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Treating Bleach-Damaged Hair

With the desire for luscious golden locks reaching an all-time high, many people are turning to bleach as a solution; however, they don’t realise the damage they’re doing to their otherwise healthy hair. When you bleach your hair, you are effectively stripping the hair of its natural colour and run the risk of seriously damaging the cuticle; the cuticle is known to protect hair colour.

As you may have guessed, the length of time you expose your hair to the bleach will impact on the amount of damage you cause to your hair. If you have already bleached your hair, you will probably already know that bleaching can often leave the hair feeling incredibly brittle and prone to serious breakage, even during daily routines such as brushing.

In this article we will be discussing a few ways that you can help to revive your hair after a bleaching session.

Miss a Day between Shampoos

A classic yet fatal mistake many people make after bleaching their hair is shampooing every day. Our advice? Try not to! If your hair is prone to greasiness then this may be difficult but by skipping shampooing you allow the natural oils from the scalp to surface and coat the hair, providing adequate moisture.

In addition to this, it is advised to rinse the hair with cool water as opposed to hot water in order to avoid damaging and drying out the hair even more. When you do shampoo, ensure that you only use products designed to strengthen damaged hair. It is also recommended to dilute the shampoo you use with water before applying to help avoid worsening the damage already caused to your hair. There are a lot of products on the market that help to revive and strengthen hair, including Dermalogica’s Shine Therapy shampoo which contains rich oils and botanical extracts in order to deliver an adequate amount of shine. It also helps to purify and revitalise the scalp.

Apply Olive Oil

If you’re looking for a homemade remedy, why not try applying olive oil to your recently bleached hair? By doing so, you will be providing your locks with moisture as well as helping to seal the cuticle in order to prevent further damage. According to livestrong, olive oil also contains vitamin E and several antioxidants which help to protect the hair from every day elements. To use, simply apply generously to hair and shampoo out after waiting approximately 30 minutes. For best results, it is advised to wear a shower cap during the sitting.


It may smell bad, but mayonnaise proves to be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to bleach-damaged hair due to the fact that it acts as a heavy conditioning treatment. Mayo can add adequate moisture back into the hair during recovery and you only need to apply once a week! Simply wash your and then apply from roots to ends using roughly a quarter of a cup of mayo. Depending on the severity of the damage, leave on for around 15-60 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Style as normal. Like the above, for best results it is advised to wear a shower cap during the sitting.

These are just three of the tips you can follow in order to treat your bleach-damaged hair. Can you think of anymore that you’ve tried?

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