Bleaching your hair is sometimes necessary to prep your locks for colouring. Unfortunately, the lighter you go, the bigger toll it takes on your tresses. Regular treatments just won’t cut it. You need specialised care that can repair the bonds broken by the bleaching process.
What are the Best Hair Treatments for Bleached Hair?
If frizz, tangling and dry hair are giving you bad-hair days after a bleaching treatment, try these at-home treatments that will keep your hair in tip-top condition.
Healthy, beautiful hair post bleaching or colouring has become synonymous with the 3-step Olaplex reparative system offered in professional salons. However, you can get virtually the same kick out of the treatment even if you skip the first 2 steps. Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment is a lighter version of the No.2 product you’ll find in salons.
Bleach can break the protein bonds in hair strands. If your recently lightened hair looks wrecked and has your tummy in knots, simply spray Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment on your damp locks after a wash. Comb through, leave it for about 10 minutes, and then rinse. You can also wrap your hair and go to sleep with it in for an overnight reconstructive treatment.
Adding this repair treatment to your hair regimen once or twice a week will feel like a breeze when you see the results. Its job is to seek out damaged hair and repair it. It’s not about conditioning or hydrating hair; it’s a reparative treatment. Beautiful, right?
Find out more about Olaplex in our guide, What is Olaplex and How Do I Use It?
Say hello to a masterful, multitasking hair treatment! ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment repairs damaged hair. If you've bleached your hair, the primary pro will be the fact that this treatment repairs damaged bonds, which prevents hair from breaking. But it’s also laced with other benefits your hair will love.
On the conditioning front, ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment adds shine, smoothness, and softness; prevents split ends; and hydrates. It's a handy help for styling, controlling frizz, detangling, and enhancing hair’s natural body too. Finally, it's there to give you back-up: the cream formula also prevents chlorine and sun damage and is a colour saver.
Simply apply to damp hair after washing. There's the final benefit: because it's a leave-in product, you can eliminate a wait-and-rinse process from your hair wash routine.
A quickie treatment that gives you a shot of shine and strength.
If you're battling breakage and split ends, you can tackle the issue head-on with a few minutes of TLC a week. ELEVEN 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Treatment blends Shea Butter and Hydrolysed Wheat Proteins to hydrate and heal at the same time. The deep nourishment also prevents strands from breaking, so you'll cut down on those flyaways and split ends too.
Book a weekly date with your hair and apply ELEVEN 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Treatment after your regular shampoo and conditioner. Wait for 3 minutes and then rinse. Bonuses? The product is vegan-friendly and suitable for all hair types. If your hair tends towards being oily, you'll gain the joy of shine and strength without your locks becoming overloaded.
Book your hair in weekly for this DIY spa-like hair treatment.
With Coconut and Fig topping the ingredients list, this is one delicious-sounding hair masque. But it's much more than a smoothie for your hair. Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut and Fig Hair Masque is formulated to reload the look of your hair before you hit the bleach bottle. Namely, shiny, robust, soft, and frizz-free.
Swap out your regular conditioner for Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut and Fig Hair Masque and apply to damp hair. Comb through to ends and get on with your to-do list for 5 to 10 minutes while it works its magic. The handy tangle-tamer supplied with your luxe product is designed to detangle hair safely. Rinse with cool water, and you're good to go. Use this nourishing hair masque 2 times a week, or up to 3 times a week if your hair is chronically dry. You can also apply the product to dry hair and leave it in for 20 minutes before you rinse.
No doubt your hairstylist has warned you to look out for some nasties when you're choosing a hair product. We're happy to report that the Coco & Eve cream is free of parabens, sulphates, and phthalates, and is cruelty-free on top of it all.
You’ll recognise some key ingredients in KEVIN.MURPHY Hydrate-Me.Masque that are often used in skin creams designed to nourish and hydrate skin. Rosehip Oil and Evening Primrose Oil ring a bell? These beautiful organic ingredients that contain essential fatty acids similarly target the scalp. They help repair and renew damaged hair follicles to boost healthy hair growth.
Rosehip and Evening Primrose also infuse strands with moisture, getting an additional punch of hydration from the vitamins and minerals in Seaweed Extract. Sulphate-free and cruelty-free, this is a superb choice if you struggle to find safe and ethical hair treatment products. It's a soft cleansing treatment that won't strip the hair if you're battling with brittleness, loss of elasticity and shine.
A 2-in-1 treatment after a bleach and colour session.
Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Vitality Treatment is designed uniquely for coloured hair. So, if you’ve had to endure bleaching before you could apply your pick of rainbow hues, you’ll solve multiple post-colour issues with this repairing hair treatment.
Essential nutrients in this treatment counteract the damaging effects of hair lightening. Finally, deliciously hydrating Olive Oil boosts hair health (hello, shine!), while Goji Berry Extract protects the hair from sun, pollution, and other aggressors. The super food promise in its name also delivers. Enter an aromatherapy blend of Bergamot, Black Currant, Mandarin, Rose, and Basil. The silicone-free formula will also protect your shade from fading.
Post wash, simply massage Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Vitality Treatment into the hair and leave for 5 minutes. Follow with a light rinse. Too easy.
There's no need to get yourself tied in knots every time you wash your hair. evo the great hydrator moisture mask 150ml is a pro at eliminating tangles. Hair that's bleached can be compromised and prone to breakage, so any help to cut down on damage is a huge help.
Apply this moisturising treatment to wet hair and leave it for 5 minutes before you rinse. In the time that it would take you to make yourself a cup of coffee, you've given your locks a weekly dose of all it needs to step into the world shiny and frizz-free.
This Glycerine-based hair mask is a little out of the ordinary, so it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t had success with other products or lines. As with all evo products, the great hydrator moisture mask is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly and contains zero sulphates or parabens. It wins extra points for its subtle, spicy scent.
Bye-bye, brittle hair! This protein treatment is designed to rebuild chemically damaged hair. evo mane attention protein treatment 150ml gives you the power to give your hair what it needs, when it needs it. And the more it's used, the stronger your locks become. Suitable for all types of hair, including very curly, this hair-repair wonder makes your mane more manageable. If cutting down on frizz, reducing tangling, and boosting shine are on your wish list, then evo’s remedy delivers here too.
Massage evo mane attention protein treatment 150ml through your hair after a wash. Leave for 5 minutes and rinse. You'll get long-term benefits that rank up there with those of pro salon treatments. This product is free of all the naughties too—sulphates, parabens—and is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
Chemically damaged hair often needs multiple approaches to return hair to awesome condition. Sachajuan Hair Repair has the process nailed. Firstly, it treats the stressed-out scalp to promote cell regeneration. Healthy follicles and cell turnover support hair growth, so that’s one job down. Next, the proteins extracted from Sea Algae (think of it as the kale of the ocean) nourish the hair shaft, bringing back shine and vitality.
Damaged hair also loves to ruin your day by reverting to frizz. Sachajuan Hair Repair helps control this beast with a simple, once-a-week treatment. The drill is a no-brainer: massage into washed hair, allow 5 to 10 minutes to sink in, and then rinse thoroughly.
Help is here to treat both the inside and outside of damaged strands.
Argan Oil is one of our favourite ingredients for nourishing hair. Wella SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask relies on Moroccan Oil along with Jojoba Oil to hydrate and strengthen hair. The secret to its sweet-smelling success is that molecules of the formula have been designed to penetrate the hair to lock in moisture. Externally, this hair mask in a tub repairs the broken bonds in bleached and colour-treated hair. Outside and inside, you’re looking at long-term care and repair.
You'll need to set aside 5 to 10 minutes to let Wella SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask to do its restorative duty. Totally worth it if soft, frizz-free hair is what you're after.
Bleaching your hair yields the blank canvas you need to apply the incredible shade you’re after. The downside is that it can also damage the structure of your hair. So, while you’re winning in the colour stakes, your locks unfortunately can dry, frizzy, and brittle too. Enter BLONDPRO C, which is used in salons to address hair affected by treatments. This hair-repair product repairs existing damage and prevents further harm. This gives you the option to go that edge lighter, without the risk.
Some treatment products simply coat the hair to cut down on frizz. BLONDPRO C goes the extra mile by repairing the bonds from within. This third module in BLONDPRO’s in-salon treatment process can also be used as an at-home salve to restore the condition of coloured hair. Add this long-term solution to your wash-and-style regime for regular maintenance.
Transform your hair in 10 minutes with Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut and Fig Hair Masque
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So, let's recap the 11 Best Hair Treatments for Bleached Hair in 2021
Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Vitality Treatment
Wella SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask
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This article has been updated on 15/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Brooklyn from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.