How Soon Can I Bleach My Hair Again?
This blog post is about the particulars and safety of bleach and how soon you can do so. Bleach contains a chemical called hydrogen peroxide that can be damaging to hair, which is why it’s not recommended for frequent use.
It’s best to consult with your hair stylist or another hair care professional before using bleach on a regular basis.
The journey begins with choosing the right type of bleach for your hair. You can look for an antifade or gently formulated bleach for the safest processing.
Avoid bargain bleaches because more often than not, they may contain more chemicals than what’s indicated on the label.
It’s also important to pay attention to the volume of bleach in your product because too much can actually be damaging.
An exaggerated concentration of bleach may also cause your hair to turn too white, which isn’t the look you’re going for.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is peroxide, because it’s used as an accelerator. To give some perspective on peroxide, the common variety that you see in stores is 10 volume (10%), but 7-volume can be found in some supermarket brands.
When using chemical dyes, you will want to stay away from peroxides because they’ll actually weaken the bond of the dye to your hair strands.
Finally, always make sure that the bleach you want to use is suited for your hair type, which is written on the label. If you’re not sure about the type of hair you have, check with your hair stylist.
Now that you know how to pick the right bleach, let’s talk about safety. You should never attempt to bleach your hair alone for this very reason.
Working with bleach is just like playing with fire. It can cause burns and light injuries if not handled correctly.
If your skin comes in contact with bleach, wash it off immediately using soap and cold water.
Never mix bleach with ammonia, which is what you do if using peroxide. Mixing bleach with ammonia can lead to respiratory problems, eye irritation, or even chemical burns.
Avoid prolonged exposure to the fumes of bleach as well, because it’s irritating to your nasal passages and lungs.
Even though bleaching your hair is safe under the supervision of a professional, there are some things you need to avoid or do differently when at home.
You should avoid bleaching your hair for at least 48 hours after coloring your hair, and you also want to avoid touching your scalp to minimize the risk of irritation.
If you’re allergic to cosmetic products like bleach, you should definitely skip this process.
Make sure that you’re using the right amount of bleach for your hair. The rule is that if the shade turns out too light or too dark, then it’s not right for you.
This is why you should ask your stylist to test it on a piece of your hair first. It’s also important that you wash your hair with shampoo once after bleach processing to remove the residues left on the strands.
Lastly, if you’re sensitive to chemicals, then choose a gentler bleach for your hair. Options include pearlsense or henna based ammonia-free bleaches, which are gentle on strands.
Always check the label of any product before using it to be sure that it’s safe for your hair type and color.