will protein filler for patchy color cause breakage?Posted 2 years, 5 months ago
I've bleached the front of my hair, not totally evenly, three times this month (I know, not smart, I've learned my lesson) and now have patchy color coverage on that area--like some areas seem color-resistant. (Using Adore dye mixed with dimethicone-free conditioner.) I read about using protein filler to fix this, but I recently used the Shea Moisture manuka honey mask, which I understand contains protein, and then noticed some breakage. The general condition of my bleached hair is incredibly tangle-prone/sticks to itself and not soft, so I am worried it's the protein, rather than bleach damage, that is causing the breakage...? Is there some way to combat the breakage-encouraging effects of the protein filler?
by AndyaPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
@tryingfordenim The tangle-prone and sticks to itself means the cuticle is open and probably from bleach damage. Bleach opens the cuticle and takes the color. When the cuticles are open hair acts like barbed wire which if you seen barbed wire can easily tangle. Bleach is also an oxidation and exothermic reaction. Exothermic meaning heat is given off. Heat can and does driy the hair. So ONE source of the dry brittle hair is because of possible bleach damage.
A second source of drying hair is from protein treatments. Every protein treatment I applied did cause the hair to be more dry after usage. So applying a protein treatment can cause the hair to become more dry.
When the hair is too dry the hair become brittle and breaks above the root usually for me about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch above the scalp.
This suggestion is not a cure all for brittle hair and see this suggestion as helpful. After washing the hair suggest let the hair air dry indoors. 7 degrees Fahrenheit for a high today by myself. Letting the hair air dry gives the scalp and hair time to absorb moisture that was lost. This has helped me over time for my hair not to tangle as much and my scalp to feel less red and sore after over bleaching.
Best of luck. These are my suggestions.
Posted 2 years, 4 months ago
thanks, @andya !
by AndyaPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
@tryingfordenim You are welcome. Another tip I forgot that could help is if you wash and rinse with cold to very cold water. Cold water helps to close the cuticle on the hair. When the cuticles on hair are open they act like barbs on barbed wire and hair gets tangled and sticks together more easily.
Hair is like a pine cone. Heat from a forest fire will open up a pine cone and air flowing though the pine cone will pick up a seed and carry the seed quite a distance to replant in another area of the forest. Hot water on the hair will help to open the cuticle and help to take away the pigment that has stained the hair. Cold air will close the sections of a pine cone and protect the seeds inside. Cold water helps to close the cuticle and assists the hair to become smoother. Cold water also helps to keep the color from stained hair with semi-permanent dye.
This is not a cure all, but has helped me. These are my suggestions and humble opinion.
Posted 2 years, 4 months ago
yeah, i've been doing the cold water--i think a couple chunks are just beyond help and i'll have to wait for them to grow out. but in the meantime, i will definitely stay away from blow dryers and give it a lot of moisture!