I bleach my hair often and swear by these products

Stephanie Zheng
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·4-min read

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Unicorn hair sounds amazing on paper and looks even better on social media platforms, until you get it and can’t comb through your hair after every shower. I speak from experience.

My bleached crowning glory, which go through style treatments often.
My bleached crowning glory, which go through bleaching and heat-styling often.

Let’s be honest, it's a long and tough journey to get your hair back to pre-bleach healthiness. After all, you've just dump harsh chemicals onto your hair and then heat it up to a high temperature, all in the name of beauty. Despite that, going to the hair salon for a do-ever every 2-3 months is my guilty pleasure, so the next best thing I can do for myself is quite literally damage control.

Whether it's instant SOS or long-term upkeep of hair, it is possible to nurse our scalp and hair back to healthy levels, so that hair is frizz-free and manageable, even as we feed our obsessions with bleaching it into more outrageous colours.

Here, I have shortlisted some popular products used to help keep scalp healthy and for hair to regain its lustre. Best of all, I don’t even need to go to the pharmacies or stores to lug home these heavy items myself.

Avalon Organics Therapy Damage Control Shampoo, Argan Oil

Avalon Organics Therapy Damage Control Shampoo, Argan Oil, $20.85
Avalon Organics Therapy Damage Control Shampoo, Argan Oil, $20.85

After subjecting your hair to chemical stresses, the last thing you want to do is to wash your hair with even more chemicals. Go organic with the Avalon Organic Damage Control range, which contains no phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and colouring while still providing the care your hair sorely needs. With argan oil, jojoba oil, calendula extract and quinoa protein working hand-in-hand, you’ll get nourished hair that smells good after every wash.

BRIOGEO Don't Despair, Repair!™ Super Moisture Conditioner

BRIOGEO Don't Despair, Repair!™ Super Moisture Conditioner For Dry + Damaged Hair, $55
BRIOGEO Don't Despair, Repair!™ Super Moisture Conditioner For Dry + Damaged Hair, $55

Formulated with algae extract, panthenol, and a unique argan oil microencapsulation technology, this is a clinically-proven conditioner that repair breakage and strengthen hair. It's super moisturising and formulated with 95% naturally derived ingredients.

OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment

OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment, $46
OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment, $46

If you go to the salon, it's highly likely that they will upsell you this treatment (or this) which might be added to your hair dye or right before your hair undergoes heat treatment. Along the way, they may charge you $100, plus minus, for it. That's okay (you are paying for labour and skills after all!), but if you want the salon treatment at home, you can get this treatment off the shelf at a fraction of the price.

No. 3 of the series is a concentrated treatment that relinks the broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage to the hair, which strengthens the hair from within, reducing breakage and improving its look and feel.

Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment, $69
Moroccanoil Treatment, $69

I bought this off a friend a couple of years ago and have since became a convert. It is a versatile argan oil-infused hair treatment that promotes softer, stronger hair with increased shine and less frizz. It's feels greasy on the hand, but gets absorbed really fast into the hair and detangles it efficiently. This is used for a quick conditioning or touch up before styling, as it improves texture, shine and manageability. Best of all, a little goes a long way!

Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack

Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack Pack of 5, $29.25
Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack Pack of 5, $29.25

Some pampering always does the trick. And if you’re into fuss-free beauty like us, the Mediheal Hair Sheep Steam Pack should be your go-to. Just put it on like you would do with a shower cap, massage the ingredients into your hair, leave it on as it warms up for 15 minutes as you go about your chores, wash it off, and you’ll get soft, silky hair. The hair mask also looks ridiculous, and is probably great if you want to take the chance to film some funny TikTok videos.

Bed Hair Control Freak Serum

TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum, $28.17
TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum, $28.17

There are some days when hair just won’t cooperate. Gain control with the Bed Hair Control Freak Serum, which acts as a thermal protectant while fighting humidity (perfect for Singapore’s weather) while taming hair into a smooth and glossy finish. The formula is light and greaseless, all the better to slather your hair in without feeling like an oil bag!

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