Please note; that I am no expert when it comes to hair care nor am I trained to give a professional opinion.
For over seven years now, I’ve been getting my hair dyed.
Both at-home and professionally.
Beginning with blonde highlights to then a full head of bright blonde, I then decided to go back to my natural hair colour after a number of years. From re-dying the hair back to a naturally-similar brunette shade and then allowing my natural roots to grow out.
Over the past two years, I’ve been moving on and off partly blonde-dyed hair again, until more recently when I decided to have my hair dyed a bright ashy blonde all-over.
Dying your hair, as I’ve learnt, isn’t a game.
Over-dying or over-chemically treating the hair can leave it life-less, dry and in a very BAD condition overall. Luckily, my hairs always survived pretty well. I mean, it’s been dry and slightly colour damaged at times but thankfully my thicker head of hair copes with it all quite well.
Over the number of years of having my own hair dyed, I’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks that I really wanted to share with you all – especially as a lot of people are now becoming a lot more adventurous with bold and bright colours, THAT definitely want to look at their best at ALL times.
WHAT IS BLEACHING?!
A bleaching agent is often used to help lift and lighten the hair colour. Often bleaching can be a very damaging process – especially if used regularly and not used correctly. Thankfully, there are now quite a few different treatments & conditioners that can be mixed in with the bleaching agent itself, AND these can help protect and care for your hair whilst the intense chemical treatment is in process.
Whilst having my own hair dyed to a much more vibrant, ashy blonde (around September time last year), the hairdresser first lifted my hair – taking out as much of the warmth as she possibly could. To do this she used a bleaching agent mixed with Olaplex. Olaplex cares for your hair, as the intense and potentially very damaging treatment is taking place. Unfortunately, I also had to have my whole head of hair lifted twice because of previous colouring. Meaning that it was vital for my hair’s condition to have some sort of added protection during the entire process!
Olaplex is also said to be what turned Kim Kardashian blonde in just one day…
I now get my hair/ regrowth touched up every 3-4 weeks (depending), and my hairdresser (otherwise known as my cousin), mixes a product very similar to Olaplex with the bleaching agent. After which, she then tones my hair to the desired colour that I want, which is usually an ashy blonde. After which, she then massages an intense conditioner into my hair – once all the bleach and toner has been washed off with warm water. This conditioner works in partnership with the first product (that was mixed in with the bleaching agent) and really helps to keep my hair soft, smooth and in a good condition. It is also recommended to have one’s hair cut regularly, as with having so much chemical treatment beforehand, my hair is now feeling and looking a little worse for wear and needs to be kept tidy and as healthy as possible.
Along with ensuring your hair’s cut regularly and your dead ends, split ends or dry ends are kept on top off, you also want to ensure that your washing your hair with a nourishing, moisturising and hydrating shampoo & conditioner. Hair masks are another goodie when it comes to hair care, and I like to use either a hair mask or an intense conditioner at least once a week if not twice.
Along with cutting and washing your hair regularly with the correct types of products, you also want to ensure that you are using some sort of heat protection! As this is vital for any head of hair which is having extra heat applied. Applying heat to your hair is a risky business anyway. One thing I would also most definitely recommend is laying of the straighteners, curlers, hot brush or whichever product you may use, as heat is extremely damaging for hair, especially when it’s been bleached and prone to breakages.
To conclude, I would have to say that caring for bleached dyed hair isn’t entirely easy. It’s not what I’d personally call high maintenance either, although certainly important, as it does take time and a little bit of patience.
Roots can be a pain, and in all honesty, I don’t enjoy watching or seeing them starting to appear, BUT, for me, the colour overall has to out-rule this issue. When it comes care, I would also have to suggest a protein spray of some sort, colour protector and hair oil, as keeping hair smooth, soft and healthy is everything that you should aspire for, as it’s really the only thing that counts. Avoid brushing your hair regularly too and consider wet brushing a serious no-no. As your hair is at its most vulnerable and breakage-prone when wet!
Overall, I would have to say that this may all sound like a lot of hassle and yes some of you may be right, BUT I love my current hair colour and because of that am happy to care for my hair and ensure that it’s always looking at its best.
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