(Closed) NWR I’ve been bleaching my hair…and it’s breaking! please help.

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
277 posts
Helper bee

Hmm. This has happened to me several times in my life. Sorry this happened to you. It’s definitely not fun.

I used to dye my hair blonde, and on occasion, forget and leave the dye in too long, resulting in broken off hair. Totally devestating for me. I would suggest not dying your hair anymore to be honest. I stopped after my last incident back in 2001 and just leave my hair the natural colour. No broken off hairs! But, in the meantime, try a Redken deep conditioner. They work awesome. Not gonne lie, you can’t get the broken hair back, but this will help.


Post # 4
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


Do not make the mistake of putting any other chemical such as hair dye at this moment.

Even if your hair is not to the color you liked within the next couple of weeks (4-5) do not bleach it since your scalp is irritated and continual bleaching will cause scalp dryness and hair loss.

Like anything your scalp is burnt from the chemicals in the bleach. Possibly in the next couple of days your scalp will show signs of dryness. The best advice I can give you is  get an aloe vera plant (look around cut the plant leaf in half and place the gue  on your on scalp that will reduce the dryness and burning sensation if any)

If hair looks to dry (natural remedy ) put on olive oil and massage gently on scalp avoid being rough.  Let it sit for 30 minutes so that your scalp gets moisturized again and rinse.

1. Avoid conditioners or shampoos with alcohol (try Traders Joe they carry shampoos)

2.  Avoid  blow drying your hair  (causes more dryness and hair loss)

3. Avoid  re dyeing your hair  (even if it looks horrible)
     Unless you like the bald look and I am serious

Post # 5
124 posts
Blushing bee

If it’s breakage, look for something with protein in it. I second NatDawn’s suggestion of Redken. I liked their Extreme line (blue bottles)–I think it has silk protein in it. I would do a deep condition to restore moisture and follow up with a protein product. I also like Roux Porosity Control Extreme Pak to combat breakage. You can get it at Sally’s.


Post # 6
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For what it’s worth, I’m in cosmetology school, and I’ve done a ton of super-damaging, breakage-inducing things to my hair over the years…

I second the protein/deep conditioner recommendation. Protein restores strength and helps minimize breakage, but it’s also very drying so you need to follow it with a deep conditioning treatment. The Joico K-Pak Reconstructor and Intense Hydrator combination is highest regarded protein treatment. I’d use it 1-2 times a week.

You may also want to invest in a good dry shampoo so you can go longer between washings. And no blow dryers or heat tools. Finally, be dilligent about getting your hair trimmed every 6 weeks.

Good luck!

Post # 8
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@pinkrokker:  Dry shampoo?  I’m interested, never heard of this, aside from that “Pssst” stuff in a can from the 70’s/80’s (showing my age here).


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@PixelMePretty:  Maybe a trim will help the overall look, and keep conditioning!  Also I heard/read that when you condition your hair in the shower, you are only supposed to rinse it for sixty seconds and leave some in there.

Also avoid hot water, just like you would avoid hot water on a delicate silk garment.  Somewhere I remember reading about satin or silk pillowcases being good to prevent breakage as well.

I do a lot of damage to my hair, but I also keep cutting it so it never quite catches up with me. 😉

Edited to Add: OOps sorry, I see that you just posted about getting a trim!

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