Or at least how I did it.
Hello everybody! And welcome to the first ever hair related post on my blog. Today’s post will be all about damaged hair and what we can do for our distressed tresses to make them healthy and happy again. ^_^
When I was a younger teenager I had hair that was in extremely good condition. It was so strong, thick and healthy, but above all it was long; long enough to reach almost to my hips and that was my favourite thing about it. Swishing it around made me so happy and my ponytails were always weighed down by the sheer quantity of healthy, heavy hair on my head.
But then, I made the mistake of going bleach blonde. Although I really loved the colour and how it made me feel like an angelic anime goddess, the damage was just too much for me to deal with. It eventually got to the point where I was watching in horror as the texture of my hair turned to straw. The breakage started little by little as the bleaching continued and soon it began breaking off in large chunks. My once thick hair was rapidly getting thinner and thinner. I couldn’t keep it long anymore. Washing it was an absolute nightmare. Clumps of large white hair would fall out in such large quantities every time I showered. And I could never even think about running a comb through it without the brush getting stuck halfway down my head. For a long time my hair had completely stopped growing. My security blanket had disappeared and everyday I would style my hair feeling really unsatisfied with how it turned out. I wanted better hair but it was simply too brittle and weak to reach the length that I wanted.
Eventually I had to decide that enough was enough. I wasn’t taking good enough care of my hair, nor was I giving it the love or nourishment that it needed. I couldn’t sit idly by anymore and watch my once luscious locks whittle away into a bleached birds nest, nor could I just leave it alone and let it grow out by itself like how I would before the damage and the bleaching. I had to do something so I got my haircare regime in order and did everything in my power to restore my hair’s natural moisture. After following this regime for a couple of months, I am now finally on my way back to having thick, long, healthy hair.
Today I am going to show you how I did it and how you can do it as well. Maybe you can relate to some of my damaged hair trauma and hopefully you’ll come out of this blogpost with an idea of how you can treat your damaged hair and restore a little bit of life and shine again ❤
1.) Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday and AVOID Dry Shampoo like the Plague
Dry hair is begging for your natural oils to help it out and as we all know, washing your hair too much strips away these natural oils. Because the grease that your hair produces helps to moisturise it so much, it really is no harm to skip washing it every now and again. In fact, the less you wash your hair the healthier it will be in the long run. And as time goes by you won’t need to wash your hair as much either. This is because your hair won’t need to produce as much oil to repair itself anymore and you’ll have the benefit of healthier hair that stays cleaner for longer. Yay!
But don’t substitute washes for dry shampoo. Dry Shampoo does nothing for your hair except cause build-up which is exactly how it stops your hair from looking greasy. It also causes hair to be much drier and more brittle than it needs to be, which by extension can result in breakage and hair loss. (Yikes!) So if you are on a healthy-hair pursuit then you should probably put away the dry shampoo or at least only use it in emergency situations. Personally, I threw away most of my dry shampoo and now I only need to wash my hair twice a week. Really and truly, letting the oil build up really has made all the difference to my hair’s lustre and shine. And that’s something totally worth being lazy and not shampooing for.
2.) Brush Your Hair With a Wide Tooth Comb
or a soft bristle brush.
At least for a while anyway. If your hair lacks moisture and tangles easily, this will ensure that less hair will fall out when you brush it. Plus it will help you distribute the natural oils to the ends of your hair without ripping half your head off. So that means more moisture. Yay!
3.) Use a Deep Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner
Using the right shampoo and conditioner really means a lot when it comes to nourishing your hair. It’s incredibly important not to skip conditioner, even if you already have good hair because it will help prevent future breakage and damage. My personal favourites at the moment are the Mane N’ Tail Deep Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner. The interesting thing about this brand is that it was originally formulated to promote hair growth in horses, so its excellent for making your own hair grow faster. Having used these softening shampoos and conditioners for a while now, my hair is already so much longer, healthier and happier. I would definitely recommend ^_^
Hair oils are an absolute essential for split ends and brittleness. Especially when your hair is too dry to get greasy by itself or if it’s beginning to feel like straw. Seriously, these little bottles of oil are just miracle workers for helping your hair grow out again. There are so many different kinds on the market to choose from with virtually every haircare brand out there having their own special repairing blend. My personal favourite however is Argan Oil by the Organix brand. Having used this non-stop now for a couple of months, the quality of my hair has been transformed and it now looks so much silkier and softer and shinier than ever before. It really is my go-to product and I would strongly recommend it to anyone out there wishing for softer hair. Even just to apply a small amount everyday goes a long way. Mythic Oil by Lorèal is another oil that works well, however overall Organix has shown the best results in my experience.
5.) Massage Your Scalp
This will stimulate blood flow and make your hair grow faster. If your roots are super dry, then you can rub some Egyptian Magic between your fingers and massage into your scalp for extra moisture. ^_^ Just make sure to wash it out afterwards ❤
6.) Heat protectant spray
If you like to blow-dry or straighten your hair, then this will protect it from heat damage.
TIP: To tell whether or not your heat protectant spray is working, spray some on your hand and hold the dryer up to it for a few seconds. If your hand burns really quickly, it means that the product is ineffective. Basically, if your hand is burning then so is your hair. However if your hand stays cool for a while then you have an amazing heat protectant spray and your hair won’t be as heat damaged. Yay!
7.) Hair Masks
To relieve the discomfort brought about by dry hair, trying out a decent hair mask is always the way to go.
Me, personally I rarely use repairing masks found in the store. Instead, I like to make my own in my kitchen. And more often than not, they are for more effective. The reason why hair masks are so powerful is because the moisture absorbed from the mask as well as the residue left over from the oil will help replace the missing oils in the hair shaft and hence restore its vitality. (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
My recommendations would be (warmed) coconut oil as well as extra virgin olive oil mixed with natural yoghurt as they work wonders for adding shine and sealing split ends. Back when I had super long hair that grew past my waist, I would always mix some yogurt and extra-virgin olive oil mask together to make a mask and to this day I really believe that it was that which strengthened my hair the most.
PS: This may be one of those things that seems daunting at first but seriously, don’t be afraid to try it. This mask, although intimidating, works wonders. I promise. ❤
These are just some of the things that I have done to get my brittle hair back to normal. While this may be my entire haircare regime, you certainly don’t have to follow every single part of it to reacquire healthy hair. This is simply what I did to resurrect my limp, lifeless and ultimately dead hair in the fastest way possible. But even to take one or two of these tips and use them for yourself will surely help a lot. I can promise you that. ^_^
What do you guys do to give your hair a helping hand? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below ❤
BE HAPPY ♥ BE HAPPY
~Love Mew xx