If you think you can live your Daenerys Targaryen dreams once you step out the salon with platinum locks, you couldn't be more wrong. Your hair bleaching drama doesn't end there: Yep, all the mess and hassle you just went through to bleach it is actually only the first step.
Unfortunately, bleaching your hair will leave it damaged, dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage — which means you're going to have to adjust your hair routine accordingly. Trust us, you're going to need a high-maintenance, extra pamper-y regimen that will work to repair the damage and restore your hair's health. Keep on reading for a few tips on how to care for bleached hair.
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Wash your hair less
Shampoo can often overstrip your hair's natural oils and since your bleached hair is already extremely dry, washing it with shampoo often may result in a brittle texture and split ends. Try washing your hair three times a week or less. It's also important to switch to a sulfate-free and moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner so every wash is gentle and hydrating for your hair.
Your bleached hair is extra vulnerable when wet. If you're not careful, it's when you'll experience a lot of breakage, so try to avoid rubbing your hair with a towel. If you have time, let it air dry and don't brush it until it's fully dry. Also, ditch your regular hairbrush and opt to use a wide-tooth comb or a special brush designed for wet hair. Microfiber turbans are also good for gently drying your hair, minus unwanted friction or heat damage.
The bleaching process can also take away your shine. So, bring back its life by using a leave-in shine treatment that can also act as a conditioner. You can use these both on days when you've washed your hair or when you opted to use a dry shampoo.