Here’s a few tips
If you’ve been a bit over-zealous with the bleach, there are a few steps you can take to limit the damage. Depending on the severity, your hair may or may not completely recover. This will take a bit of time so try to be patient.
- Try to limit the number of times you shampoo each week. This gives a bit of time for the hair oils produced naturally by your scalp to build up and moisturize the hair.
- Get your hands on the most moisturizing shampoo’s and conditioners you can find. There are lots out there specifically for chemically treated or damaged hair. In my personal expereince, the more expensive brands tend to be more effective than the shop bought brands. I assume this is because they include a higher concentration of protein.
- In the early stages, dilute the shampoo by about 1 third shampoo to 2 parts water. This is because even shampoos made for damaged hair may be a bit too much for you hair. Slowly build up the concentration of the shampoo over time.
- Washing hair using hot water will dry out the cuticle and enhance any existing damage. Wash hair ONLY in lukewarm water.
- Rinse hair until you are totally sure all traces of shampoo are gone.
- Deep condition as often as you feel necessary. This may be as often as twice a week, just go by your own feelings as to how often this should be done, but it will help.
- Try to leave on the deep conditioner for at least 30 minutes or so. If you can try wrapping your hair in a plastic seal (cling-film ?) and use the heat from your head in order to encourage the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft as much as possible.
- Always use cool water in the final rinse to seal newly added moisture back into the cuticle.
- Before styling, use a leave-in conditioner. Again, this inputs further moisture into the hair and gives some level of protection while drying.
- Try to severely limit your use of hot styling tools.. Leave hair to dry naturally as often as you can,
- Use wide-toothes combs whenever possible. Comb and brush only as needed. Use only a boar’s head brush of the highest quality you can afford. Never when wet.
- If the damage does not improve, visit a professional for salon conditioning treatments. Have the damamged ends trimmed off also.
- Avoid applying any more chemicals to your hair. The result is highly unpredictable and may be the last nail in the coffin for your already damaged hair.
- Drink lots of water, and consider taking vitamins designed to strengthen hair. Eating a diet rich in essential fatty oils also helps.