How to Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

How to Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

Have you ever dared to go blonde by bleaching your hair, only to find yourself left with dry, damaged, and lifeless locks? If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a bleaching mishap, you’re not alone. Picture this: You’ve finally achieved your dream of having platinum blonde hair, but now you’re dealing with the consequences – […]

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Have you ever dared to go blonde by bleaching your hair, only to find yourself left with dry, damaged, and lifeless locks? If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a bleaching mishap, you’re not alone. Picture this: You’ve finally achieved your dream of having platinum blonde hair, but now you’re dealing with the consequences – brassy tones, split ends, and hair that feels like straw. Sound familiar? Don’t panic! With the right knowledge and products, you can transform your bleach-damaged hair into the healthy, vibrant locks you’ve always wanted.

At Rush, we understand the challenges that come with bleaching your hair. Our team of expert stylists have years of experience in helping clients repair and restore their hair after bleach damage. We’ve seen it all – from minor breakage to severe damage and we know exactly what it takes to bring your hair back to its former glory.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of bleach damaged hair and explore the best ways to repair and revitalise your locks. From identifying the signs of damage, to using the right products and treatments, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get your hair looking and feeling its best. So, let’s get started on your journey to healthier, happier hair!

Should You Bleach Your Hair?

While bleaching your hair can help you achieve a lovely, lighter shade, it comes with the risk of damage. The bleaching process strips your hair of its natural oils and raises the cuticle, leading to dryness, brittleness, and frizziness.

To minimise damage, we recommend using a nourishing hair mask in between treatment appointments and getting regular trims afterward. However, with the right care and high-quality products designed for bleached hair, you can achieve healthy-looking bleached locks without compromising their integrity. Keep reading to discover our top picks for maintaining your gorgeous bleached hair.

What Does Bleach Damaged Hair Look Like?

Bleach damaged hair is easy to spot, with initial signs including hair breakage, split ends, and fragile lengths. The most visible indicators of damage are dullness, lack of shine, extreme dryness, and excessive frizziness. Bleached blonde hair becomes more sensitised, with increased tangling and a rough, coarse texture.

Common signs of bleach damage include: 

  • Dullness and loss of shine
  • Brittle strands prone to breakage
  • Flyaways and split ends
  • Hair feels stiff and crunchy 
  • Excess tangling that’s hard to tame
  • Dry, rough texture

In rare cases of extreme bleach damage, hair can start to snap off or fall out. This is usually due to misuse of bleach such as double bleaching on the same day or lifting hair that’s too delicate. Our colourists know the necessary steps to prevent over-processing, so trust their advice regarding all things bleaching.

How to Avoid Bleach Damaged Hair

To avoid bleach damaged hair, it’s essential to be mindful of the frequency and method of bleaching. We recommend limiting bleaching sessions to once every 8 to 10 weeks, giving your hair ample time to recover between treatments.

If bleaching yourself, when touching up your roots, apply the bleach only to the new growth, and avoid re-bleaching your entire head. Repeatedly bleaching the same hair will lead to breakage and hair loss.

For personalised bleaching advice on your hair, consult with our experienced hairdressers at Rush. They can assess your hair’s condition, recommend the most suitable bleaching techniques, and provide guidance on maintaining healthy, vibrant locks between treatments.

Remember the key to avoiding damage is patience, moderation, and seeking professional advice from trusted experts.

20 Tips to Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

Trim regularly – Regular trims every 6-8 weeks can help remove split ends and prevent further damage from travelling up the hair strand.

Use deep conditioning treatments – Weekly deep conditioning treatments can help restore moisture and softness to bleach damaged hair.

Use protein treatments – Protein treatments can help strengthen and repair the hair’s structure, reducing breakage and improving elasticity.

Use leave-in conditioner – Leave-in conditioners provide extra moisture and protection, helping to detangle and smooth the hair.

Avoid heat styling- Heat styling tools can further damage bleached hair, so it’s best to avoid or minimise their use.

Air dry – Air drying is gentler on bleached hair than using a blow dryer, which can cause additional heat damage.

Cold water rinse – Rinsing your hair with cold water can help seal the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and promoting shine.

Wear loose hairstyles – Tight hairstyles can put stress on fragile, bleached hair, so opt for loose, gentle styles instead.

Reduce washing frequency – Washing your hair too often can strip away natural oils, so try to extend the time between washes.

Use a wide-tooth comb – Wide-tooth combs are gentler on bleached hair and can help reduce breakage when detangling.

Avoid harsh chemicals – Harsh chemicals like sulphates and alcohol can further dry out and damage bleached hair, so look for gentle, nourishing formulas.

Sleep on a silk pillowcase – Silk pillowcases create less friction than cotton, which can help reduce tangling and breakage while you sleep.

Protect from the sun – The sun can fade and dry out bleached hair, so wear a hat or use a UV protectant spray when spending time outdoors.

Avoid chlorine – Chlorine can be especially damaging to bleached hair, so wear a swim cap or rinse your hair with fresh water before and after swimming.

Eat a balanced diet – A diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals can help support healthy hair growth and repair from the inside out.

Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water can help keep your hair and scalp hydrated, promoting healthier, more resilient hair.

Consult a professional – A professional hairstylist can assess your hair’s condition and recommend personalised treatments and care routines.

Hydrate with olive, coconut or argan oil – Natural oils can help nourish and hydrate bleached hair, reducing dryness and frizz.

Rice water rinse  – Rice water contains vitamins and minerals that can help strengthen and improve the overall health of bleached hair.

Scalp massage – Gently massaging your scalp can improve blood circulation, promoting healthier hair growth and reducing stress on the hair follicles.

Book Your Hair Appointment Now

If you’re struggling with bleach damaged hair, don’t wait any longer to take action. The experienced hairdressers at Rush are here to help you restore your hair’s health, vibrancy, and strength. We use only the highest-quality products specifically formulated for bleached hair to ensure optimal results.

Don’t let bleach hold you back from having the beautiful, healthy hair you deserve.  Find your nearest hairdressing salon and  book your appointment at Rush today to take the first step towards transforming your hair.


How do I know if my hair is damaged by bleach?

Signs of bleach-damaged hair include dryness, brittleness, split ends, excessive tangling, and a rough, straw-like texture. Your hair may also appear dull and lack shine.

How often should I trim my hair to repair bleach damage?

To help repair bleach-damaged hair, we recommend trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks. Regular trims will remove split ends and prevent further damage from travelling up the hair strand.

Are there specific products I should use to repair bleach damaged hair?

Yes, look for products specifically formulated for bleached or colour-treated hair. These products often contain ingredients like proteins, keratin and moisturising agents to help strengthen and hydrate damaged hair. 

Can I continue to colour or bleach my hair while repairing bleach damage?

It’s best to avoid further bleaching or any colouring of your hair while trying to repair bleach damage. If you must colour your hair, opt for a gentle, semi-permanent, or ammonia-free formula.

How long does it take to repair bleach-damaged hair?

The time it takes to repair bleach-damaged hair varies depending on the extent of the damage. With consistent care and the right products you may start to see improvement in week, however for more severe damage it can take several months to fully repair.


Are there any natural remedies for repairing bleach-damaged hair?

Yes, there are several natural remedies that can help nourish bleach-damaged hair. These include using coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil as deep hydrating treatments. Also applying honey or aloe vera to your hair and rinsing with rice water can help.


Can I prevent bleach damage in the future?

To prevent bleach damage in the future follow these tips:

  • Space out your bleaching sessions, allowing at least 8-10 weeks between treatments.
  • Use a deep conditioning treatment before and after bleaching to minimise damage.
  • Always consult an expert to ensure you don’t cause damage. Our team of stylists are available for bleaching, treatments, trims and advice.