Your hair is a huge part of your looks and an even bigger part of your personality. Which is why plenty of people enjoy coloring their hair. If not for nothing than to just stand out from the crowd.
However, before you can reach the coloring stage, you have to go through the bleaching stage to allow your hair to absorb the color as quickly as possible.
Naturally most people have a few concerns about bleaching their hair. With their primary concern being: Can bleaching hair cause hair loss?
Well, in this article, we’ll be discussing that very important question in detail in addition to providing you with some fool proof tips that can stop your hair loss after bleaching.
So, without any further ado, let’s get straight into it.
Bleaching your hair involves applying a bleaching agent that raises the outer cuticle of your hair. Fully invading the hair shaft and reacting with the pigmentation in your hair. Breaking them down in a way that washing your hair also washes out those pigments completely.
Which leads to severe lightening of your natural hair color to allow your hair to fully absorb the new hair color you’re going to apply.
If it’s not obvious already, we should tell you that this process does inflict damage on each individual strand of your hair, breaking down the natural fatty acids on your hair shaft. Which in turn causes a slight amount of protein loss, making your hair appear thinner than usual.
However, it’s important to note that while bleaching your hair does cause some damage, that damage does not necessarily lead to hair loss. Having said that, there is a slight possibility that bleaching your hair can lead to hair loss in the long term.
In short, the answer to the question: Can bleaching hair cause permanent hair loss is yes. But that’s only a possibility if you bleach your hair repeatedly. In which case, your hair could suffer from continuous moisture loss which could lead to hair loss. Some reasons for temporary hair loss occurring is if:
- Your hair’s in poor health before the bleach application process.
- Your scalp has become sore due to the bleaching.
- The bleach inflicted chemical burns on your scalp, weakening both your scalp and hair follicles.
Now, it’s important that you know that this does not mean that your hair will keep falling permanently, provided you’re not bleaching them continuously.
Still, we’d recommend getting your hair bleached by a professional and consulting a dermatologist at the first sign of hair loss.
If you’re getting your hair bleached or colored, it’s imperative that you follow these 5 tips we’re mentioning down below:
- Make sure you apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair 3 days before and after bleaching or coloring your hair. After that you’ll still need to apply the conditioner once a week to stop your bleached hair falling out in clumps.
- Check the condition of your hair prior to bleaching. Preferably from a trichologist to check if your hair can even withstand bleaching in their current state. The trichologist should also provide you with pre-bleaching treatment to keep your hair safe from any negative effects of bleaching.
- Your first instinct should be to get your hair bleached from a professional. But, if you’re intent on doing it yourself then make sure you don’t allow the bleach to come in contact with your scalp as it can inflame the sensitive skin found on the top of your scalp.
- If you feel a burning sensation during the bleaching process, halt the process immediately as it could be an allergic reaction or signs of your scalp burning.
- Get your hair patch tested prior to bleaching to check if your hair is strong enough to withstand bleaching without falling out.
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The underlying reason for your hair falling months after the bleaching process could be a damaged scalp. Your scalp could be having an allergic reaction to bleaching, in which case we’d advise stopping the bleaching process immediately and just waiting for your scalp to heal.
Alternatively, you could be dealing with a dry scalp which can be remedied by applying a deep conditioning treatment or a scalp moisturizing mask. Apply the moisturizing mask once per week and you should see a gradual decrease in your hair fall as the weeks go by.
On top of that, the damage to your scalp could also cause some correlating damage to your skin. For that we’d recommend applying products like nutmeg powder to bring the glow back to your skin.
The top of your scalp may be sensitive to change but it’s also quite resilient. Which means that in most cases the damage to your scalp from bleaching is mostly temporary.
However, your scalp can get permanently damaged if it has an allergic or burning reaction to bleach and you don’t halt the entire process in time. In which case you will be left with some permanent burn scars on your scalp.
If your scalp is unnaturally dry or allergic to bleach then it is possible for your hair to fall out after bleaching your hair twice. Especially if you bleach your hair repeatedly in a short span of time.
Fortunately, you can save your hair from falling out and protect your scalp during the bleaching process by applying a moisturizing mask some time (three days) prior to bleaching.
In most cases, the hair you lost during the bleaching process should grow back after your scalp has had sufficient time to heal.
You can even speed up the process by regularly applying conditioner or moisturizer to your scalp at least once a week. Patience is the key in these situations as each person’s hair has a different rate at which they grow back.
There you have it folks, that was our guide answering the question: Can bleaching hair cause permanent hair loss.
Now, it’s important to remember that you can save yourself from the hassle of dealing with both temporary and permanent hair loss by properly moisturizing your hair and scalp prior to starting the bleaching process.
For more information and tips on how to protect your scalp and hair from the taxing bleaching process, you can book an appointment with holistic care’s excellent dermatology department.
The department is made up of expert hair care specialists who will provide you with the proper guidance you need before you follow through with a potentially risky process like bleaching.
The department is also filled with expert skin care specialists that’ll provide you with expert advice on how to properly take care of your skin, if that’s something that you’re interested in.