Can You Bleach Hair Two Days In A Row?

Have you ever binge-watched Youtube video’s so long that you don’t know how you got there? I know I have! Not too long ago I was ready to go to bed and decided to watch one last video. As you can imagine this was a downward spiral and let me watching videos till 3 am! Now normally this doesn’t matter, but I had to get up early the next day so I was a little broken after that. But, I found so much fun and new information that I just couldn’t get myself to go to sleep. I remember that I came by a video where a girl was talking about bleaching her hair, fun information of course. She talked about how she had done it if she was happy with the results and stuff like that.

But then, I found a video about someone who had bleached her hair two days in a row and she talked about her results! She wasn’t so happy… Care to know why? Read further because I’m going to give you the answer!

So, can you bleach hair two days in a row? Let me be very clear about this. No, you cannot bleach your hair two days in a row. You can, but you really shouldn’t. Bleaching your hair has a chemical process involved that leads to hair damage. Now your hair is not made of steel so if you do it two days in a row, your hair will damage badly. So no. You can not bleach your hair two days in a row.

Maybe a little harsh answer, but it is what it is. I know, you might say that even though it isn’t recommended, you can still do it. Sure… But do you really want to damage your hair so bad that it breaks and looks nothing like a healthy hair at all? I think I know the answer to that one.

Can you bleach hair two days in a row?

As I stated multiple times, no you can’t. You see, bleaching your hair is a chemical process. This means that if you put bleach in your hair, chemicals are going to work to bleach it for you. But, this also does mean that your hair is getting damaged (by the chemicals). Normally this would not be a problem if you take good care of your hair. Bleaching your hair can lead to hair loss and hair breakage. Now if you do this twice in a row you can only imagine the consequences. You will have completely gummy hair and so weak that it falls out when you touch it. Not something that is ideal I think.

Why is bleaching so bad for your hair?

Now, it isn’t all so bad as you think. Bleaching your hair can be a beautiful process and you get something nice in return. You just have to watch out for it because it is a harsh treatment for your hair. 

But how does it work?

Bleaching gets rid of the color in your hair and this is done with a process that is called oxidation. This simply means that the bleaching treatment eliminates the pigment of the stalk of the hair and this in turn will light your natural hair.

You also should know that in this process a whitening agent is used and they often call this an oxidizing agent. For this whitening agent hydrogen peroxide and ammonia is used and they are often mixed to get a stable solution. But, this doesn’t mean it is harmless… 

What you can do of course is going for a bleach that is free of peroxide. But this is not so easy because many manufacturers say that their bleach is peroxide-free where it actually isn’t. Why do I think so? Because the bleach needs some form of oxidizing agent to work and get your hair bleached. If they do not use it with peroxide and ammonia, they use something else that is just like it. 

How long do you have to wait to bleach your hair again?

Often experts will recommend you wait at least a month before bleaching it again. This is only when your hair is severely damaged. I know it sounds like a lot of time but you need to protect your hair and give it time to rest and restore. 

If you have healthy hair it is a little bit different. If your hair is healthy, you can bleach again in about a week or max. 10 days after you have bleached it the first time. The most important thing for this to work is to prep your hair. This means that you need a good hair care routine to keep your hair healthy and strong. 

If you don’t know if your hair is strong enough, I will advise you to wait longer than a week. Just better safe than sorry. 

How to bleach your hair without damaging it?

To get to the second bleaching time, you first have to make it through the first one! But how do you do this? How can you bleach your hair without damaging it the first time? Below I’ll give you some pointers. It almost all comes down to hair care.

Here’s the thing: if you can make your hair strong enough prior to the bleaching process, you have a good chance of not damaging your hair. 

You can apply coconut oil to your hair the night before the bleaching process. This will not stop the working of the bleaching process, but it helps with minimizing the damage the chemicals do to your hair.

You can also use a deep conditioning mask daily in the week before you want to start the bleaching process for your hair. Bleaching depletes your hair of its moisture and so you can best add some extra moisture the days before you bleach it. Buy a deep conditioning mask and follow the instructions given on the package. Afterward, you can rinse out the conditioning mask with cold water.

  • Repeat the treatment for the full week

Another thing you can do is testing your bleach. Test the bleach 48 hours before you start with the process so you can check yourself for a reaction. If you find that your skin is irritated by the bleaching process you know that the bleaching product isn’t right for you. If you test it on a strand of your hair and the color is not what you want, you also know that you need another bleaching product.

  • Just to be safe: If with the testing your skin starts itching and burning: wash the bleach off! If the burning and itching continue you best see a doctor so that he can examine your skin.

The last thing that you can do is wash your hair with shampoo 24 hours before you bleach it. This way the natural oils on your scamp will protect you from bleach damage. Allow the skin to form its natural oils by washing your hair with shampoo 24 hours before the bleaching process.

What to do if you want to be guaranteed of good results?

All this preparing, the steps you need to take, and all the safety things I throw around, might make you cautious about trying it on your own. This is okay and nothing to worry about. If you want a guarantee that the hair bleaching process gets the best results, you should see a professional salon. Normally they have better bleaching formulas than what you can buy it the store so there will be less damage to your hair. Also, a thing to remember is that if you do it on your own, it can happen that you miss a step or mess up a step. Also, nothing to worry about, but with a professional salon, these things are less likely to happen. They are focused and know what they do. 

Final thoughts

I think you have noticed that I talked a lot about being safe today. This is not for nothing. You need to do these kinds of processes safely and securely or you can mess up your hair. Sure you can do this yourself because the steps are not that hard, but just remember to be focused and read the steps well. But, the most important thing to remember of this article is this:

No, you can not bleach your hair two days in a row!

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