How to heal my bleach damaged hairPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
So one month ago I made the decision to dye my hair lavender. Not because I am gay but because I love to change up my hair and dying it was the next step. I previously had red highlights but it wasn't much. I have natural wavy hair with a bit of fRIZ but nothing products cannot help. When I got to my usual salon my stylist bleached my hair three times in a row. He then put in the dye and it came out white. He went through and put in a different dye and got the lavender. After one day the lavender became white. I found that the best way to describe my hair is dead and cottonball-esque. I cannot put any form of wax or gel in it otherwise it goes out of control and looks like barbed wire and the gel won't come out for a good week. My solution has been to wear a beanie (ALL THE TIME). How do I cure this head of dead hair? I would prefer not to shave it Orr but that is what it seems I'll have to do. Any solutions are appreciated.
by Wicked_PixiePosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Bleaching 3 times in a row will do that lol There is no cure for over processed hair I'm afraid. Cutting it off is the only solution. You can try and improve the texture appearance with protein treatments and oils, but they can't actually heal damaged hair. Silicones can also help to fill in the gaps and make it feel more like hair, but again it is just a temporary fix. You are likely to see some breakage and your hair will deteriorate in the coming weeks, so best to cut off as much of the damage as you can stand to lose. For future reference, never bleach more than once, it is best to wait in between bleaching sessions. I would avoid that salon too. You only need to bleach to a light yellow, hair that is bleached to white is always hair that is fried.
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by AndyaPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Suggest cold water when washing to help close the cuticle. Also suggest let the hair air dry or pat dry with a towel. This will allow moisture to be absorbed onto hair and cuticle.
by vivienne StaffPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
As has been mentioned, you can only do damage control now. I'd second cutting off as much as you can stand, since damaged ends will continue to unravel up the strand until you've properly chopped it off. If you need to, you can do it in stages to save as much length as you can stand and do conditioning/protein treatments as temporary measures until the next cut. I'd advise no more bleaching until everything grows out (though this means you need to deal with natural roots). If you want to keep up a lavender, get some well-pigmented purple and make your own lavender by diluting it in loads of conditioner. You won't need much dye, but you will go through a lot of conditioner. You'll need to touch-up pretty damn frequently, though.
The white does look nice, but I know that having fried hair is such a huge pain. Obviously, I think you know that you shouldn't bleach so much in the future.
Posted 5 years, 8 months ago
I like the white as well, but it does look pretty fried. If you're still trying to get it to lavender I'd suggest ordering a dye with a little more staying power (Special Effects is pretty good) and diluting it with conditioner yourself (or get a lighter purple and use it undiluted although it'll probably bleed). Then leave it on for a really long time. It might not come out very pastel, but should stay purple for longer at least. I know if you've stripped your hair completely then the dye will have a harder time staying because there is less to hold the color in your hair. The nice thing about most unnatural semi-permanent dyes is that they're conditioning, so while you're coloring you'll also help mask some of the damage.
Your best bet is to cut off if you want unfried hair that will hold onto color. Good luck, and I hope your next hair adventure goes a bit better for you!
by vividamnesiaPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Best product for repair I have come across is Moroccan oil. Seems pricy but is very concentrate, sold in salons as its a pro product, can be used on towel dry hair & dry hair & instantly works awesomely
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