We all love a bit of fun with hairstyles now and then but sometimes excessive experiments could lead to undesirable results. Hair colouring and bleaching are such things which look great for a few months but end up damaging hair in the long run. A lot of women adore blonde and light hair colours now which won’t be possible without bleaching hair first. However, bleaching breaks down fatty acids on the hair shaft, leaving your hair dry and fragile. The damage done to your hair is permanent, but there are steps you can take to make your hair more manageable and promote new, healthy hair growth. Keep reading and you will know how:
Understand the state of your hair
Your hair is your asset. You would want to capitalize it rather than degrade it. No matter how fancy the dress and makeup is, if hair ends up looking like a crow’s nest, perhaps it’s time to rethink your priorities. There are a few ways you can estimate how much damage is done to your hair, if any at all. Do you find more strands of hair on your comb? Are there split ends in your hair after coloring it? Did the once lustrous hair lose its shine? Once you know the amount of damage is done, you could take necessary steps to alleviate the problem. If the damage is very serious, consider a haircut and talk to a dermatologist.
Care for your hair
When a family member is sick, we put in extra care for that person. Then, why not for your hair? When your hair is damaged, it is sick. So this is when it needs your maximum care and attention. Skip the hair coloring for a while if not forever. Use mild shampoo. Always follow up with a conditioner. And as our grandmothers used to tell us - do a coconut oil massage at least once a week.
Don’t shampoo for 24-48 hours after bleaching
Bleaching severely dries out your hair, so don’t strip any more natural oils away by shampooing. The cuticle of your hair becomes very swollen and fragile right after bleaching. This may give you the appearance of more body, but shampooing can further damage your vulnerable locks. Try to hold off washing with shampoo as long as you can. You can still rinse and condition your hair.
Don’t skip the shampoo
There are many women who refrain from cleaning their hair at all since they had got it coloured. Just because you had your hair colored a month ago doesn’t mean you will skip shampooing for that long! The problem with styled or colored hair is that it’s difficult to assess the gravity of the problem since from the outside it looks so gorgeous! However, dust accumulates on scalp and you would develop conditions such as dandruff and what not. So make sure that you use a good quality shampoo at least once or twice a week. Follow it up with a good conditioner.
Be gentle with wet hair
Most people know that hair is mostly vulnerable when it is wet. So refrain from combing, brushing and tugging your hair when you have just hit the shower. Also try not to use blow dryers. Natural drying is the best option.
Besides these, also make sure that you eat well. Incorporate plenty of vegetables, fishes, nuts and protein (eggs/chicken) in your diet. Drink lots of water. If your doctor advises you, take vitamin supplements as well.