Post # 1
So I am going back to the salon in a little bit, but just had to vent!
I have been going to the same salon/ hairdresser for 2 years. I had my hair recolored (low lights) on Thursday. Honestly, I’m not sure if she put in actual highlights or just a light brown – needless to say, it was nothing crazy like platinum blond all of a sudden.
Anyways, over the weekend I noticed that I had lost some hair while in the shower. Today, I was getting ready for school and I my bangs looked really funny. Upon closer inspection, they are the consistency of straw (especially the lighter areas) and some of the pieces are super short (think <1″). They are literally breaking off!
The only thing that I can think that caused this was getting my hair done recently. I haven’t changed shampoo/ conditioner (I use a deep intensity conditioner). I styled my hair like normal, etc.
Has anyone ever had this happen before??? I’m so afraid that my hair is literally all going to fall off my head! I had my friend look at my hair, and she said it was noticeable if you knew what you were looking for it :/
Post # 3
I am so sorry.
I haven’t had this happen because I don’t really do anything to my hair.
I strongly suggest going back to the salon and demand that they fix your hair. That should not be happening. If you are stressed out more than normal, you hair could fall out, but I don’t think it would be breaking. They must have used different chemicals or left it on to long.
Post # 4
(I know I’ve told this story on WB before, so hopefully it’s not repetitive)
When I was in high school I DIY-dyed my hair starting freshman year. Every other month, I went a new shade. By the beginning of senior year my hair was falling out in clumps (literally) and I had to stop.
I never had breakage though.
Did they give you any heavy duty conditioner to use? The at home dye kits come with a hair masque type conditioner that you’re supposed to use for 2 weeks or something like that. It’s the only thing that kept my hair from falling out much sooner, I suspect.
Post # 5
Breaking is usually an issue with chemicals so you’re doing the right thing by going back to the salon. The unfortunate thing is that not even the world’s best salon can fix the hair that’s already broken. The only thing you can do for that is to wait for it to grow out.
In the meantime, try to be nice to the hair that did break. Condition and go easy on the heat styling. (If you use a curling iron, get one with adjustable temperature and dial it back a bit.) I also recommend Redken Anti-Snap. It hellped me a ton when this happened to me.
Post # 6
I’m so sorry. I have to agree with Encore that there really isn’t anything you can go to the salon and demand that they fix, since you can’t unbreak the hair. I would not use any heat tools for a while to let your hair recover.
Post # 7
I’m curious whether you heat style that part of your hair at all. It is pretty easy to burn/damage your bangs and the fine hair around your face.
Post # 8
My sister did some DIY bleaching in high school to lighten her already blonde hair… and it started falling out and snapping worse than anything else I’d ever seen! She went to a salon and they were able to do something called a “protein pack” to stop the breakage… I think it was some kind of intensive conditioning treatment. Hope you get it fixed!
Post # 9
Maybe they used a different kind of coloring product than normal? In any case, I’d get in there ASAP and have them do some sort of conditioning treatment.
Post # 10
MissHay is right in that a good protein treatment should help strengthen the hair that’s left and prevent additional breakage. However, it MUST be followed by a deep conditioning treatment, as protein treatments can be drying. Beyond that, about all you can do is invest in professional quality products (shampoo, conditioner, weekly deep conditioning treatment), lay off the heat styling tools, wash it as infrequently as possible, and wait.
Post # 11
You need a deep conditioner or resconstructor. It sounds like your hair is damaged from the hair dye used. I would spend some time nursing your hair and not using a whole lot of heat and manipulation.
Post # 12
Well, my hair is SUPER blonde and down to my bra strap. needles to say, it is long, it is colored, it is dry, and yes, it can get straw-textured. i’m really diligent about heat protectants, the right products, keeping the heat down as much as i can, using things like Argan Oil to protect it, AND using Real Control Deep Conditioner 1-2x/week. When i had SUPER short platinum blonde hair, i used it EVERY day. SAved my hair. Invest in a GOOD deep conditioner. use it religiously. Redken makes some serum called Anti-Snap that would help if you’re getting breakage, too.I don’t knmow what you use on a regular shampoo/conditioner, but i use Real Control shampoo and Get Soft conditioner. It helps a lot. Bleach is one of the worst things you can do to your hair and i’m always impressed by the Get Soft line.
If the salon you go to does Redken–i get these things called Chem Shots. I usually get an ultra conditioning one that helps lock in color. I can really tell the difference in how my hair feels post-color. You do need to give your hair a break from styling for at least a few days. French braid it or something.
You can’t reverse the damage, but you can make it better
Post # 13
Thanks for all of the advice, ladies! I went back to the salon and they did a deep conditioning with wheat protein (I think…). I usually blow dry my hair and really quickly run a hot iron through it just to help it lay smoother, not really to “straighten” it. I won’t be doing that for a while though! I also bought some new products that they recommended to help limit the damage. They said that it appears to only be in the front, so that good I suppose.
Thanks again! At least I don’t feel like I’ll be completely bald by the end of the week now!
Post # 14
OMG use schwarzkopf Q10 time restore treatment. i had the same thing going on, as i dye my hair bleach blonde every 5 weeks. and this treatment fix my dyeing hair within the first wash and now i use it everyday.
Post # 15
@EvaBostonTerrier: hello ima hair dresser im on this site to travel to help do hair for brides and other events i recommend you leaving the color alon e for a while, use a deep penetrating conditioner for breaking , and a m,oisturing shampoo, dont frequent washes, and dry hair on medium heat
Post # 16
Just to add, be very careful about using hair accessories… tight fitting head bands, elastic head bands, elastics with metal, wearing elastics for long periods of time or to sleep, clips, etc. can all cause breakage to your hair. Seeing as how the damage is mainly localized to the front of your hair these things are probably not the main issue but can contribute to further breakage.