What You Should Know Before You Bleach Your Hair

Hair color can work in a few ways. You can strip it of its natural color by using a bleach or bleach like product. You can use a product to coat it and give it a different color. A color to coat the hair after it’s been bleached can change the natural color as well. When stripping the hair of its color, you also change the structure of the follicle, causing a drying affect. Dry hair is difficult to style and eventually breaks off easily.

If you are considering bleaching your hair, here are a few things you should consider before you pull the trigger.

1. Go to a professional.

Yes. You can buy the products and follow the instructions but a licensed professional will use color based on your hair type and color goals. However, all licensed cosmetologists are not created equal. Just like a doctor, hair stylists have their specialties. Do your research and find one who stays current on coloring products and techniques. Your hair will thank you.

2. You may not get the exact color you were looking for.

No two hair follicles are alike. Everyone’s hair responds differently to lightening and color. It’s best to go into the salon with an open mind about your color goals. A color specialist will be able to tell you how likely it is to get that color.

3. Pay attention to how your hair changes.

You have your styling routine and you have your product preferences. Bleaching will change all of that making it more delicate. It will also look dry and eventually feel dry as the colored hair gets older. Choose products to replenish the moisture. Select moisturizing shampoos and conditioners designed for color treated hair. If you must use a brush, only brush your hair when it’s dry. Comb or detangle your hair only while it’s wet. Protect your hair from further damage with excessive heat styling.

4. Invest in quality products.

If you don’t get your hair styled at the salon regularly, have your stylist who colored your hair recommend products for you to use at home. These products will probably be more expensive than you average but invest the money to prevent your hair from drying out and breaking off.

When done right, hair color is a great way to enhance or tone down your current look. Coloring your hair does have to result in damaged hair. Seek out a hair color specialist and take their advice on products and hair care techniques after color.