Remember a month ago when I was all like "Yea I bleach my hair, but I don't do it too often because I AM RESPONSIBLE."
Well, that changed.
I rebleached my roots at the beginning of April — fresh cut, color, all that. Photographic evidence of how gorgeous I was/am can be seen here.
I loved the mint green. It's my favorite hair color on me aside from my natural color, lavender. My stylist used a different hair color than we normally do (I say "we" because it's a group effort between his expertise and my fragile psyche) and upkeep was kind of a pill. Even when I re-glossed it at home with the salon color, it took differently throughout the strand, as hair colors do, and by my next haircut, I had grown restless.
I frantically texted my stylist the night before my appointment, asking him if he could yank the dregs of the color out of my hair and tone it so that I could start my journey to silver/white hair for summer. The green just had to go. That's the thing about beauty: it can be so freeing, but it can make you just as claustrophobic in your own skin. Luckily, it's all temporary.
My stylist, being accommodating and generous, and not wanting to deal with my manic hair color mood swings that can and do change with the wind, got me in early the next day to pull the color out of my hair.
First, we tried a gentle product that was sure to lift the remnants of hair color out of the strand without too much damage. Except, it didn't. My hair was still as green as it was when I had woken up, and panic was starting to rise.
"We're gonna have to bleach." He told me.
"FINE." I shrieked, feeling remorse for my poor hair that had only just started to really recover from our bleach session only four weeks prior. The deed is done, and the ends justified the means, because I've got gorgeous silver strands.
(well, had, I've already sort of...nevermind. Another article.)
Needless to say, my hair is a little more damaged and brittle than usual, and I need to give it a little extra TLC whenever possible. Products to hydrate and repair hair area already part of my routine whenever I wash, but I called in a few new ones this time around because my hair needs more love than ever.
I always tiptoe around trend products because it's so easy for something to get hyped up on social media more than it deserves to be. BUT, I'm curious, I can't help it! Everyone has been talking about the new hair line from Jen Atkin, celebrity stylist to all the girls, Gwen Stefani, Chrissy Teigen, Katheryn Perry, all of the Kardashians, and I wanted to at least try it and see what all the fuss was about.
I'm good on hair products. I'm not going to tell you how many bottles of shampoo and conditioner I have in my bathroom because you wouldn't believe me if I did, so I definitely don't need to have any more sent my way. But at the same time, what's two more?
OUAI sent me their Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (as well as their dry shampoo, but we'll get to that later, maybe.) I don't wash my hair all that often, but the last few times I have, I've used these babies.
I hop in the shower and the first thing I do is throw in a bit of shampoo to remove the grime from the various products I've used in the last few days. What I don't love? The scent. I think it's important to make this distinction: I think the scent is objectively good, really good. It's a floral bomb that's more complex than a lot of other shampoos, and it's pretty intense when you're using it. Tocca vibes, you know? It's just not for me.
What I do love? It doesn't feel like it dries my hair out before I condition, no tangles or breakage (well, minimal breakage.) I can run my hand through my wet hair without any grabbing or tugging, so while I'm gentle with my hair, it's not like I have to be too worried about it.
And then I condition. Maybe it's me, but I don't think the conditioner has the same scent as the shampoo? That, or it's just less intense. Regardless, I...like it? I don't know, I was hungover, post-workout when I showered this morning so I was a mess.
Anyway, I leave the conditioner in for about four minutes while I do the rest of my shower things and listen to the new Ariana Grande album and it leaves my hair feeling SOFT. It looks shiny, has nice movement, and isn't weighed down a bit. I'm running my hand through my hair as I type this and it almost feels like it's been months since I bleached it, instead of a couple of days. It feels healthy, and that's the point.
I now have the same hair as Kim Kardashian, bye.
Nounou Hair Mask by Davines, $12-$32.
It's hard to do better than Davines. My bathroom is outfitted with, like, half of their collection and they're one of the few companies I know that I can rely on to pull me together.
I've been using the Nounou hair mask about twice a week because it's perfect for motherfuckers like me who have no respect for their hair and have bleached, color treated, or permed their hair. Basically, if you've ever touched your hair with a chemical, this mask will do you some good.
It's made with tomato, 0live butter, and vitamin e, which are all rich in antioxidants and great for brittle hair that's been blown to smithereens. The olive butter is especially nourishing, and leaves my hair feeling softer, more fortified, and almost back to normal.
I put it on and forget about (literally I always forget I have hair masks on so I leave them in for like 40 minutes, oops.) It's very thick, and by the time I remember I have a mask in my hair, I rinse, and my hair feels rejuvenated for days!
Besides Davines, Living Proof is my other favorite haircare line. I have always been ride or die for their Restore Instant Repair leave-in conditioner, but when I'm not using that, I'm using a hair oil. Which is why I'm excited that they just released their own!
Living Proof's No Frizz Nourishing Oil aims to knock out frizz while restoring moisture and shine. Frizz is something I luckily don't deal with normally, but when my hair is as fried as it is, flyaways are a real problem. Obviously, I need all the moisture I can get.
No Frizz is made to mimic hair's natural oils, and absorbs into your hair quickly without leaving any residue behind. In my hands, it feels thinner than the hair oils that I usually use, I'd say almost in between an oil and a serum. It's very light.
In my hair, the difference is noticeable. The oil soaks in quick, but it doesn't end up feeling like it evaporated. My hair feels smoother and more hydrated, and flyaways are gone without making your hair feel like it's being weighed down. It's great alone, when I work it through my strands and then blow dry, and it plays well with other products when I layer them on top and then style.
What are your favorite ways to breathe new life into fried hair? Tell me in the comments and I'll try them out! But miss me with the DIY's because there's no way I'm putting mayonnaise and eggs or whatever in my hair. Actually, maybe I should do that, so leave those in the comments, too. Ew.
Tynan is fried on Twitter @TynanBuck.