Maybe you tried to go platinum blonde from dark brown using an at-home box hair-dye kit and now your hair is a funny orange colour and feels like straw.
Or perhaps you’ve been getting your hair dyed blonde for years and it is now so unhealthy that it keeps snapping like twigs each time you brush it.
It’s probably a good idea to head to your hairdresser ASAP for a trim to get rid of those split ends and get some professional advice, but there are also some ways you can try to repair some of the damage at home.
1. Moisturise, Moisturise, and Moisturise Some More
The main focus when trying to repair bleached and damaged hair is to get as much moisture back into the hair as possible. This will help it get stronger and shinier, while also preventing further damage. Try smothering your hair in coconut oil (with your fingers, not a brush – that will do more damage!). Then wrap in Gladwrap and wrap in a warm towel. Leave it for as long as you can, then use a gentle shampoo to remove the oil.
Invest in a good hair mask too. A great natural recipe is:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 egg
Mix together well and apply over your hair. Massage well (use gloves – because egg, ick). If you can do this a few times a week, you will see a massive difference!
2. Avoid harsh shampoo
Check out your shampoo labels. Bleached hair tends to be very dry and brittle so you really don’t want to be stripping any more moisture out with harsh chemical cleansers. Steer clear of shampoos (and other personal care items, for that matter) that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These are what makes the shampoo foam up and are very harsh chemical detergents that are often linked to contact dermatitis.
Also avoid any anti-dandruff shampoos at this time too. Although they are great if you do have dandruff, they tend to really strip the hair.
A great alternative is to ‘wash’ your hair with conditioner. Wet your hair well, then apply the conditioner and gently massage it in well to your hair, leave it for a few minutes, then wash out. Sometimes, this can make your hair appear a bit limp at first, but it is gentle, and does get your hair clean!
Add 1/2 cup of good quality olive oil to your shampoo. Shake well before using. This will make your hair super soft and is very good for bleached hair. Olive oil is said to reduce the amount of ‘hair fall’ that bleached hair is notorious for.
Use a moisture-replenishing conditioner every single day. This is going to lock in the moisture and not allow your hair to dry out between washes.