WHAT IS CONSIDERED DAMAGED HAIR FROM BLEACH?
Damaged hair from bleach is easy to spot. The initials signs are hair breakage, split ends, and fragile lengths. The most visible signs are often dull blonde hair that is lacking shine, extremely dry hair lacking moisture and excessively frizzy hair lacking smoothness. Bleached blonde hair becomes more sensitized, with increased tangling and rougher texture to the touch which may feel bumpy and coarse.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED DAMAGED HAIR FROM BLEACH?
1. What causes damaged hair?
Bleaching the hair, sun exposure, heat styling, humidity, smoking, and more can all contribute to hair that's damaged and dry. The good news is that there are solutions for damaged hair. There are no 'long-term' effects from bleaching hair, however, immediately after first bleaching the hair, it becomes prone to damage.
2. Will damaged hair grow
As long as the hair follicle is preserved, the hair will regrow in most cases. Bleached hair will regrow at the same rate as other forms of damaged hair, which in a healthy growth cycle is typically between 6-12 months.
3. What does damaged hair look like?
Damaged hair appears to be brittle and straw-like. The shaft of the hair is sensitized, making it very fragile and prone to breakage. This usually leads to split ends and frizzy hair. Then hair feels stiff and crunchy with limited bounce and movement.
4. Will damaged hair repair itself?
In some cases, the only way to fix damaged hair is to give it time, about 6 weeks after bleaching to see if your hair starts to recover. In most cases, damaged hair will grow back healthy. There are also many treatments to help bring damaged hair back to life.
5. What to do if my damaged hair is still damaged and how long does damaged hair take to repair?
6. Why does bleach damage hair?
Bleaching weakens the structure of the fiber by breaking down the natural protein in hair, resulting in slowed hair growth and the lifting of the cuticle which then leads to constant struggles with frizz, dryness and split ends.
7. Will damaged hair curl?
Typically, it is the opposite and damaged hair loses elasticity. Damaged hair that is naturally curly will lose its shape. If you notice that your curls no longer hold definition, you may have dehydrated or damaged hair. Check out our article “That’s My Curl Type” to find your curl type and determine which products you need for the most beautiful, healthy, curly hair possible.
HOW TO FIX DAMAGED HAIR FROM BLEACHING
There are several ways to help fix bleached and over-processed hair. The least obvious one is to be patient and allow for the bleached blonde hair to repair itself. The most immediate one is to seek professional advice and making an appointment with a professional hair stylist (you can use the salon locator to find a Kerastase salon near you). The best advice would be to avoid using heat styling and to stock up on the best repairing hair care products. We have a few specific product recommendations for you below.
KERASTASE SALON TREATMENT FOR DAMAGED HAIR FROM BLEACH
Meet our iconic Fusio-Dose in-salon hair treatment. If your damaged hair is in need of immediate repair, we have just the customized hair care treatment. Fusio-Dose molecules are up to 100 times smaller than a traditional haircare product. Its unique technology enables hair to be transformed immediately with a lightweight finish. Blonding has no limits when you have the right products to preserve the health of your hair. Stabilize color and illuminate lightened hair today with our post lightening treatment service. The Fusio-Dose custom-blended formula requires a professional evaluation of your hair to determine the best mix for you, so find a damaged hair treatment near me. Your hairdresser will perform a detailed professional diagnosis of your hair to define your main hair need and pick the right concentré. Together, you will identify your hair goals to pick the right booster.
If you would like a little more information, see your top 10 questions about fusio-dose, answered here. Make it part of your cut and style appointment or book an in-salon treatment for lunch break and you will notice an immediate improvement in your damaged hair.
KERASTASE HOME REMEDIES FOR DAMAGED HAIR FROM BLEACH
We often hear questions like “what’s the best damaged hair treatment?” and “what are the best hair repair products?”. Well, Kerastase to the rescue! We evaluated every stage of the blonding experience and created Blond Absolu, our first ever blonde care collection. For the next level of blonding, for bleached and over-processed hair we launched the Cicaextreme range. Regardless of your level of blonding or your degree of damage to the hair, here are a few our Kerastase expert tips and best hair repair products for damaged hair from bleaching.
1. Seek products that contain hyaluronic acid
In hair care, Hyaluronic acid provides instant hydration, bounce and shine. Incredibly nourishing, hyaluronic acid revitalizes hair by infusing it heavily with moisture. Hyaluronic acid is beneficial for any hair type, but it really helps dry or sensitized hair. Which means it’s particularly good for blonde hair. Hyaluronic acid restores some of the natural strength and moisture lost during the bleaching process and prevents future breakage. That’s why it’s a hero ingredient of the Blond Absolu range. Your body turns over one third of its hyaluronic acid every day, so it's important to continue to supplement and replace it frequently. A shampoo and conditioner formulated with hyaluronic acid will cleanse your hair and scalp and deliver serious moisture from follicle to tip.
2. Cleanse & prep with the best Kérastase bleached hair shampoo
Le Bain Cicaextreme Shampoo-in-Cream is a rich, transformative shampoo for damaged hair from bleaching that eliminates the blonde care dilemma of cleansing vs. drying. Inspired by the most luxurious skincare products, it contains powerful ingredients like the hyaluronic acid & edelweiss-in-oil. It looks and feels like a rich day cream for the skin, but when it goes on the hair, it produces the most luxurious lather. It rinses clean and soft, and nourishes bleached hair whether it’s used for everyday cleansing, or just once or twice a week.
For particularly brassy hair, we recommend alternating with our first purple shampoo, the Bain Ultra Violet Purple Shampoo. Get 8X more luminous hair* and treat all your brassy and yellowing concerns.
3. Condition, detangle, hydrate with the best hair repair conditioner & hair mask
conditioner can deliver. Our best-selling conditioner, Cicaflash, delivers 10x stronger blonde hair* and 84% more conditioned hair* (*SYSTEM OF BAIN LUMIÈRE + CICAFLASH + HUILE CICAEXTREME VS. NON-CONDITIONING SHAMPOO).
Adding a deep conditioning treatment is an absolute must for bleached hair. For more brassy blondes looking for a deeper treatment, we formulated our first purple mask, Masque Ultra Violet Purple Hair Mask. This purple mask neutralizes brass and yellow undertones while simultaneously deeply nourishing hair fiber.
When our platinum and bleached blondes asked for an even more powerful hair mask, we answered with Masque Cicaextreme. This deep nourishing treatment takes post-bleaching procedure care to the extreme, providing indulgent care. With our concentrated hyaluronic acid duo and edelweiss-in-oil, the luxurious mask reduces breakage and keeps blonde hair strong and shiny. It's a great daily indulgence for the blonde obsessed and a great weekend treat for anyone who needs extra care.
4. Protect bleached hair day and night
If there’s one styling essential every bleached blonde with damaged hair needs, it’s a heat protectant. Of course, the best thing to do is to lay off using heat for a while and let bleached hair repair itself. However, for bleached blondes who cannot forego heat styling, we have the Cicaplasme Hair Serum, our heat protectant with Hyaluronic Acid. A leave-in hair serum is a great way to ensure maximum absorbency and efficacy of the powerful nutrients such as Hyaluronic Acid.
For night care, we have the Sérum Cicanuit Hair Serum, our intense overnight recovery hair serum for all blondes. This overnight serum is super lightweight, and restores hair fiber overnight by delivering deep and durable hair hydration resulting in visibly reduced appearance of surface damage on the hair.
5. Use a repairing hair oil
Post-bleaching care is not just limited to cleansing, conditioner, priming and treating. Bleach-damaged hair needs constant nourishment. One of the best ways to provide that is with a hair oil. Huile Cicaextreme is instant, extreme blonde care in a precious concentrated hair oil that goes in wet or dry hair. Our signature glass bottle holds the key to a faster post-bleach recovery, added health and shine.
We have often cited this as hack but try mixing in a bit of hair oil in with your hair mask routine. Your hair mask is already deeply nourishing, but you can make it even more potent by adding a few pumps of hair oil into a tea-spoon sized amount of hair mask for unrivaled nourishment for damaged hair from bleaching.
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