How To Rescue Your Bleached Hair

*Written by Meghan Angelica Paul 

It’s a new year and that means time for a new hairstyle! I’ve wanted purple hair for almost 2 years now and I’ve yet to get it done due to the fear of damaging my hair holding me back!

Have you seen what damaged bleached hair looks like? Can you say nastyyy?

What is Bleaching? 

A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia that is used to lighten your natural hair colour through the process of oxidization. If used separately can be unstable or slow down the lightening process.

Heads up, “peroxide-free” products do still contain other oxidizing agents that can and will damage your hair.

If you’re wondering why your hair gets damaged, bleach actually removes the natural moisture from your hair.

Here’s some help on how to deal with bleached hair: 

Wash Less

This might sound a little icky, but you need to wash your hair less. By less I’m talking about twice a week for at least a month! Your hair is already stripped of moisture by shampooing it so often just staphhh! Try out a shampoo that isn’t too intense instead.

Tip: Try out The L’Oreal Professionnel Total Repair! 

L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Shampoo, RM 15.90, Available at Guardian.
Condition, condition, condition 

Make this your mantra for the next 3 months. Not even kidding. You need to feed your hair as much moisture as you can! Don’t overdo it. On the days that you’re not even shampooing, wet your hair and condition anyway!

Tip: Use Redken’s Conditioner and smooth out your hair!

Redken All Soft Conditioner, RM210, Available at SHINS.
Put A Mask On It 

Nope, we don’t mean a mask for your face. Give a mask for your hair a try! You cannot imagine the wonders it could do for your hair. Applying a mask every few days, when you have damaged hair, could potentially speed up the healing process.

Tip: Slap on some Melvita hair mask and relax your damaged hair away!

Melvita Repairing Concentrated Mask, RM122.
Let It Breathe

Stop whatever colouring, bleaching, heating, curling, and straightening you’re doing! Just stop! You need to give your hair time to breathe and do it’s thaaang. Overworking it would not only damage it further but lengthen the healing process.

Tip: Store away the blow dryer, straightener, and curler. Don’t touch it until your hair is healthy as a horse.

Oil That Baby Up

Nothing says moisture like au naturale oil! Coconut oil is one of the best for hair as it not only strengthens but moisturizes and promotes growth! HOLY GRAIL.

Best way to use this is to massage some coconut oil into your hair and sleep on it. If you’re worried about ruining your pillow case, put a small towel on your pillow.

Tip: Properly wash out the coconut oil the next morning! Invest in some Rainforest Herbs Coconut Oil!

Rainforest Herbs Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 500ml, RM47.70. Available at coconutoilmalaysia.

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