Help with styling over-bleached hair? Don’t know how to work with the new texture!!by DumbBlondePosted 3 months, 1 week ago
HELP!!! I overbleached my hair on accident - I’ve bleached it before with no problems, but I had my sister help me recently and she used a developer that was too strong for my hair (I thought she was using 20 vol but it was actually 40!!!). My hair used to require little to no styling, but now the texture is completely different and I don’t know how to work with it.
ANYWAYS. I cut off about 5” (there was crying involved) and I’m using high quality sulfate and silicone free products and Olaplex #6 when I get out of the shower. I haven’t been using any heat on my hair, and I’m not brushing when wet, aside from occasionally brushing through with my fingers.
In the pictures, you can see that my previously straight hair now has a strange wave to it, and sections seem to clump together. When I brush it, it becomes a fluffy, frizzy mess.
What can I do to work with this new hair texture? I know I can’t bring my hair totally back to life, and I’m ASSUMING I can’t get it to be smooth and straight(er), but is there any way to work with the new wave in it or bring out more curl? I just want it too look better and a little more healthy. Are there any new products I should use or ways to style it that won’t damage my hair further?
Thank you so much for any advice!!!
by StainRookiePosted 3 months, 1 week ago
I personally would focus on conditioning, not styling... Your hair looks a bit fragile, so avoid heath and styling tools. Keeping foam rollers or rag curls overnight can give you pretty results. If you want to avoid extra friction with your pillowcase, you can tie a silk/satin scarf around It, and It will protect your hair from some breakage. Olaplex n. 6 Is hardly concentrated enough, so If you can afford It I'd suggest n.3. Look for some deep conditioning masks and conditioners and just forget about it for few weeks.
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
That sort of partial wave is usually due to changes in your hair's natural cuticle structure from the bleaching, so it's not usually something you can enhance without directly doing some type of curling regimen, like wet curls or whatnot. I'd avoid heat styling and anything with a lot of tension or friction like velcro rollers, but there.
As for trying to make everything look more smooth, protein and silicones can help you there, but I'd try to introduce one thing at a time, since both of those things can be overdone and cause other issues with your hair. When I've fried my hair, I found that deep conditioning for 2-8 hours overnight definitely helps smooth things out and reduce flyaways, but it doesn't necessarily make anything look actually healthy. I have short hair, so the time it took wasn't worth it for me, but it might be worth a look since it will take much longer for you to grow out your hair. I'd also try gently combing the conditioner through your ends with a wide-tooth comb when you shower. You can do the same with leave-in conditioners, but I wouldn't use them multiple times between times when you shampoo your hair, because they can really weigh down your fragile ends. Oils are also a potential help here for the same smoothing purpose.
by EllabeePosted 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I've had real success reviving my over processed hair with Redken pH Bonder - it seems to be an Olaplex dupe but half the price.
It's made my hair feel much less coarse and visibly looks smoother and sleeker. I left it on for an hour whilst I begged my hair to forgive me and I think it is!