Fried Hair.. Now what?

Whether you’ve been toying with the ombre trend, been a devoted bleach bunny, or dappled with pastel tones, you probably have noticed how your hair has started to become a bit brittle. This could range from being slightly dry, to completely snapping off (what we refer to as a chemical cut!)  Obviously you would like to try to avoid any breakage and damage, so I would like to share a few tips and tricks!

  • ALWAYS go to a professional to have bleach done.  This almost goes without saying, but I can’t recall the amount of times I had a client in my chair on a Monday morning with patchy, frizzled, orange and yellow hair that a friend has done on a whim, and has ended up in a lot of tears!
  • When considering a make-over, be open to set up a plan with your stylist.  The colour you have in mind might not be advisable to do in one visit, so when you work with a plan, going to the salon every 6 weeks, lightening your hair gradually, you’ll leave the salon with healthier hair, toning down the unwanted ‘inbetween’ colours. It’s so important to have a good relationship with your stylist, so make sure that you’re both on the same page!
  • Bleaching will dramatically alter the structure of your hair.  Without being too scientific, I will try to explain it like this:  Hair consists mainly of proteins.  Once you start chemically altering your hair, the proteins break down.  That’s what makes the hair sensitised and brittle.  I swear by using Redken’s CAT treatment before the bleach treatments (you could start a few weeks before you see your stylist), spraying it on your hair before bleach is applied, and then using it as an aftercare product.  Use this product 1 – 2 times a week, depending on the condition, after shampooing, but before conditioning.  What makes this product work, is that it prevents the hair from forming cysteic acid, which causes the hair to feel like bungee cord when wet.
  • You could also get a protein overdose, so alternate with a moisturising treatment to get the balance right.  Try using Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream once a week, instead of your conditioner.  A little goes a long way, you’ll only need the size of a 20p coin for thick shoulder-length hair.
  • Take it easy on heat styling.  Give your hair a break over weekends, and ALWAYS use a heat protection product before using any heated appliance, whether it’s a hairdryer or a styling iron.
  • Go for regular cuts. If you’d like to maintain your length, let the stylist know, but also know that if you have damaged ends, you will need to have a good trim. (I’ve once had a client asking me to remove ‘half the damage’?!?!) Your hair will grow, and isn’t better to have healthy shorter hair than have long, wiry ends?

Everyone’s hair is different, and reacts different to products, so I’ll also recommend the following treatments:

I really hope that this has helped some of you!  I’m considering making these blogposts a regular feature, so if you’d like any questions answered, please leave a comment below, and I might use it in a future post!