Does Highlighting Cause Your Hair to Get Dry?

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Does Highlighting Cause Your Hair to Get Dry?

Coloring your hair is a fun way to change up your look, but many are afraid of the damage that comes with it. Bleaching your hair, especially when it’s not done by a professional, can leave you with irreversible damage if not properly taken care of. But does that mean we shouldn’t risk coloring our hair entirely? And what about highlights? Highlights are a great way to add dimension and color to your hair without fully processing your whole head. However, can highlighting also make your hair dry and eventually damaged? Continue reading to learn more about highlighting your hair. 

Can Highlights Damage Your Hair?

Technically, yes. Any sort of chemical processing to the hair, including bleach, will damage your hair. Bleaching strips the hair of its proteins and oils, which can cause your hair to get dry and dull. The amount of damage depends on how light you want to go with your highlights–are you looking for a subtle color or bright platinum blonde? The longer you leave the bleach in your hair, the more it strips your hair. Your hair can lose elasticity and become more prone to breakage, especially those with curlier textures. This is why proper maintenance is key to having healthy bleached hair.  

How Can I Prevent Damage From Highlights?

It is possible to prevent further damage from highlights and have flourishing bleached hair. We have a few tips that will help you achieve your dream look: 

Find a Qualified Stylist

It is best to find a licensed, experienced colorist for bleaching your hair without extreme damage. Doing it at home may seem more affordable. Still, it will save you money (and stress!) in the future if you invest in a professional in the beginning, then scramble to buy useless products to calm the damage and eventually pay a professional a lot more to tame it. Our stylists at Show Salons are more than qualified to help you achieve beautiful highlights and prepare you for the maintenance that comes with it. 

Have Great Hair Maintenance at Home

Your stylist can not maintain your hair 24/7. That’s why it is imperative to have a consistent hair care routine and excellent maintenance at home. Start with salon-quality products that help bring back moisture into your hair. The main issue with bleached hair is dryness; it is more prone to breakage and malicious damage if your hair is dry. Incorporate other techniques to prevent further dryness, such as low temperature on heat tools and frequent deep conditioning. Invest in a satin or silk pillowcase, for cotton also dries out your hair. Maintaining bleached hair requires more care and effort, but it’s worth it if it means gorgeous hair.

Be Consistent with Your Stylist

Bleaching and highlighting your hair isn’t one and done with your stylist. Depending on how light you want to go, you may need more than one visit to prevent overworking your hair. Regardless, it is necessary to be consistent with your stylist and schedule an appointment for professional maintenance. Be on schedule with your trims and visit your stylist for upkeep. Although you may think your at-home maintenance routine is sufficient enough, your stylist can give you feedback and help in areas you probably can’t do. 

Qualified Stylists in Londonderry, NH

If you want to highlight your hair, visit our experienced colorists at Show Salons in Londonderry, NH. Our team at Show Salons has over 20 years of experience with hair and is passionate about giving our clients gorgeous hair! 

Contact us today to book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you! 603-216-2598