Getting Your Hair Bleached? 4 Steps to Protect it Along the Way!

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Are you considering following the bright hair trend and going blue or pink? Or perhaps you want to make a platinum statement with your hair? Either way, if you're considering getting your hair bleached there are a few things you should consider first to make sure that your locks don't end up frizzy and damaged. Read on to find out how to go from plain Jane to dazzling Delilah in four easy steps.

Leave your hair in the hands of a professional

Truly, there is a far greater chance of damaging your hair if you bleach at home. Instead, leave this delicate operation in the hands of a professional hairdresser who knows exactly what he or she is doing. Your hairdresser can do a consultation with you, tell you whether the look you're after will work with your particular hair type (and if not, suggest something that will look equally spectacular), and can then execute that look for you. You have to live with that hair after all is said and done, so let your hairdresser do the hard part for you.

Ask your hairdresser about Olaplex

Olaplex is a salon treatment that lightens hair, while at the same time rebuilding and protecting it. Used in conjunction with hair gloss, it is a gentle alternative to traditional hair dye. Speak to your hairdresser about Olaplex to see if it's right for you.

Protect your hair with coconut oil before bleaching

Coconut oil is a bit of a wonder product these days, but for a very good reason! This multi-tasker not only works wonders in cooking and on the skin, it is excellent for use on hair to add softness and hydration. On top of that, it has been shown to be effective as a pre-treatment for bleached hair. To use, simply melt the oil (if it's not already in its liquid state) and slather it on your hair the night before your appointment. Cover it up and then and sleep in it. Now, in the morning don't wash it out; simply keep it in your hair until your appointment. Most hairdressers will already know about how coconut oil works well to protect the hair when bleaching, so don't worry about feeling silly turning up looking like an oil slick!

Watch what products you use afterwards

Once you've bleached your hair, you need to take good care of it in order to keep it looking healthy and lustrous. Try not to over wash it – keep it to no more than a couple of times a week, if possible -- and use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed for colour-treated hair. You can still use the coconut oil for a deep conditioning treatment if your hair feels extra dry; the oil will make it look shiny and lush in no time. 

Follow these steps and you can achieve the hair of your dreams with minimum damage!

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