Q: Elle, please help. Any tips on damaged colored hair? I really screwed up by dyeing my hair too light then immediately putting another dye on top to darken it. I now have more shredding then usual AND it feels hard and straw-like. Without having to chop it all off again, any suggestions on how I can get it soft again? Thx!
A: Well first, you need to accept that your hair may never be the same again. I know that sounds dramatic, but even my tips are a little funky where I dyed my hair over a year ago; the stylist noticed it when I had my hair done last week, and I generally don’t have issues with dryness or shedding. But anywhos, concentrating on deep conditioning is a good idea, so make sure you are DC’ing at LEAST weekly, and even more if you don’t feel your hair returning to normal (When I dyed my hair with Feria it felt HORRIBLE, so I DC’ed my hair like three times). Second, you need to try to close your cuticle (in order to lift your color you have to lift your cuticle) – so concentrate on acidic treatments, rather than alkaline. I have seen people rave about treatments like Roux Porosity Control (Which has a pH of 4.5 I think – However, I have not tried this so I cannot give my opinion on it.) or ACV rinses (Although there are debates about the effectiveness of ACV rinses). Since dye lifts your cuticle, moisturize your hair first, then take steps to attempt to close the cuticle. But…chemical processes can also permanently damage the cuticle, so baby your hair (careful detangling, low manipulation, etc), and after your hair feels more moisturized, incorporate protein into your routine. Good luck!