Ask a Beauty Editor: How to Fix Damaged Hair Caused by Bleaching
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Reader question: "How do you hydrate hair that has been bleached, colored, and recolored? My scalp is dry too!" —@calliugraphic
For the longest time, I thought that having healthy bleached hair was an impossible oxymoron. While I did opt for the occasional coloring session, I stressed that my stylist never touch bleach. Unfortunately, that also meant that the lightest shade I could ever achieve was dark caramel. Eventually, my dreams of going blonde grew too strong, and I caved.
But I did my research, and surprisingly my hair is in pretty good shape today. I attribute this to my expert colorists, of course, who made sure to equip me with plenty of advice. But I also make sure to take care of my strands as if they were insured. The right maintenance can help reverse the negative effects of bleaching—even after back-to-back sessions—but that does mean more time commitment, and potentially product investment on your part.
Here are some tips to help keep bleached hair healthy.