DIY Hair: How to Take Care of Bleached Hair

Maybe you're just doing a strip, maybe you're going full-head. Either way, you have to be sure to take good care of your hair! Bleaching it, while exciting, can be very damaging. Learn various ways to make sure your hair is healthy and moisturized at all stages - before, during and after.

Before Bleaching

Cherish it while you have it.
Cherish it while you have it.

Bleaching takes a lot of moisture out of your hair, and can be quite damaging. If you're set on bleaching, you need to be prepared to take care of it! Before you bleach your hair, you want to be sure that it's as healthy as can be. Here are several ways you can do this:

  • Deep conditioner - Use a deep conditioner every time you shower. A cheap example is Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle, which is only $3.99 a bottle.
  • Hair mask - Hair masks are super-concentrated conditioning creams that you apply weekly. You can pick up a cheap hair mask at a drug store, or make your own. Olive oil is my favorite - all you do is saturate your hair with extra virgin olive oil, cover it, and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Before bleaching my hair, I would try to do this several times a week.
  • Leave-in conditioner - You can buy a conditioner specifically for leave-in, or just use a regular conditioner you already have. Just take a dime-sized dab and rub it into damp hair.

Make Your Own Hair Mask

If you're trying to save money, you're in luck! You can make your own hair masks with products found around your home.

Olive oil is my favorite - there's no mixing, no preparation time, no extra steps. All you do is saturate your hair with extra virgin olive oil, cover it, and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Before bleaching my hair, I would try to do this several times a week.

Another great hair mask is made by using egg yolks, olive oil, and coconut oil. Here's a video explaining it below:

Between Bleaches

Nobody wants to look like their dog.
Nobody wants to look like their dog.

If you've got dark hair like me, it takes a few bleaches for your hair to get blonde. You absolutely need to wait between these bleaches though, no matter how ridiculous your hair looks. If you damage and melt your hair, you'll be paying for it in the long run - you can sacrifice a few days of hotness!

Once you've done your initial bleach and washed it out, immediately apply a leave-in conditioner. I put a generous amount in, just to make up for all the moisture the bleaching took out.

While your hair is looking crazy, you may be tempted to style it - just to make up for the odd coloration. That's all fine, but try to avoid using heat at all costs. Heat will dry your hair out more!

Also, only shampoo when absolutely necessary. Shampooing is another thing that will strip the moisture out of your hair.

Wait at least four days to a week between bleaches. Use these days to take care of your hair!

After Bleaching

Keratin oil works wonders!
Keratin oil works wonders!

Once you've reached your desired lightness, it's time to pull out all the stops. Your hair will be dry and brittle after several rounds.

It took 4 bleaches to get my hair light enough for the coloring I wanted to do, and I didn't properly take care of it. Some sections were melted - and if you've had that happen, you know what a disaster it was. My hair was like spaghetti, so I had to chop some sections off. Luckily, my hair is already layered, so you couldn't really tell I had huge chunks missing.

It's probably best to give your ends a trim, because they'll want to split and fall off anyway. After that, get ready to nurse your hair back to health! It'll probably never be where it used to be, but you can take several steps towards being healthy. Consider these tips, in addition to hair masks, deep conditioners, and leave-in conditioners!

  • Mild or moisturizing shampoo - Washing your hair daily will not help your situation! It takes the moisture right out. Shampoo once every few days, using a mild or moisturizing shampoo.
  • Keratin oil spray - This stuff is amazing, and cheap. You can pick up a bottle at around $6 at a drugstore. Keratin is a protein which is key in the structure of hair and nails. Use keratin oil on damp hair after every shower.
  • Sunblock - If you're going out in the sun, you're going to have to protect your vulnerable hair! The sun's rays can be as damaging to your hair as they are to your skin. Look into purchasing some hair sunscreen if you plan to spend time in the sun.
  • Apple cider vinegar - Like olive oil, apple cider vinegar can be used as a home remedy for dry hair. It helps seal in moisture and prevent split ends! Mix one part vinegar to two parts water, and add to hair after you shower. Leave the mixture in for at least 15 minutes, and then rinse it out.

Even After Bleaching, You Can Have Shiny Hair

YOU can still have shiny hair.
YOU can still have shiny hair.

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Bleaching your hair is a fun way to spice up your look, but you have to take the proper steps towards keeping your hair healthy. It's a process, requiring care before, during, and after the bleaching! I hope you keep these tips in mind so you can have fabulous hair even after such a huge process.

If you're looking for general hair care tips, check out my sister's article - here - she'll show you how to take care of your hair whether it's long, short, dyed, or damaged!

Check out some of my other articles on DIY hair things!

How to Bleach Dark Hair

How to Create an Ombre

Grow Out Bleached Hair with an Ombre

Manic Panic and RAW Hair Dye Review

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Nicely done and very helpful hub! I've never bleached my hair, but I've always wanted to have red hair. Voted up +++ and pinning.

Elle 2 years ago

Thanks a lot!

Gina B 2 years ago

I've bleached my hair and after that my hair was very dry and damaged. Try home remedies and everything available for bleached hair but nothing really helped. Recently someone told me to try a product called SBS Divinity Effect and that really works.

23 months ago

Beautiful golden locks!

Ky 22 months ago

You shouldn't use vinegar on blonde hair, it will bring out brassy red highlights. Lemon juice and Olive oil works better for oil treatments. I was a natural bleach blonde as a child and often used that to lighten my hair and make it softer. I now bleach it and do the same.

Ci Ci 17 months ago

Very interesting and helpful. However, I bleached my naturally colored dark brown hair to midnight blue (sections) last week. It has been healthy and honestly I'd love for it to remain healthy. I would like to know if HERBAL ESSENCES HELLO HYDRATION shampoo is an okay choice for bleached hair?

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a beautiful mess 17 months ago from Virginia Author

I can't say for sure. The reviews for it are mostly positive, but it contains several sulfates which dry out your hair. I'd say it's okay to use, but try to space out your shampoos - definitely not every day.

n. sh 14 months ago

I bleached my hair a week ago and it,s getting dry. I would like to know what kind of shampoo is good for bleached hair? and is apple cider vinegar good enough? I think it will washes away your favourite colour.

I use a leave -in conditioner spray (Live Clean organ oil)which seems good.

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a beautiful mess 14 months ago from Virginia Author

Honestly, no shampoo is good for your hair. Shampoo will strip out the color more than anything. If your hair is bleach damaged, I'd suggest not shampooing as often. Try to keep it to 1-2 times per week, because shampooing will dry out your hair even further.

Sana 6 months ago

Dont ever rinse ur hair with apple cider after you bleach it. It will take all the moisture out!

Mary Ware 4 months ago

Try GKhair deep conditioner hair mask. A complete damage reconstructor.

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