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How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast!

How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast!

How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair with great products and gentle hair care tips. This is how to Fix fried bleached hair Fast ladies! I recovered from bleached blonde hair one year ago and repaired my bleached hair! Last year my hair was breaking off and totally fried! My long bleached hair had so much damage from the peroxide and flat iron I was using. I finally learned how to save my bleached damaged hair from breakage and grow my hair out extra long. Read my How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair Care.

How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair! Is your bleached hair feeling like straw and easily breaking off when you brush your hair? That was happening to me everyday when I damaged my hair with bleach aka or peroxide! It took 3 months for me to finally figure out how to repair bleached and damaged hair. If you have newly dyed platinum blonde hair and it’s damaged, this article is for you, baby! I’ll show you how to fix / repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast! This is my repair bleached damaged hair at home cure!

Hello! Here’s a video I made talking all about how to repair bleached blonde hair:

 

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bleached damaged hair ends – Before Repairing I’ll show you how to fix / repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast!

How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair FAST- 5 Tips

1. Do NOT use Shampoo for 1 week – After bleaching your hair with peroxide, it’s important not to use shampoo! Stay away from using shampoo for at least 1 week! Just use conditioner in the shower. The reason is because the peroxide stripped your hair raw and removed any natural oils you had from root to tip! I know it’s hard not to use shampoo for a week, but you need to stay away from sodium lauryl sulfate like the plaque! I wish someone told me this fun fact a long time ago. If you have an oily scalp (like me) and must clean your scalp, opt for using the WEN Cleansing Conditioner (my review <–) instead of a traditional shampoo! WEN doesn’t strip the oils in your hair I promise!

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Infusium 23 for Bleached Damaged Hair

2. Moisturizing conditioners are your hair’s new BFF. Your hair is thirsty 24/7, especially the first month of having bleached hair. After shampooing, always use a deep moisturizing conditioner for damaged hair. Always use a leave-in conditioner treatment. My hair savior was Infusium 23 – Leave in Treatment (Repair and Renew). I still swear by it to this day and nothing makes my hair more manageable,  soft, and strong! Put it in a spray bottle and let your hair soak up the cocktail of essential hair goodies it craves, especially protein and moisture! I really LOVE Infusium 23 – Leave in Treatment and I use it almost everyday! Makes my hair shiny too! From straw to silk I swear! Amazon .com always has a good price for this, shop Infusium 23 here. (Amazon.com) I Like to also shop for mine at Target. Moisture is the best way how to repair bleached damaged hair! If you want an all natural cure for bleached hair, I recommend using Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
I have days that I saturate my hair with extra virgin olive oil and do all my household chores while leaving the oil in my hair! I like to wash it out at night. Olive oil is one of the only oils proven to saturate your hair shaft getting down to the core! Olive oil really helped saved my bleached damaged hair fast! It’s a great DIY remedy for damaged hair on all hair types! This is my favorite oil for treating brittle bleached damaged hair! Olive oil helped make my hair feel healthy and smooth again. I had a chunk of hair that felt like a rough brillo pad, I cried because I thought I would have to cut it and olive oil saved my hair! After hours of leaving in the olive oil, my hair felt smooth. I conditioned it in the shower and when my hair naturally dried, I used the infusium 23 leave in treatment. I was able to comb out that rough patch of hair and I did a happy dance! Yay!

3. Throw away your flat iron! – Straw (damaged hair) and heat (via your flat iron/curler) DON’T MIX! I don’t care if you use heat protection, heat is heat and keep heat away from bleached hair. I was once using my flat iron every day before work, I noticed my hair was super straight, silky, and starting to get very dried out and breaking off in tiny doses. It all started to add up into a ton of missing hair, especially the front layers of my hair that I straitened the most! I stopped using it and viola, my hair stopped breaking off. If you don’t throw away the flat iron, your hair will be thirstier than the Sahara Desert! (maybe just save it for extra special occasions)

 

Wen Re Moist Intensive Hair How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast!

wen re moist intensive hair conditioner for bleached damaged hair

4. Use a deep conditioner once a week – You need moisture at the deepest layer of your hair. Get there by using a good moisturizing hair conditioner and some Extra Virgin Olive Oil! I have a step by step review here: How to Deep Condition and Get Shiny Hair My favorite deep moisturizing hair conditioner is the WEN Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment – Read my fabulous WEN Hair Care System review. You can use any conditioner that’s for dry damaged hair, WEN is just my personal choice. It deeply saturates my hair. Here’s where to purchase it online.

5. Don’t Completely Blow Dry your hair – Wash and condition your hair at night and allow your hair to dry naturally at night. This is also one of my secrets How To Grow Long Hair Fast
When you wake up in the morning, you may lightly blow dry it using a rounded brush to straighten and add volume instead. This puts less time of heat on your hair and the blow out will straighten your hair! Doing a hair blow out or quickly blow drying your hair is the safest way to straighten bleached hair. The best hair brush for bleached hair is a boar bristle brush because it distributes the natural scalp oils from root to tip creating shiny hair and most importantly preventing breakage. Your natural scalp oil will protect your hair! Read my Boar Bristle Brush Benefits

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how to repair bleached damaged hair – This is the front layers of my repaired bleached hair. (Me last year) I grew my bleached hair long.

These 5 Tips How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair really worked for me and I was able to avoid cutting my hair. I’m growing out my natural dark color now for fall and winter. I’ll probably add streaks for the summer as usual. Hair peroxide strips away the strong proteins in your hair during the bleaching process of removing melanin, so take it easy unless you’re living at the Playboy Mansion! icon wink How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair Fast! I hope you enjoyed learning about bleached hair care.

Peroxide causes split ends, you may also like to ready an easy way how to cut split ends out of your bleached damaged hair FAST

Also, another way to repair bleached damaged hair that has TONS of snarls: Learn How to Untangle a whole head of snarls here

 

Do you have a tip how to Repair Bleached and Damaged Hair? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! -Jen xo

 

 

 

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As an authoritative of skin care and beauty products, my goal is to inspire and educate women providing them honest reviews of beauty products and sharing my own personal results. I am inspired by Estée Lauder and her quote, "Beauty is an attitude. There's no secret. Why are all brides beautiful? Because on their wedding day they care about how they look. There are no ugly women - only women who don't care or who don't believe they're attractive."

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65 Comments
  1. hi dear first time visiting your blog while googling for way to save my fried hair..thanks for the info I will try all your recommendation hope it work for me…how long it take for ur hair to recover?do u need to trim away the fried ends??

    • Hi Cindy,
      You don’t have to cut the hair ends. Try your best to moisturize and keep your hair strong after bleaching your hair with my tips.
      Glad you visited my site! I love your site! <3 It can take a week to get your hair back to normal.

  2. Yeah I had to quit the bleach because my hair was starting to fall out! Nice article btw. Just to share, I’m using a hair repair kit called pro naturals, it’s all argan oil and worth looking up if you have super damaged hair like moi :(

    • Hi Kate,
      I’m a big fan of using oil, especially olive oil. I’ll try argan oil! Thanks!!!!

  3. Thanks! This really was the best way how to repair bleached damaged hair! THanks!!! This FIXED my fried hair! I did everything you suggested.
    Thank you ! <3

    • Hi Natasha!
      I’m happy that I could successfully help you repair your bleached damaged hair fast! Makes me feel good helping! Yay!

      • Hello Jen, im curios of what shampoo do you use for your bleached blonde hair. I finish bleaching my hair and girl let me tell you it is damaged to the core. Im going to follow your steps! Only i am just going to change olive oil to coconut oil.

        • Hi Crystal!
          I have a couple favs. For my bleached hair, I either use the Loreal Oleo shampoos or the WEN cleansing conditioner (shampoo). If I dare to try a new shampoo, I make sure it’s sulfate free! And when my hair just feels really dry from a long day I just use conditioner on the length of my hair and a tiny shampoo on my roots. I hope that helps!!!
          Jen

  4. Thanks for helping me fixed my hair!I stopped using a flat iron and switched to WEN and imy hair isn’t breaking off no more. thank u

    • Hi Lauren!
      I’m happy that I could save your bleached hair! WEN is a great choice for bleached hair, also any shampoo that does not have sodium lauryl sulfate. Loreal has some great sulfate and silicon free products I highly recommend!

  5. What if my hair is unmanageable without straightener? What do you suggest? My hair is very frizzy by nature if I don’t straighten it it looks like I didn’t even brush it…

    • I’m in that boat myself! instead of using a straightener, I spray the infusium 23 in my hair which detangles and moisturizers..repairs (my godsend) then once its untangled, I can take a blow dryer very lightly and brush it straight. Use a big round brush or paddle brush! ;) I feel ya!

  6. Hey, thanks for this article. I did my hair this week and feels super weak…. I have curly hair and the blow dryer doesn’t help me much… In replacement of the flat iron do you recommend putting rollers on to dry my hair ?

    • Hi Wendy!
      To dry your weak bleached hair, I recommend you wash your hair at night, put it up in a hair turban or towel while you sleep. In the morning it should be slightly damp, spray some infusium 23 in to to help untangle your weak hair and give it some strength at the same time. You can finger comb it this way or use a wide toothed comb.To prevent it from getting too frizzy and dry, while your hair is wet, take a a small drop of olive oil to smooth down the length and work it in gently.
      I hope that helps!

    • You can straighten your hair by wrapping it around your head and pinning it with a Bobbi pin, requires no heat. Just google how to straighten hair without heat.

      • Thank you Sarah,
        I’ll have to give that a try!

  7. Can you use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, because thats all the shampoo i have in my house.

    • Hi Ranae!
      Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo has some sodium lauryl sulfate in it, so I wouldn’t use it! However, their conditioner does not contain any! I wouldn’t use the Garnier Fructis shampoo on bleached hair! If you’re desperate, however…try to use the shampoo sparingly! I’d even try lathering up with a good table spoon of olive oil with it! I hope that helps you out. Remember, moisturizer is your best friend right now.

  8. I need help. I over treated my hair because of the way it turned out. I know better than to do all that I did to it, but I had a month long planned event I had to attend.

    Long story shorter, it was bleached, too light and orangey in parts. Bleached again, too light. Colored with brown to hopefully look halfway ok. Turned gray (yes, ash brown. Put temporary rinse to tone down gray.

    Damaged, scalp hurting, afraid to brush it. Put a lot of leave in conditioner all through, covered with loose thin plastic cap to keep it from drying.

    Was going to use EV olive oil before I found your site. Then I realized I could not remove it without shampoo. I am fine with using only a conditioner, and I do always let my hair dry naturally (except yesterday when it had to be dried to do what I did to it). However, I have to use a curling iron to actually style my hair.

    Can you please give me some advice other than
    not to do this again. Also, how to remove olive oil without shampoo.

    I also have a headache, I believe from all done to my scalp, so go :-)

    Thank you !

    • Hi Rita!
      I’m sooo sorry to hear you’re having a hair 911 emergency!
      I think all of us ladies have been there where we run into a bleached hair problem and need it fixed now! Then we take matters into our own hands and do something more drastic. Been there on 2012. lol.
      Rita, you do have the right idea about the olive oil girl! ;) I would apply olive oil all over my scalp and hair as much as possible. I’d even warm up the olive oil in the microwave for ten seconds in a cup a little to get it deep into your scalp and hair! I would soak my ends in the cup of olive oil and try to saturate as much as possible! This can get messy with olive oil all over your clothes so do this in the bathroom.
      You can Perhaps take a shower at night and apply it to your damp hair to retain moisture and make it easier to finger comb. Then in the morning, take some shampoo, (use either L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free shampoo, or WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. ) if you don’t have those, use conditioner and warm water to work out the excess olive oil.
      You want a little olive oil to stay in your hair. If you use a regular shampoo, lightly work some olive oil into your hair when it’s time to cream rinse. Also apply olive oil to the bleached hair and scalp when it’s dried. (it will soak into your hair after a few hours) You can try using the curling iron on the lightest setting.

      I hope this helps Rita! If your hair is nuked, you can always wear a lovely scarf or a bun. I would even try pulling my hair back and wearing a pony tail hair piece.
      Good luck!
      xo Jen

  9. Hi Jen
    I am going to try your remedy. What I do want to ask is you believe in olive oil. Would coconut oil also work or would you say the olive oil is better ?

    Thank you Melinda

    • Hi Melinda,
      I believe olive oil is better to repair bleached damaged hair faster because olive oil never turns to solid like coconut oil does, and that could leave some build-up residue that’s hard to remove. Coconut oil is great however but that’s the only problem is that it does not stay in a liquid form. Once pure coconut oil cools down, it turns into a waxy texture. Both oils can penetrate the hair follicle to condition, but I believe olive oil is better and more easy to find if not already in your pantry.

  10. So my regular stylist moved and I decided to go to another in her salon for color. Unfortunately I ended up to a band of red at the roots on my dark hair. I went back the next day and that stylist was out of town so another was going to fix” it after instruction from the owner. For some reason she decided to use bleach to highlight my hair and ended up over processing and my super healthy hair is now broken and fried everywhere she highlighted. Why would they give me a “remedy treatment shampoo” that contains sodium Laureth sulfate?? After reading your blog I immediately checked my shampoo and there it was. I have straight hair but like to wear it curly and the no blow dry or iron thing is killing me! I’ve used kerastase fusion duo home treatments, masks, olive oil, dumb blonde, and shu uemera (which is what has the sulfate in it). I don’t know what else to do and all the moisture has stripped any color and it looks terrible.
    Any other tips? I can’t live months or a year like this!

    • Hi Lori!
      If i was you, I’d take a break from regular shampoo and just use conditioner for at least 1 week! Please look into using an all natural henna dye. This can help repair your hair and bring strength to it.
      Remember to keep moisturizing your hair. Especially do some warm olive oil treatments! Your hair is so fragile now so take extra care of it.
      I wish you luck!
      Jen

  11. I have a question. If you use the Wen program, when & why the Infisium 23. I had very dark hair and decided to let the grey grow out so we bleached the heck out of my gorgeous, healthy, thick hair and now it’s like straw.

    • Hi Jill!
      Yes, the infusium 23 is an excellent companion product to use with the Wen. The Wen does a great job not stripping your natural hair oils from your hair and the infusium does a great job for hair like yours that has extra chemical damage done to it. My hair needs all the help it can get and it really gives me manageable healthy looking hair. I think you’ll like it. Use the infusium if you have a hard time combing your hair during the daytime. It’s great for your hair ends too! My hair ends tend to dry out by the evening so I like to spray this in my hair if I’m going out at night. It adds nice moisture to my hair and shine! Great for those surprise snarls too! ;) Good luck!

  12. I am a regular hair dyer and today had the bright idea to bleach my hair. I’ve done this many times and I always follow the directions and take extra caution when doing anything harsh to my precious locks. Today for some reason though it was taking extra long for my hair to react to the bleach. Nothing to out of the ordinary so I didn’t pay much attention. While washing it out in the shower the texture felt off to me. When I got out and towel dried it I started to gently brush and suddenly 2 inch pieces of my hair was breaking off to the touch! I have never had something this bad ever happen to my hair and it has brought me almost to tears! My bangs that went down to my chin barely go past my nose now! What else can I use to save not just my hair but my length that I have spent years growing?! I have heard good things about avacado and eggs for these types of situations. I will use just about anything at this point to save my hair!

    • Hi Cori,
      Sounds like a hair emergency! Get some warm olive oil ASAP and drench your hair in it and massage your scalp. Completely saturate your hair in the olive oil and wrap your hair up in a plastic bag to get your body heat to warm it up safely. This is the gentlest and BEST thing to save the length of your hair from breaking right now. Don’t use shampoo for at least 1 week and when you do, make sure it’s sulfate free. Condition your hair everyday. Your hair texture should get back to normal in about a week. Keep your hair tied back in a bun everyday for now until it gets strong again. I’ve been there! XO Let me know how your hair is doing!
      Jen

  13. Hi Jen! I love your blog! So many great tips. I hope they will work for me! I added all over white blonde highlights to my hair and now when I look at an individual strand I notice that some parts are shiny and others are not. Is this normal with bleached hair? Or is my hair damaged? I’m new to the hair coloring world!
    Amy

    • Hi Amy!
      You hair sounds pretty. I love platinum blonde hair. However, the more bleached it is meaning white blonde would be the most bleached means the more damaged the hair is.It’s normal to see some differences in texture and shine because bleached hair is normally less shiny. You can recover the shine to bleached hair. If I were you, I’d follow all the tips on this article! Especially conditioning with olive oil! Good luck to you!
      XO
      Jen

  14. Hi Jen
    Desperate doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel! In March I used Splat’s Crimson Tide, which required bleaching first. I didn’ t have any issues at the time or atleast I thought. When I attempted to recolor my hair mid April with my usual Lo’real, as I was rinsing out the included conditioner handfuls of hair began to fall out, this went on for 3 days. I have lost more than half of my hair. I had long naturally curly hair. Now my hair is baby thin, dry, frizzy, and my curls seem to have disappeared. I’ve spent close to $300 on various shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, oils, damage repairers, & vitamins. Also, I’m left with a pinkish colored hair.. too terrified to recolor. Sorry to ramble on but I’m in dyer need of help. I don’t even want to leave the house. Thank You!!!

    • Hi Roxann,
      I’m so sorry to hear how damaged your hair is right now! If I were you, I wouldn’t even shampoo my hair for at least 2 weeks! I would just deep condition and wash out in gentle warm water. I would use as much olive oil as I could and try to use more natural than chemicals at this point. Trying to just get your scalp and hair back to your normal state is the current goal. Sounds like the bleach was left on you scalp too long. When bleaching, you really want to make sure no bleach rests on your scalp/skin just the hair so you have to leave a tiny bit of your natural color. Just keep deep conditioning and be gentle with your hair and scalp. Take your time! I wouldn’t dye your hair again for at least a month back to normal color so it can grow back healthy with your natural color. With the summer here, you can wear beach hats, hoodies, pretty scarfs to wrap your hair up. I would even opt for a temporary wig in a nice layered style for versatility.
      Best of luck to you Roxann,
      Jen xo

  15. Hi Jen, I recently bleached my hair to dye it blue but the hair stylist said that they couldn’t bleach it till it was light blonde (my hair wouldn’t be able to stand it) so the colour turned out a very light green. It looks ok but I really would love to dye it blue. I found this Blue Velvet dye by Special Effects online. Do you think it will work if I use it on my light green hair?

    • Hi Priscilla, I’m not familiar with the blue velvet dye. Anyone can be platinum blonde! If I could do it, anyone can do it! LOL. I just bought a hair bleach kit at Target and in an hour i went from darkest brown to platinum LOL. I think the hair salon was scared to try it on you! They probably performed a stress test on a patch of your hair. In that case, it probably saved your hair type from breakage. If your hair isn’t healthy, don’t bleach it. That could cause immediate breakage. You can try the new blue dye on a test piece (try the back of your scalp)
      Good luck Priscilla!
      Jen

      • Hi Jen, yup my hair is not in the best of conditions so the stylist bleached it three times and told me that was the limit, lol. My hair was a bit golden so that’s why the blue dye turned light green. Anyways, thank you very much for your advice and I’ll definitely try your tips for repairing bleached hair as well! =D

        • You can always try adding a little blue food coloring to your hair conditioner to get more temporary blue tones ;) That would be safe!
          Jen

        • Hi Priscilla + Jen

          I recently bleached my hair and needed it to be plattinum. In order to do that take your time. Also with a little help from Jen thanx Lol. Ok so what you do is use only 20 vol peroxide with bleach nothing stronger. The night before you do that you oil your hair with olive oil you can leave it in. Then you start your first bleaching ends only depending on the colour of your ends. Leave it say about 40 min. Then rinse and wash with conditioner only no shampoo. Then that evening oil again leave in. Next morning wash with conditioner only. Day 2 don’t bleach. Let people look just pretend that you don’t notice people looking Lol. When you do your 2nd bleach oil your hair the night before. Repeat same process bleach 20 vol apply ends first then after 20 min on your roots. Same story rinse wash conditioner. Do not use any shampoo. Carry on like you did after the 1st bleaching. So now your last bleaching if the ends are blonde enough then no need to put bleach on but if need to then put on ends but this time apply to the roots first. Reason why you don’t apply bleach on roots first is because of your body heat. Ok so continue the same rinse wash with conditioner. If you still have some yellow add a little purple colouring to you conditioner not much as your hair will grab the purple then you sit with purple hair leave it on for a few min to 10 min or so you should be able to see if its neutralised the yellow . You can use a few drops of genson violet (if I have the spelling correct). Your hair should then be fairly even and platinum. When aplying the bleach always aply it on the darkest peaces first. And if you want blue it has to be white you hair as blue and yellow makes green. The other funky colours are ok but blue has to be put on white hair. I have pink on either side and purple at the back. Oh and don’t forget to do Jen’s recipe after the bleaching. I hope. It works.

          • Hi Melinda,
            Thank you, I’ll try it when I have the chance =)

          • Hi Melinda,
            That’s a bunch of GREAT tips on bleaching hair! Thank you sooo much for sharing! Yes, I agree with adding drops of purple tp the conditioner to tone down the yellow brassyness. Yellow and Purple are opposites on the color wheel. You totally rock! Thanks for all the tips!
            Jen

  16. hi jen just found this site l allso have had my hair bleach ed by a professional hair dresser .but sadly l started to comb it and chukscome off so lam going to follow your tips as l start a new job soon kaz

    • Hiya Kaz!
      Thanks for reading my blog!!!! My tips will definitely save your hair! Good luck with the new job!
      Jen

  17. Hey so I had the same problem where my hair got fried. The first thing I did was completely saturate my hair in coconut oil and almond oil,wrapped tight with the shower cap left it over night. The coconut oil didn’t turn into a solid again ( thank god) lol You said not to shampoo your hair because it has sulfate. I actually have a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, would I be able to use that to remove these oils? I was planning on trying the olive oil treatment like you said once I remove all this oil from my hair. I had already booked an apptoinment to cut my hair,would I be safe in canceling that appt with these remedies you gave me or should I still get at least a health cut?

    • Hi Cassy,
      Yes, I recommend sulfate free shampoos, however wait 1 week before you use them. I also recommend “washing your hair” with conditioner that first week to quench your hair. Also use infusium 23 leave in treatment when it’s dry. I would wait a week at least to get your hair to go back to normal before cutting it! I’m glad I waited because after a week, my hair felt normal again.

  18. Hi!

    So, over the summer, I will be colouring my hair platinum-white. Now, I’ve never bombed my hair with any kinds of bleaches or dyes, and I want to know if olive oil and conditioners will nuke the dyes.

    Also, how much bleach should be needed? I have a dirty-blonde hair colour, and I don’t want to wage nuclear war on my scalp (unless it’s needed).

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi!!!!
      The olive oil wont nuke the hair dye, it will actually protect your hair!
      Try taking a tiny section of your hair (I suggest the back of your head right above your neck) Grab a hair bleaching kit and mix the suggested amount. Also write down the current time. Next saturate that test patch of hair. Leave 1/4 inch from your scalp. Never apply the peroxide onto your skin! Keep a close eye on the length of hair. When you see the perfect color you desire, write down the time, rinse it out with warm water. Make not of the time when you go for bleaching your entire head of hair.

      When purchasing the hair bleaching kit, make sure the formula says platinum blonde. Some bleaching kits only go to a light blonde. Good luck!

  19. Hi Jen,

    I recently bleached my hair using a product that didn’t actually have the peroxide in it (the main ingredient was ammonium persulfate), and we dyed the ends pink. Just wondering if there’ a way to help my hair hold hair dye better so that I can get it back to my natural medium blonde? Thanks

  20. Hey Jen!

    I bleached my hair light blonde with pink ends from natural black hair and now it’s starting to get dry and I’m noticing split ends and a slightly itchy scalp. I’m on a tight student budget and was wondering how the olive oil treatment will work? How do I was it out of my hair? Do I just use conditioner? I haven’t washed my hair in two days since the bleach. I don’t think I can get any of those hair products where I am (New Zealand) so I was wondering if you know any good home remedies for a student?

    Cheers! :D

    • Yes, try the olive oil on your scalp and ends.

  21. Hi Jen, I used a box dye 3 years ago and after using it I had tingling burning sensations and 3 months later it came out in clumps and I saw a dermatologist and they said it was telogen. Ever since I shaved my head but I don’t have new hair growth and I have a receding hairline at front and sides, what could he wrong and will this get any better?!

  22. So i uses loreal color remover on my semi blue hair… prior to the blue i had bleached it, unfortunately not all my hair turned out platinum blonde. Angry i just applied the sky blue ion semi color, after a month and some the blue began to fade to a teal so thats when i used the color remover. I left it in my hair for 60 minutes then rinse… while rinsing i noticed my platinum blonde was falling off (which is all of my front hair) luckily not all of it fell off but desperate i deep conditioned it then added a deep conditioner that has a ton of oils. While my hair dried i noticed that the front felt so awful.. so i sprayed aragon and morroccon oil to the most damaged part.
    What else would you recommend? Im really close to shaving my head again :(

    • Oh no! I wouldn’t have used any color remover. Beleive it or not, they blue dye would have slowly faded away. I would go back to your natural color and dye it with a henna dye or something very gentle but nourishing. Try dying it when you hair does not feel so irritated, it can take a week for it to start producing natural oils again that can seal in your whole hair strand. Be patient. Keep conditioning!
      Jen

  23. Hi!!

    I read everything but everyones comment, mainly because I’m freaking out and VERY impaitent.

    So… My hair is naturaly dark brown, about a little over 5-6 months ago, I dyed it black.

    The day before yesterday, I decided I wanted to try blonde! So I bleached it! Of course, some took, and if it did, it came out orange.

    I figured, “Hey! Wait about 24 hours and do it again!”

    So I did…
    BUT! Because I ran out of the bleach powder, I had to go to Sallies and get more, I bought a different brand ( dev. was a different brand than the bleach i bought to the 2nd time)

    Anyways, After i let it sit for about 30-40 mins ( I know i know, I shouldnt have!) I showered (Shampooed and cond.), and as I was showering I noticed chunks were falling out! and my hair felt spongy! So I got out, towel dried and tried to brush, and it still kept falling out!

    Now, My roots seem fine. but from the middle – down, its as if its breaking!

    I talked to a friend and she said that I have to cut it ( Bob-like cut, and I DO NOT WANT TO CUT IT!)

    Is there hope?! Or am I too far too gone?!

    PLEASE HELP ME!!

    PS.

    Ive done a protein treatment mixed with olive oil and it seems like it kinda helped. then Ive been spraying in leave in cond. ( I havent brushed completely yet!)

    • Do please read my article again and do each step. Please take your time with your hair.

  24. Hi Jen, thanks for the great blog and tips here :) I bought some jerome russell bblonde bleach kit today and I am very paranoid about using it. I haven’t bleached my hair for a very long time (apart from the ends which I dip dyed in February – most of it has broken off at this point), the last thing I did to it was semi perm black in February. For some reason only some of the semi perm has washed out, so its red in places (the colour my hair used to be) and looks kinda crap. I really want to bleach it so i can go red again but after the last time I bleached me ends five months ago I have easily lost 1.5inch of length on the end, and its only just been looking in good condition again in the past couple of months, although I still get some bad split ends. I found last time I bleached it was really difficult to get proper coverage as my hair is still relatively thick. I think this might be why it fried so much that one time as I put a layered up the bleach a couple of times on the same strands, just trying to get the front and the back of it coloured. Any advice on whether its a good idea to go through with the bleaching?

    • Hi,
      Please don’t bleach your hair for at least a few months. You need to condition it. Please read this article again and take your time.

  25. Hi Jen!
    I was looking for ways to fix my terribly damaged hair. I bleached it for the first time ever and it completely ruined my hair!! I was already getting ready to chop it all off and be stuck with short hair again. This all looks really helpful and I’m happy that their are so many ways to keep my finally long hair. I swear, I’ll never bleach again after this incident!! Again, thanks so much for all these helpful tips!!

    • YAY!!!! You’re so very welcome Andrea! I’m so happy this helped you. Take care and have patience with your hair to keep it long and manageable!
      Jen

  26. Help! My hair is fried. It feels like straw and the strands seem like they are expanding in width-swollen…super dry. I have lost over 6 ibches in length all around the front of my face and my bangs that were past my chin barely touch my nose. I am following your directions carefully. I am loosing sleep panicking that i am going to have to cut off all my hair and wear a boy cut. I am distraught. How long will it take to save my hair following your directions. I will never use bleach again!!!!!! Please help!

    • In two weeks your hair should feel softer if you condition all the time!

  27. Thank you so much for your much needed advice! You may have just saved my hair! I wanted to go “silver” and my colorist, that I’ve trusted for years said the only way to do it was to bleach it. I think she left the bleach on waaayyyy too long, didn’t get “silver” but a “greenish/gray” color and my hair feels like cotton candy. Going to try everything you suggested before I take drastic action and cut it really, really short.

    • Hi Sher,
      Take your time doing all the hair care steps. Don’t cut your hair! I thought I would have to cut mine because it felt like steel wool, but after patience and using things like olive oil etc like what I mentioned- helps to soften and strengthen my bleached hair. I’m a bleached hair survivor! lol. Best of luck to you! I hope your hair gets back to normal soon!
      Jen

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