A blowout nightmare - saving my hair without going insaneby FrostilyPosted 3 years, 10 months ago
Long story short: I got a balayage at a good salon. Expensive dyes, olaplex, done by people who have done it a thousand times already. Four days later I wash and condition as normal, apply some argan oil, let it air dry and nearly end up in tears.
I generally avoid using heat on my hair. It's straight and thick, but the individual hairs are really thin and sensitive. One thing I did notice at the salon (and this is entirely my fault) is that they didn't use any heat protectant. They gave me a blowout, but the temperature of that blowdryer and the time it took them to finish left me with an issue I don't know how to fix. I know it isn't hairdye, since the (once) healthy portion of my hair is fried as well. There's broken hairs sticking out everywhere. The (damaged) portion that is lighter looks like cracked golden toothfloss in the sun. There's plenty of fried strands and split ends. Not my entire hair is in this state, but it's incredibly dry.
Coconut oil normally saves my hair, but it didn't help this time. It can soak up two tablespoons of argan oil and still look dry. Deep conditioning treatments from the drugstore didn't help either.
I'm not sure where to ask this, but I need your help. I can't go out without a bun. Ordered Kerastase fluidissime and a blowdryer. Ended up spending more money than I ever planned to. I think I'm going crazy. What do I do?
by BridgetSPosted 3 years, 10 months ago
You can go to the salon and show your hair, get a refund because of what they did to your hair. There are very occasional bad reviews about olaplaex, maybe it wasn't that good a product for your hair (or others would say they got a cheep copy of olaplaex from internet instead of the real one)? it does change the hair-structure, so that's a possibility. Kerastase products are supposed to be very good. don't use a blowdryer on your hair, preferably let it dry in open air - that's what I do. Even a very warm blow-dry shouldn't fry your natural hair. but you say it was dyed as well : it's not because it isn't light that it wasn't bleached or dyed, like if they did a rout color melt. Good luck to you!
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 years, 10 months ago
Do you typically use products with protein/keratin? Or maybe they used something like that in the salon? It sounds a little like it might be protein overload, where your hair get very brittle and dry and has trouble getting smooth even with conditioning treatments. I recently had an issue where my hair was straightened and dried while there was still significant residue from a protein hair mask, and it crisped up and became very stiff for several weeks until it gradually washed out. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to speed up the process. For me, I find I have to let my hair get oily between washes or the dryness just looks worse.
Anyhow, I'd agree that you should at least go back to the salon. Even if they won't refund you, most places are willing to at least help you with some kind of treatment.