When it comes to bleaching your hair, proper preparation is the most important part of the process. If you don’t prep your hair properly, you can cause serious damage that won’t be easy to repair and might end up costing you more money than you were saving by not going to the salon in the first place. Fortunately, with these simple steps, you can make sure that your hair will be ready to withstand the intense light bleaching that comes next without having to worry about bleaching it yourself. To learn more about how to prepare your hair for bleach, keep reading.
Consult a professional
Before you start, You need to consult a professional who has experience in bleaching hair. They will assess your hair type and advise on what type of product will work best for you.
They will also advise on how often you should bleach your hair and how long it should take to achieve the desired effect.
A professional stylist can also help you choose the right shade for your complexion and skin tone.
The health of your hair is important
The health of your hair is important for many reasons. For one thing, it will help you achieve optimal results when bleaching your hair.
Hair health is also important for the health of your scalp and skin. Poorly cared-for hair can lead to breakage and damage around the hairline that can cause irritation and redness in sensitive areas such as the face and neck.
If you’re suffering from an itchy scalp or dandruff due to poor diet or environmental factors (like chlorine), bleaching will only exacerbate those problems if they aren’t treated first.
Do not wash your hair before bleaching
It is important not to wash your hair a day before bleaching. Washing your hair removes the natural oils that protect your hair from damage and dryness.
You want to make sure that you leave as much of this oil on as possible when you are bleaching, so washing it removes this protection.
Stop using heat styling tools
Stop using heat styling tools a week before bleaching. Heat styling tools like hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons can cause damage to your hair by breaking it and causing split ends.
Hair that has been exposed to heat styling tools is more likely to break during the bleaching process, so it’s recommended you give your locks some time off from these devices.
Protect your hair with some natural oils
Applying a small amount of oil onto your hair and scalp prior to bleaching will help coat your strands with a protective layer, reducing breakage as you lift away your natural pigment.
You’ll want to select an oil that’s rich in fatty acids, like coconut or argan oil. Just apply directly from a bottle or after mixing with another product, like conditioner. You should leave it on for about 10 minutes before applying bleach so that it can penetrate through each strand.
Apply hair mask
Nothing is worse than bleaching your hair and having it turn out with dull or broken ends. If you want healthy-looking, radiantly white hair, you’ll need to do a deep conditioning treatment before bleaching.
Apply a nourishing mask and allow it time to work its magic on your strands. A lot of beauty experts recommend that you leave deep conditioners on overnight (8+ hours), but if you have an early morning appointment for your touch up, there’s no need to leave it on that long. Just make sure you get a good 4-6 hours of conditioning in.
Applying treatments that are designed specifically for bleached hair can give it just what it needs in order to look its best when lifted from a darker color.
Whether you’re looking to get a dramatic color overhaul or simply maintain your current hue, bleach is one of most important hair products in any stylist’s arsenal. If used properly, it can help create bold, vibrant strands that you didn’t even know were possible.
But if not handled with care, it can do serious damage. Using a combination of high heat and strong chemicals can cause serious burns (on top of ruining your hair).