Consistent colouring or changing shades can take its toll on hair – especially if bleach is involved. If you’re noticing excess breakages, brittleness, or frizz, you might be dealing with damaged bleached hair. You might also notice that your colour isn’t lasting as long as you want or becoming brassy or distorted quickly.
We’ve put together a quick guide to hair care after bleaching, starting with your shower and hair-washing routine and covering sunny days and styling tips.
Use colour-safe products
Make sure your colour stays fresh and vibrant with colour-safe products that are specially formulated to work with dyed hair. Highlights and blonde tones can become brassy over time if not properly cared for. Look for shampoos and conditioners that are designed to neutralise any yellow or orange tones that might try to sneak out. These help to counteract any unwanted undertones and help hold on to your chosen shade for longer.
Our Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo deliberately uses a colour from the opposite side of the colour wheel to even out your hair tone. This formula has been designed with highlighted brunette, blonde, and grey/silver hair in mind and can be used once a week to complement your regular routine. Make sure to leave it in for 1 – 3 minutes before washing out to get maximum benefits. Pair it with our Anti-Brassiness Purple Conditioner to complete your bleached hair care and leave your locks feeling smoother and softer to the touch.
For extra protection, add our Anti-Brassiness Purple Mask into your weekly routine. This is designed for a deeper treatment and should be left on for 5 minutes before rinsing well. The highly pigmented formula is great for naturally darker hair whilst conditioning colour treated hair, helping to leave it looking smoother and softer.
Use a rinse-out treatment for bleached hair
A common complaint about damaged hair is the lack of shine. A rinse-out hair treatment can help your hair to appear reinvigorated and bring back that natural glow quickly and easily. This is a treatment designed to be applied and rinsed out quickly and can be complemented by your usual conditioner – just one small step to your routine that can help your hair in need of some TLC.
Our Colour Protect Wonder Water is designed to give you a hair makeover in just 8 seconds! It’s specially blended for coloured hair with breakthrough lamellar technology that restores the surface and an acidic formula that helps optimise bleached hair’s PH balance. Apply it after your shampoo and follow up with your ordinary conditioner if needed. Finish by blow-drying to get maximum results!
Use a leave-in treatment for bleached hair
A leave-in treatment is a great way to help lock in hydration – which can be a big problem with bleached hair. While some are designed for wet hair, others can be applied directly onto dry hair or work on either. Work a leave-in into your everyday routine or as a precursor to any heat treatment to make sure your hair feels healthy and protected.
Our All for Blonde 10-in-1 Bleach Rescue Leave-In Spray can be applied whenever works for you: after shampooing, before styling or just before you head out of the door. It addresses split-ends and breakages by helping them to appear reduced, while also reinforcing your hair by up to 99% less breakage* and increasing shine. It’s also designed to make detangling easier so you can treat your hair more gently and provides heat and humidity protection.
Protecting bleached hair from the sun
There are also steps you can take to protect your hair from natural stressors. While sun can sometimes bring out blonde shades in natural hair, it can also degrade the natural pigment and causing your colour to fade or distort. You can help protect your hair from the sun by making sure you cover-up when out for long periods of time, whether you choose a sun-hat or a stylish scarf.
Whether you’re looking for lasting colour or added shine, we’ve got you covered. Head over to our coloured hair range to find our best products for damaged bleached hair.
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