05-30-2010, 08:29 AM
Personally, I always let my hairdresser do bleaching; there are so many things that could go wrong, and if that happens, they have to pay to get it fixed. I don't have all my hair bleached, just two streaks in front.
You should use a shampoo that's specially formulated to use on bleached hair, and definitely conditioner, too. Don't over style or straighten your hair, either; bleached hair is more porus and prone to breakage. If you continually use straighteners or styling tongs on bleached hair, then you risk having it break off. You should also get your hair trimmed every six weeks to prevent split ends.
I used to have my hair highlighted and dyed blue in front; the bleach meant that the dye took easier. If you have dark hair and want to dye your hair interesting colours, it helps to bleach it first. But make sure you use a vegetable based dye, so as to be kinder to your hair.