While freshly-bleached hair can make us look and feel brighter and shinier, unfortunately, the frizz, dryness and damage that goes along with coloring hair can have the opposite effect. Keep reading to find out which 10 products could help save your frazzled tresses.
Bleach Does Damage Hair
Here is what bleach does to hair. In order to get your hair to that blond color you want, bleach puts your hair through a pretty harrowing process. The process begins by the bleach opening up the hair cuticle, then penetrating the hair shaft and dissolving your hair’s natural color and natural fatty acids.
What is the result? You get hair follicles that are more porous, making your hair both drier and more prone to breaking.
Luckily, repairing bleach-damaged hair doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you have the right products and take a multi-step approach to tackle the multiple issues of dryness, damage, and loss of shine.
10 Best Products for Bleach-Damaged Hair
These products will tackle those issues all while protecting the color of your freshly dyed strands so you can increase the time between hairdresser visits.
Possibly one of the most celebrated products for repairing color-damaged hair, Olaplex No. 3 is the at-home version of the brand’s famous in-salon repairing system. Using ingredient bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate to actively repair broken hair bonds, Olaplex No. 3 is designed to undo the damage that bleach and heat styling do to hair.
Use once a week for strands that feel noticeably stronger and healthier. Note that this is very much a repairing treatment, not a conditioning one. To add moisture back into hair, look for products with emollient ingredients, such as oils.
And finally, lock in all that moisture, at the same time as adding healthy shine, with a leave-in conditioner, such as IGK’s Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm. Containing shea butter, coconut and argan oils to moisturize, this yummy-smelling balm is combed through lengths and ends to hydrate hair, soften and add UV protection (all important for preventing color fade).
If you want an oil that can be left in your hair overnight before washing it out, look for a specially-designed hair oil, such as Ouai’s Rose Hair & Body Oil, which, not only smells amazing, but also contains a blend of shea, apricot kernel and sunflower seed oils to moisturize. Use either as a leave-in treatment before shampooing or to run through lengths and ends to tame frizz on styled hair.
Alternatively, the perfect oil for those who like their haircare on the natural side, French pharmacies find that Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse contains more than 98% naturally-derived ingredients, such as hazel seed, olive fruit, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils to nourish strands. Spritz onto your hairbrush before combing through hair for instant shine, or use as a treatment before shampooing.
After getting your hair’s moisture levels up with an overnight treatment such as a hair oil, make sure to avoid moisture loss by choosing a sulphate-free shampoo to gently cleanse your strands without stripping them.
Since sulphates (look for ingredients like sodium laureth sulphate on the shampoo label) are such an effective detergent, they can actually strip protective oils from the hair, which, in turn, can allow moisture (and hair color) to leave the hair follicle.
A sulphate-free shampoo, such as R + Co’s Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo uses gentle sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate to cleanse while protecting hair. The addition of vitamin B5, glycerin and prickly pear root extract also helps to soften and condition.
This candy-scented, orange-hued oil contains sesame, poppy seed, jojoba, olive fruit and carrot oils to add moisture and shine to my parched strands, without weighing it down. Hair Revive Elixir containing seaweed extract, this is great before washing hair (or even mixed with a little hair mask) and leaves hair softer and nourished.
This silicone and oil based serum which also contains the active ingredient used in the brand’s repairing treatments- bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate- to fix broken hair bonds, while corn, moringa and pomegranate oils moisturise. You’ll get immediate shine and softening effect, as well as some seriously tamed flyaways. Oils like this is a must-have for bleach damaged hair.
Less custom but equally effective is Briogeo’s Conditioning Hair Mask, which contains B vitamins, algae, rosehip and argan oils, as well as biotin to repair strands, all while moisturizing.
After washing out any conditioner or hair masks, take extra care to carefully dry your strands because, when wet, hair follicles swell, allowing hair color and moisture to leave each strand.
Instead of reaching straight for the hair dryer, though, remove the majority of water from hair with a specially designed towel like Aquis’ Rapid Dry Hair Towel, which also cuts drying time.
While many blondes turn to purple-hued shampoos to tone down any orange shades in hair, you don’t have to undo all that good work of moisturizing, conditioning and using sulphate-free shampoos by turning to a drugstore purple shampoo.
Products such as Kiss My Brass! or IGK’s Mixed Feelings are concentrated purple drops designed to be mixed into any shampoo, conditioner or other product, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice hair health to keep that blonde bright.
Although bleach can dry out and damage hair, with the right products, there’s a lot that can be done from home to get your locks soft and shining once again. Just remember to be gentle with damaged strands, protect that color to avoid unnecessary trips to the hairdresser (and save money), and make sure to step up the moisturizing and conditioning products.
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