Hi, New to the forum. I have been bleaching and dying my hair for over 10 years now and its been going well. However recently I double processed it with bleach in one session and toned it with wella a week later. I had done 2 Aphoghee Treatments in between these bleachings and have been keeping it moisturised wvery since.
I use Kerastase Nutritive Masque as my deep conditioner and co wash with As I Am Coconut Co-Wash every few days.
When my hair is wet it’s extremely soft and my natural curls bounces back when pulled. However I also see lots of little ringlets (breakage) go down the drain when showering and when dried it snaps off in little pieces and Im not sure how to stop the breakage?
I have also noticed lots of flyaways on top of my head that wont lay but apart from that theres no huge chemical cut or is that soon to come with all the little breaks?
How can my hair be so soft and shiny but still breaking?
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What wella toner did you use? Was it ColorCharm? Some of them, including ColorCharm, are quite high in ammonia. You can usually tell by the sharp smell. These types of dyes can be really harsh on bleached hair. Since your hair was already bleached twice, it's likely that the additional toner sent it over its breakage limit.
There's not a lot you can do to prevent further breakage. Keep using products that soften your hair, but avoid too much protein which can build up and make your hair less supple. Kerastase Nutritive Masque does contain protein, so only use this occasionally. If coconut products work well for you, then I'd keep using them and maybe swap out deep conditioner for a coconut oil treatment.
You'll need to be really careful with your hair until the damage grows out. You'll have to be really careful if you flat iron it regularly. Keep the heat down to the minimum needed to straighten your hair. For toning, use products that aren't mixed with developer. If you're in the UK, Jerome Russel B Blonde has a range of blonde toners that don't damage. You could also use something like Adore Titanium to remove warmth.
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