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Challenge: Repairing my hair

May 2, 2016

I hate straightening irons. Probably not in the way you think by reading that though. I hate them because I’m so dependant on them. It all started when I was around 14 years old. That’s when I started straightening my hair and realised how much better my hair looked that way. I’m now almost 28 years old, and I’ve found that I can’t really go a day without using it, or I’ll feel very self-concious.

I don’t know why my hair is such a big deal to me, but it really is. When I don’t straighten, or sometimes curl it, I feel like it looks terrible, to the point where I hate looking at myself in the mirror. Silly, I know, but it’s true. What I’ve realised now is that I’ve completely ruined my hair to the point where I don’t know if it can ever recover again.


My hair is so dry that hair dressers think I’ve bleached it over and over in the past, or that I brush my hair really aggressively and wear my hair up in ponytails, breaking it off. But that’s not the case at all. It’s just the fact that every second day when I wash my hair, I blow-dry it and either straighten or curl it, and this has dried out my hair completely. I do use products to protect my hair, but it really doesn’t do much.

So I’ve decided to challenge myself. I’m going to put my blow-dryer and GHD to the side and let my hair air dry for a while. I’m going to use lots of hydrating products and I will also try to wash it less often to give is maximum opportunity to regain some strength and moisture. I’ve been told it can take years for your hair to return to it’s normal state and that terrifies me. I’m also scared that I’ll give up on the challenge and start straightening it again. It’s happened before. I just tell myself that I’ll just straighten some parts of it that look the worst, but that never works. I always then go back to straightening all of it.

I bought some coconut oil the other day, and I did a coconut oil and honey mask. All I can say about the results is ‘Wow!’ It really does seem to work. I think I’ll try to do the mask once a week. If my hair gets too oily I guess I’ll do it less often.

I’m also going to try to get my hair trimmed as often as I can, and I’ll probably splash out and get a treatment more often as well. I know that my hair has potential to grow heaps, because when I was a kid, I had hair almost down to my hips. Now it’ll never grow longer than slightly below my shoulders. Having long hair again is a dream of mine. Fingers crossed I can make it come true, haha.

Do you have hair struggles?

Do you have recommendations for repairing damaged hair?

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  • Arifa

    You should definitely stay away from the straighteners and hair-drier. About 3 years ago, I stopped straightening my hair. At first, my hair looked horrendous but, as it became used to not having heat applied, my hair looks pretty much normal now! It will take a lot of perseverance but the end results are worth it, trust me.

    Also,olive oil works wonders! Warm a bit up in the microwave, spread it through your hair and leave for 1 and a half hours. After applying it once a week, for 3 weeks, your hair should feel a lot thicker and healthier.

    May 3, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thanks heaps for the tips! I’m definitely going to give this a proper go. Fingers crossed my hair will also go back to normal! 🙂

      May 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm Reply
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