A Beginner’s Guide to Hair Care and Bleaching

By Lily and Elena

Taking care of your hair, especially after dying or bleaching it, is extremely important. You have to be careful with your hair, and it’s an absolute necessity that you learn to take care of it. There’s risks involved with dying and bleaching, and the only way to avoid some of those consequences is if you learn about your hair and are careful.

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Importance of Hair Care

Taking care of your hair is a must, especially if you’re going to be dyeing it or bleaching it. 

Frequent hair dye-ers will know the damage and risk that comes with dyeing your hair. We’ve all watched one too many girls on youtube melt their hair off with bleach, and that’s not anyone’s goal. 

There are steps you can take before and after the bleaching process to minimize damage, avoid breakage, and keep your hair looking healthy as before. 

The color you want is not more important than the health of your hair. No hair color looks good on frizzled damaged hair, and it’s extremely important you remember this during the process.

I know we all want to go from black to blonde sometimes, but that’s just not probable, especially if your hair is dyed black or has already been processed multiple times. Focus on the health of your hair and find a middle point for a while until you can get it all the way to where you want. 

I promise the healthier your hair is, the happier you will be. 

Bleaching Risks

There are many more risks to bleaching than there is to dyeing or toning your hair. It’s important that your hair is healthy enough to be bleached before you do it.

If you have virgin hair, the number one thing you can do to minimize any chance of breakage is pay attention to the instructions. You’re starting off with strong, untouched hair, and as long as you follow the step you can use pretty much any volume developer for as long as you need – in the realm of the instructions. 

If you have already processed hair, especially already bleached hair this can be a dangerous thing to do. Make sure your hair is healthy enough to be bleached and you haven’t bleached it too recently.

If you have already processed hair don’t go for the 40 volume developer and definitely do not bleach it more than twice, specifically in the same day. If you can’t get the lift you need, find that middle ground and give it time to heal up. 

If you take proper care of your hair by following the rest of these tips you can minimize the damage and risk of bleaching your hair. None of us wanna be that girl on youtube with her hair melted off, so let’s do this right. 

Before Bleaching

There are steps you can take in order to minimize the damage done and the chance of breakage.

First off, an easy one, don’t wash your hair before you plan to bleach. I normally don’t wash my hair for a whole week before I am planning on going into a bleaching session to really let my hair’s natural oils do its job on healthing my hair and protecting it while it’s being bleached.

If you normally wash your hair every other day or every day then you probably don’t need to go a whole week. Instead, try going at least 3 days without washing before bleaching. Your natural grease is a big saver in helping your hair. And if you can afford to do anything, it’s definitely this. 

Another important step before bleaching your hair is putting some oils in the night before to protect it. I (Lily) normally opt for putting coconut oil in my hair the night before and sleeping in that. I find coconut oil the best to use because I feel like it really gets into my hair and I can get more of it for cheaper. 

An important part of this is not washing the oil you are using out of your hair when you’re bleaching. Yes, it might make sense to want to do this, but the coconut oil will help protect and take care of your hair without preventing it from lifting. 

These two steps above are a must before anyone goes bleaching their hair, they are cheap and easy and we promise you will see healthier results when you use these.

People who have already processed hair especially, may want to take some extra steps. We recommend having done all the aftercare steps up until your bleach, to maximize the health of your hair, and have waited at least 6 months before doing a bleaching session again. I know it’s tempting but you have to take care of your hair and let it heal before you go into bleaching. 

We recommend also using a protectant that you add to your bleach to minimize damage. Most have multiple steps. The most well known of these is olaplex, but that can be a bit expensive. Take a look in your local hair store and I’m sure there can be many great two or three step products pointed out to you that are great olaplex dupes. 

Before you bleach, you definitely want to do a strand test to see how your hair reacts. One strand breaking is much preferable to a whole head and you wanna have an idea of how long you need to keep the bleach on to get to a level you want without breakage.

Remember to always read the instructions that come with your bleach; if you don’t the results could be devastating. 

After Bleaching

You’ve bleached your hair, and no matter how damaged it is, it is time to take care of it. We can’t stress the importance, even if you think your hair isn’t that damaged. It definitely is. Depending on how damaged your hair is you may need to do more or less of these tips.

First off, another free one that actually will save money, wash your hair less. You need to let your natural oils do their job. I recommended washing your hair twice a week at most to really give it time to let those oils seep in and heal it. If you’re used to washing your hair more frequently, slowly drag it out to this point so it doesn’t look like a greasy mess. Once your hair adjusts, it will be a lot better. 

I can’t recommend doing this enough. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s a great natural way to take care of your hair. But, this won’t be enough. 

Get a good shampoo and conditioner. This is what you’re going to be using on your hair the most frequently and it’s worth it to splurge a little. But don’t worry, you don’t have to. Do some research and find a good product for your hair. Make sure you’re getting products free of sulfate, alcohols and other nasty ingredients that won’t only be helping your hair.

Take the time to find the product that’s going to work for you. And deep condition your hair every shower. We all know to keep the conditioner on for a while, but especially after just bleaching your hair I recommend keeping it on for 10 or 20 minutes to really let it do its job. Always keep it on for at least 5 minutes to really take care of your hair. 

Hair masks and serums are also a really great idea for taking care of your hair. The right ones can really help nurture and heal your hair. Follow the instructions on a great one you find and I recommend keeping it on as long as possible. If your hair is really damaged, sleep in one once a week. If you’ve bleached it recently at all, sleep in one at least once a month to continue to nurture that hair.

Coconut oil is also a great product if you really can’t afford all the” fancy” ones. Leave it in overnight and wash it out in the morning to make sure your hair is getting that nurturing it needs. It’s a great product you can get for cheap in bulk and I highly recommend using it at the very least. 

Even if you haven’t bleached your hair, coconut oil is still really good to use. Bleaching isn’t the only way your hair can get damaged, and it can protect your hair from damage.

Another great product to get is a protein treatment. This is a must for hair that gets gummy or stringy because of damage, but I recommended it for all levels of damaged hair. You just stripped a lot of your hair’s strength out and it’s fragile after bleaching. It’s important to put some of that protein back in. Go to your local beauty store and pick up a treatment. It will change your hair. 

One more risk free cost free option for taking care of damaged hair is also an important tip. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet. Your hair is more vulnerable when wet. Don’t make the mistake of brushing through it and letting your hair snap off. Be gentle and if you absolutely absolutely have to brush it when wet make sure to use a very wide toothed comb. I recommend getting a brush or comb with flexible bristles to avoid ripping your weak hair out. 

Follow these tips, do your treatments, be smart, and you will end up with happier healthier hair. Bleaching is extremely damaging and risky so make sure you know what you are doing and take care of your hair afterwards. Bleaching your own hair is cost effective and very fun, but don’t forget to take care of it so you can continue to have that fun in the future. 

Thanks so much for reading this article! I hope you learned a lot on how to take good care of your hair and are more ready than ever to bleach it! Comment down below some of your favorite hair products to help out others looking to maximize hair health! If you enjoyed this article, please leave a like so we know to write more on this subject. If you enjoy our content, follow our blog and subscribe to our rss feed to get notified every time we post. For more content, check out our social media and join our patreon, all of which will be linked down below. I know we originally had an article on the history of the BLM movement scheduled and don’t worry, that will be coming your way soon! We just delayed it to make sure we did our absolute best and to make sure it was an article that was really ready to be posted! Stay safe everyone, and as always; keep on overachieving!

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