Saturday, 29 September 2012

Caring For Hair That Has Been Stripped

Just over a year ago my hair was black. Yes black. Naturally my hair is dark brown but over the years of dying it all sorts of different colours I somehow wandered into a phase of having it really dark. I never intended it to be black, it just keep getting darker and darker and before I realised it my home dying treatments seemed to be getting more frequent in an attempt to cover the dreaded greys. Ahhhhh! I found my first grey when I was eighteen, and have been steadily finding more and more since.

It had started off a dark brown which was close to my own natural colour but because I had been dying it myself with permanent colour I had been building colour on top of colour when I should have only been dying the roots instead of dying my whole hair....silly me. So it ended up turning black from the build up of dark colour.

Well!! I had decided I wanted to go lighter (in another attempt to make the grey hairs less obvious!) so my hair had to be stripped of the black which left it multicoloured for a little while. Orange is not a good look for anybody let me tell you! Gradually I have been going lighter, introducing some balayage and a few highlights. The roots are now a lighter brown than my natural colour.

As lovely as all this sounds my hair was in a right mess. Extremely dry, split, falling out everytime it was brushed through. The good thing about when it was black was that it was always so shiny and healthy looking.....and now it was in awful condition, which is understandable. I knew before I had it stripped that it would be tough to get it back on track to being healthy.

Nothing I was using seemed to be helping the condition of it, I had tried various conditioners, masks, serums but it didn't really make much difference. I asked my hairdresser what I could use to make it better, I wanted my lovely soft hair back and I certainly didn't want to cut it all off in order for it grow out. She suggested a few products to start using after it had been treated with a moisturising treatment when I had my hair done in the salon.

For my shampoo I use the VO5 Give Me Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It leaves my hair nice, clean and  hydrated. I condition my hair everytime I wash it which is every other day.

I have also been using the Kérastase Elixir Ultimate and the Kérastase Ciment Thermique. Since using these combination of products my hair is in so much better condition! I have had it trimmed as well, not too much just the stagglers at the ends. The Elixir Ultimate can be used on wet or dry hair. If using it dry I apply it the ends of the hair and leave it on for about a half and hour before my shower and then wash it out. If using it wet I'll apply it after my shower to towel dried hair and use as a leave in conditioning treatment. The Ciment Thermique is used a heat protectant for the hair before using hot curlers/straighteners or hairdryers. Just pop about the size of a two euro coin to the ends of the hair before styling and off you go!

Anyways lovelies, moral of the story is......DON'T DIE YOUR HAIR BLACK!! Ha ha! :) Just kidding. If you have had your hair stripped I hope this helped. I'd love to hear your hair horror stories and what you did to sort them out so leave a comment!

Kérasatase products purchased at Peter Mark

VO5 range available at Boots