I have seen a steady increase in the guys wearing a variety of colors on their hair from blonde to blue and everything in between.
For some, I have also noticed that with excessive bleaching their curls have suffered greatly so their hair feels dry and looks really dry which isnt cute.
Now, guys, I know how you all are! If I were to even suggest eggs or mayo deep conditioning treatments or anything that remotely resembles anything crazy for your hair I will probably send you all running, so I won’t, [even though I want to.]
Here are just a few best practices you should consider when you are bleaching your hair!
1. Get it professionally done
I know there are a ton of kitchen beauticians out there who will help you get the look but if you want the best look and healthy hair after you are done go to a professional.
For us girls, I would recommend the same thing because hair is hair regardless of whose head it’s on.
2. Use a protein conditioner
Do not get the shampoo conditioner combo in one bottle from the drug store [step away from the Pert Plus]. That may have worked back in the day before you color treated your hair, but now you have to make sure your hair is well conditioned.
Get a protein based conditioner to use in your hair after you shampoo. The protein will strengthen your strands and make sure your curls pop. [trust me you want them to pop]
3. Use a sulfate free shampoo
Sulfates dry out your hair and bleach dries out your hair. You want to keep your hair as moisturized as possible especially if you plan to grow it out a bit.
4. Moisturize your hair
If your hair feels dry moisturize it with a little water and conditioner in a spray bottle. If your wife or girlfriend is natural, chances are she will have a mix you can use as well. If not, get a spray bottle add water to it, add some conditioner, spray and go!
You can even add a little oil for good measure, and by oil, I mean a pure oil like coconut oil, olive oil or an oil mix.
Bleached hair is maintenance so if you plan to do it, plan to make the sacrifice to care for it especially if you want your hair to look healthy.
Shampoo – Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
Conditioner – Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Hair Conditioner