Last summer after I quit my job to start blogging I wanted to do crazy things to my hair. This included bleaching hair at home (Salon professionals, cringe as you will!). I got bored of having brunette hair and occasionally I have the “I must go blonde!” urges. I’m naturally a blonde… so the thought of not having to keep up with coloring my roots every few weeks sounded like a dream. However, I realize I’ll never get back to my natural hair color unless I totally shave my head and just let it grow out (I’m not that brave!).
So, one day I went to my local beauty supply store and purchased a tub of L’Oreal QuickBlue Bleach Powder and a bottle of Vol. 40 Developer. I did get toner but it didn’t end up toning out the orange mess I had created. At the end of the day, I had blonde hair. I wasn’t satisfied, however… I ended up hating how light it was and went to Pinterest (Follow me!) to find some answers. I saw a photo of a beautiful rose gold hair color and instantly needed it on my head.
Long story short, I ended up being rose gold, to purple, to blue within a handful of months and bleached my hair TWICE in that time-frame.
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MY HAIR CONDITION
After tremendous chemical damage, my hair was lifeless, brittle, and felt stringy when wet. It was gummy, took forever to dry, and just short of completely falling out. It was not cute! I had bleached my hair two times within 2-3 weeks – which absolutely killed my hair.
Luckily, with time and patience, I was able to get my hair back to a more manageable state thanks to some amazing products and TLC.
HOW TO HEAL DAMAGED HAIR
Before I begin to explain what I did to heal my damaged hair, I must tell you that this is in no way an overnight fix. Damaged hair needs time to “heal”. Results do vary depending on condition of your hair. The following is a list of hair repair products I used to repair damaged hair.
1. Avoid Using Heat
This was hard for me because I absolutely HATE having wet hair. Let your hair air dry as much as possible and avoid using any heat whatsoever. This includes the hairdryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc. Even heat protectant sprays cannot stop all the damage that comes with heat styling tools.
If your hair is as damaged as mine was, then that means your hair absolutely won’t air dry. This is because the hair is so thirsty that it’s clinging on to any moisture it can, making it impossible to dry on its own. If this is the case, use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting and gently dry. Avoid using a brush to wet hair!
2. Do not “Wash” as much – Use a Repairing Shampoo/Conditioner
I work from home, so skipping a wash to my hair was relatively easy (my husband just had to deal with my grease-ball head!). Try to go as long as possible without washing your hair. The natural oils from the scalp help to nourish the hair and quench its thirst.
When I did wash my hair, I used the TRESemme Repair & Protect 7 Shampoo and Conditioner. I had tried a bunch of shampoo and conditioners and I did not get nearly as much result as I did from this line. After one use I immediately could tell the difference in my hair. My hair felt softer, more manageable, and more full. What I do like about this line is that it has Biotin in it! I like to take Biotin supplements to grow out my hair so this was a plus to me. I’m definitely not sponsored by TRESemme, but I’m so happy I found this line! I highly recommend it.
3. Protect Your Hair with Oils and Finishing Sprays
These two products helped me with styling my hair and taming frizz. The TRESemme Repair and Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray helps protect hair against 7 different types of damage, has Biotin, protects hair from heat, and helps prevent breakage and split ends. I HIGHLY recommend it if you absolutely must use heat on your hair.
The next product I used was the Suave Moroccan Infusion Shine Styling Oil. I used this on my damp hair before styling, and sometimes after styling to tame frizz and add further shine to my hair (which really helped the look of my hair). The added shine made my hair look healthier than it was. It also made my hair softer and more manageable to the touch (before, I couldn’t run my fingers through it).
4. Hair Repair Mask
My absolute favorite mask is the Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Mask. Not only does this stuff smell AMAZING, it changed my hair for the better. Before I started using the TRESemme shampoo/conditioner, I used this mask religiously. I could tell the difference in my hair right away. I would even put this in my damp hair, wrap my hair in a Microfiber Towel, and sleep with the mask in my hair overnight.
There are different blends in this line depending on what your hair concerns are. I’ve tried the Avocado one as well, but the Honey Treasures was my favorite out of the two. The Shampoo and Conditioner are great too!
DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask
If you’re looking for a DIY Hair Mask Recipe – I also used Coconut Oil in my hair as a hair mask. Heat a couple of tablespoons of Coconut oil and evenly distribute it into your hair. Wrap the hair in a warm towel and let sit for one hour. Rinse with warm water.
5. Get a Haircut
Sometimes hair is beyond repair. If you have fried/split ends, sometimes the best way to fix it is to chop it off. My hair was below my bust, but because of my bleaching snaffoo, I had to cut several inches off. Now my hair sits just below my shoulders. This honestly helped me and it helps your hair to grow evenly.
My hair isn’t perfect (yet). Right now I’m focusing on growing it out! I take a hair/nails/skin supplement daily along with other multivitamins and following the same steps I mentioned above. I hope this list helps you in your hair repairing journey. Healing bleached hair is a process, but it’s not impossible. It just takes time and some extra care.
What are your favorite hair care products?
Rissa is the writer and brains behind So Very Me. When she’s not blogging, she can usually be found hanging out with her husband and two dogs, crafting, or playing video games.