I bleached my hair and now my scalp is sore and red. What caused this?
What you have is one to two likely reactions: chemical burns to the scalp, or an allergic reaction/sensitivity to the chemical process of the bleaching. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, the two are essentially the
same. If you used a powdered bleaching agent you likely failed to understand that these are classed as “off the scalp” bleaches and are not intended to come in contact with the skin – especially not the delicate skin of the scalp.
You probably have some scabbing and flaking depending on how long it has been since your bleaching process, and the scalp is probably very sensitive to the touch.
Professional solutions: Depending on how severe the condition is, your stylist may send you straight to your doctor. And, frankly, it may not be a bad idea to visit your doctor anyway. You will probably be advised to
avoid harsh shampoos and any styling products until the scalp heals, and if you visit the doctor you may get a medication for use on the scabbed areas to allow the wounds to heal faster and prevent infection.
You will need to be extremely careful when trying to comb or brush the hair, since you want to avoid scratching or cutting the scalp and thus risking infection. You may even be advised to use an antibacterial shampoo to
keep the risk of infection caused by build-up of scalp oils at a minimum.
After bleaching my hair, I noticed that my roots are still dark at the scalp. Why is this?
Typically, a more-likely problem with bleaching the hair is that the color is lighter at the scalp than along the length, because the heat of the body causes the bleaching reaction to work faster and more effectively.
However, it is occasionally found among people who are pale of skin but have dark hair color – and who then bleach their hair – that the hair at the scalp area just below the skin’s surface is visible. This is because
the skin is likely more translucent than you expected.
Professional solutions: This kind of issue is not something that can be “fixed” since there isn’t really a good way to alter the density of the skin. However, your hairdresser can help you find a solution in using a
toning color to slightly darken the bleached hair to a shade that makes the scalp area less notable, or can help you create a style that will make the scalp (and therefore the darker roots) less visible.
There are some who have used tanning as a solution to this problem, but tanning has its own hazards since even tanning beds can be sources of melanoma.
I’ve bleached my hair, but the hair is uneven now, some areas of the hair are darker than others and some are lighter. Why did this happen?
Well, there are a few factors that can cause this. As mentioned before, heat makes the bleaching mixture react faster and be more effective, so it’s very possible that the hair will be lighter at the scalp than along the
lengths, subsequently, the hair lengths that are nearer the skin will be lighter as well due to body heat.