Dark hair by nature is coarse. Ask any hairstylist and he would tell you that the darker the hair the thicker the strands are. This means that those with black or dark brown hair have thick manes – this explains the frizzy nature of some of these hair types. Also notice how blond hair is almost never frizzy! This is due to the fact that by nature, blond hair is quite wispy and thin. It doesn’t have the rigidity to even have a mind of its own and start going crazy.
If you’re a dark-haired person who would like to have a bleached hair style – ala Marshall Mathers or Eminem --- there’s some bad news for you; your hair will absolutely get damaged no matter what you do. The process of bleaching is very harmful to your hair. As you can expect, using the bleaching agent on your crowning glory makes the hair shaft a lot thinner than it actually is. While it may look like that your bleached hair is very soft, light and wispy, to the touch, it can and will feel very dry and damaged.
Here’s the best way to bleach your dark hair with the least damage:
- Sit in front of a mirror to make sure that you can see what you’re doing. First, prepare the bleaching agent. To make sure that you’re going to be using the least harmful concentration of the product possible, formulate the bleaching solution in such a way that the bleaching agent is diluted to its lowest working concentration. This ratio will be clearly indicated in the bottle or manual that the bleaching agent comes in.
- Section of your hair with a comb and hair clips. It may sounds like a neat idea to just smother your hair with the bleach but since you’re looking for an even bleaching as well as minimized damage to the hair and scalp, you’re better doing it this way.
- By using a fine tooth hair brush, apply the bleaching agent solution to one section of your hair. You would notice that the bleaching effect is quite instantaneous. Let the bleach do its work and massage it through your hair with gloved hands. If you get any scalp irritation, use a spray bottle with water to soothe the burning sensation.
- The bleaching process may take a longer while but that’s the price you pay for having less damage in the long run. I’m sure you would agree that this is a great bargain. You will be stuck with damaged hair unless you choose to shave it off!
- Do the comb technique for all the sections and assess the evenness of the bleaching. Go over the sections that aren’t as bleached for a second time to make it more uniform and professional looking.
That’s how you make sure that bleaching doesn’t make your hair look like a mop head! Easy does it! Take care of your hair with a shampoo that repairs damaged hair.