A lot of questions go through your head when you bleach your hair. Can you use olive oil before bleaching hair? Or argan oil? Or baby oil? What exactly do you do to minimize the damage? Well, this article covers it all!
Just like every other woman, I love dyeing my hair a variety of colors like blondes, reds and even the occasional pink!
But unfortunately, I have pitch black hair and this means that I have to lighten my hair with bleach considerably before the hair dye shows up on my strands.
And any hair stylist worth their dime would tell you how bleach can screw up your hair.
So I often use pre-bleach treatments to minimize the havoc bleach can wreak on my hair. These often include deep moisturizers, oil treatments and more.
They work by reducing present damage so bleach doesn’t further it. Also, they form a coating on your hair that can protect strands from the worst damage from bleach.
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But these deep conditioning treatments do not always have to be expensive store-bought products.
You can use DIY masks with ingredients like oils, aloe vera, egg masks, etc.
In this article, I talk about one such ingredient – olive oil!
So let’s find out if you can use olive oil before bleaching hair or not. And if you can, how do you go about using it as a hair mask!
Can You Use Olive Oil Before Bleaching Hair 2022
Yes you can use olive oil before bleaching hair. When you bleach hair it removes a lot of moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, brittle and prone to damage.
Using oils that add moisture to your hair and lock it in after the bleaching process can be helpful in minimizing damage.
You can use olive oil once every 5-7 days, in the weeks leading up to your bleaching appointment. Doing this will ensure that your hair contains sufficient moisture levels in your strands and bleaching won’t dry them out as much.
Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that are known to nourish hair follicles and increase hair elasticity. So regular oiling with olive oil can also help minimize breakage after bleaching.
Even if you’re bleaching hair at home, don’t forget to use olive oil or other oil treatments to protect it beforehand.
How To Use Olive Oil On Hair Before Bleaching
The best way to use olive oil on hair before bleaching is to make a DIY hair mask.
You can do this simply by using a high-quality olive oil and saturating hair and massaging it into the scalp at least 30-60 minutes before you take a shower.
To increase the efficiency of this olive oil hair mask you can:
- Wear a thermal cap or use a hot towel to open hair cuticles and increase the absorption of oil
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo so that excess moisture from hair isn’t stripped away after you wash hair
- Add a few coconut oil, argan oil, or castor oil to your olive oil mask to create a mix as these are also packed with nutrients
- Add a few drops of vitamin E or use a vitamin E tablet in the olive oil mask
Note: It’s better to use organic, unprocessed olive oil as it contains Oleuropein, a compound that is proven by research to increase the anagen phase in hair follicles which helps stimulate hair growth.
What To Do Before Bleaching Hair
Bleaching your hair always ends up damaging your hair and stripping it of moisture as it’s a very powerful lightening agent. But there are ways you can minimize this damage. And here are some tips you can follow to protect your hair before bleaching.
Use Hair Oils To Protect Hair
As I’ve mentioned above, olive oil and other hair oils like coconut oil and argan oil are amazing at adding moisture to your hair and locking it in. So start using hair oil treatments on hair at least 3 weeks before bleaching it.
All you have to do is saturate your hair with oils for about 30-60 minutes before washing your hair.
Deep Condition Your Hair
If you want that extra dose of nutrition then opt for deep conditioning treatments either at the salon or using store-bought conditioners that will hydrate hair.
Some of my favorite deep conditioning treatments to use are the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Hair Mask (a great choice for curly or coily hair!) or the BIOLAGE Hydra Source Conditioning Balm (which is silicone-free so more suited to fine, thin hair).
Start Using Mild Shampoos and Washing Hair Less
The best thing you can do before bleaching is improving the overall health of your hair. So I’d suggest switching to sulfate-free shampoos that remove less moisture and are less harsh on your tresses.
Also stop overwashing your hair as this too can cause moisture loss. Limit your hair washing to 2-3 times a week in the month leading up to your bleaching session.
Stop Using Heat on Your Hair
Heat is another culprit that can contribute to hair damage. If you want healthy hair before the bleaching session, forgo all heat styling tools. So this means no straightening, curling or even blow drying your hair!
Yes, it’s best to even stop using hair dryers the weeks leading up to bleaching it and air drying it instead. This isn’t it a hard and fast rule. But it will go a long way in ensuring your hair remains safe after bleaching.
Limit The Use Of Hair Dye
Hair dye, especially box dyes ones that come with a developer are full of ingredients like peroxide that lighten hair to some extent to let the color show up.
This makes your hair fragile as it’s akin to the bleaching process. So do not use any sort of hair dye on hair several weeks bleaching as it leaves hair damaged to begin with.
Tell Your Stylist the Truth
The one thing most people forget is to be honest with your stylist about the condition of your hair. A good rule of thumb is to always think of your hair as more damaged than you think it is. Because it probably is!
If you are honest with your hair stylist about using hair dyes or chemical treatments on hair they will be able to stretch the bleaching sessions out over a month or two to reduce damage. And a few might even advise against bleaching to a very high level.
Trust me, it’s better to have darker blonde hair than having damaged platinum blonde hair that will fall out in clumps. Because that’s what is likely to happen if you bleach your hair in one session and to a higher level.
Can I Put Sunflower Oil Before Bleaching Hair
Yes you can. Studies show that sunflower oil contains a lot of antioxidants and can help heal dry, damaged hair.
But sunflower oil, unlike argan or jojoba oil, is very heavy and causes hair to become greasy. It also has a very unpleasant smell sometimes. So for all these reasons it isn’t as popular as hair oil.
Can I Put Argan Oil And Coconut Oil Before A Bleach Bath
Yes absolutely! Just like olive oil, argan oil and coconut oil are both fantastic as a pre-bleach hair treatment.
They do not just provide moisture to hair but also shield hair during a chemical process that causes chelation that occurs when you bleach hair.
This is when the peroxide in the bleach reacts with the iron and copper pigments inside the strands.
FAQs about Using Olive Oil Before Bleaching Hair
What can I put on my hair before bleaching?
If you want to protect your hair before bleaching you can use several DIY hair masks that increase hair’s moisture levels. These include various oils like coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, and castor oil. You can also use ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado, yogurt, mayo (original and unflavored), banana, honey, etc.
What should you not do before bleaching your hair?
The one thing you should not do before bleaching your hair is make it any more vulnerable to damage. So do not use hair dye or chemical treatments on hair before you bleach it. Also, stop using hair styling tools like straighteners and even blow dryers at least two weeks before your bleaching appointment. Some hair stylists also recommend not washing your hair at least 2-3 days before bleaching it.
How long should I leave olive oil in my hair before bleaching?
You can leave olive oil on for at least 30 minutes on hair before you bleach it. If your hair feels extra dry, you can leave it on for more than 60 minutes or even overnight. But make sure you wear a hair cap to prevent the oil from dripping down or getting absorbed by your pillowcases.
Final Thoughts on Using Olive Oil Before Bleaching Hair
If you want to know whether you can use olive oil on hair before bleaching, the answer is a simple yes!
Using any kind of oil – be it coconut oil, argan oil, or even olive oil before bleaching helps moisturize and protect hair and can help minimize damage from bleach.
There are however some people who think that oiling hair before lightening it can stop the bleach from penetrating the hair strands and working well.
However, this is not true. Some hair experts also note that oils like coconut oil can actually help process hair faster.
So always remember to saturate hair olive (or any other carrier oil) before bleaching especially if you have fine or damaged hair.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!