The idea of having perfectly bleached-blond tresses may sound appealing, but bleaching the hair can cause some major damage to the hair shafts. According to the Hair Dressing website, hair bleaching causes the hair to become more porous and weaker. It damages the cuticles and causes split ends, leading to breakage. The best way to counteract the negative effects from bleaching is to moisturize the hair and allow the natural oils to penetrate the hair shaft. There are many tips that can help repair damage and further prevent it.

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Bleached Hair Care

Do not wash the hair every day. Washing the hair strips it of its natural oils, which provide moisture to the hair shafts. Bleached hair is already dry, so wash it only when necessary to allow the hair to accumulate natural oils for extra moisturizing and protection. When you do wash, use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo with as few chemicals in it as possible. Wash the hair in lukewarm, not hot, water.

Use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Choose a sulfate-free conditioner with few chemicals.

Deep condition the hair at least once a week. The Hair Boutique website suggests leaving the conditioner in the hair for 30 minutes.

Rinse the hair in cool or cold water after shampooing and conditioning. Colder water seals the cuticle, smoothing the hair and locking in moisture.

Use a hot-oil treatment once a week. According to the Daily Glow website, these treatments are a “good choice for dry hair or hair that’s damaged, chemically treated, or subject to excessive heat styling.”

Gently remove tangles and brush wet hair with a wide-tooth comb to prevent ripping through tangles, causing breakage.

Brush dry hair with a natural boar bristle brush, which distributes the hair’s natural oils down the hair shafts.

Don’t use heat-styling tools if possible. If you must use them, put them on the lowest heat setting. Apply a heat-activated protective serum or spray before using any heat-styling tool.