What Can I Put on Dry, Brittle Bleached Hair to Make It Silky Again?

Bleaches seep into your hair's cortex and strip out your natural color.

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Bleaching your hair gives you a bombshell blond color, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately, the strong chemicals in the bleach zap out the moisture and leave your hair dry, brittle and damaged. Some store-bought hair products may only add to the problem. However, there are effective products like hot-oil treatments, deep-conditioning creams and hair masks to repair color-treated, damaged hair. Instead of throwing away your money, restore your hair with a few ingredients from your kitchen. These natural hair treatments restore moisture while conditioning and softening your hair to reduce damage, without altering your new, lighter locks.

Vinegar Rinses

If you can stand the smell, vinegar offers amazing benefits for dry, brittle locks without affecting your new color. Vinegar removes buildup, restores your hair's moisture and shine and repairs scalp damages. Damage from bleaching isn't limited to just the hair; bleaching often causes significant scalp damage, which may cause hair loss and stunt hair growth. White and apple-cider vinegar work great on both wet and dry hair. Combine two parts of warm water with one part vinegar. Massage it into your hair and scalp and let it soak 30 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.

Egg-celent Remedy

Uncooked eggs are bursting with the nutrients your hair needs to be healthy, hydrated and strong. Even if you eat a dozen eggs a day, the heat from cooking pulls out a lot of these vitamins, proteins and nutrients. Eggs contain vitamins A, D and E that allow them to work as a natural-conditioning remedy to moisturize and minimize hair damage caused by hair bleaching. Whisk the egg for several minutes and add it to your hair and scalp, gently massaging it in. The longer your hair is, the more eggs you will need to cover it all. After 15 to 30 minutes, rinse your hair with warm water and follow with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo.

Olive Oil Treatments

Dryness is only improved by adding moisture. Olive oil substitutes for sebum, your hair's natural oil. It is absorbed quickly by the scalp's glands while seeping through the hair shafts to moisturize the inner cortex. Olive oil contains au naturale forms of vitamin E, which soften and deep condition while repairing damage from hair bleaches. Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your scalp and hair. Wrap your hair in a warm towel, heated in the dryer for several minutes, to create a natural, hot-oil treatment. Time is up when the towel cools. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Damage Control With Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is not just a condiment but an inexpensive deep conditioner. Hair bleaches give you a sexy, blond mane, but the process exchanges healthy hair for dehydration and damage. Mayo restores loss of moisture, reduces frizz and protects your hair from future damage. Mayonnaise contains both eggs and oils, which gives your hair the combined benefits of both ingredients. Depending upon your hair length, add a generous amount of mayonnaise from root to end and comb through to distribute. Leave the mayo mixture on for 20 minutes and wash it out with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

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