Bleach Ruined My Hair, But These 10 Products Helped Bring It Back to Life

Struggling with damaged hair? You're not alone. In fact, my hair and I have been on quite a journey over the last year, but it's safe to say that we are in a much better place now. Let me give you a little backstory. I have always been blessed with thick, healthy hair, and when I was younger, it seemed that no matter what I did, the condition of my hair didn't change. From bleaching my dark brunette locks bright blonde when I was 16, to using very hot straighteners every single day before school, you'd expect my ends to be absolutely fried, but somehow they made it through looking pretty good (if I do say so myself).

Because of this, I had a false sense of security when it came to my hair, and I assumed that I could still do whatever I wanted to it. However, at the age of 25, I decided to go somewhat blonde again, so I headed straight to the hairdressers for a full head of highlights. Not only that, but I was suddenly obsessed with having straight hair again (my hair is naturally quite wavy) so I started using my straighteners everyday. To my shock and horror, when summer hit, I noticed that the ends of my hair were completely breaking off, especially around my face. I quickly realised that my hair had finally had enough.


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Junior beauty editor Grace Lindsay's hair had become very dry and damaged after bleaching.

Not only were my ends breaking, but the condition of my hair dramatically changed—it felt really dry and became a lot harder to style. It never seemed to grow, and despite getting my ends trimmed, I honestly felt like it stayed the same length for months, which was really frustrating.


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Grace's hair had also started to get a lot thinner at the roots, as you can see in this picture.

I knew it was time to take better care of my hair, but I had absolutely no idea where to start. I don't know about you, but I found the amount of information online about repairing damaged hair quite overwhelming, not to mention the amount of products on the market. How was anyone supposed to know what to buy? But after a year of testing what felt like every damaged-hair product under the sun, I feel like I've finally nailed down the perfect routine.


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A year later, and Grace's hair is so much thicker at the roots, whilst the ends are less dry and damaged.

Not only does my hair feel so much better, but I've noticed it growing a lot more in the last few months, and even my hairdresser recently commented on how healthy and long it looks. My broken ends are no longer as noticeable because of this, and I feel so much more confident within myself. Although saying goodbye to bleach and getting regular trims have contributed to this, the products listed below have become my holy grails, so I thought it was only right that I shared them with you.


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Grace's hair has grown a lot over the last few months thanks to her new routine.

It goes without saying that everyone's hair is different, and if you're struggling with a specific concern then it's definitely best to speak to a specialist. However, if like me you're simply looking to take better care of your hair, then keep on scrolling for the best products for damaged hair on the market, as tried by yours truly. 

1. JVN Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil

2. K18 Peptide Prep Detox Shampoo

3. Virtue Restorative Treatment Mask

4. Augustinus Bader The Hair Oil

5. Gisou Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner

6. L'Oréal Professionnel Steampod 3

7. GHD Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray

8. Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set

9. Slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies

10. Noughty Little Saviour Microfibre Hair Towel

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow.

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.