For those of you who have been paying attention to my instagram posts lately, I’m sure you are aware that I recently colored my hair for the first time. While at first I was super happy with my hair color and texture, that quickly changed the next morning.
Firstly let’s be specific, I did highlights, from black (or dark brown as some insist) to dirty blonde. The first step what bleaching out every drop of natural color from my hair with harsh chemicals, while that was expected, the not so blatantly obvious occurred, every drop of oil was stripped out of those hair stands. It was easy to see and feel how dry and rough my highlights were in comparison to the rest of my hair. While it didn’t look bad, I was very concerned for my hair’s health.
I turned to my favorite hair oil, Argan oil. I kept applying argan oil and my hair was absorbing it very quickly. Drastic times call for drastic measures, I poured 2 oz of One and Only Argan oil onto my hair, put it up in a hair cap and let it marinate over night. The next morning I washed off the excess oil and used Eva NYC Therapy session hair mask for 20 minutes which is admittedly 4 times longer than the recommended time, but I did warn you that I took drastic measures. I followed up with South of Maine Macadamia oil treatment. This is an oil made with: water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocoamidopropyl, betaine, cocomide, mea, dimethicone, polyquarternium-10, macadamia, terfolia, parfum, citric acid, methylchlorosothazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone. Macadamia nut oil may be the new kid on the block but it’s definitely going to upset the market and give our beloved Argan oil some competition.
The end result, my highlights initially returned to it’s normal state but as time passes it seems to be getting a bit dry. I image it will take many days of special hair care before my hair is restored to it’s natural state. Since bleach rips your pores open, oils continue to leak out over time. On the bright side there is a huge multi million dollar industry set up with an abundance of products to take care of the the damage. But you may want to have some products on hand to tackle the damage before you proceed to bleach your hair. I have always been a huge fan or Argan Oil and Coconut oils for my hair, and the Macadamia nut oil is quickly becoming a new favorite.