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Hair-saving tips for bleaching hair blonde

Cover Media logo Cover Media 03-11-2018
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Icy blonde hair is the look of the moment but to achieve the super-light look, it means reaching for the bleach bottle.

Not only does blonde hair need a lot of care, but, as many of us have found out, bleach, if used incorrectly, can be extremely damaging.

But there are a number of ways you can protect your hair to avoid damaging it in the process of going blonde.

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Have a consultation

A professional hairstylist is best to ensure you get the look you want, with the minimum of damage, so save your coins.

“Bleaching hair will always incur some damage and the hair will need a lot of TLC afterwards but this can be manageable,” explains Ross Charles, owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing. “Your stylist should consult with you in detail prior to bleaching your hair to discuss your hair type and hair care routine.”

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Protect your locks

Advances in hair technology can help you strengthen hair ahead of the bleaching process.

“Technology available today has also dramatically reduced the risks and consequences of bleaching hair, treatments like Olaplex are incredible at fortifying the strands and ensuring your hair remains healthy and strong during the bleaching process,” explains Krysia Eddery, owner of Perfectly Posh Hair Design. “As an Aveda salon we use Aveda Enlightener Powder which contains sunflower, castor and jojoba oils that will protect your hair as it processes and adds incredible shine. This particular product also conditions your hair to ensure hair health remains intact.”

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Don’t neglect it

This isn’t a wash and go look. Conditioning is really important and a weekly mask a must.

“Once you have decided to go ahead you must be prepared to put in the work at home to get your hair back to prime condition,” adds Ross. “Your stylist will be able to help you with this but as a general rule, use a deep conditioning mask once per week, do not overuse heated styling tools and always use heat protection after each wash.”

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Be realistic

Don’t think you can go from Cher black, to Madonna blonde in one simple step.

“If your hair is very dark and you would like to go lighter, you need to be prepared for a lengthy journey to your desired result,” Ross advises. “It is not recommended to apply a full head of bleach to dark hair in order to reach that light blonde shade in one sitting. This will need to be carried out over a number of appointments and will require a level of commitment to it is important to decide if you are definitely ready to commit 100 per cent.”

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