Kinky Curly Bleached Hair Routine

How to Maintain Bleached Hair in a Healthy Way

Hair Maintenance

If you’ve seen my Instagram (@mini_vegan) or visited this blog before, then you’ve probably witnessed my constant hair color transformation. When adding color or dyes to your hair it’s important to understand how to properly take care of naturally curly hair. We’ve all seen the horror stories where people’s hair fell out or became so elastic it started breaking off near the root. What we want to do is AVOID that result as much as possible!

I was born with kinky curly dark brown hair that was chemically straightened when I was ten-years-old. When I was 17 I decided to go natural, after a terrible perming experience where the stylist left me with blotches of scabs and hair removal. I couldn’t comb my hair because it would fall out and I had to put Neosporin on my scalp twice a day to help the scabs heal. Having been straight for so long, learning to take care of my natural hair was A LOT of trial-and-error. When I decided to color it, that added another layer of struggling, but has been well worth it, to me!

I’ve been asked several times how I maintain my curls AND manage to have my hair so close to white blonde – well, like I said it’s not easy, but if you’re willing to put in the time, it’s definitely do-able!

Things to Remember

When deciding whether or not to color your curly hair, especially African American hair, it’s important to factor in the following:

  • Curly hair produces fewer natural oils than a straighter or looser curl texture.
  • Those with very curly hair types need to have external oils ready to apply regularly to both the hair and scalp.

Now, I understand no one wants their hair to feel or look greasy and that’s why trial-and-error is such a big deal when choosing the proper hair products. Lucky for you all, I’ve done the bulk of the trial-and-error for you! So, let’s start with my pre-dye hair routine.

Before the Bleach

General Wash Routine

  1. Separate into a minimum of four sections, for thicker hair use smaller sections
    1. Apply Maui Moisture: Heal and Hydrate + Shea Butter Detangler Leave-In to the hair (generously)
    2. Comb GENTLY through the hair – DO NOT EVER pull through the hair with the comb, because you will break the hair and create more damage
    3. Combing through the hair beforehand will help with the washing and conditioning process, to make sure the product is reaching all of your hair
  2. I wash my hair once every week and a half to two weeks
    1. Curly hair often does not make as much natural oil as straighter textures, so you don’t want to wash it too frequently and risk over-washing and drying your hair out.
  3. For those of you with dry-scalp (like myself) you may be able to make it to the two-week mark, most likely not.
    1. What can push us dry-scalpers to two weeks is the use of scalp oil every day. Because your scalp is dryer, you don’t run as much risk of your hair appearing greasy but just healthy!

Wash Routine

Pureology is the best vegan (salon quality) line of products I have ever come across. My hair has never been healthier, even after DevaCurl use, than after using Pureology. Pureology now has a line called Best Blonde, which has done wonders for the color, strength, and texture of my hair!

  1. Wash with Pureology Strength Cure – Best Blonde Shampoo
  2. Condition with Pureology Strength Cure – Best Blonde Conditioner
    1. You can either use this process if you are not going to use a leave-in or like me, you can do both the leave-in and this process: Rinse hair lightly keeping the majority of the conditioner in the hair. The conditioner will not hurt your hair and will continue to moisturize between washes.

Post-Wash Moisturizer

  1. Separate hair into small sections to thoroughly apply product
  2. Apply Cantu products to both the hair and scalp, paying special attention to the ends, which are at the most risk for breakage
    1. Cantu Strengthening Treatment and/or Leave-in Conditioner
    1. DISCLAIMER: They are not vegan, but they are natural and cruelty-free. I have had the best results with these products and I’ve tried both vegan and non-vegan
  3. In one handful I place the following products, rub together in my hands, and apply to small sections:
    1. Pureology Strength Cure – Best Blonde Miracle Filler Treatment
    2. Pureology Superfood Strength Cure Treatment (Deep Conditioner)
  4. Finish with gel to lock-in moisture
    1. DevaCurl Gel works well but is not vegan. I use a vegan styling gel from Jessicul called Spiralicious.

Daily Hair Moisturizers

  1. Moisturize hair each day [This is my sequence]
    1. Cantu Shea Butter: Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
    2. Beautiful Curls – Hydrating Curl Oil
      1. Applied on the curls in particularly dry or vulnerable spots. This includes spots that may be lighter, or closer to a white blonde, and will need more care
    3. Finish with Pravana – The Perfect Blonde (seal & protect leave-in) Spray
  2. Work the product through all of your hair
    1. Account for the amount of time it will take for you to do this in the morning
      1. It typically takes me about 10-15 minutes
    2. Start at your ends and work your way to the roots and scalp.
      1. Do thoroughly after washing
      2. Do as a touch-up to dry spots each day

For all hair textures, it’s important to pay close attention to the health of your ends as they are the farthest away from the root and the least likely to receive all the natural oils, vitamins, and minerals your body provides.

For dry scalps that prefer to use a lathering shampoo, like Head and Shoulders, please try to follow with a non-lathering conditioner. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir and all of you have heard of the harmful effects of lathering shampoos and conditioners on hair – so for all hair types, please shy away from the bubbles!


*I am not a licensed beautician or professional. I am a fellow member of the natural hair community with useful advice. I am not liable for any advice I give that does not receive equal results or produces damage, injury, or otherwise.*
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