Suffering with very dry, brittle or damaged hair? I feel your pain- after bleaching my hair from black to blonde a few months ago, mine was most definitely not looking or feeling it's best (pretty damn annoying considering my hair was previously in really good condition!) As a bit of a back story, before Christmas I had the 'bright' idea of dying my blonde hair black; I've had it dark before and looking back on pictures I thought it looked quite nice and would be a good chance to let my hair recover. A massive fail that turned out to be as, a few weeks on I just couldn't get used to it and so began the stressful process of lightening it again. Which means my hair is now pretty much the same colour it was but not in as good condition- not my proudest moment! Luckily for me I'm really happy with the colour now, and thanks to some amazing products it's up to about 80% of it's previous condition and feeling healthier and stronger by the week. Lets just chalk it up to a lesson learned (I know not to mess around with dark dyes again for the sake of my hair and my sanity!) and I got to discover some amazing products that might work for you too if you're in a similar situation.
The thing that sold this for me and made me want to try it was the 'redensifying' property. After you've bleached your hair and it's left feeling tangly and brittle, it's as though the weak strands literally need redensifying and so I thought this would be just the thing for the job. It's a rich balmy mask that delivers a huge amount of moisture to the hair, after a few uses of this my hair was left feeling significantly stronger and more hydrated. Unfortunately there aren't any directions on the packaging and there's not much information on how to use it on the Yves Rocher site either, but I apply it after shampooing leaving it on for five to ten minutes. When I first bleached my hair I used this after every wash, but as time has gone on and my hair has began feeling healthy again I've been saving the last bit to use once a week. I honestly can't recommend this enough, while each of the products I've used have contributed to rescuing my dry hair I reckon it's probably this one that made the most difference.
I know people have mixed opinions on Aussie's Three Minute Miracle, but as far as I'm concerned it's one of the most underrated haircare products on the highstreet. I used to use this before I started blogging, but kind of forgot about it until recently when I decided to pick up a bottle again. The effects are like a high end conditioner, even after the first time using it I could feel how soft my hair felt as soon as I washed it off. Even though my hair is healthy again now, I'm definitely going to continue to repurchase this to give my hair a weekly moisture boost. While both of the masks deliver excellent hydration I believe it's the Yves Rocher mask which has added the most nourishment and condition to the strands, and the Aussie conditoner that's responsible for making it smooth and shiny. It's a great, inexpensive treatment that you can pick up from the supermarket which actually does work.
I currently use three different hair oils in my routine. This might seem like overkill but they're all very different and have a specific function, so I feel as though while I'm still improving the condition of my hair I do need all three. The 100% argan oil and the Yves Rocher oil are my choice when I'm not going anywhere and don't mind looking like a greasy mess, I use them as a treatment/ mask rather than a typical post-wash oil. I apply the Yves Rocher oil to the scalp and mid lengths of my hair, and then use the 100% argan oil (which is the heaviest and most repairing) on the ends which tend to be the driest and in most need of some TLC. If your hair is thicker then you'd probably be able to get away with using these directly after washing your hair, but that's not an option for me. So instead I completely saturate my hair, shove it up into a greasy bun and pray no-one knocks the door! A few hours later or the next day I wash it out, and can definitely feel the difference once it's dry.