I recently got my hair done for the first time in what feels like forever. I don’t think I had anything done to it (professionally, I have box-dyed- don’t kill me hairdresser friends) other than a hair cut since I was in New Zealand and had a hair dresser I really liked. Since spontaneously chopping off my long hair back in April, I recently found myself with the dreaded “awkward length” going on. You know, when you cut your hair fairly short and it eventually hits that just past your shoulder length that isn’t short but isn’t long? The awkward length. I do NOT suit this length of hair in any way, shape or form. It does nothing for me. And because I want my hair to grow long again, I can’t just chop it off and be done with the awkward length. I have to work with it until it’s past this point.
So my idea to make it slightly more tolerable was to go and get an ombré, where your hair is darker on top and lighter on the ends. I had been wanting to lighten up my hair for summer anyways and I figured this was my best bet without having to keep up with highlights and whatnot. Long story short, I ended up getting it done and the hairdresser put too dark of a toner in and my hair ended up not having that noticeable of an ombré going on so I’m hopefully heading in next week to get some more lightness up in there. NOW. Where am I going with all this? Ombrés require bleaching of the hair. Bleaching of the hair equals damaged hair. Potentially, lots and lots of damage. While my hairdresser did a really great job at NOT damaging my hair as much as possible, bleached hair is definitely weaker hair and I am doing everything I can to avoid those weak hairs from splitting and breaking and doing all that gross stuff. Because healthy hair is pretty hair, amiright?
I have two weapons of non-destruction for this health kick on my hair. Well four, but three are kind of in a bundle. Firstly, I’ve been using an argan oil on my ends all the time. I put it on the ends before bed to give them a good solid condition overnight, sometimes during the day if they’re feeling a bit dry and also everytime I plan to go for a beach day or to the pool I slather the ends in argan oil to help protect it a bit. No one wants sun damaged hair OR chlorine damaged hair!
My next tool of the trade, or tools rather, is the Neutrogena Triple Repair system. This stuff is working wonders for my hair! This whole set promises three times stronger hair in one use, and honestly- my ends are feeling GOOD since using this. The use of all three products: the fortifying shampoo, fortifying conditioner and fortifying leave-in treatment repairs three main signs of hair damage: it mends split ends (the shampoo says it mends 97% of split ends in one use), strengthens brittle hair and protects from breakage (the leave-in treatment reduces breakage by 80%!). I am checking out my ends as I write this, just to give the best review possible. I have not cut my hair in almost four months (I was going to when I got it dyed then I just ended up not, haha) and I have box-dyed it once and had the ends bleached once in that four month span- and I have no split ends. I am so glad I was sure to use this Triple Repair system religiously as soon as I had my hair done! One of my favorite things about these products is that they are designed to make your hair more resilient to the effects of heat, color and styling, which are things I do pretty regularly. Using this trio, my hair is protected against heat styling up to 400F (which is what my straightener goes up to). I really don’t have a bad thing to say about the Triple Repair system- it covers all the bases and leaves my hair soft, shiny and fresh-smelling afterwards.
I definitely recommend trying it for yourself! Be sure to like Neutrogena on Facebook to stay up to date on their latest products and get tips and tricks to keep you and your hair looking good and feeling healthy.