Please note, that I’m not an expert in hair care nor am I trained to give a professional opinion – I just wanted to put together a collection of information and views that I’ve learnt along the way of getting my own hair dyed and bleach treated.
For over seven years now, I’ve been having my hair dyed.
Beginning with blonde highlights, to then a full head of bright blonde, I then decided to go back to my natural hair colour – meaning of course, all of the previous colours and dye’s needed to be stripped off and grown out. Over the past two years, I’ve been moving on and off partly blonde dyed hair, until more recently when I decided to have my hair dyed bright ashy blonde all-over.
Dying your hair, as I’ve learnt, isn’t a game. Over-dying or over-chemically treating hair can leave it life-less, dry and in a very BAD condition. 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 – which I’m very thankful and grateful for let me tell you!
Over the 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 going a lot more adventurous with bold and bright colours, which definitely want to look at there best at ALL times.
What is bleaching?!
A bleaching agent is often used to help lift and lighten your hair colour. Often bleaching can be a very damaging process, especially if it’s used regularly or if it hasn’t been carried through properly. Thankfully there’s now quite a few different treatments & conditioners that can be mixed in with the bleaching agent, and these help protect and care for your hair whilst the intense chemical treatment is in process.
When I got my hair dyed to a much more vibrant ashy blonde shade, the hairdresser first lifted my hair, taking out as much of the warmth as she 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, and I had my whole head of hair lifted twice, one after another, meaning it was vital that my hair had some sort of protection during the process.
Olaplex is also said to be what turned Kim Kardashian blonde in 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 a blonde ash BUT last time we went for something a little more silver, and I actually REALLY, really liked it. After which, she then massages an intense conditioner onto my hair – once all the bleaching and toning has took place, 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. She also recommended for me to have my hair cut more regularly, as with having so much chemical treatment beforehand, my hair’s now feeling 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, and I MUST emphasise the word conditioner! A good conditioner is honestly SO important to the overall care and protection of your hair.
Hair masks are another goodie when it comes to hair care, and I like to use either a hair mask or an intensive conditioner at least once a week if not twice.
Along with cutting and washing your hair regularly, you also want to ensure that your using some sort of heat protection! As these are vital to use when you’ve had your hair bleached or dyed.
Applying heat to your hair is a risky business anyway, and one thing I would definitely recommend, which is something that I’ve had to come to terms with myself, 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.
I’d also DEFINITELY recommend a silver shampoo & silver conditioner – which you want to use 1-2 times a week if you’ve gone for white blonde, silver or grey hair. As the violet and sometimes blue tones within these products help to balance out the brassy or yellowness within your coloured hair. They are also great for enhancing and brightening your hair colour, and I honestly couldn’t cope without using mine each week!
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To conclude, caring for bleached dyed hair isn’t entirely easy. It’s not what I’d call high maintenance BUT certainly a part of your appearance that you have to pay more attention too and give a little extra time to throughout the day. Roots can be a pain, and I don’t enjoy watching or seeing them starting to appear, but the colour overall has to out-rule this issue for me, and I can’t say that they really bother me once they’re there. I would also suggest a protein spray, colour protect or hair oil to be a good investment when you’ve had your hair bleached or dyed. Keeping hair smooth, soft and healthy is everything that you should aspire for, as it’s really the only thing that counts. You also want to ensure that your not brushing your hair when it’s wet, as this is when your hair is at it’s more vulnerable, meaning of course more of your hair is prone to breaking and coming away from your scalp. You also want to make sure that your not applying a lot of pressure to your hair with tight hair bobbles, as tying your hair back puts quite a bit of pressure on your scalp. Overall, I have to say that this may all sound like a lot of hassle, and 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.