To Bleach or not to Bleach

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To Bleach or not to Bleach

Currently sported by a number of picture perfect A-listers, It’s fair to say that the white blonde trend that has taken the summer by storm is here to stay. Taylor Swift this month revealed an edgy white blonde bob while just this week Vanessa Hudgens debuted stunning Icy blonde waves; an innocent scroll through your Insta feed provides temptation enough take the plunge. Bleaching your hair is a bold change though, with long term effects on the quality of your locks- it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly so we’ve pulled together some key info to help you make an informed decision.

There are a couple of important factors to consider before booking your bleach job. First and foremost you need to make sure your hair type can handle the treatment, finer less textured hair will be the most affected by the bleaching, though not all of these affects are necessarily bad. While bleach undoubtedly damages all hair types in the long run the appearance of fine hair after lightening treatments may seem thicker- this is because the bleach has altered the elasticity and porosity of your hair, changing the way it absorbs moisture. What it really comes down to, especially for those with finer hair, is a trade-off between striking on-trend colour with added texture and the high shine and smoothness that comes only with untreated hair, you can’t have your cake and eat it unfortunately.

It’s also important to remember that after treatment your hair will be more vulnerable to environmental damage and the effects of heat styling. The bleach affects the structure of your hair cuticle resulting in more breakage and the notorious split ends coming out to play. The key to minimizing such damage is to use targeted hair products specific for bleached hair, these work on a cellular level to repair broken bonds and to keep your locks moisturised. We’d also recommend booking regular trims with your hairdresser to keep your ends looking fresh and healthy and prevent breakage.

Enough of the serious stuff though, despite all of the above we mustn’t forget that your hair is just that: hair, it’s in its nature to grow back and this is what makes it such a fantastic canvas for experimentation and playing with trends. Convinced that blondes have more fun? Tune in for our follow up piece on how to beat the brass, your guide on how to maintain the icy blonde look!

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