Post bleach stretchy hair can be quite horrifying, especially if it leads to lots of breakages. Stretchy hair usually happens due to bleach’s chemical damage and your hair’s moisture-protein balance.
Bleach hair treatments changes the hair’s texture and cause it to lose protein. This makes your hair excessively stretchy and prone to breakage.
I have enlisted the easiest 5 ways to fix stretchy hair after bleaching.
Stretchy Hair After Bleaching?
I’ve worked in the hairdressing industry for almost 20 years. Stretchy hair is something that hairdressers rarely address to their clients, in my experience. A crowded salon isn’t always the greatest setting for explaining the concept of stretchy hair to our clients.
When we talk about hair stretchiness, we’re referring to your hair’s elasticity. This is because it shows how healthy your hair is and how much moisture it can keep.
Hair stretchiness isn’t important to most of us until our hair becomes difficult to style. Or, even worse, it becomes brittle and begins to break. Hair can also become excessively elastic, resulting in breaking.
Hair stretchiness after bleaching can be a critical issue, resulting in hair that is extremely stretchy, matted, and prone to breaking.
5 Cause & Ways to Fix Stretchy Hair after Bleaching
Hair that is well-balanced has just the right amount of stretchiness to prevent breakage, but not so much stretch that it loses its natural form.
The cortex, or center, of the hair is where the moisture for a hair strand is stored. The cuticle, which is located on the outside of the skin, is responsible for keeping moisture in. The hair strand’s protective outer layer is covered in a layer of microscopic scales called the cuticle. When the scales are smooth and flat, the hair is more resistant to moisture loss.
Bleaching can make your hair excessively stretchy and can eventually lead to damage and breakage.
Here are some quick and easy solutions to repair bleached hair that has become too stretchy. Don’t miss any of these since each one has a different level of efficiency.
Cause 1: Insufficient Moisture and Protein balance
The fact that your hair is overly stretchy indicates that its underlying structure is weak. Hair that is weak, stretchy, and brittle is usually caused by a lack of moisture or protein. It’s also conceivable that it’s a combination of both. It’s possible that you’ll need to condition, use protein treatments, and/or remoisturize your hair more frequently. Conditioners that are designed to repair damaged hair and with proper protein-moisture balance should be preferred.
Getting moisture into the hair’s core and holding it there with a sealed cuticle is the key to restoring healthy hair stretchiness. To maintain your hair healthy, use a liquid moisturizer, oil to seal it, and cream to preserve it.
Your conditioner’s function is to moisturize the skin and smooth the cuticles. Maintaining hair stretchiness is dependent on this.
Your hair will become porous as a result of bleaching. Because porous hair absorbs moisture quickly, it may seem as though no amount of product is ever enough. Use a tiny bit of leave-in conditioner on a regular basis in those circumstances.
To help restore the moisture in your hair, apply a moisturizing shampoo. Before we take it up, we’ll need to double-check the contents. Look for a moisturizer with a high concentration of Vitamin E, as well as amino acids and silicones, when purchasing one. These substances aid in hair strengthening and breakage prevention. No more than twice a week, apply a tiny amount of conditioner. Allow yourself a day’s rest between shampooing if you have oily, sticky hair.
Moisture is essential for a healthy scalp and hair. Make sure you drink enough of water every day. When the weather is dry, use a humidifier in your home, bedroom, or office to help keep your environment from drying out too much. Using a humidifier throughout the winter months can help keep your house from being too dry due to the drying effect of the heat.
Cause 2: Excessive Heat
Excessive heat can affect its texture and cause your hair to become stretchy.
Blow dryers and other high-heat styling tools can cause your scalp to dry out and your hair to get damaged. The heated air may rapidly dry out your hair. If you’re going to use a blow dryer or other heat styling tool on your hair, utilize the cold setting rather than the maximum heat setting. You should also try to use these tools as little as possible or save them for special occasions alone.
Hot showers, as well as styling chemicals, might cause your scalp to dry out. While you may love a hot shower, you might want to consider lowering the temperature a notch or two. I’m not suggesting that you take cold showers, but do what you feel comfortable with!
Cause 3: Too much Hair Styling or Processing
Another important cause of stretchiness is excessive tension from hairstyles. Make sure your protective style, such as a weave or a natural appearance, isn’t too tight. Hair breakage and stretchiness can be caused by constant tension and manipulation of the same areas of the scalp.
Manipulation refers to the act of manipulating your hair in any way, shape, or form.
Clips and ponytails should be alternated in different locations to allow your scalp to relax. When wearing buns and ponytails, make sure they aren’t too tight.
Experiment with wearing your hair down when you have the chance, rather than putting it in a tight bun or braids all the time. If you can’t let your hair down, try a different haircut that isn’t as tight or loosen up your current one. If at all possible, avoid tugging your hair excessively tight for the benefit of your scalp’s health.
Cause 4: Chemical Treatments
Bleaching and other chemical treatments might reduce your hair’s natural stretch.
Hair is treated with a chemical to open the cuticle when it is bleached. The hair is vulnerable to moisture loss as a result of the cuticle opening process.
If you can, avoid using chemical treatments like bleach on your hair. These harsh chemicals change the chemical structure of your hair, making it more brittle and prone to breakage. If you decide to go through with any of these treatments, be sure they’re done by a professional.
Cause 5: Over Washing
If your skin is oily, your scalp is more likely to be oily as well. As a consequence, you could feel obliged to wash your hair more often than is actually necessary.
You can wash your hair once a day even if it’s oily but no more than that. On the other hand, really dry hair may only need to be shampooed once a week.
Also, wash your hair gently, giving special attention to the scalp, and evenly apply conditioner from the ends to the roots.
Excessive stretchiness can have a variety of effects on your hair, ranging from diminished manageability to a loss of shine.
The good news is that by sealing your hair with moisture and following a few easy measures on a regular basis, you can restore your hair’s healthy stretchiness. Avoid heat, but If you absolutely must apply heat, dry off your hair beforehand to get as much water out as possible. Wrap up with a blast of cold air or a medium heat setting. To provide moisture to your hair and avoid dryness from heat style, use a leave-in conditioner.
Overload your hair with a deep conditioner for maximum benefits on bleached hair.
Do you know that you can naturally bleach your hair by simple sun exposure? Check the article on All About Sun Bleach Hair – The Science
Creative, versatile, and passionate about her craft, Rupa Das is a well-recognized name in the world of fashion and makeup! This is a woman who has been in the fashion and makeup industry for 24 years and is still one of the leading international makeup artist in the circuit! She has worked in big brands like Lakme, Green Trends, Colors and transitioned to become a Beauty (Hair & Skin) Trainer.