How I Rescued My Bleach Ravaged Hair

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I’ve been bleaching my hair on and off since I was 16. I started doing it myself at home, and then progressed to getting it done at a salon every six to eight weeks. Not really knowing any better, I was going to a well known chain (one that rhymes with ‘phoney and pie’… ahem) for around three years, and unwittingly allowing them to ravage my fuchsia tresses more and more with each visit!

I’m not really sure if it was just inexperience with unnatural colouring or what, but when I became friends with Elbie and decided to go to her for my hair preening instead, she informed me that my hair was… to put it bluntly… completely fucked.

Obviously we can’t know for sure, but she suggested that it looked like the bleach had been applied really carelessly. My hair is naturally very dark so perhaps it was just left on for too long, under too much heat. She said it also looked like the bleached areas had overlapped each time, again, most likely in an attempt to get it as light as possible.

When I started to see Elbie, my hair resembled chewing gum when it was wet (stretchy and thin!) and was like crunchy straw when it was dry. It was also THIN AS HELL. What a cacophony of delights!

You can see how awful it used to be in these photos. Look at the ends especially – frazzled! My hair also wouldn’t grow any longer than this, it would just snap off. Sad times…


Still don’t believe how bad it was? How about an extreeeeeme close-up?!

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I’m not gonna lie, when I first had this realisation I cried. A lot. I was actually very near just chopping the whole lot off and starting again, or at least going back to my natural colour. Luckily my fairy hairmother pulled me back from the brink and promised that we could fix it. That was probably about two years ago, and now my hair has never looked better!

Here’s how we did it:

Lop off the straggly bits

The first thing we had to do was cut off the damaged bits. As you can see my hair was already pretty damn short so I managed to convince Elbie to just do a few millimetres at a time. If we’d taken all of the damaged bits off, I’d have been practically scalped!

When your hair is as destroyed as mine was, the ends are probably not salvageable. Rip that metaphorical plaster off and chop off as much off as you can bear!

Restore the protein

Hair is made of protein and chemical damage is essentially the degradation of those proteins that make up the outer cuticle layer. The cuticle is made up of keratin (protein) cells that fit together a bit like scales and create a waterproof and airtight barrier around the cortex. When you use bleach, the chemicals in it cause those cuticle scales to lift and separate, therefore exposing the cortex.

So the first thing you need to do is repair this outer layer by getting as much protein back into your mop as possible. When you use products with it in, you are effectively replacing the missing and damaged keratin from your hair. This will help to patch up the frayed cortex and smooth out the scales.

I started by using Redken Extreme shampoo, conditioner, treatments and their anti-snap heat protector lotion. Be sure you only use this stuff as long as you need it though (while your hair is still at that stringy when wet stage) because it has a LOT of protein in it. If you use them for too long it will cause a build up in your hair which can make it break even easier. Hair that breaks with very little effort is a sign of an over-abundance of protein, and a deficiency of moisture.

You can also use homemade hair masks about once or twice a week if you’d like too. Make them from anything high in protein – eggs, mayo, olive oil, banana, avocado, coconut or almond oil!

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Slather your head in moisture

As well as being protein deficient, your bleach mangled hair is most likely very, very thirsty. Healthy hair has the perfect balance of both protein and moisture in it, so you make sure you restore both. A lack of moisture is what makes your hair that awful straw-like consistently or causes it to snap off when it gets to a certain length. 

However, you need protein for the moisture to latch on to, which is why it’s important to crack on with your high protein hair diet first. 

For a moisture injection I am a massive fan of Moroccan Oil products. I use the Treatment Oil after every wash, before blow drying (it’s also great as a serum on dry hair, but only use a teeny tiny bit!) and their Intense Hydrating and Restorative Hair Masks are glorious. I rotate between the two every few weeks.

Also look out for anything containing Argan Oil. There are lots of conditioners, oils and treatments around with it in these days and it works wonders. It’s gained massive popularity in recent years due to it’s natural antioxidants and the fact that it’s packed with vitamins. I currently have this Lee Stafford Argan Oil Deep Nourishing Treatment in my bathroom and it’s delicious. I use it between my shampoo and conditioner and leave it in for around 10 minutes while I soak in the tub.

Take Fish oil tablets

I was recommended Xtendlife Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil tablets by a friend and they literally transformed my hair in about six months. I’m not really one of those people that believes in or ever takes supplements but I truly think these things are pure magic!

The purity of the oil in these babies is a lot higher than a lot of other omega 3 products on the market and there’s no nasties like mercury in the water that these fishes are bred in. Honestly, if you buy just one thing after reading this article, make it these tablets!

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Give your hair a break

I don’t mean you have to get rid of your beloved rainbow hair completely (I didn’t!) but just tread a little more gently. One of the things we did was to make my roots darker than the rest of my hair with either a darker pink (with the bottom of it staying pale so it was a nice ombre effect), or more recently with purple. If the roots of your hair are darker than the rest, you won’t need to bleach the regrowth as intensely, giving your new hair a fighting chance at staying healthy.

Wear clip in extensions

You can find some good natural hair extensions online and dye them to match your hair colour. I do have a few clipped in in the photos used to illustrate this article, but no-one can ever tell!

When we first started on my hair repair journey I would have to wear a full head of them, which is a right pain. However these days I just wear two single strips on either side, at the front, to add a bit more volume. It’s my little secret!

Don’t over-wash your hair!

I only wash my hair once or twice a week (ahh, the joys of working from home!) because the more you wash it, the more you will dry it out (hello, irony!) However if, unlike me, you can’t go a whole week with dirty hair, make sure you are using PLENTY of conditioner each time and, if at all possible, leaving it to dry naturally.

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Throw away your straighteners!

Damaged hair and heat are not friends. These days I very rarely get the straighteners out favouring the more gentle (and volumising!) technique of my Babyliss Big Hair Spinning Brush.

I love this contraption! It smooths the hair and adds volume to the roots without tugging, pulling or emitting the same intense and damaging heat that you get from straighteners. I love, love, love it! You can see Ruth from A Model Recommends’ demo of it here. I actually bought it after watching her video!

The thing that you need most of all when repairing chemically damaged hair is patience. None of these products or techniques are going to work overnight, especially if your hair is in as bad a shape as mine was. It may take a little while before you start to notice a difference, but I promise all is not lost.

Look, if I can get my hair back from this then I know you can certainly fix yours too! Good luck!

Update and further reading: Solve these three common bleached hair problems FAST!



  1. Stephanie

    Im from Washington Northwest America. U.S.A.. and I recently went from black hair to blonde, bleaching it with prismlights powdered bleach i did 3 applications of it allover and it FRIED my hair to $#!) lol!! I been a cosmetologist for 10 years. It was you name it!, Cutting 2 inches off allover including layers wise to get as much beyond repair off my head and now my hairs just on the shoulders with layers after chopping it. to me the main key is Condition condition condition. i know it says to shampoo your hair gently or once to twice a week. but Truthfully, I recommend to AVOID Shampoo like the plague! because it strips all the oils out of your hair that over bleached hair is Screaming for! and shampoo is basically your enemy other than heat objects as well. Anyway. I don’t want my hair any shorter than what it is now. and plus i am still not done with my hair yet. I got to tone the yellow out of it but i don’t want to put anymore chemicals on it till my hairs repaired somewhat. I have been buying deep conditioning masks and treatments along with Sally’s beauty supply Cholesterol. The best stuff ever! i apply on my hair dry and leave the masks and conditioners on my FRIED hair till the stuff is dried and crusted on my hair then rinse it out to give it as MUCH moisture as possable then let it dry natural, so far these methods help ALOT when you don’t want to cut it but want moisture seriously returned to your hair.

  2. whitney c

    I have dyed and bleached my hair to a pulp over the years and I am trying to regain my natural healthy hair. As it has taken years of abuse I realise this will not happen over night. The Pureology Conditioner does work a bit, but the Somaluxe Argan Oil is what made my hair looks like I am 20 years old again! I massaged it into my scalp and hair and have left overnight and washed out in the morning, my pillow wasn’t stained or greasy looking so thats a relief.

    You can feel the difference, my hair doesn’t feel as coarse and dried out. I blowdried it and it felt great, shiny and looked healthy and sleek. I do recommend the Somaluxe Argan Oil as a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week to anyone who has dyed hair. The bottle isn’t very big but you don’t really need a lot, I would estimate this to last me atleast 3 months

  3. Rebecca

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 40s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Julie

    Don’t give up on damage tresses, just give them some tender loving care. Alternate weekly with hot hair oil treatments and deep conditioners. Use sulfate free natural products for color treated hair even if you revert back to your natural color. Coconut oil and olive oil literally saved my hair and I gave up the blower and flat iron for a while. But you don’t have to just dont use these tools not so often, once or twice weekly is OK and don’t forget low heat with a silicone base protectant is best. Learn what your hair needs, trial and error is inevitable so be patient your hair will revert to healthy and happy.

  5. Julie

    Don’t give up on damage tresses, just give them some tender loving care. Alternate weekly with hot hair oil treatments and deep conditioners. Use sulfate free natural products for color treated hair even if you revert back to your natural color. Coconut oil and olive oil literally saved my hair and I gave up the blower and flat iron for a while. But you don’t have to just dont use these tools so often, once or twice weekly is OK and don’t forget low heat with a silicone base protectant is best. Learn what your hair needs, trial and error is inevitable so be patient your hair will revert to healthy and happy.

  6. jenny

    I have really been going through it when I had my hair which is dark brown bleached multiple times. I lost probably half of my hair and it was all elastic. It did recover but still is quite dry. I did all of the things that you said to do for about 4 months and just went last night to a salon. I still have the bleach blonde hair and obviously a couple of inches of dark almost black roots. She did lowlights of blonde at my roots 2 disguise the root problem a little bit and then died the whole thing Brown. She told me it would fade. The first time I got in the shower was today and a lot of the day with just washing down the drain. It also ruined my towels. So obviously this is going to wash out very quickly. Do you know if I have to just keep dying it brown until it takes or is this a matter of time that I have to wait for my hair to become less porous? Is there anything I can do about this that you know of? The blonde looks horrible and magnifies the damage and I really just want my brown hair back

  7. Autumn

    I’ have been bleaching my hair for 5 years and I gave it about a 9 month break and went back to my natural brown-black color and then bleached it again. I have always bleach my hair at home and I did it again and my hair came out spongy and very straw like worse than ever before so I did a coconut hair mask and left it in my hair over night 2 nights in a row and i noticed a great difference and I also used ‘super-strength HENNA N’ PLACENTA conditioning treatment’ and its a great conditioning treatment. I swear by it. ☺️😁💯

  8. Ashley

    How about for those of us who have thick, wavy manes? I need the straightener; what can I do for my hair?

  9. Tabetha

    I have very wavy/frizzy hair. I let my hair air dry and then I may straighten a few pieces around my face and the very ends of my hair but I use coconut oil to tame the frizz. Warm it up with your hands and then begin working it into your hair. I love being able to wear my hair 98% natural without the frizz and damaging it a bunch! Coconut oil is amazing! I also use it as face lotion (very little goes a long ways) and I don’t get very many pimples!

  10. Jenna

    I’m 19 and I’ve been coloring my hair since I was 13-14 years old. I went from bright red to yellow highlights and had to have a major makeover. Now, I have a beautiful ombre of my natural hair color, a dark blonde with a slight warmth to it, to a light blonde. For a couple months I used semi permanent dyes like manic panic and kept coloring my hair, but it stained so bad. I recently did a bleach bath and it worked beautifully, but left my ends a bit dried out. I condition like crazy, but my hair just keeps getting dried out. Right now I’m deep conditioning and hoping for the best. My hair naturally gets so oily and I end up having to shampoo every day because my hairs oil cuts through any dry shampoo or powder. I love coloring and I always wanna try fun hair but I agree, giving your hair a break is best.

  11. Kim

    Everyday I want to cry about my hair. Recently did a hi lift dye on my roots WOW big mistake. I have thick hair usually can take alot with out major damage I dye my hair blonde box dye 2 times month . This time hair fell out the top section is 4 inches and bottom is over 12 inch . I need to apply heat daily to look normal and need to get a dye heard about olaplex anyone suggest get in it done at a salon with a dyes job ? Also didn’t know if there is any type of keratin treatment or brazilian blowout type thing I could do to help not to have to straighten my main daily or would that just make it worse ? Well been deep conditioning and treating seems to be getting lil better . The product I want to recommend after going through many is CREME OF NATURE ARAGON OIL LEAVE IN CONDITIONER this is my favorite apply to wet hair literally saved it and only 8$ !

  12. Katherine

    Been bleaching my hair tons this past year and a half. It started off with highlights at home gone wrong, and from there I tried to correct it. I bleached my whole head of dark brown hair with box bleach. Just turned it dark orange, so I bleached and bleached and bleached until it was very light blonde. Since then, ive dyed my hair brown, red, black, blue,blonde and green, and ive been bleaching again to get the white blonde. My hair is so processed, if it was a cheese, itd be ez cheese from the can. It was gummy wet and crunchy like a cheetoh dry. My split ends had split ends. Commercial oil blends made my hair more fragile (I learned silicones trap in dry hair without moisturizing). But I found olive oil to help immensely. I left olive oil in my hair for a day and a half. When my hair dried, I chopped off the beyond repair ends. I’m going to continue with the olive oil until my hair is healthy enough to go back to natural.

  13. Virtue

    I bleached my hair a little over a year ago and left it on WAY too long. & ended up with ramen noodle like hair. I left it to go back to the natural color & got so much chopped off of it in March, about 6 months after I fried it. 6 months later, my hair still hasn’t grown at all. I tried the Redken Extreme shampoo & conditioner, deep conditioner, & nothing works! I just don’t know what to do.

  14. Kaara

    I’m only 17 and I’ve absolutely DESTROYED my hair over the last 2/3 years. Constantly bleaching it and dying it etc. I don’t straighten my hair because it’s straight as anything anyway!- but my hair is absolutely DEAD. I’ve been trying to grow it for the past 10 months and it hasn’t budged… Not even 1inch. And it’s currently been sitting about 2 inches above my shoulder. I HATE it. I’m young and just wish for long hair. My hair before used to be touching my stomach. If I new all this stupidness would have done this I wouldn’t of even taken a second look at hair dyes etc. I’ve started taking fish oil tablets and iron tablets. I never shampoo I only condition about 3 times a week. But over the past 10 months I’ve had nothing… And I’m starting to lose hope. About 3 months ago I was reliant on clip in extension, but with being a full time dancer they hurt and tugged on my hair… I have very thin hair and clumps are constantly falling out after washing… What do I do? I literally have no more hope

  15. Pammy 👸🏼

    Hi, I’m feeling really anxious and worried about my hair, I have professionally had my hair bleach blonde for 6 years and this last year I decided to start bleaching it myself and a few months back it decided to break where I accidentally overlapped the bleach, I’m using Aegean oil on it and coconut masks and even leaving baby oil in it over night, I’ve had a trim to get rid of any bad ends, I am now stuck with a mullet style hair as the top part of my hair has broken off 🙁 I don’t no what to do-can any one help?

  16. Olive

    i have a question. I really want to dye my hair for the first time but I just want to dye my ends. I have a dry scalp and oily hair. My hair is sorta straight fine and thin. My hair is black so I would have to bleach it. If I do bleach the bottoms of my hair will my hair still be damaged after i chop off the bleached ends? thank you contact me at

  17. Jenny

    I lost my hair loads off it from bleach blonde now I wanna fye it again red but scared off loosing my hair what will happen do u think it’s been bout 8 9 weeks now what do u think

  18. Renae

    I’m sooo glad I’m not the only one with The Whole damaged hair and hair not growing problem ! I recently let my uncles girl friend box bleach my hair and she used about 3 different boxes (yeah biggest mistake of my life) then waited a week to have it done professionally! (Back in June) and for some reason this last time I got my hair bleached,(in October late September) I’m just noticing my hair is “falling out ” more ! Could my hair just be going through a shedding phase ?? I also cut it about shoulder length to hopefully get it to grow!

  19. Hopeless_bitch

    Well I wish my hair looked as nice as yours on that pictures with short hair. Yeah, even that close-up one. The thing is I don’t bleach my hair, I don’t even dye it, I never straighten it (don’t even have a straightener, ha) I rarelly blowdry it (and when I do is low heat setting) I usually wash it with cold water, I comb it gently. Oh, and I keep it short. Never past my shoulders and last time I just took my kitchen scissors and cut it at jaw lenght. So’s not even long hair what I’m talking about. I mean, I’m kind to the bloody bastard, and his answer to that kindness is being a fucked up mop. People I know abuse their hair in all ways possible, then put on it a supermarket mask and their hair looks great. Mine is always receiving TLC and is like… A fried ugly shit. That’s sad.
    But is nice to know that some people has been able to improve their damaged hair. And is very nice of you to take the trouble to write down your story, it may help someone not as hopeless as I am at this point.

  20. Em

    I highly recommend taking sea kelp tablets to help hair regrowth, works for me! Thanks for all your tips.

  21. Nancy

    Sherrill’s Beauty College in Raleigh bleached my hair when I went in for a shampoo only. My hair was scorched off to within a half inch of my scalp. Will it ever grow back?

  22. tami curtis

    just found this after doing a bit of searching – the trick is now of course to use olaplex. dont ever attempt bleaching without it, its a godsend. they should send you home with a bottle of no. 3, leave that on overnight and your hair will be good as new. it is not a conditioner, it actually fixes your hair and restructures it. do a search for it….. you’ll see!

  23. Alyson

    Thank you so much for mentioning the hair extensions. I’ve been doing the clip in extensions for 3 years now and I’m so sick of them. Also, most of them are damaged too. I want to start from scratch and just repair my damn hair, if it’s possible. Genetically, I lost the hair lottery. 3 years ago is when it started to kick in and I lost about 40% of my volume and it’s not coming back. The hair that’s left is so thin and fine and see-through- it’s embarrassing. Now little wiry grays are sprouting up too- the bastards! Anyway, my hair is blonde naturally and now that I moved to a sunnier climate, it’s really going back to platinum, but that makes things worse because you can see through it. Thanks for writing about the specific products you used. I’m going to try some. I wonder if dying my hair a few shades darker would help? Oh, Biotin actually does work some in terms of making your hair grow fast (and nails too- beware) but you have to take the maximum amount of 10,0000 mcgs for it to do anything and it stops working after a while if you take it daily. I usually take it 2-3 times a week or skip a week now and then. Love your colors, btw!

  24. Janely

    I have the same problem, went to salon and they bleached the fuck out of my hair…don’t know what to do next. Top of my hair is like gum when it is wet. Even if i can cut it pixie cut, the top of my hair is still damaged. I can’t even have my hair down it looks so bad. My hair is in bigtails. I am so scared. Feels good to know i am not the only one with this problem. Women needs it hair…we need it bad.

  25. I recently had an ombre nightmare and I am SO upset. The hairdresser kept my roots a reddish colour (fairly close to my now greying natural colour) but lightened the rest, and overlapped the ends where there was old bleach from where I sued to have bleach blonde highlights. My hair has never felt so dry in its life and I use to have bleach highlights A LOT and I know what damage is like believe me! But this is different.
    My hair is snapping and the layers are already short so what on earth can I do?
    I can’t see a way out of this now. I can’t even touch my hair it feels like cardboard.
    Also my hair is naturally very very thick and frizzy so if i dont blow dry it and straighten it I actually look like a scarecrow.
    I just wouldn’t suit a pixie cut but it’s possibly the ONLY way out. Dying the ends isn’t an option because they would go a completely different colour to my roots – i.e. much much darker (been there, done that in the past)
    I’m using Alterna Caviar stuff which costs a bomb but even that is not touching it. I’ve dug out my philip kingsley elasitizer to see if that does ANYTHING but i doubt it!!

  26. Lee

    I have been getting bleach blonde foil highlights forever. The last time my hairdresser of 20 yrs used Curaplex (the Olaflex) alternative – supposedly better -NOT. Something bad happened and the bleach didn’t seem to take and then the toner took too much so I was left with brown grey hair instead of creamy blonde. BE VERY CAREFUL, even the experts can fuck it up. he then bleached the shit out of it and it’s completely fucked. Going to try the treatment u recommend, thnx

  27. I always recommend staying close to your natural color. After the damage is done growing out your hair I think a balayage works great. Also highly recommend Olaplex. Also I only use Wen cleansing conditioner and I regularly sleep with it in My hair overnight with a plastic cap or their Re-Moist hydrating hair mask is even better. Once weekly I sleep with a combination of coconut, castor, Olive, argan and rosemary oils. I put a plastic cap on and use moderate heat with my blowdryer before hitting the sack. Also I use no heat methods to style my hair. Lots of great ideas if you search Google. I always use Argan oil in My hair when it is damp. Be sure to use high quality oils. Also take supplements for your hair. If once in awhile you want to use heat styling be sure to use a protectant. Get a trim every month. I’m currently growing out my natural color and have a layered balayage from darkest brown to caramel to a blonde on my ends. Next time I will use Olaplex but, I think I am growing my natural very dark hair out because I realize we look best with what we were born with.

  28. Erin

    Thank you for this. 🖤 Your story has given me so much hope and something to hold onto everytime I look in the mirror, or simply touch my hair. I recently cut my locks off due to mild (in my eyes severe) damage, from an attempt to lighten my hair. I really wanted to start with a fresh canvas. I did not love the color so one day I got greedy and impulsive and decided to lighten it some more. What a terrible idea after I had just chopped It all of!f The stylist fried my hair, not nearly to the point of bubble gum, but fairly close, and now I have nothing to cut. Such a deep regret of mine. My hair has always been my baby, so I’m just truly grateful I came across you’re blog and know there is light at the end of my tunnel. I can’t stand the horrid feeling of the rats nest I create everytime I take a shower.

  29. So, I’ve been a long time hair bleacher as well, and just got the ends of my top layers fried the last time I went in. I use Monat Hair Care products and have been diligent in using the hair masque and their Rejuviniqie oil, which has helped A Ton! They also have a new product that luckily was delivered yesterday called Rejuvabeads that I brought in to my stylist for our science project together to see if it actually works or not, and omg, yes! I’m in love, and a little goes a long way! Yes, I am a distributor for this company, but only because I wanted the discount. But while researching to see if there was anything else I could do, I stumbled upon this thread and couldn’t help but share. I hope it helps! Check out the masque, oil, and Rejuvabeads specifically. The rest is awesome, too. I have thick hair to my lower back, and my bottles last 2.5-3 months depending on how often I wash. Costly upfront, but way cheaper than what I was spending at the beauty supply store before finding Monat!

  30. Jodie Lock

    I loved reading your article, would of been nice to see a picture of your hair now though 🙂

    I too went through a similar experience, fortunately my rebel stage only lasted a few months, I ended up shaving all of my hair off to a grade 2 in the end because the hairdresser i trusted to fix my hair ended up making it worse so I did what I had to do and chopped it all off and I have not touched any hair dye, bleach and have only used my straighteners once! It’s quite a liberating feeling shaving it all off but I must say… the stage of growing it back between the first 2-4 months of it are the worst!

    Good luck with the future for you and your hair!

  31. Estefania

    I recently dyed my hair trying to go blonde , so now my hair when it’s wet feels like noodles , I’m have been crying bc idk if I should cut it or try to repair it , I’m scared that if I cut it it’s going to be wayyyyyy to short since I already have short hair , when my hair is dry it feels good but when it’s wet it wants to fall out , idk what to do plz help me !!!

  32. Amanda

    Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. My hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

  33. Amber

    I was dying my hair for about a year witthe loreal box of hair dye that has bleach in it…thought my hair was in good condition but I guessed wrong. It was either when I tried straightening my hair or when I put my hair in a tight bun when my whole top layer of hair fell out with approx 4 inches left…primarily
    On the right side and in the back the left was Undamaged. This happened six months ago. I’ve been so upset and feel so ugly ever since I barely even like going out anymore which is sad because I’m 25…so basically since the event I have been using deep conditioner treatment and keratin conditioners. I just finished school and haven’t had to work for the past few months so for the past2 months I have been putting coconut and olive oil in my hair every day and only wash my hair once a week. Iveincreased mt protein intake (since hair is primarily protein) and have been taking biotin, fish oil, and other multivitamins. I had my hair dresser dye my hair back to my natural color (brown) about 3 months in when the roots looked too bad. I think I’m on the road to recovery but the top layer of hair that was left the ends are pretty gross and dry and I try to drench them. Since it occurred my hair has grown 3 inches and is currently a little bit past my ear. Before this all happened my hair was super long and pretty. It just sucks but know you aren’t alone. Now I have been trying to not curl or straighten my hair which is hard bc my natural hair is super dry and frizzy and curly to begin with. And when I do fix my hair I have to do certain hair styles such as put my bangs back to hide the short layers…it really sucked because I loved my long pretty hair and now I probably won’t be happy again for another 6 months…which even then I won’t be happy because then I’ll have layered hair and it just won’t be as nice. Anyways that’s my story

  34. robin m

    My hair was extremely damaged after a mix up of some kind at my usual salon. I ussually get blonde highlights but these were totally wronf.

    I tried handfuls of coconut oil over night, deep conditioners, etc. Nothing helped. After a few days I ordered the Made from Earth Avocado Hair Mask and I’ve used it 4 times now (over about a 3 week span) and today my hair feels like spun silk. Its softer than ever before and yes, it smells great too. If I never use another conditioner for the rest of my life I will die hair happy. I use it after washing with treseme keratin shampoo.

  35. Korin

    Your post helped me feel more confident in my plan. I just bleached tonight what I couldn’t vitamin C or One N Only out, hair is still wet actually, and it was pulling out like cornsilk. I’ve fingered tangles out and did the L’Oreal Elvive total repair protein recharge treatment. I already only wash once or twice a week, and the only product I used before tonight was that listed above and coconut oil, I had coconut oil in my hair for hours and I bleached right on top of it. I’m hoping I haven’t truly fucked it this time, I haven’t bleached in over a year and this time is the worst so far. I’ll look into the fish oil, too!

  36. Luxi

    I love your styles and sales! Your hair and all is so beautiful! You are gorgeous! I’m your fan! 😀

  37. Samantha

    I have went from black boxes dye to bleach blonde and now my hair is mushy and I’m a crying mess. Reading this helped me stop crying and I think I can salvage my own hair but it’s definitely going to take time and I’m scared.

  38. Theresa

    Thank you for the tips!
    I’ve been bleaching my hair for years, until a few weeks ago MY HAIR fried and spongy!
    My hair used to be down to my bum…. now just about my shoulders. 😔
    I found this deep hair mask from Sally’s! Omg what a godsend!

  39. Julia Castle

    I peroxide bleached and have done so much work and I am love! but I agree don’t jump right in and definitely give ur hair a break. if you want to have softer,shinier hair rub a bunch of conditioner (cheap like one buck at DG) on dry hair and tie a A plastic bag like from the grocery store them wrap in a towel and put a towl over ur pillow and go to sleep. Wash it in the morning. (really well!) you will be shocked. Wash in warm water! Avoid washing hair in scorching water! And rinse conditioner out with cold hair. I use tressemme 7x moisture definitely recommend!

  40. Helen B


    I have made a huge bleach mistake! I’ve been dying my hair for years now (I’m 37) and recently had a beautiful mid ash brown colour with lighter highlights round my face it made me look young, fresher and rosy cheeked and I loved it, but sadly I bowed to stupid pressure from the media, social media, and friends to be blonde, as it’s trendy and the trend in the U.K. never seems to go away ! 🙁 so being the silly cow I am I bleached it all. It’s now yellow and feels like straw. My hair is horrible and I look old, ugly, and tired and washed out. I hate how I look blonde these days. I used to suit it but now it’s just meh! I’m staying brunette from now on!


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