle is damaged it is more vulnerable to moisture evaporation this is a particular hazard during heat styling. Heat protectant spray’s and serums will help shield your hair from moisture evaporation under blow drying and hot tools.

Wear a light weight protective spray or serum throughout the day. These products to help keep your strength hydrated, shiny and shielded from the environmental damage such as pollution, air conditioning, central heating, wind and UV rays. They were also helps heal your cuticles minimizing moisture evaporation from your strands.

Invest in a good conditioner this will help flatten the cuticle, ceiling moisture, reduce nuts, and add shine. To help prevent breakage, gently detangle your  hair, straight from the end and gradually working up to your roots. Do not pull  hard or your hair will snap.

On the upside there is always styling products that will help with whatever we cannot control with our hair.

How bleaching works

Bleach strips the pigment from your hair shaft through the process of oxidation. It is impossible to make your hair a lighter shade without the help of bleaching  (oxidizing agent).

Hydrogen peroxide an ammonia are the most commonly used bleaching agent. They are often mixed together because when you separately, they are unstable and very slow and lightning the hair. Do not be fooled by manufacturers he use peroxide free labels as a way to promote their products as “hair friendly?. Although these may not contain peroxide they will contain another oxidizing agent, which can be just as damaging to your hair.

Why Does Bleaching Damage Your Hair?

Bleaching raises your hairs (outer layer)cuticle to allow the bleaching agent to fully penetrate. Repetition of this can permanently raise the cuticle, which allows rapid and continuous loss of moisture from hair.

Bleached hair is also more porous, and therefore more vulnerable to other chemical and non-chemical hazards. These include everything from heat styling with blow drying, and tongs, to the effects of sun, rain and wind.

Well all bleaching agent have a damaging effect on your hair as proteins structure, this is intensified each time the process is undertaken. So the more often you bleach or highlight your hair the more damaged it will be. 

Things You Need To Know About Bleaching

  1. If done incorrectly or carelessly, bleaching can lead to disastrous results, such as breakage, burning, and discoloration.
  2. Bleach works best on virgin or unprocessed hair. As an expert I recommend “not processing your hair for at least three months before bleaching it.”
  3. Your hair is more susceptible to damage if you hair undergos intense hair treatments, like straightening treatment, and then bleaching it immediately after.
  4. Manage your expectations and do your research to determine whether the desired shade is even possible. If you have black or brown hair one round of bleach will give you bright blonde hair.
  5. People with dark hair I should plan to space out their bleaching sessions over the course of several months, that means a blonde hair color will not be instantaneous.
  6. Think of bleached hair as an investment. If you’re on the Internet searching how to reach her at home in the hopes of cutting cost you might want to take a moment to really think about your decision. Hair salons will consider this a color correction which can cost you more than if you would’ve gone to the hair salon in the first place.
  7. A guest at a salon should know before bleaching their hair that they’re making a commitment to take responsibility for caring for their hair, it is both a financial and time commitment.
  8. The work doesn’t stop once your hair is lightened, just as it’s important to get your hair in the right condition for bleach, it’s also important to keep your hair healthy after bleaching. The condition the hair is left in is the most important factor.
  9. A recommendation is alternating between moisture and proteins shampoos and conditioners, adding a purple shampoo and conditioner into your  ritual to prevent the blonde from turning into a brassy color and using a microfiber towel to dry your hair. Remember to gently dab your hair dry don’t twist or rub.
  10. The recommendation your stylist gives you in regards to products and handling of the hair is key to the long-term success of beautiful lightened hair. You should check in with your stylist three or four weeks after bleaching your hair to make sure your hair is still healthy.

Quick tip:

Apply a deep conditioning mask to damp, freshly shampooed hair, then put a shower cap over it for about 20 minutes.

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