There are several colors in my hair. The top layer is Lagoon Blue. The bottom is Cerise.
We’re not allowed to take pictures in the dialysis unit but we managed to sneak in a photo anyway, because I don’t get to take selfies with my sister anymore!
I get asked this question A LOT. I already made a post about this before, but I figure another entry about my upkeep habits can’t hurt. Please take note I am not an expert in hair or material science, but I have researched a lot, dyed my hair a lot, and have a few methods for upkeep that work for me. It may do the same for you, but everyone’s hair is different, and people also have varying levels of damage to work with.
It helps to accept that once you fry your hair, it is so much harder to reign in the damage and “heal” your hair. Also, there’s no such thing as “healing” your hair. It’s dead cells, made up of keratin. Like a rope that’s been frayed, you can patch it up with glue or other bits of rope or other cosmetic disguises, but it will always be a patched-up frayed rope. The dead parts won’t come back to life no matter how much gunk you cover them in. Know what I mean?
Anyway, on to the post!
1. Deep condition with VIRGIN COCONUT OIL. I use Peter Paul because it’s a brand that my local supermarket carries. In the tropical Philippines it’s a clear liquid at room temperature. Things you will notice after using vco: hair feels less gummy and dry, but the effect wears off the more you wet your hair. So deep condition regularly. (why it works: hair swells and deflates every time it gets wet and dries up. This wears out the hair structure. Hair that’s already porous from bleaching and dyeing is more prone to breaking because of this. Ever washed your hair and wondered why it takes forever to dry? Your hair is now so porous that it soaks up much more water. VCO reduces this hair “fatigue”. Myth: VCO does NOT deposit protein.)
*ps: I also cover my hair in VCO before I bleach my hair. Damage is reduced by this, however results vary among hair types.
*pps: if unable to find VCO, try other oils, like argan oil.
2. Avoid getting hair wet unnecessarily. A shower cap is now your best friend. Still take daily baths, of course, lol. Just use a shower cap every other day because your hair doesn’t need to be washed every time. That dries it out. Same goes for your skin, but because we need to bathe daily, we’re advised to moisturize. Same principle for your hair.
3. Use a clarifying shampoo once in a while. I use Human Heart Nature. All this non-washing of hair and deep conditioning with oils can lead to product buildup, which is unavoidable. Product buildup inhibits your hair regimen from being effective, so when you DO have to wash your hair, instead of a regular shampoo, try a clarifying one. It’s like a reboot for your gunky scalp. A clean slate allows the products you like to start working again. Just remember a clarifying shampoo dries your hair out too. Deep condition afterwards.
4. Why full-on bleach when you can fade/bleach bath/use lower strength peroxide in your developer? Instead of bleaching your hair to get old colors out, use clarifying shampoo plus other ingredients to fade hair. Here’s my hacked recipe for fading hair.
5. Use keratin masques, treatments etc if you want to switch up your deep conditioning product. Anything that restores keratin to your hair is necessary to maintain the structure of hair, which sheds keratin as it ages, but keratin usually needs high temperatures (that only salon-grade equipment has) in order to truly bond with your hair (which is why #6 is coming up next).
(photo from Google images)
6. Get a keratin treatment at a salon. I’m not kidding. The most effective way to get hair that “feels” healthy (even though it isn’t) is to get a keratin treatment at a salon. Home DIY’s don’t even come close. If I have the money, I definitely make it my priority to get a professional keratin treatment, especially if I’ve done some serious bleaching or color changing because the feeling of having silky but colored hair is so rare I’m willing to shell out for it! You’ll spend about the same amount of money on DIY products in the long run, so why not get something that works immediately? Make sure to ask the hairdresser if the treatment is formaldehyde-free.
This little guy was a gift from @jshnrz a long time ago. I found a schematic that allows you to speed mod it into a full-fledged delay by removing a resistor and adding an ohm pot. Except I’m afraid of bricking it forever -_-