Hello, I'm Agent CW!
In many ways, my hair is not healthy. I mean, I have permed my hair multiple times and bleached it more than just a few times. In fact, I bleach it so often that my lecturers make a point to comment on the change of my hair colour every month.
You would expect my hair to look like hay after that many chemical services, right? Here's what it looks like (before any styling) after my most recent hair colour at J7Image.
While it's not the most healthy, hairstylists are generally surprised at how healthy and smooth my hair is despite the many rounds of bleaching and chemical services. If you're wondering how I maintain it that way, read on for my secrets on maintaining bleached hair ...
Once damaged, hair is generally irreparable. Any repair is temporary as the hair cuticle opens and is unable to close back and retain its nutrients. Therefore, there is a need to apply pre-treatment to your hair before you bleach. You can do so at the salon or you can start by applying treatments back at home. My personal favourite is coconut oil as it penetrates the hair well.
When bleaching, remember to ask your stylist to add on Olaplex, Cureplex or L'Oreal Smartbond. These are the latest most revolutionary treatments that help hair form new bonds even when existing ones are broken. It helps to repair hair cuticles and makes a huge difference in minimizing hair damage.
Some salons include L'Oreal Smartbond in all their hair colours so you don't have to think about how much more you have to pay to get low-damage hair colours!
I go for a trim whenever my hair ends get dry and frizzy. While it doesn't make your hair grow any faster, it prevents the split ends from climbing all the way up, damaging all your hair. It also helps your hair looks less messy, and healthier.
In order to ensure my hair colours last as long as possible, I wash my hair every 3 days. It is important to use a good shampoo and conditioner to make sure your hair is clean. A good shampoo will cleanse your scalp without over-drying your hair, which happens when you buy shampoos off the shelf in the usual supermarkets. Ask your hairstylist for advice on which to use for your scalp and hair. You may have to use two different shampoos if your scalp is oily and hair is dry. I choose shampoos which are SLS-free and contain a relatively high concentration of collagen and even hyaluronic acid to keep my hair moisturized.
Don't forget about conditioner. I did not think it mattered until I tried quite a few quality brands. Almost all conditioners will untangle and soften your hair but a good conditioner filled with essential nutrients will protect and moisturize your hair even after you step out from the shower.
You might be familiar with the saying that advises us to comb our hair 100 times a day, but, let's face it, for bleached babes, that might break our hair. You should untangle your hair as bleached hair is more fragile and tangles might cause the hair to snap, but don’t over brush. This includes brushing with your hands since touching your hair too much might make it dirty or dry. A wide tooth comb or a wooden brush is better than a normal brush.
Brushing Hair during Scalp Treatment at Picasso Hair Studio
While pre-treatment is important, don't miss out on your post-treatment as well. Post-treatments replenish the moisture and oils that your hair needs to keep it looking vibrant and amazing such as the highly raved BH4 Treatment at Rubik Salon. Or you can invest in some bottles of argan oil to apply back at home.Do so regularly and I can guarantee that you will see a huge improvement in your hair condition!
That's all the tricks I have in my arsenal for keeping my bleached hair looking healthy! Some stylists say that my genetics probably played a part in helping it look OK after so many chemical services. However, I think that the above hair secrets also go a long way in repairing and maintaining my hair.
What do you do to keep your hair looking good after bleaching? Share with us below!