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5 Reasons I Stopped Bleaching my Hair

It’s high-maintenance.

Bleached hair is no joke. It takes serious constant TLC, and is definitely not for the faint hearted. When I  started bleaching, I always had to deal with damaged hair (and I still do!), I had to start a very tedious hair regimen that involved doing coconut oil hair masks 3-5 times a week with at home deep conditioning treatments in between. I also had to learn how to bleach my own hair (even getting Gab to help me bleach parts I couldn’t see, ultimately risking him getting hurt while handling bleach because he has very sensitive skin) because getting it professionally done at a salon was too expensive, I spent hours and hours on Google doing research on bleaching do’s/don’t’s/tips, oh and have I mentioned how your roots grow damn fast which means you’ll only get a head of pure blonde for about two weeks tops before your true hair color starts to show?

Personal style/aesthetic changes.

Growing older sometimes mean a change in your sense of style. Aside from feeling tired of the high-maintenance hair, I also felt like I had outgrown the striking colors. Yes, even the cute pastel ones. Pastel pink was definitely my favorite even though I hardly own anything pink and quite honestly, if I would go light again, it would be for pastel pink.

I’ve had some people who’ve known me for a few years say that the pastel hair actually makes me look more bubbly than I really am in real life. I’m actually not a very colorful person, my wardrobe consists of neutral tones with some autumn colors. Colored hair also made it quite hard to wear certain shades because they would contrast so much it made me feel weird! When I had pink/purple hair, my army green anoraks didn’t blend well with the entire ensemble, when I had blue hair, I found wearing red plaid a little off too.

Hair damage in the extremes.

Need I say more? Even though I dyed my hair back to normal colors and have chopped off more than 50%  of my bleached hair, I’m still left with at least 4 inches of it. My ends are forever damaged with split ends and terrible fried hair. No other way to go about it than grow it out and keep cutting the ends off.

The attention was nice but a little tiring

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if bleaching hurt, if they could touch my hair, if it was damaged — let’s just say my entire hair bleaching phase wouldn’t have been so expensive. At the start I enjoyed the attention because I who wouldn’t want to be the cool girl with colored hair? I definitely loved being “different”… As time passed, talking about hair bleaching and crazy colors got tiring. Imagine having a conversation about it every time you step out of the house and into a social gathering. It’s not like I could’ve just given one word answers, “Did it hurt?” “No.” “Is your hair damaged?” “Yes.” “What’s your next hair color?” “I don’t know.” because 1. I’m not rude and 2. I’m not rude. Although I’ve tried it on more than one occasion, my one word replies ended up having me interrogated some more by curious folks. I don’t blame them, though! It just got tiring.

I miss my natural curls.

I miss washing my hair and just leaving it to dry on its own, or have sexy beach waves after swimming in the ocean. At this point, it takes me at least an hour and a half to fix my hair (blowdry + hair iron) or I have to tie my hair up after hitting the beach because having my hair dry on its own means looking like I’ve electrocuted myself. Damaged hair is too much work. I want to be able to just wash my hair and leave it alone to do its own thing and still look fucking fabulous.

I’m not saying I’m ever going to bleach my hair again, because knowing me and how I easily get bored with my hair, I’ll probably be reaching for the bleach sometime in the future when I’ve grown tired of wearing my natural hair. I definitely wouldn’t miss on another chance of having pastel colored hair again. Besides, one of my goals in life is to be that ultra cool grandma with the silvery pink hair… and by then, I wouldn’t even have to bleach my hair anymore ;-)

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  • Reply Jel 19 June 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love it!!! Read it in full again. <3
    And how can 49 wildings be all online right now? :) Whoever said blogging is dying has never run into your page :p

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 June 2015 at 2:40 am

      Haha! Thanks Jel! Also, cant believe you read it twice. HAHA

  • Reply Jae 19 June 2015 at 10:24 am

    Never had the guts to bleach my hair. Just reading about other peoples’ experience (like yours) is enough reason for me not to do it. I seriously love how you and Helga can pull off eccentric hair colors, though!


  • Reply Aneth 19 June 2015 at 10:50 am

    I tried bleaching my hair once and never did it again cos of reasons #1 and #3. It took me like a year to grow my natural hair back.

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:18 pm

      A year? That’s scaring me but I think it might be the same for meeee

  • Reply Louise Ramos 19 June 2015 at 11:11 am

    I’ve always wanted to try bleaching my hair because it has always been a dream of mine to have a silver frost bob. Like move along kids, cool grandma coming through. But my hair sans the styling already feels like they’re baked (fortunately, not fried yet.) and am afraid of what more would happen once I bleach them. Always love reading your articles, Camie. ❤️
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    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:15 pm

      “move along kids, cool grandma coming through” HAHA cutie!

  • Reply Corinth 19 June 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve always wished I bleached and dyed my hair pink but I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to handle the maintenance. I don’t even like washing my hair, what more doing all of what you mentioned here! Haha. Either way, your hair looks gorgeous Camie! It doesn’t look fried up at all. At least now your hair is in “resting” mode. Hehe. :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Hahaha it’s really not for the lazy :P Thanks Corinth! I cant wait to get my natural hair back HUHU I miss the wash and wear kind of hair!

  • Reply Vianna Garjas 19 June 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Me, me too. I’ve always wanted to bleach my hair and play with colors. My dream hair color is blue or ombre or whatever. I am tired of my usual black straight hair (yet healthy) but then my worries would always eat me (like some of the things mentioned above) hahaha. Anyway, your hair looks lovely!

    – Vianna (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ | Adventures of The Great Whatever

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 19 June 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I bleached my ends only once when I was 11. 2007 and I was already rocking the dip-dye look. When I started wearing the hijab, people at school would call me out for it and say that I was only covering my hair at school because I was ashamed of my bleached hair. Ended up just cutting it off because I wanted my hair short and I couldn’t do that without cutting off the bleached ends.

  • Reply Jhanz 20 June 2015 at 3:38 am

    I’ve always wondered how I would look if ever I got the pastel colored do, but I’m always afraid that it would damage my hair completely. :(

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 20 June 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’m currently growing some white/gray hairs, and I think it’s genetic or I’m just stressed. My boyfriend keeps on suggesting I try the #grannyhair style but I don’t think I could pull it off. :)))

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Hahaha your boyfriend is adorable! It’s his way of saying “if you can’t beat ’em! join ’em!” You could try, but if it doesn’t work or you don’t like it… Just dye it back. HAHA!

  • Reply neanicm 20 June 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Read the full post and I just thought about my hair that reached my butt – this got me thinking twice about bleaching them hahah ive always known you ate camie through your colored hair that looks beautiful on you no matte what you do really :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Oh my gosh, bleaching always results in shorter hair! Haha I’m so glad you decided not to do it. I would kill to have my natural long hair back!

  • Reply caealensonorin 20 June 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Put a little bit of ombre, but then I was told my hair has to be bleached for it. Long story short, after doing all the research, I backed out. Not for the faint hearted indeed.

  • Reply Daria 20 June 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Girl, I hear your pain haha. I bleached my hair to get ombred/blondish hair and I can’t get back to my natural dark brown hair now :/ the blonde keeps coming through. Ah well, I’ve got to be called “blondie” for the rest of my life haha. x

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 7:41 pm

      I think I’ve dyed my hair a dark shade about 4 times the past 5 months now because it fades and I just end up blonde. It’s really annoying! I wanted to grow out my natural hair color by October when I visit Europe but I doubt that’s happening now. LOL

  • Reply Alissa 21 June 2015 at 10:05 am

    I wouldn’t go that far to bleaching my hair. I don’t think I can pull light colored hair like you do anyway. Let your hair breathe for awhile and it’ll be healthy again

  • Reply Cam 26 June 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Camie! You should try getting the Brazilian keratin treatment in Mary Pauline salons. It’s cheap but it really saved my hair! I was constantly getting my hair relaxed and rebonded almost every year since I was in elementary. I decided to stop cause I wasn’t becoming a fan of the super straight hair anymore but I had really bad curls so I had to iron my hair everyday for 5+ years to get my desired wavy hair. I recently tried the Brazilian keratin and it worked wonders together with deep conditioning my hair every week. I haven’t ironed my hair in about 3 months already hehe.

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 7:23 pm

      I’ve gotten those Brazilian Keratin treatments but my hair just ended up stick straight and still damaged! I just cannot deal anymore. Also, they dont come cheap :| I think they still go for about 8k for a session. Anyway, I missed my natural curls and just the feel of healthy hair, so I don’t think I’ll touch my hair for a while. Haha

  • Reply Louise 28 June 2015 at 11:10 am

    These are so true. I got my hair ombre’d once and I will never ever do it again. Even though the bleach didn’t reach my roots, the damage was so severe I almost got a pixie cut just to feel soft, natural hair again. The first few months it was amazing because I was the only one in school who had it, but after awhile it got so tiring to maintain because if I don’t style it, it ends up looking like a broom! Haha. Took me almost a year and a half to completely be rid of the damaged ends. I honestly admire your dedication over bleached/colored hair. <3

  • Reply Dominique 12 October 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hi Miss Camie! Did you bleach your hair in between changing hair colors? I dyed my hair purple and now I want to dye it with pink. But my hair has not yet recovered back to blonde. I’m starting to be impatient haha

  • Reply yoyuu (@akobluedoy) 24 December 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Hi, Ms. Camie! I saw you on the Candy Mag and I was really fascinated with your hair. I really have a thing for vibrant or pastel colors. I always wanted to dye my hair even though I know that it’ll get damaged. I always have this perspective about people who dye their hair. I see them as brave people, something like that. Because they have the guts to color their hair without thinking what other people might say about them and that’s what I’m scared about. If I dye my hair, people might say things about me… Have you experienced that? If you did, how did you overcome it? Is it painful? Are there any tips you can share? Thank you so much! :)

  • Reply yoyuu (@akobluedoy) 24 December 2015 at 4:13 pm

    What I meant with the “Is it painful?” is the bleaching thing. Hihi, sorry. I’m a bit nervous while posting a comment here. It’s my first time. LOL. You’re beautiful, Ate Camie. Colored hair or not. :)

  • Reply Brittany 15 January 2016 at 1:58 am

    Did your hair dresser use olaplex when turning you from dark to blonde?

  • Reply rine 20 July 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Hi camie I had exactly 1-5 situation like u did.. oh my.. i know exactly how it felt like. now, my true colour hair come out about 4 inch and its make me looks like lion king.. i wish to rebonding my hair, but afraid it will break my hair. really make me feel confused right now.. i really dont like to see my wavy hair. seriously its make me look like lion king. :(

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