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Should I Wash My Hair Before Bleaching It?

So you’re thinking of lighting up your life with a gleaming blonde vibe, uplifting your natural brunette tones, or rocking a shade of the rainbow? To do so means bleach—a harsh chemical that can, if you get it wrong, cause incredible damage to your hair. But never fear, the following details the strategic steps to successfully get those flaxen tones without worrying about wrecking your tresses in the process.

How to Bleach Hair Without Causing Damage

  •     Planning
  •     Preparation


The first step is to decide the color and/or shade you’re aiming for. This is the stage that’s going to determine the condition of your hair for the foreseeable future. Yes, it really is… Because the most important message is that you can’t lighten hair by multiple shades in a single sitting without causing a whole load of irreversible damage.

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to take professional advice—especially if your hair is already colored/chemically treated/you want to go more than three tones above your natural hair color.

Going from really dark to really light will take two, three, or even more sessions to reach your goal. You should take advice from your stylist as to the shades that’ll be achievable and that’ll best suit your complexion.


The preparation process is hugely important. If at all possible, begin the process with dirty, oily hair (yes, really!). Don’t wash your hair before bleaching it, not the night before or even two days before, because washing strips the hair of its natural oils (yes, even with the gentlest of shampoos). These oils are what protects the hair shaft during the bleaching process, making it crucial not to wash them away hours before you coat your hair with chemicals.

If your hair is already colored or chemically treated, treat it with a deep conditioner about a week before your appointment. 

Of course, if you simply have to wash your hair the night before (perhaps you’ve had a particularly sweaty gym session) then drench your locks with coconut oil after shampooing and leave in overnight to help minimize any damage during the bleaching process.

How to Bleach Hair: The process

  •     Patience is key
  •     Avoid the roots
  •     Conditioning treatments

Patience is key

Bleaching takes time. Unless your hair is already light and you’re just upping a shade or two, be prepared to spend a good few hours at the salon. The process changes your hair forever, so make use of the time by discussing how to future-proof the look with your stylist, taking their advice as to products you should be using and how to handle your newly lightened locks. 

Avoid the roots

If, despite all recommendations, you decide to go the DIY bleach route, then keep the product away from the roots of your hair. Bleach can and will cause chemical burns to the scalp unless care is taken, not to mention causing damage to the brand new hair growth. (Yet another reason to let a professional take charge of the bleaching process.)

Conditioning treatments

Talk to your stylist about conditioning treatments that can be used during and after bleaching. One of the most effective is Olaplex, a product that helps protect and rebuild the structure of the hair. 

Contact the Experts to Ensure a Successful Hair Color and Bleach Result 

Beautiful blond hair should be your crowning glory. But a bad bleach job can take months to resolve. Trusting a professional stylist who knows how to bleach hair is the only way to be sure that the results meet your expectations.

Boca Raton salon, Dapper & Divine, are experts in all aspects of healthy hair color treatments—with stylists boasting the latest in methods to work their magic for the most up to date hair trends. 

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