Heat damage? Forget heat damage!! Heat damage can’t hold a candle to the damage that bleach can do ! If only I had a dollar for every time I colored my hair because I was bored with whatever OTHER color it was at the time (hint: I’d be VERY rich!). I can’t even remember the last time I left my hair uncolored for longer than 4 months!!! Sad but true – my hair has been through a lot!!

While  us darker haired gals love to toy around with the idea of getting those lovely J-Lo-ish caramel highlights,  our hair just can’t take it ( well for most of us anyway !).

So if you’ve gone from this:

to this:

then you  are probably in need of some serious hairapy.  Hair once damaged by bleach, pretty much needs to just grow out, but here are some of my tips to fake healthy looking hair and prevent further damage to your already fragile hair:

 

1. If youve gone too light and can get it professionally fixed, this would be my first line of action.

2. If youre a DIY kinda person,  buy the darkest shade of ammonia-free box dye that you are willing to dye your hair to and use that on top of the bleached hair. This itself will close up some of the pores and make it look less straw like

3. Repair masks, repair masks, repair masks: One my favorites is the Dermorganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque  that  is freely available online

4. Use hot oil treatments whenever possible: My favorite is aDIY mixture of coconut oil, jojoba oil, some glycerin and a teeny bit of water ( bcoz glycerin dries your hair out without the water)  for about 20 minutes before you wash your hair. This never fails to leave my hair feeling super super silky!

5. Try to go easy on the heat if possible: I know this is hard to do , because you want to make it look less frizzy but try to reduce the use of  flat irons and curling irons when you can.

6.  Fake smooth cuticles with a pomade  or by curling it! : Joico Brilliantine Pomade is my favorite pomade. Now,look at the ends of hair when theyre curled vs uncurled. Curling can mask those nasty bleached out dead ends( that you’ll have to get cut anyway at some point!)

Straight. Oh dear...

Straight. Oh dear…

Curled..faking health(ier) ends

Curled..faking health(ier) ends

While the curly hair still looks frizzy , the very ends won’t look as bad in real life!

7. Defrizz when your hair is damp/semi-wet: I haven’t found anything better than  the L’oreal Kerastase Elixir Ultime Serum. It has made my straw-like hair feel smooth and soft and 100% better with one use.   LOVE it. Comes as a whole line of products – all amazing!

8. Defrizz when you hair is dry: Nothing beats TIGI Bed Head After-Party Smoothing Cream in this department in my opinion. I’ve tried Moroccan oil ( the REAL kind without silicones, the FAKE kind that’s sold WITH silicones) – has no effect on my hair. While the packaging looks a bit “suspicious”, it is truly an amazing hair smoother and I’ve been using it for well over a decade now.

9. Go easy on the hair spray: Alcohol causes frizz.

10. Avoid going any lighter than two (MAX 3) shades lighter than your natural/virgin hair color at anytime ( hopefully you remember what that is)

And most of all, be patient and fight that urge to keep going lighter/recoloring your hair. Healthy hair is MUCH more beautiful than frizzy damaged hair no matter HOW pretty the colour may be! And it’s not JUST  going lighter that can /will damage your hair. Any hair color that is not ammonia-free will bleach it to some extent and cause some amount of damage.

P.S: If my makeup looks a lot darker than usual in the cover photo for this post it’s because I was practising stage makeup for my fitness competition at the time!