Caring For My Bleached Hair

25 August 2013

Maintaining blonde hair is no easy deal. Although I can't claim to be an expert, I've been colouring my naturally dark hair various shades of light blonde (including a five year stretch of white blonde), since the age of thirteen - almost an entire decade! I've somehow - miraculously - managed to maintain a full head of hair, so I thought I'd share some of my tips with anyone else who's keen to keep blonde hair in tip top condition, whether it's natural or bleached.

The first, and probably most important tip I'd share with any new blondes, is to invest in a purple shampoo. Although it can look a little scary - it is very bright! - purple is the opposite to yellow on the colour spectrum, so it will help to even out any brassiness. My favourite purple shampoo is the Paul Mitchell platinum shampoo, which I've been using for five + years now, but a good budget alternative is the slightly less powerful Touch of Silver shampoo. Using purple shampoo every wash can lead to hair becoming a little grey, so I'd recommend alternating with your favourite shampoo, and using a clarifying shampoo occasionally also - Phytoneutre is my favourite.

Because bleach can leave hair dry and damaged, moisture is a must when it comes to maintaining healthy locks. I've tried conditioners from pretty much every brand (Ojon, Aveda, Sexy Hair, Toni & Guy, Redken, the list goes on), but this Bumble & Bumble offering is my current favourite. It's light enough that it doesn't weigh my hair down, but also moisturising enough to leave my hair feeling silky. Protein treatments are also great for strong hair. I love Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer and Bumble & Bumble's Deeep treatment, but another favourite for winter in particular is the Joico K-Pak Reconstructor. It smells of bananas - delicious, trust me - and my hair always feels healthy and happy after use.

After washing my hair, I like to finish off with an oil of some form. I liked Moroccan oil, but Macadamia is definitely my favourite. Not only does it keep moisture locked in to my hair, it also speeds up drying time, which is a bonus. Ojon's offering is next on my to try list. My final piece of advice for caring for bleached hair, would be to be careful of which brushes you use on your hair. Bleached hair is stripped and weak, so prone to snapping. For this reason I use a super gentle Tangle Teezer on my wet hair, and a Denman Paddle Brush the remainder of the time. Neither of these brushes pulls too harshly on the hair, meaning I experience less breakage.

Are there any tips for dealing with blonde hair that I need to know about? What are your favourite hare care products?


  1. I just recently re-bleached my hair (after about a two year hiatus from being bleached) so it's good to refresh on newer products available to use! Thanks!

    Kate Xx

  2. Really want to try out that oil treatment. I have bleached ends so I need to take care of them a lot!

    Jamie ♥

  3. I need to try the macadamia treatment, my hair is so dry from bleach!:)

  4. I definitely need the tangle teezer, my hair is so difficult to brush !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  5. I love the Tangle Teezer and the Macadamia oil too! Ojon's oil is lovely as well, but I find Macadamia's a bit more hydrating :)

  6. I love my Tangle Teezer, couldn't be without it now! The Macadamia Oil is so good, have you tried their Deep Repair Masque? x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  7. Love the Elasticizer! Really need to get back into using it! Really want to try out that Macadamia Oil range too!

    <a href=">sjmcdf</a> xo

  8. My hair isn't dyed blonde, but it has been quite damaged before.. I already love the Macadamia treatment for when I need a good pick-me-up for my hair & I have been eyeing the B&B Coconut conditioner for a while now.. As far as other great products I can suggest for more damaged hair.. I've been really loving the REDKEN extreme anti-snap for when I use heat.

  9. Although I have red hair I have to bleach it to get it this colour so finding new products to try on really damaged hair is definitely something I love. Awesome post :)x

    Debra Bros Blog

  10. My hair gets extremely dry at the end from the bleach! I tend to rely on purple shampoo and intensive conditioning masks so it's great to read your tips xx

  11. I use the touch of silver shampoo on my ombre hair and i swear by it! removes all the brassy tones!

    a fashion fix

  12. I recently had the life bleached out of my hair and posted an entry about my current haircare routine. It's a bit of a ramble but here's what I'm using!

    Now I'm intrigued in that Touch of Silver shampoo you have mentioned....

  13. I use that hair oil too, it's lovely isn't it? I used to have bleached hair too & this post would have been so useful ahha, my hair ended up awfully dry!xx


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