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dreamsdesire
July 30th, 2011, 11:45 AM
i used to have really long healthy hair, but when i was 13 i started bleaching it. Im 17 now and my hair is nothing like what it use to be, its all thin and wont grow long. Do you think my hair has just naturally changed over time or do you think its the bleach. im thinking about growing my hair out but i dont want to waste my time if its just going to be in the same condition. do you think my hair will go back to the way it was before i bleached my hair and actually grow as long as what it was, or am i stuck with this length and condition forever??

this is my old hair

http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l505/featheryabigant/?action=view&current=IMG.jpg

and this my hair bleached

http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l505/featheryabigant/?action=view&current=DSCF0336.jpg

and this is my hair now with root growth

http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l505/featheryabigant/?action=view&current=DSCF0501.jpg

Ishje
July 30th, 2011, 11:48 AM
it is very likely to be the bleach, I have bleached and it had a massive impact on my hair.
I did it only once, in October last year but the damage is still there, and it will remain there until I have virgin hair.

you can do a lot to improve the health though.
I am not sure if you oil? if not I suggest you have a little look around the boards and articles for information about oiling.

do you use heatstyling? fohning? that gives more damage as well.

ZeppHead
July 30th, 2011, 11:51 AM
I say keep up with regular trims stop all coloring and keep your hair in good shape by regular deep conditioning and just let it grow. I used to have long thick hair until I started flat ironing and coloring it like crazy. I didn't cut it but it broke off on its own and took me to shoulder length! I colored my hair lighter for maybe 10 years and may hair has improved greatly since I stopped torturing it. I stopped everything, I went and got all damage taken off and just let it grow natural with trims every few months. I wouldn't say it is back to normal but it does grow normally and is thicker and in better condition. I make sure I get enough protein in my diet as well as drinking a lot of water and taking a multivitamin.
I was once told that if you want to bleach your hair, be prepared to keep it short. This is not true for everyone but it sure was for me! So, I now have my natural color that I have learned to love and love it even more because it is damage free.

whitestiletto
July 30th, 2011, 12:03 PM
Aw hun! That's definitely the bleach! Look how much shinier your roots are compared to the rest of your hair. I'm glad you're interested in growing it out. It will be so much healthier once the damage is grown out, if you have the patience.

ETA: My friend has medium blonde hair and bleaches it, and she showed me how large chunks have broken off at chin length. I was like really you didn't cut that? "No it just all broke off." She has to wear extensions.

I'm growing out chemical red and the difference in texture in my hair is amazing! Sometimes I stroke the roots because they're so much softer... It's like fine velvet vs burlap sack.

Here's some threads you might like:

Growing out ash blonde hair (http://www.longhaircommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73371)

Giving up dye/bleach and growing out natural? Share your progress! (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=51155)

roundforest
July 30th, 2011, 01:40 PM
I started bleaching my waistlength hair at 15 and in a couple of years it was shoulder length, without cutting. It was unable to get longer while I was still bleaching.

It's now over 3 years since the last time I bleached and my virgin hair has reached BSL and feels far healthier and stronger.

UltraBella
July 30th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Yes, you can recover from this. Your hair is obviously growing and your roots are healthy, if you aren't getting any length added, it must be breakage. Moisture treatments and trims are going to be very important. If too much breakage is occurring sometimes a large trim is necessary.
It will get better, it really will.

RitaCeleste
July 30th, 2011, 02:41 PM
Let your roots grow for a bit and see if a colorist can color the bleach parts to match it so you don't have a funky line as you grow it out. It looks like it can't take anymore bleach and survive. If it hasn't thinned due to health problems, it should return once you stop bleaching it. If it remains thin I'd be seeing a doctor to check for vitamin deficiencies or other conditions.