Have you ever thought about bleaching your hair or just dying it general? Chances are you answered ‘yes’. I have been putting some form of hair dye in my hair since I was 12 years old. That means I have been dying my hair for twenty years. Twenty years is a long time and a lot of damage done. I have not taken a break even once, just continuously dying it. There are a few reasons my hair has not completely fallen out.
My Pakistani roots and my Pakistani roots – pun intended. I was born with a head full of thick black hair
My Amma told me to constantly put tayl (oil) in my hair to keep it nourished
The best companion in your bed is a silk pillow
My current hair status is icy bleach blond. As I mentioned earlier that I have dying my hair basically forever, but I have never completely bleached my whole head, until now. I sat in my hairdressers, Jennifer’s, chair for 10 hours. I knew it was going to be a process, I just didn’t realize what all needed to be done to change my naturally dark hair to its polar opposite. I do remember falling asleep at some point and needed to be woken up. When I did see the final result, I have never been more joyous. I literally felt transformed. I was beyond ecstatic that I could pull off something this drastic and still look okay. My look was much edgier and my cool girl status jumped up like 10 notches. It’s as though finally my inner-self was finally represented on the outside.
The reactions to my hair were all really positive. Some more conservative family members had to make some ill comments comparing me to a banshee. It’s like come on if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say it at all. We all have that one uncle that needs to put his 2 cents in. Brush off that negative energy and DO YOU!
How do I salvage my bleached hair? I eat, sleep, rave, repeat – ayeee. Okay, all jokes aside I really have to put some tender, love and care towards my coif. So here are all the things that have helped keep my hair still attached to my head.
- I have cut my hair washing down to once a week. I know this is impossible for some people, but it will really help in the long run. Cutting down the washing allows your scalp to regulate the natural oils it produces. If you feel that you hair it getting too greasy use a dry shampoo.
- Once you are ready to wash your hair, the night before douse it in oil. I love coconut oil because the smell is fantastic and it’s really nourishing for the scalp and roots.
- I try to use the least bit of heat on my hair. Avoid blow-drying if possible, and let your hair naturally air dry.
- While your hair is still damp apply a truly conditioning serum. This will protect your hair and keep it from splitting like a shaggy dog.
- Lastly, if you hair isn’t feeling the bleach anymore just stop. Having hair is more important than looking cool. You don’t want to end up with a chemical cut, ekkkkk.