How I Salvaged My Hair After a Bleach Disaster

by Erin Jahns

Don’t get me wrong—I love a great pixie cut. In fact, Michelle Williams’s 2011 chop still gives me goosebumps (that cut and that blonde—everything). But I’ll be honest when I say that in order to pull off a transformation of that caliber, one needs a certain type of bone structure and a certain type of confidence—both of which I will freely admit I lack. So though I frequently worship the likes of Miley and Ruby Rose from afar, I have always known that a drastic chop wasn’t in my future.

However, rewind to about two years and five months ago, when, as I sat in one of Minneapolis’s most touted salons, I disbelievingly watched my just-bleached strands quite literally fall from my burning scalp—without any instigation. Panic. Yes, the aftermath of what my friends and I refer to as “the bleach apocalypse of 2013” may have been a traumatizing mess, but thanks to a trusted arsenal of products, rituals, hair goddesses, and, yes, a few healthy trims, my locks are back in tip-top shape. Keep reading for the full story and an in-depth look at the products and advice that brought my hair back from the dead!

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