Story Time // How did I damage my hair so bad? #storytime

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#hairtalk ! Haven’t done a story time in such a long time didn’t I? I have received a lot of questions on Instagram about my hair, my hair color, my hair coloring experience and how comes my hair is not damaged from the bleaching, I figured I could write a post and tell you guys everything about it and the experiences I had, and also recommend a little miracle for all of you out there who have the same hair struggles as I do.

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First of all, my hair IS DAMAGED! Incredibly damaged! So damaged that during the last root touch-up two months ago, somehow I had a little bit of bleach touch my ends and they simply broke, guess that’s the end of the perfect straight cut I had before. Instagram doesn’t always show exactly what it should, does it? 

My hair experience started back to when I was 16 years old. My natural color is a light brown with some blonde highlights in it, somehow I decided my color is too boring and in 2012, just before Christmas, I went for some pink highlights all over my hair. Safe to say, my mother wasn’t the happiest when she saw me (  she had no idea I had them done ) but eventually accepted them.

It didn’t take long for me to get bored of them highlights as well, and soon enough I went for a dark cherry red. With my first hair coloring experience, I, unfortunately, forgot to wash the hair dye off my hair after the 30 minutes and kept it for almost an hour. Fail! My hair turned out to be some kind of a really really dark brown-to black. Fortunately, after a couple of washings, the dark brown became a beautiful tone of red and I must admit that color was #goals. It didn’t last long of course, as we all know, red goes out with every wash, so I had to redo my hair and I never managed to get the same color again. During that summer I had my first bangs cut out and dyed my hair a really bright red with a blonde ombre at the ends. This one was the craziest one of them all! I kept it for over 6 months because I loved it that much, just before bleaching my hair ( 3 times!! anyone knowing that chicken orangey-yellow?!) to bring it back to blonde and kept it like that for almost one year. This is when my hair got really damaged. I am a natural curly haired girl, my hair is naturally dry and the bleach only made it worse. My hair was like an elastic, if I would pull on it a bit harder, it would simply break. All my baby hair was broken at this point and my ends were a MESS!

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I started using conditioners, hair masks and shampoos specially created for damaged hair, and swore to myself that I will never ruin my hair like that, E-V-E-R AGAIN! Now, guess how long did that take? Not even one year, from blonde, I went back to red and re-cut my straight bangs for two weeks before deciding I don’t like red anymore and that I should dye my hair brown and let it grown naturally. This was back in 2015, just before moving to England.

My hair remained the same until the beginning of 2016, when I re-bleached it and made it blonde. Happy to say I am still blonde in today’s day and not planning on changing my color anytime soon, but my hair is a huge mess!

I am one of those lucky persons who’s hair grows extremely fast, my whole family has really thick hair which also helped me lots, as if I would have had thin hair, I would probably be bold by now. For more than two years I kept on trying on all kind of products in hope they will restore my hair’s health, I found a few good ones. L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and the Hair Oil are my absolute faves! I could easily swear by them to bring back the softness and nourishment my locks need. I also tried Pantene, Tres Semne and Simple. Out of these three, only Pantene managed to be ok for my hair, however, I decided to go back to L’oreal.

Last month, after searching over on the Notino website for some hair masks, I have found the L’oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Lipidium Absolut Repair, and it became my new favorite. I am still using the L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo & Conditioner, however, I dropped the hair oil and replaced it with this mask. As you may or may not know, L’oreal Professionnel is used by hair stylists as well, which only gave me even more confidence to try it. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find it in Boots or Superdrug, but you can click HERE and get your own. I promise you, you won’t be sorry. I was able to see the difference after the first use, but my hair got properly softened after the third one. My damaged hair regained its shine, it looks way more healthier and my ends don’t look dull & dry anymore.

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This post is written in collaboration with NOTINO, however, as always, all opinions, ideas and words are my own with absolutely no influence or obligations attached. Some of the products are gifts from the above mentioned company.

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