About a month ago I decided I wanted to go blonde, the lightest blonde possible. I got inspired by japanese fashion icon Ayano Sasaki who is known for her great lilac hair and great fashion sense, of course. I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to taking decisions like this so I just went for it. Honestly, I had no idea how hard it would be to take care of bleached, processed, fried hair! Bleach is pretty much the worst thing that can happen to your hair, especially if it's dark (like mine). I wasn't worried though, since I had strong and healthy hair. Now I've learned it isn't as easy as it seems but overall I'm pretty happy with the results. I'd like to think my hair has been grateful, it's still damaged and brittle but it's been improving. Being consistent on hair treatments has definitely helped.
How it started
I was looking for silver hair, so I had to bleach it first, but the first time I got it bleached it turned out yellowish (which I hated) so I bleached it twice (big mistake) Not on the same day though, I waited a week. During that week I took care of it by not washing it everyday and applying hair masks and hair oils.
Everything was done by a professional at a salon, I was warned it would be damaged and I had to be extra caring after it.
The first time I bleached it, it was so yellowish and very uneven. I hated it. So I waited a long week and bleached it again. This wasn't the smartest decision. My hair reached the lightest tone of blonde it could, but it was brittle, fried and even worse on some parts. One of the reasons this happened was because I had previously dyed it medium brown, and I had red undertones.
After two weeks my hair started looking better as I continued using silver hair shampoo (purple shampoo) and deep repair hair masks and treatments. At first I left the purple shampoo for about 20 minutes, but figured this would dry my hair even more, so I went to a beauty supply and got Silver Hair cream treatment, this conditions and gives back my hair the silver tone. Having bleached hair isn't easy, you can't brush it when it's wet, can't use heat in any way, and it breaks quite a lot. Here are a few recommendations to keep your hair on your head:
Macadamia Natural Oil Repair Mask: this mask works like magic, it heals and nourishes extremely brittle and dry/damaged hair. It contains Macadamia nut oil and Argan oil. I alternate between the Morrocanoil Mask, using it once or twice a week.
Morrocanoil Hydrating Mask: this mask is super hydrating, I use it once or twice a week depending on how many times I wash my hair. I find this is way lighter than the Macadamia Mask. I add the Morrocanoil Treatment for a deeper treatment.
Aromi di Firenze Silver Hair Mask: the purple shampoo I use is the same as this mask, though it isn't super hydrating/ repairing, it works for what's intended. It fades any unwanted yellow tones on my hair.
Other products I'm currently using/testing:
My hair still has split ends and damaged parts, but it's getting better. Here are some tips if you're planning on bleaching your hair.
Be patient. You won't see results as quick as you expect. Bleaching your hair is a long, tiresome process. Most importantly, don't rush. Your hair needs time to get better, protein has to be built and recovered again and this takes a considerable amount of time.
Don't use heat. Heat weakens hair and it's important you don't use heat at least on the first few weeks. Also wash your hair with cold water, this helps.
Don't over-condition your hair. Applying tons of products at once will only get your scalp oily which will lead you to wash your hair more often, and you don't want this. You should wash your hair only 2-3 times a week (or less).
Choose the right products. Using the right hair products will help improve the health of your hair quicker. (i.e thin hair, coarse hair, etc)
Go to a professional. Bleaching your hair on your own isn't a good idea.
Some hair inspiration :)
What do you think of bleached hair?