For those of you who, like me, have bleached hair…you know the struggle. Because bleach is stripping your hair of color, with that it is taking out the protein. All of this adds up to beautifully light but dreadfully dry hair. Since bleaching my hair for the first time, I have figured out a few ways to {do my best} keep my hair as healthy as I can!

  1. Don’t wash your hair everyday! I repeat, do not wash your hair everyday. This really goes for anyone, bleached or not bleached. When you shampoo your hair you are stripping the hair of it’s natural oils and doing that everyday will only lead to more dry hair. This is where the beauty of dry-shampoo comes in. Use it!
  2. Hair masks are your best friend. There are a lot of hair masks out on the market, but my personal favorite is easy and simple coconut oil  {we are obsessed with coconut oil, I know}. The night before I wash my hair I will put in a good amount from ends to about half way up. Avoid the scalp so you don’t get too greasy! This will help keep your hair soft and shiny.
  3. Regular trims. I know there are many differing opinions on this, but I am a big believer in getting a trim ever 6-8 weeks. The only {and I mean only} way to get rid of split ends is to get them cut off. Now i’m not saying you have to go get three inches cut off, but keeping your hair trimmed every couple of months helps eliminate some of the damage and prevents it from splitting even further.
  4. Don’t skimp on your shampoo and conditioner! Listen, i’m a broke college student, I understand the want to buy cheap shampoo and conditioner because it goes so quick. However, hair is one of the things that I am willing to spend more on because it is worth it! When you buy the generic brands from drugstores, they are adding layers of “wax” to your hair that is in the end only going to prevent your hair from living it up to its full potential. Spend the extra money and get a quality shampoo and conditioner, your hair will thank you for it. p.s. My all time fav is Moroccanoil!
  5. Top tip: no heat! I know this is a hard one for many people. But I do everything in my power to keep from having to use heat on my hair {blow drying included}. I always let me hair air-dry and I have figured out ways to curl my hair through twisting and pinning it rather than having to use a curling iron. Not only do heat products damage your hair, but they also can ruin your color. I’m challenging all of you to find your own ways to skip out on heat at least half the week! Braid it, bun it, do whatever you have to!

These are just a few things that I do to keep my hair as healthy as possible, try them out and let me know what you think!