Hey Beautiful People,
Today I want to talk about hair. Over the last six months I have been putting a lot of work into strengthening and repairing my damaged hair. It’s been a real nightmare to be honest but thankfully my hair is now healthy again. I thought it might be helpful to some of you to share my hair story along with some tips for improving damaged hair.
My hair story
I have been dyeing my hair bright colours since I was sixteen. My hair is naturally black so to achieve such bright colours I have to bleach my hair first. I’ve been pretty lucky over the years and until recently my hair was in great condition for bleached hair. However, last summer I made a huge mistake and broke the number one rule of bleaching: NEVER BLEACH HAIR THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN BLEACHED. Usually I would only bleach my roots and wait for my current colour to fade out before dying it a new colour, but this time I wanted to go from pink to blue but the particular shade of pink I was rocking at the time just would not fade no matter how hard I tried to wash it out. I suppose it was a mixture of impatience and cockiness that made me think it was a good idea to bleach over my previously bleached hair. I knew you shouldn’t do it but I did it anyway. Big mistake. As soon as I started to wash the bleach out I knew something had gone horribly wrong. My hair was a completely different texture than before. When wet it felt slimy and stringy and when dry it was stiff and a real struggle to even get a brush through it. After that clumps of hair started to fall out every time I washed my hair, brushed it or even touched it! My hair went from being down past my shoulders to the length of a bob. It was heartbreaking and I only had myself to blame.
As you can see My hair became short, brittle and really thin. I was so upset.
That was back in August. Since then I have been working hard to repair the damage and although my hair still isn’t as long as it used to be, it is now finally at a condition and length that I am happy with. I know that I am not the only one who has had a hair disaster due to over processing so I thought that I would share my top tips with you.
Top tips for repairing damaged hair
1. Stop what you are doing
Stop whatever it is that you have been doing to damage your hair. You will need a completely new haircare routine so throw away your old hair products, switch off your straighteners and most importantly stop dyeing your hair.
You will need to buy products that are specifically for damaged hair. There are some great products out there specially designed to repair your hair. Go to Boots and have a good look around. Don’t be afraid to splash the cash, you get what you pay for so it is definitely worth spending a little more on an expensive shampoo. I strongly recommend the John Frieda full repair range.
3. Ask for help
Let people know about your hair disaster. You may get some great tips or recommendations. I asked for advice on twitter and got recommended some fantastic products that I probably wouldn’t have bought on my own.
4. Don’t be afraid to get dirty
Washing your hair too often can be very damaging especially to your already weakened hair. Try to leave it as long as you can between washes. Dry shampoo is a godsend and has helped me to go an extra day before washing my hair.
Protein is lost from your hair when you bleach it so you want to try and put some of it back. Eggs are fantastic for your hair. Try mixing one in with a hair mask or making your own hair mask from two eggs and a tablespoon of mayonnaise and leave it on your hair for at least an hour. Sounds gross I know but honestly it works!
6. No heat
Heat is very bad for your hair and is just going to cause it to break. If you cant stop using heat all together then try to at least cut down. Let your hair dry naturally at least once a week. If you usually straighten your hair every day try cutting down to just 3 times a week and make sure you always use a heat protection spray.
7. Fake it ’til you make it
When my hair was at its shortest I invested in some clip in hair extensions. Clip ins don’t damage your hair the way that permanent hair extensions do. My extensions did a great job of covering up my damaged hair and gave me a little confidence boost whilst I was fixing it.
8. Brush it right
It’s important to use the right brush for your hair as the wrong brush will pull and break your hair. If your hair is really damaged I recommend a large paddle brush or wide toothed comb.
9. Oil is your friend
I swear by Argan oil. I put it on the ends of my hair and it works wonders. The oil nourishes my dry ends making them softer and less likely to break. Did you know you can also use it as a heat protector?
10. Be patient
My last tip is be patient. Repairing your hair will take time, there is no overnight quick fix. Just keep working hard and eventually your hard work will pay off.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. If you have any tips of your own please leave a comment and let me know
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