We all know that permed hair is already treated with chemicals.

So, can you imagine what would happen if you bleach permed hair?

We asked a couple of experts and did a little digging ourselves to find out the answer to this question once and for all.

Can You Bleach Permed Hair?
The answer to this question is a little complicated. On the one hand, you technically can bleach permed hair.

However, doing so may cause irreversible damage to your strands—damage that can only be fixed by cutting off all your hair and starting from scratch. In other words, we don't recommend it.

When you perm your hair, your stylist uses a chemical solution to break down the inner structure of your hair shafts.

This process makes your hair more susceptible to damage, which is why it's important to use a very gentle shampoo and conditioner designed for permed or chemically treated hair.

Bleach is an incredibly harsh chemical, and it will further damage already weak and fragile hair shafts.

We recommend avoiding bleaching permed hair at all costs—unless you're prepared to start from scratch with a brand new head of hair.

So there you have it!

While you technically can bleach permed hair, we wouldn't recommend it.

Doing so will likely cause irreversible damage to your strands—and who wants to deal with that?

If you're thinking about going lighter, we suggest talking to your stylist about other options such as highlights or lowlights instead. Trust us, your hair will thank you!