Any TIPS on hair growth/ health for damaged hair?

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Post # 2
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Bumble bee

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alexaj12 :  If you want it to grow out healthy, unfortunately, you have to refrain from using any more bleach, and no heat. I have a job that allows me to wear my hair in a wet bun to work, and it stays healthy. I use a dryer only once a week. Can you get away with a similar hairstyle for a while? Also, lots and lots of coconut oil and almond oil will help prevent further damage. Sadly, you can’t repair damaged hair, but babying it for a while should help. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I used Viviscal hair growth supplements for 3 years like 5 years ago. It really helped repair damage from heat and color. The supplements made my hair grow fast and healthy again.

Viviscal was pricey but worth it. I got mine off Amazon. It can take like 6 months before you notice a change in your hair, so give it time if you decide to try it. I also avoid using blow dryers, flat irons, and stopped getting my hair colored now. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Collagen and biotin supplements.

I’ve read that biotin can make some people break out although it’s never been a problem for me…

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Bee Keeper

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Souzie :  Really?! That might explain my new breakouts. But strong nails lol. 

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Newbee

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alexaj12 :  There is some truthful advice posted here but how realistic is it to stop maintaining your roots? My clients and I have had great results by adding Olaplex to their bleach, followed by step #2 in the salon and having them use step #3 at home. Depending on the stylist’s formula, they might be able to adjust the strength of the developer. Also, if the previously bleached shaft and ends need to be lifted, a high lift haircolor can be used instead of bleach. Application is very important too. You may want to talk to your stylist about options for the future.

Home care is very important. Using sodium chloride, paraben, sulfate free shampoo would also help the condition and maintain your color.

As for thermal heat: blow dryer, irons, it would be best to limit usage as much as possible. But if you do need to style your hair for a special occassion, use a very good thermal protectant prior to usage.

Hair growth shampoos are helpful; certain ones work better for some than for others. I retail and use a fairly new growth shampoo called “Gro MD”. You can find more info if you Google it. I have several clients that have had great results but for a few it made their hair feel too dry. I occassionally use a sodium chloride, paraben, sulfate free conditioner away from my scalp and it works fine. I also recommend taking a hair, skin and nail supplement; be mindful of the content of B6. Do your research/consult with your physician. You can also take up to 10,000 mcg of biotin safely.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

My hair used to never grow and was super fine. I stopped bleaching (I have dark brown hair and was doing blonder highlights for awhile) and flat ironing every day. I love olaplex! Just putting my products in and air drying has made my hair a lot healthier. 

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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Souzie :  

Biotin (Vitamin B7), for sure.  I learned this from a friend who had weight loss surgery.  Her doctor put her on biotin to keep her hair from falling out and get good growth.  He recommended no less than 5000 mcgs.

I take 10,000 mcgs. It got me to be able to finally get the long blonde hair I always wanted.

Then Synthroid made it fall out.  But, I’m getting good regrowth.

I suggest swearing off of the hot tools as much as you can.  If you air dry, there are really good products for that; Pureology has one.  Anything Pureology is good.

If you must use hot tools, be sure to use a heat protector.  I love the one by HSI with argan oil.

As for Olaplex, I have No. 6, the leave in, and I don’t like it at all. It leaves my hair gunky. I do use it on second day hair to tame end frizz now and then.  But, I would not spend the money again.

I have a Caviar leave in and I am loving that one.

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Helper bee

Heyy i had the exact same problem as you two years ago.  I couldnt grow my hair because it kept breaking off.  Ive made a ton of changes and since then have grown my hair 8 inches.

So first, i stopped bleaching my hair for over 6 months.  It sucked, i didnt like the colour but its worth it to help the health of your hair a bit.

I also started taking biotin and a womens multivitamin.  Biotin helps with hair growth but can make you break out if youre insufficient in certain other vitamins (thus the multivitamin).

I used two different heat protectors.  I cant remember the one i used before curling or straightening my hair.  But the other one was Redkin Pillowproof which i used just before blow drying my hair.

When i finaly went back to bleaching my hair, i had my hair stylist use Olaplex which helps rebuild the bonds after bleach.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I’ve been colouring my hair for as long as I can remember. I have thin hair and always wanted to grow it out but it would never get far past my shoulders. Eventually my ends would be like straw so I’d chop a few inches off. It wasn’t until I started going to a salon that uses strictly organic products that my hair has grown long. Even the other day my husband commented on how long my hair is (in a good way). My colour is still great but the chemicals aren’t as harsh as what I was used to (not as smelly, don’t make my scalp burn/itch). I recommend seeing if there is an organic spa in your area – the difference has been incredible. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Blondie here! I actually went really blonde for my wedding a year ago and I could tell it did a number on my hair. You’ve gotten great advice so far, but just to reiterate a few suggestions.

Try not to add anymore color, bleach, treatments to your hair (chemical). I did NOTHING to my hair for a few months and it finally felt healthy again when I was ready to throw in a few lowlights for fall. If possible, find a good stylist who can do a shadow-root and let that be your last treatment for color. I did that and LOVED it because when my hair grew out, it just looked like a balayage and not a hard line where regular foil highlights grow out.

Sulfate-free shampoo. My hair is frizzy + was brittle from the coloring so I made sure to invest in a really good sulfate-free shampoo. I used Matrix (purple something) then switched to just Loreal Professional Ever Pure products. I’ll switch which ones I use based on my needs, like right now I am using a frizz-defying shampoo but moisture locking conditioner and it helps sooo much with my hair. I know you shouldn’t buy drugstore or Walmart shampoo, but my hairstylist said these are still professional grade and very affordable. 

Then collagen. Highly recommend Bowmar Nutrition brand. I’m not affiliated with them, but I love it and it is the one company I’ve found that gives me the best results and bang for my buck. You’ll notice other benefits of collagen as well but it really helped my hair grow and get healthy.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

To grow mine out for the wedding I did a few things. First I started taking prenatals. I am still taking them because the benefits have been amazing. I also drink collagen in my coffee every day and make sure I am getting in some good fats. From the prodcut side I started using Unite’s 7seconds and it is a miracle worker. It protects it from all the heat damage! My stylist also told me to use a hair mask at least once a week when I put on any bleach at all, so I do that. I also use Olaplex at home once a week to keep it in shape and I switched a few years ago to sulfate free shampoo. Lastly, my stylist gives me a baby keratin treatment about once a year. I have really fine hair, so she doesn’t put a lot in and doesn’t process it as long, but man, my hair is amazing after that! I don’t even have to dry it, I just hop out of the shower, comb it and go because it just dries naturally so beautiful! Good luck! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

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sassy411 :  Same.  I’ve used Olaplex in the past and it was okay.  I’ve found a better product that works for me…Shu Uemura Essence Absolute oil with camellia..

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

 

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alexaj12 :  i wonder is she knew the proper proportions of olaplex to bleach and if she mixed it correctly (adding olaplex last). Then again, if someone’s going to put 30v w Bleach on prelightened ends then olaplex can’t perform miracles. I agree with the PPs that the olaplex take home products leave a lot to be desired but #1 and #2 are amazing when used properly. I had my hair bleached to almost white a few weeks ago while having olaplex #1 mixed in and my hair feels AMAZING. But you have to proportion it right = no skimpiness on product. 

I am also taking biotin and zinc currently and it’s really helped grow my hair and lessened shedding considerably. To help your ends from breaking off id recommend Schwarzkopf sealed ends. You only use about a dime sized amount and I would use it religiously before bond builders for bleach were introduced and you’d always have some “crispy” ends when you wanted blonde. GL

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