You’d think that bleach and a toner would be far too much for your hair to handle in one day wouldn’t you? Fortunately for me, I managed to do this and I went from brunette to blonde in a matter of hours! When talking to my hairdresser, she said usually bleaching will take a few sessions as it’s a lot for hair to handle.
Whenever I go to the hairdressers, I usually go a little lighter yet choose to keep my roots dark so when they start to grow out, it’s not so obvious.
The major product they used during my dye was olaplex. This is an amazing hair care treatment that builds up the bonds in your hair as the bleach breaks them down. This means your hair is nowhere near as damaged as it would be if you used dye alone. If you’re thinking of going a lot lighter than your natural colour then I’d suggest searching for a salon that uses olaplex. It probably does cost a little more than it would elsewhere but it really comes to down to if you’re willing to protect your hair.
They use the first and second treatment during the bleaching and it helps with making your hair feel soft after it all. I know that after bleaching, hair can feel very dry and straw-like. This is what you want to avoid. Some hairdressers can also make your hair feel soft at first but very dry after a couple of weeks. My hair treatment, using Olaplex, usually costs around £80. Like I said, it is expensive but it helps my hair massively and I also think it helps the colour last.
It’s also recommended to use the 3rd treatment at home which also helps maintain the health of your hair.
Haircare – how to maintain the colour and keep bleached hair healthy
Since my hair isn’t naturally that blonde then I use a violet shampoo. My personal favourite is by the brand Neil and Wolf which is the brand that my salon stocks. I’m so glad I purchased this as it keeps my colour up and makes my hair so soft while smelling like my hairdressers which I love, the smell of this brand is absolutely amazing! I also use a violet spray which isn’t as effective as the shampoo but it also contributes a little to the upkeep of my colour. The Neil and Wolf is slightly expensive though and there is plenty of more affordable options available. Violet shampoos maintain colour and prevent brassiness which is when your hair goes more yellow than ashy.
To keep my hair soft, I always make sure I condition when washing my hair but also by using heat protection before straightening my hair. I straighten my hair almost everyday since it’s natural state is a strange kink in my hair between straight and curly. Due to the high amount of heat I use everyday, heat protection is a must and I use a generous amount before straightening my hair. Heat dries out the hair and that’ll be the last thing you’ll want!
To prevent breakages in my hair, I use a head towel, specifically designed to dry hair that’s made of a softer, more gentle fibre that isn’t as rough or damaging to your hair. It’s proven to prevent breakages and it fits my head better than a normal towel meaning it doesn’t fall off so easily.
I also use a hair mask around once a week. My personal favourite is the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo mask. This smells of coconuts and is really thick and creamy. After using this, my hair is the softest! Before trying this, I never saw the point of hair masks but I wanted a pamper night at uni and bought this on a whim. It was the best choice ever! I’ll never doubt a good hair mask ever again!
To say my hair has been through 3 bleaches, at least 4 months apart, I’d say that my hair is in very good condition and I have olaplex and my silver shampoo to thank for this. I’d recommend talking to your hairdresser before undergoing bleach treatments to seek their professional opinion as to whether your hair could endure it. Luckily my hair was thick and healthy so could withstand it whereas thinner hair may not be able to and if you can, look for olaplex stockists!
Have you or would you ever dye your hair a completely different colour?