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By Reaghan Belfor
Bleaching is back, and it is coming to a fashion blog near you just in time for summer! No matter what color your current locks are, you might feel the need to strip them down to the platinum glow. Hey, Kim K. did it, why can’t you?
Let’s be real, ladies, Kim K. has the money to get the perfect look in no time. Additionally, she has the ways and means to maintain that look at all times. If you took the bold steps to get the Kim K. look at home, but you have come across some major problems, you are not alone.
Of course, it is always best to put the process of hair bleaching in the hands of the professionals, there are times that we are bold, and try to do things like this ourselves. This can oftentimes lead to very frightening results. While the blunders of bleaching far outweigh those of other dyeing, there are remedies for all of the at-home bleaching fails you have experienced.
If you have gone for the gold (or the bleached), and the results terrorized your hair, you might find yourself in a panic to remedy the situation. Check out these five bleaching blunders and the ways you can fix them.
#1) Breaking Hair
Even if your hair is the proper color that you originally wanted, you may find that it breaks off easily. Brittle hair can shed at unwanted times, and it can leave your ends looking like frayed straw or even peeling plastic.
Unfortunately, at this point, your hair is telling you that you have taken it way too far. According to hairfinder.com, “The bottom line is that you’ve destroyed enough of the hair’s structural integrity to leave the hair brittle and dry, and rough.”
You should understand that I’m not trying to reprimand you, but at this point, you should take note of your hair’s limits, and be a little gentler next time.
If you find your hair is breaking more than cheap plastic, you are strongly advised to seek professional help.
Your hair is hard and brittle right now, so your best bet (if you refuse emergency treatments from a stylist) is to do hot oil treatments as much as you can: Start once a day, and as your hair softens, slow it down. Additionally, you should be using deep conditioners at least twice a day.
Hairfinder.com also suggests: “avoid heated drying and thermal styling tools for the duration so that your hair can regain some measure of its structural integrity.” I would demand that you take all heating tools out of your daily routine. The hot oil and deep conditioning will help to tame your hair for nights out.
#2) Texture Changes
We already discussed the dry, breaking hair change that you may have experienced with bleaching. However, you may also notice that your hair feels a little weird when it is wet. Most people encounter a spongy or slimy texture when they wet their hair after at-home bleaching.
Hairfinder.com says, “The hair feeling slimy and spongy when wet, means that its structural integrity is destroyed. At this stage, the hair probably already is breaking; already feels like straw when it’s dry; and will not hold color.”
Again, it is time to get yourself to a stylist if possible.
If this is not possible, it is time to start protein treatments on your hair. Use the hot oils and deep conditioners as well to (at the very least) keep your hair intact until it grows out.
#3) Scalp Issues
Uh oh! Your scalp is red, blotchy, peeling, and/or in a lot of pain. Scalp issues can lead to major freak outs in the hair world, and with good cause.
All of the symptoms listed above can be attributed to one of two things, according to hairfinder.com. They can come from an allergic reaction to the chemicals used, or they can come from chemical burns on the scalp.
Both of these things can be pretty frightening. If you don’t have a friend to check out the severity of the reaction/burn, you should definitely go see a stylist. A professional can tell you whether or not you need to see a doctor. If you want to skip the stylist, you can head straight to a doctor or dermatologist to get your skin checked out.
Definitely avoid potent shampoos, and be extremely careful when brushing or combing.
Use your instincts on whether or not you should see a doctor.
#4) Uneven Bleaching
If you notice dark spots and light spots after bleaching, this is very common—especially when the bleaching is done at home. This happens because many hair bleaching mixtures are temperature sensitive.
You may find that your roots are a lot lighter than the ends. This is because your head produces more heat.
At this point, you can only see a professional to even out the tone. It is not recommended to re-bleach your hair after doing it once. This can be dangerous, and lead to over processing and your hair falling out.
If your hair turns yellow or even orange after bleaching, this is very common. There are several different levels of brassiness in your hair, and the remedies can range from simple to extreme.
If you have just a little bit of brassiness (but enough to get annoying for you), you may want to check out different lines of anti-brassing shampoos which have a very vague light blue tinting. Be careful, because these bluing shampoos can stain your hands!
If the brassiness is so bad that it hurts your eyes, you may consider waiting about a week, then going to see a hairdresser. The extreme cases of brassiness can be remedied with simple tinting (but at this point, you don’t want to process your hair by yourself anymore; you should definitely seek a professional).
Bleaching your hair is not the same as dying your hair. It is incredibly important that you do your research. In most cases, this is not a job for your best friend (unless your best friend is a professional hairstylist). If the problems do occur, you are always encouraged to seek a professional after the fact. Do be careful while bleaching, and if you have problems with breakage, texture, or color, make sure you are using the right shampoos and deep conditioners. If you have any problems with your scalp, it is recommended that you see your doctor. What are some of the problems you have had with bleaching? Share with us in the comments below!