Cosmetologist Yvette Camilo – “Is It Safe To Bleach My Hair One More Time?”

QUESTION: How many times can hair be bleached without it being harshly damaged or falling out? I`ve dyed my hair a lot of times, but with temporary hair dyes or red hair dye that fades in 3 washes (about 6 days). I also bleach the top half, but not the bottom half. Oh, I got a haircut last week and I barely have dead ends. Also, my hair is soft. Is it safe to bleach it one more time? Please help me!

YVETTE’S ADVICE: Hello corazón! As long as your hair is in good condition, then bleaching can be considered. Just make sure you remember that after bleaching, your hair will be more fragile than ever so you will need to give it MUCH more TLC than you already do. Here are my rules of thumb for everybody who bleaches their hair:

-Lots and lots of deep conditioners: You are stripping the natural pigments off your hair, so it’s only normal that it will feel dry after you bleach it. Conditioners and treatments specific for “dry/damaged” hair are a must. Get used to wearing a hair mask once a week to re-strengthen your hair and to add back the proteins you removed while bleaching.

-Little to no heat: You need to give your hair as much TLC as you can, until it feels strong again. Heat is no good when the hair is fragile, causing it to break off. Let your hair air-dry as much as you can. Give it time to breathe. If you have to use heat, then make sure you use a heat protectant spray/lotion that will help your hair in the process.

-Do not brush harshly: It upsets me to see how many people yank at their hair while brushing. There are more delicate ways of un-knotting your hair. This minimizes elasticity and your hair tends to break on its own, especially after bleaching. So be as gentle as you can with it.

-Do not re-bleach tomorrow: Honestly, this is a very common problem. People are not satisfied with their results and they bleach again. That’s like burning yourself on top of a burn you already have. Try to give it at least 2-3 months between bleaches to give the hair the time to gain its strength again. (Trust me. I’ve been guilty of this and the results are not cool!)

Here is a good trick to determine if your hair is strong enough for bleach. Grab a strand of hair that your head has naturally shed and wrap it around both of your index fingers, leaving at least 2 inches of the strand free and the rest wrapped in your fingers. Slowly stretch the hair out and bring it back in.

Does your hair stretch like a rubber band and return to its original shape without breaking or deforming? If yes, then you are good to go!

Thank you for your question and good luck! Send us pictures of your before and after!! I’d love to see!

Cosmetologist Yvette Camilo

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