The most common question I get— second to “hey gurl y u so fine & can I get yo numba???”— is how do I keep my hair still looking soft and healthy. Having hair that’s been bleached up to a level 10 for the past two years (and maybe double processed a couple of times shhh), you’d think my hair would have fallen off with all the abuse. I know it’s just hair, but it’s hard and frustrating work keeping it in the best condition possible for bleached hair! In the past, I had a revolving door of hair products as I tried to find which worked best for me. All that trying and testing was quite expensive and wasteful! Fortunately for me (and my hair!), I’ve found my essentials.

Shampoo

My problem with most shampoos is that it leaves my hair feeling dry, even after conditioning. Finding the right shampoo for your colored locks is the most important step. The newest addition to my shower caddy is Tresemmé Thermal Recovery Nourish & Renew for colored hair care. Designed for heat-damaged hair, it restores your hair’s natural vibrancy and help protect it against breakage from heat appliances that reach 450°. While it’s ideal for those who frequently use heat styling tools, I find that my bleached and dyed hair benefits from it. This shampoo, however, has yet to disappoint me. It’s made my hair feel soft like kitten fur, which surprised me a bit, considering the mixed reviews online!

Not pictured is my Clairol Shimmer Lights purple shampoo which I use once every two weeks to keep my ash blonde hair from getting too yellow!

Conditioner

To help keep your hair moisturized and its texture healthy, using a good conditioner is essential. For conditioner, I am loyal to Human Heart Nature Conditioners, which are 100% natural and don’t contain any silicones (which coat your hair like plastic, giving the illusion of soft, healthy hair). The first time I used Human Nature conditioners, I hated it because it made my bleached and colored hair feel dry! Without silicones, you are able to gauge your hair’s true condition and work on it accordingly.

Treatments

I believe different oil treatments help restore your hair’s softness and shine. So post-shower, I apply Organix Moroccan Argan Deep Penetrating Oil but I use this sparingly since it isn’t pure argan oil and contains silicone.

My go-to hair treatments are Virgin Coconut Oil and Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. Virgin coconut oil can also be applied to damp hair (just a smidge because you don’t want greasy hair!) or used as an intensive oil treatment (by leaving it in overnight). It’s the best pre-bleach treatment as it minimizes damage!

K-Pak is my favorite protein treatment because it isn’t as messy as virgin coconut oil and I only have to leave it in for 30 minutes to an hour. The back actually says 5 minutes but at $40 for a liter, I’m not going to wash that stuff off so quickly! It’s super expensive but really does wonders to bleach-damaged hair.

Hair Masks and other essentials

Just as facial masks help smoothen out your complexion, hair masks help keep your hair healthy and are a necessity since color treatments may leave your hair damaged and dry. Not pictured (again) is my favorite hair mask/deep conditioner, Human Heart Nature Natural Hair Mask Avocado & Gugo Bark (in Jasmine). Too much protein makes hair feel coarse and dry but it’s nothing a deep condition can’t fix.

While these hair care essentials make my hair feel super pretty, nothing will ever beat a good trim! I’ve said it a lot of times but once the tips of my hair start feeling like straw or snapping off with gentle tugging, I know it’s time to sit my butt on a salon chair!

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