How do I know if my hair is healthy enough to be bleached? “Pull a section of hair smooth and very taut between your fingers,” she says. “Add a drop of water onto the surface of the section, counting how long it takes to disappear. If the water is absorbed by the hair in less than ten seconds, the cuticle is compromised and strands are too damaged to be dyed properly.”
Can you bleach your hair and still have healthy hair? Yes, bleached hair can be healthy, too, as long as you have an excellent hair care routine to balance out the damage and keep your hair in the most beneficial possible condition.
When should you not bleach your hair? Because bleach works best on virgin, or unprocessed, hair, experts recommend not processing your hair for at least three months before bleaching it. Your hair is more susceptible to damage if you dye it and undergo intense hair treatments, like straightening treatments, then immediately bleach it.
Can I bleach my hair if it’s damaged? If your hair is damaged, bleaching it is one of the worst things you can do—most professional colorists would advise you to wait! But if you need lighter locks and think this is your best option, spend at least a month on conditioning and healing your hair first, especially if your hair was bleached or dyed recently.