Getting your hair bleached isn’t a joke. It’ll take you more than 4 hours in the salon and it’s highly damaging to your hair.
For dark brown hair, a minimum of two bleaching processes is needed to achieve a light blonde. And it will surely take more if you want to rock that platinum silver or grey look.
I got my hair bleached and dyed pink last year and thanks to my hairstylist and our research, my hair didn’t turn out dry and dead like other bleaching processes. My pink hair stayed on for about 4 months before it faded to its blonde base. The only thing keeping me from doing it again is the four hours you have to spend in the salon, but that’s something beyond anyone’s control anyway.
Here are 4 very important things you should keep in mind if you’re planning to bleach your hair soon:
Consult with your hairstylist
What makes a great hairstylist is his/her willingness or ability to listen to what you want and give you an explanation of the processes your hair needs to undergo and why. It’s also very important to me that the hairstylist is enthusiastic and will totally encourage you to go through it. And if they choose not to, what their reason is for thinking so.
My hairstylist knows my hair texture and honestly was a bit wary of dyeing my hair pink after bleaching twice and with how much it will cost, but we were able to talk about it in detail and everything turned out fine. So really find the right person and have a sit down session with him/her.
Make sure they use Olaplex
I first heard about Olaplex from Australian beauty YouTuber, Wengie. Wengie’s known for dyeing her hair all sorts of bright colors with little to no damage. It’s a miracle. She was able to share to her viewers that the one thing that is essential to her bleaching process is a product called Olaplex.
Olaplex is the ‘only salon system that repairs broken hair bonds’. There’s a bunch of science stuff about how it works which is quite an interesting read too on their website. But briefly, Olaplex keeps your hair from split ends and longterm damage even after several bleaching and/or dyeing processes.
With Olaplex, my hair didn’t feel dry and burnt at all. And even from shampooing every other day, my pink hair still lasted a good four months. I strongly advise against bleaching your hair without Olaplex, especially when your hair is prone to split ends, breaking, and drying.
Limit hair washing to every other day
I had my hair dyed red before and the color bleeds like crazy. So let’s just say I got a little scared about washing my hair after because I was worried the pink dye will bleed and fade quicker. I also find that my hair gets super dry if I wash it every day.
Some people wash their hair every two or three days. To be honest, I never got to try that because by the second day, my hair would already be greasy.
Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
Whenever you do wash your hair, my hairstylist recommends sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair from drying. Every week, I do put a hair mask to further condition my hair.
Also think about toning and purple shampoo since it reduces the brassiness that shows up after a while.