Blondes Have More Fun: The Truth About Dye vs Bleach

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We finally have made it out of this winter drag! You already know that it’s time to switch up the hairdo and bring in the new season in a big way. What better way to make a statement than to rock some blonde tresses? Now, I know what some of you may be thinking. That blonde is a little too much for my hair. I might be a little bit too conservative for that kind of look. Before you completely dismiss the idea of being Goldilocks, take a look below at the difference between blonde hair dye and bleach. You may be surprised to discover that getting that blonde hue may not be as difficult as you might think.

 

How dyeing hair works

 

As you may have guessed from regular use, dyeing the hair is best for if you want to safely change the color of your hair quickly. When you get your hair dyed, the cuticle of the hair is lifted open which allows for whatever color that you choose to penetrate the hair shaft. One thing about most hair dyes is that unless your hair is already light, it has a hard time getting the color to completely saturate the shaft in order to get to the color on the box. Dyeing your hair can cause some dryness, so it's important to deep condition your hair both before and after using the dye to prevent damage. We recommend using Shedavi Co-Wash Conditioner to make sure that your tresses are getting as much moisture as possible.

 

How bleaching the hair works

One thing that is important to understand is that dyed hair typically cannot be dyed a lighter color. In other words, once the hair gets colored, the experienced stylist will not put dye back on the colored portion because she knows that it will not do anything but further irritate the cuticle. Now, there is another option of getting hair the desired shade which involves bleaching. While dyeing the hair opens the cuticle to allow for another color to come in, bleaching works by removing the pigment in the hair altogether. In the chemical process of oxidation, the pigment is removed only leaving the keratin protein. Basically, it takes the color away and all you see is the naturally pale yellow tint of keratin. The longer you keep it on, the more drastic the effects. Also, the longer that it's on, the more fragile your hair will become.

 

 

Are either of these options bad for your hair?

We would be lying if we said that using a dye or a bleach is good for your hair health. On average, the opposite holds true because women do not take care of their hair as often as they should when they have colored tresses. Ladies, we cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your hair moisturized. Remember that adding color dries out the hair. Dryness equal breakage, Breakage equals unhappy beauties. Let's skip that process and just keep our hair moisturized when our hair is colored blonde, okay?

 

Ok so...if I want blonde what should I do?  

 

The answer to the question comes back to how dark your real hair is and whether or not it takes well to color. If possible, it is recommended to dye your hair blonde as opposed to bleaching. Bleaching your hair can truly take a toll on the integrity of your hair, and dye is not as harsh. However, if your hair has already been processed then adding more dye to your hair will probably do little to get you the ideal color. Instead, you will need to consult with a stylist to start the process of lightening your hair. One temporary option is to wear a weave or wig in the blonde color that you prefer. This way, your hair avoided damage all together. 

Do you have blonde hair? What process do you use to get your color? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Written by Bianca Scott

1 comment

  • Jacque Marshall: April 14, 2019

    I LOVE blonde hair! My natural hair color is jet black and the only way to lighten my hair is the bleaching process. While I admit, bleaching your tresses can be damaging, I always process my hair with an oil or conditioner in it. I also condition and moisturize my hair daily. I apply my Shedavi oil on my damp hair and again while it’s dry; before styling. Lastly, minimize your heat styling or wear your protect styles Ladies! Have fun and beYOUtiful!

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