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Xfirefly Thu 13-Mar-14 10:48:26

I'm usually quite good with colouring ny hair and looking after it etc.

I bleached my hair last week. my roots went the colour I needed ss I expected but the bottom half needed another coating but I didn't do that without advice from hairdresser. I had my hair cut into a choppy bob and HD said I could use bleach to lighten up the darker bits. I did this last night but my hair has fried so bad that it cant be brushed and is breaking off ...alot.

so I need to know your rescue remedies quickly! HD has said to leave it a week to see if I need another cut. I've ordered protein shampoos conditioners and reconstructors. I've used Aussie 3 minute miracle overnight but its had zero effect.

any advice would be great.

please no tellings off I know it's bad smile.

EyelinerQueen Thu 13-Mar-14 10:57:21

I did the same a few months ago.

I ended up spending £60 on this stuff to try and fix it on the recommendation of a stylist.

The result? I ended up shaving my head a week later. My hair was totally and utterly destroyed. I am never touching bleach again.

No telling off from me, just wine.

moralimbecile Thu 13-Mar-14 11:06:19

Would an overnight argan oil treatment be any good? My hair is ruined due to peroxide, not as bad as yours though.

I use Dr organic from Holland and Barrett, but never morrocan oil as it is heavily silicone based, and would make my hair drier in the end.

DoYonisHangLow Thu 13-Mar-14 11:15:48

Oh dear. I would coat it in coconut oil and leave overnight and see if that helps. wine

Vintagebeads Thu 13-Mar-14 12:33:31

Bleach is very unforgiving.sad
You can try putting both moisture(by oils) and protein back into the hair.The protein is what stops your hair snapping but you obviously need moisture too.
Redken do a really good protein treatment, they are pricey though.
Whatever treatment you end up with make sure you remove the excess water from your hair, then apply and wrap your hair in a plastic hat or cling film, if your not leaving it on over night then use a hairdryer over the cling film, the heat will help open the hair shaft.
You need to do these daily,very gentle when using a brush... really hope you get it sorted.

Xfirefly Thu 13-Mar-14 12:56:35

thank you all.

eyeliner , I'm so worried about having to shave my hair off. how did you feel? if I felt I could rock a pixie cut I would do it in a second but I really really can't sad

I've bleached my hair in the past and it's been fine. I'm talking a few years back. no idea why it's gone like this now.

I've ordered some argon oil.

I'm trying not to touch it. when I do it comes away.

I've ordered some pricey protein treatments. anyone tried homemade masks like egg, yogurt and mayo?

I'm getting a lot of 'well I did warn you' and 'bet you've learned your lesson now' from DP angry

hootloop Thu 13-Mar-14 13:01:14

I did this to mine too, sadly it was past repair and I had to go from shoulder length to a pixie crop.
This was a couple of years ago now and I actually prefer it this short now.

EyelinerQueen Thu 13-Mar-14 13:03:59

I felt so desperate about the state of my hair that drastic felt like my only option.

It has been hard getting used to such short hair but it's growing really quickly (thank you pregnancy hormones) and is thick and healthy virgin hair.

Mine was breaking off every time I touched it before sad . I'm no expert but I think that once hair is that fried by bleach there is very little you can do. A hairdresser would be better able to advise you but be warned that they will try and flog you ludicrously expensive products.

Xfirefly Thu 13-Mar-14 15:09:52

luckily my HD is a friend and shes only recommended things that arnt pricey. will just have to see where I get after doing all the treatments. confused

MsAspreyDiamonds Thu 13-Mar-14 17:16:15

My friend had the same problem & ended up shaving all of her hair off. She used a bob length wig until it was long enough for a short crop & then told everybody that she cut it really short. Her hair grew back much healthier and is in really good condition so I would say go for it & shave it off. You could raise some money for comic relief in the process!

floppyfanjo Thu 13-Mar-14 18:46:40

Go into your local ethnic hair shop and buy something called Aphogee 2 step treatment.

Coat your hair in the stuff and then dry with a hair dryer.

You MUST NOT agitate the hair whilst drying.

When your hair is dry it will become rock hard -

Jump in the shower and let the water run over it, still being v careful to treat the hair gently

When its all rinsed off shampoo and then condition with a good moisturising conditioner - you could always leave it on overnight (wrap in cling film or shower cap)

It stinks to high heaven but if that doesn't work nothing will.

Xfirefly Thu 13-Mar-14 19:29:12

I really want to try and avoid the shaving. but if my HD says I have to I will and will raise money out of it. good idea! thanks.

I have read and researched the aphogee treatment and have read mixed reviews. I was put off by the fact I had to put a blow dryer on it. I don't think my hair can take that. my HD has also said to avoid heat.

EyelinerQueen Sun 16-Mar-14 18:26:46

How are you getting on firefly?

Xfirefly Thu 20-Mar-14 21:20:27

Only noticed your comment EyelinerQueen.smile

my products arrived. I was using John Freida full repair and that improved it. I've used Joico shampoo, reconstructor and intense hydrator and that's improved it too. I think its salvageable, but I'll need to have another cut, maybe another inch off. I'm having less hair snapping in the brush. My argon oil arrived today to I'm going to do an overnight treatment tomorrow.

it must have been an obvious mess because I was in Lush and a shop assistant came over and said 'we got the perfect shampoo bar for dry hair' blush

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