au revoir, bleach damage

I feel like I’ve found the holy grail.

Can you imagine being able to wake up with perfect hair?

We are so, so awful to our hair. We dye it, bleach it, flat iron it, put it up, take it down, tease it, curl it and then wonder why we wake up with a frizzy mop that refuses to take a chill pill. If you have ever bleached your hair, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I bottle dyed my hair black for about seven years and then, on a whim, decided I wanted to be a redhead and the damage was catastrophic.

Gone were the days of being able to wake up in the morning, brush my hair, and go.

Suddenly I was in a never-ending game of battling my damaged tresses with my straighteners which in turn led to more damage and more straightening and more frustration.

And then I found the answer.

I’m not going to attribute my success in winning the war against my locks purely to this one thing. I do also use a number of styling and conditioning products (which I’ll go into in a bit) but I genuinely, truly feel like this makes such a huge difference that I just had to tell you about it.

Are you sitting down?

The number one thing that you can do to help your freshly bleached locks is to go get yourself a mulberry silk pillowcase.

Silk doesn’t absorb oils and moisture like cotton does so you get to keep all that goodness in your skin and hair where you need it. On top of that, the smoother surface reduces friction on the hair cuticle so you wake up with sleeker, silkier hair that hasn’t been roughed up all night.

I’m not even slightly kidding when I say this thing has been a complete game changer for me.

Once again, I wake up in the morning looking semi-decent like the good hair days of my youth. I cannot recommend this enough.

As for products, my ride or dies for battling bleach damage are as follows:

  1. Olaplex, baby, yeah. It’s a salon only product that works on a molecular level to repair broken bonds in your hair. My hair dresser mixes it into every stage of the lightening process to help ease the damage from bleaching. I also use the take-home mask once a week, the longer you can leave it on the better.
  2. Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shine. I slather this onto my ends when I get out of the shower and also use it to slick down flyaways. I can run my fingers through my hair 5 hours after brushing it without getting stuck on knots. Can you?
  3. Redken Color Extend Magnetics shampoo & conditioner. The thing about bleaching your hair is it basically gives up on holding onto your colour. Using a lower sulphate or sulphate free shampoo makes a huge difference.
  4. Nak Heat Beat Protective Sealant. If you’re not using a heat protector and you straighten or curl your hair, you are literally not allowed to complain about damage. It’s against the law. This one doesn’t weigh my hair down, doesn’t affect the texture of my hair and it smells yummy like roses.
  5. A detangling hairbrush. It doesn’t have to be a branded tangleteezer or anything. I use a $9 one from Kmart (linked) and it’s amazing. Make sure you start brushing from the ends of your hair and work up in stages so you don’t end up forcing all the knots down (which leads to breakage). Brush your hair gently and try not to stress it out too much.
  6. An amazing hairdresser. Okay, Jordi isn’t a product. But she’s worth mentioning. If you’re in Christchurch you need to hit her up. A crap hairdresser can wreck your hair in one sitting. Jordi is the shit. (So take a big whiff)

If you have managed to successfully bleach your hair and not have to shave your head and hide in a cupboard for the remainder of your twenties, I’d love to know your secrets. Leave me a comment and let me know!

As always, this blog post is entirely my own opinion and I do not represent anyone or anything. I paid for all the products I have mentioned.

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