A drastic hair colour change can feel like a brand new haircut. To achieve that perfect pastel, jewel-tone, or platinum blonde, though, your hair has to go through the rigours of bleaching. But you don’t have to worry about irredeemably damaging your hair. Here, I’ll go through the best hair treatment for bleached hair so your locks look bright and healthy.
Taking Care of Bleached Hair, or What To Do When Your Hair Screams SOS
How can I make my hair healthy after bleaching?
When your hair starts to feel like hay, it’s time to double up on the TLC. You need good haircare products whatever hair you may have, but especially if you have bleached hair. Here are some tips I’ve found that worked.
Protect your hair from UV rays.
SPF isn’t only for your skin. Your hair also needs protection from the damaging rays of the sun. These rays can even turn your blonde locks into a brassy hue. You’ll also want a hat or scarf as double protection from direct sunlight.
Use shampoo and conditioner for designed for coloured hair.
Colour-safe shampoo and conditioner are designed to make your bleach and colour last, as well as prevent damage. Make sure to apply lots of conditioner because your hair will suck up that moisture like a straw.
Say goodbye to sulphates.
Experts recommend using products free from sulphates. These chemicals are harsh and will strip out hair. Instead, you can alternate between moisture-rich and protein-rich shampoo formulas.
An ideal time between washes is 2 days. Don’t take too long between shampoos because your ends will end up brittle which can lead to split ends. In between washes, dry shampoo is your friend for battling oil and dirt.
Use a deep conditioner or hair treatment.
A regular conditioner just won’t cut it if you have hair that’s been soaked in bleach. You’ll need something more nourishing on top of that conditioner. You can even have a deep conditioner to replace your regular one. Deep conditioning with hair masks helps strengthen, hydrate, and smoothen hair.
Use a tinted shampoo on your hair to remove brassiness post-bleach.
To prevent your hair from turning into that dreaded yellow colour, use a purple shampoo. These are formulated to tone bleached hair.
Use it on wet hair, like a normal shampoo. Rinse with cool water afterwards to seal the cuticle. The results: platinum, icy blonde hair.
Skip the hot showers.
Hot showers are a good way to relax and unwind but they’re harmful to bleached hair. They can fade colour and dry out your locks. Keep your water temperature an easy lukewarm or colder to protect your coloured hair.
Apply a leave-in conditioner.
You may think this is too much conditioning but damaged, bleached hair needs all the hydration it can get. Bleach is one of the harshest chemicals you can put on the hair, after all.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp strands (not wet hair) to seal in moisture, concentrating on the mid-lengths to the ends of the hair. Do not wash it out. These will make sure the moisture stays locked in the hair.
Protect your hair when heat styling.
If you can’t forego hot tools when styling, make sure you get a high-quality heat protectant. They serve as a barrier between your hair and the heat. Heat protectants are full of silicone which can make your hair smoother and prevent moisture loss.
What is the best product for damaged bleached hair?
The products mentioned above are the best products to treat damaged hair, prevent split ends, remove frizz and give your hair shine and strength but to give your damaged tresses a new lease on life, a hair treatment is the best product.
A hair treatment is also called a hair mask or deep conditioner. They give a shot of moisture deep into the hair strands, which is more than your average surface-level conditioner can do. They strengthen and repair hair so they grow healthier and softer.
The best hair mask is made with nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado, argan oil, biotin, shea butter, keratin, and plant-based proteins. Bleach strips away so much from your hair and powerful treatments can replenish moisture in a single-use. Use only the best products on your hair so you can reap amazing results down the line.
These treatments are meant to be left on the hair for longer than a usual conditioner. For best results, use a hair treatment at least once a week, around 30 minutes or even longer. Some leave them on overnight to soak in all those highly concentrated nutrients.
What’s the best way to use a treatment product on bleached hair?
Hair mask instructions can vary with different brands and products.
Usually, after your hair is mostly dry but still damp, you scoop out enough conditioner to cover your hair and massage the product through the lengths of your hair. Concentrate on the tips of your hair because that’s where you need the most nourishment. Be thorough in your application.
If you want to, you can use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb through the hair to distribute the mask well. Afterwards, you can pile your hair up and cover it with a shower cap or some sort of plastic. Set a timer and wait for the mask to sink in the hair shaft. You may also opt to leave it on overnight.
Finally, you can wash the conditioner out using cool or lukewarm water.
Bleached Hair Heroes: The Best Treatments for Damaged, Bleached Hair
Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment
I’ll bet you’ve heard of Olaplex before. People rave about it and stylists recommend it. If you’re curious whether it’s worth the hype, it absolutely is.
Think of damaged hair as a dilapidated house and bleach as a hurricane. Olaplex doesn’t just put up a fresh coat of paint and a new fence, it actually goes inside and repairs what’s broken. It links things up so the structure of the house is fortified. Olaplex does this on a molecular level, fixing the broken bonds in the hair and removing frizz, dehydration, and dullness. It leaves your hair feeling like silk yet you only need to use it once a week.
The No. 3 Hair Perfector by Olaplex is actually not a conditioner but a home bond builder. In other words, it’s an at-home repairing treatment. It doesn’t contain any sulphates, parabens, or phthalates. Olaplex No. 3 is also vegan, cruelty-free, and nut-free.
The Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is specifically catered to damaged hair. It brings back the appearance and texture of pre-bleached hair. If you’ve tried countless treatments to solve damage and breakage caused by bleach but didn’t get the results you wanted, I think it’s worth it to try Olaplex. The before and after pictures around the web is proof that this miracle product is worth it’s salt.
However, this is definitely an investment. It has a high price. It’s only 100 ml so if you have long hair, it would not last very long.
- great for damaged, chemically-treated, or bleached hair
- repairs and nourishes hair from the inside
- sulphate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free and vegan
- expensive for the amount you’re getting
It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask Hair And Scalp Treatments
It’s a 10 is a female-owned hair care brand that offers salon-quality products. The 10 not only refers to the quality of their shampoos and conditioners but the 10 key benefits the mask gives.
First, I like how the hair treatment is packaged. It won’t get grubby because it’s in a pump bottle, which I find more convenient than squeeze bottles.
There’s a generous amount of hair treatment in the bottle–17.5 oz to be exact. You won’t have to skimp on it out of fear of running out too quickly.
The brand says this mask is great for everyday use or deep conditioning.
It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask has glycerin, sweet almond oil, oat kernel extract, apricot kernel oil, keratin amino acids, and other moisturizing ingredients. Your hair will soak up that nourishment and end up soft and smooth.
This treatment defrizzes and detangles, thereby preventing more breakage on your fragile strands. Split ends, frizz, and dullness will go away, leaving your hair looking glassy and revitalized.
It’s also formulated not to be too heavy or greasy. Though you want moisture, you definitely don’t want to weigh your hair down because of a mask. Good thing this is light enough to use even as a leave-in treatment.
The formulation also restores volume and elasticity to the hair. Great for limp, fine hair.
If you have coloured hair, It’s a 10 will be a 10 for you because it’s free of alcohols that can strip away dyes.
Lastly, It’s a 10 is Leaping Bunny-certified. It’s 100% cruelty-free.
For the downsides, this can be pretty pricey, even though you’re getting a lot of product. Some users have also commented the pump bottle delivery system doesn’t work properly.
- the pump bottle is convenient
- gives a suitable amount of product
- filled with nourishing ingredients
- lightweight and not greasy
- good for coloured hair
- the price isn’t for everyone
- the pump can malfunction
AVEDA Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment
This hair treatment has one unusual ingredient: quinoa protein. If you’re into quinoa on your plate, you’ll love it on your hair.
Our hair is made up of proteins, which are in turn made of amino acids. Dyeing and bleaching hair can weaken its natural protein levels, which is how you end up with brittle and dry locks. The damage also leads to dull, lifeless, and less vibrant hair.
Quinoa has an amino acid called cysteine which is lost in the bleaching and dyeing process. Quinoa also contains proteins, amino acids, and oils that repair the hair. That’s why the Aveda Intensive Treatment is specifically catered to people who’ve had their hair chemically processed and heat-styled.
With quinoa protein as its star ingredient, it works from the inside out to bring back life to the hair shaft. You’ll end up with silky, smooth locks.
Organic jojoba and castor oils are rich in lipids which deliver extra nourishment to the hair, shielding it from damage.
To further intensify that self-care experience, the Aveda Intensive Treatment has an alluring aroma made from organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang-ylang, and other pure flower and plant essences.
It’s also Leaping Bunny-certified so you can be assured it’s not tested on animals.
The Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment contains silicones. If you’re one of those people sensitive to ‘cones, it’s best to stay away. The treatment is also pricey for 5 fl. oz.
- contains quinoa protein which repairs the hair
- has lipid-rich oils that prevent damage
- has a perfumed scent
- has silicones
- a bit expensive
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask
The Intense Hydrating Hair Mask by Moroccanoil is part of their range of hair masks for specific hair needs. This one is medium to thick hair types, especially dry hair. It will improve your hair’s texture and manageability.
The main ingredient is argan oil, which is famous for its nourishing properties. It’s rich in tocopherols (Vitamin E) which promote healthy hair growth. Argan oil is also filled with essential fatty acids and antioxidants which support your hair’s health.
The Hydrating Mask wards off static because of an anti-static ingredient called Behentrimonium Chloride.
It also contains glycerin which is a humectant for both skin and hair. It moisturizes parched strands.
Lastly, there’s linseed extract which has fatty acids that boost your hair’s health.
These ingredients make for a nutrient-packed, creamy hair treatment that you can use for 5 minutes with good results. You’ll notice effects on your how your hair feels, how elastic it is, and its overall shine and manageability.
This mask also smells luscious. It has an aroma that’s sweet and flowery with notes of spicy amber and musk.
Choose from two types of packaging: a tub or a squeeze bottle. The tubs come in large sizes too, so you don’t run out quickly.
Because of how rich this treatment is, it will weigh down your hair if you overuse it. To cut through the thickness, you can use a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup. Women with fine hair may not like this.
- contains nourishing humectants, oils, and extracts
- gives you results in just 5 minutes
- smells lovely
- comes in a tub and squeeze tube
- can be too rich and may weigh your hair down
Sachajuan Hair Repair
The people at Sachajuan sure know how to make good products. And I’m not just talking about what’s in the bottle–the bottle itself looks minimalist but chic. I’m partial to the convenience of a pump bottle. One purchase gives you 250 ml of product, full of benefits your hair is thirsting for.
Sachajuan is a Scandi brand from Stockholm and its products have something called their Ocean Silk Technology. It’s what makes them different from other haircare brands. This technology uses two coldwater algae extracts. One works inside the hair, strengthening it and delivering minerals like magnesium, calcium, manganese, and zinc. The other algae extract takes care of the hair surface, giving it shine and preventing damage. These two ingredients are also heavenly for the scalp.
Their hair philosophy focuses on the basics. They believe simple is better. This line would be good for those who have overloaded their hair with products and want to pare down their routine. This would also be good for those looking for simple, natural, and effective ingredients.
The Sachajuan is a concentrated treatment that’s best for damaged and stressed tresses. Because of its cell-regenerating benefits, you get stronger, smoother hair for longer.
A possible con for this hair treatment is its smell. You may love it or hate it but it’s quite a strong scent that lingers.
Even though this is cheaper per ounce than the Olaplex no. 3, it’s still quite an expensive product.
- has a unique Ocean Silk Technology that strengthens hair inside and out
- the brand uses simple ingredients that work
- this is a treatment good for damaged hair
- the pump bottle is convenient and eye-catching
- it has a strong smell
- it’s quite expensive
If you’re hoping to soothe the damage from overenthusiastic bleaching of hair or looking to repair strands that have seen better days, any of these hair treatments will fit the bill.
For my own needs, I love the Sachajuan Hair Repair because it’s full of minerals that are good for the hair, all sourced from algae extracts. It has a comprehensive approach to haircare that I like. The Hair Repair also cares for your scalp, which can often be neglected.
Their brand philosophy is simple and their minimalist product works. That bottle definitely looks good on a shelf, which doesn’t hurt. I’m also a fan of the pump bottle because it’s easy to use. I don’t mind the scent either because I like perfume-like fragrances.
If you haven’t tried this Scandinavian brand before, you should check out this hero product of theirs.