One of the many joys of having hair is experimenting with it. From unique cuts to fun colors, there are so many ways you can turn your hair into a work of art, but sometimes it can come with a cost.
Many people lighten their hair with bleach, which can lead to some bright, beautiful looks but can also wreak havoc on your precious locks! Bleach strips the pigment from your hair shaft through oxidation, which can lead to intense damage.
Here are a few ways bleaching can damage your hair and why you might want to avoid it.
Damages the Hair Cuticle
Bleaching raises your hair’s outer cuticle, allowing the bleaching agent to penetrate fully. Repeated bleaching can permanently raise your cuticle, allowing rapid and continuous moisture loss from your strands.
Changes the Feel of Your Hair
People often decide to bleach their hair to improve its appearance, but it may have the opposite effect. Hair bleaching can ruin the texture of your hair by decreasing its elasticity and making it less soft. Your hair may become frizzy and dry with split ends.
Weakens Hair Strands
Bleaching weakens the hair strands by breaking down fatty acids in the hair shaft, causing permanent damage. It gets worse if the hair is bleached multiple times and for extended periods.
Hurts Your Scalp
If you feel a burning sensation on your scalp while getting your hair bleached, some of the product might have gotten onto your skin and could cause a chemical burn. This is all due to the strong chemicals in the bleaching products.
How Can You Protect Your Hair from Bleach Damage?
There are a few things you can do to help lessen the damage of bleach:
- Use a deep-conditioning treatment
- Always use a heat protectant when styling hair
- Invest in a good conditioner
- Brush your hair gently
- Try a bond-repairing treatment
- Protect your hair from the sun
If you bleach your hair often and don’t take the steps needed to take care of it, you could experience hair thinning or even clumps of hair falling out from severe chemical damage.
If you are currently struggling with hair loss from bleach damage, NM Hair Replacement Studio can offer you a free consultation to answer all your questions regarding your options for your hair loss needs. We have over 20 years of experience helping clients regain their confidence.