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    Default Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    As most of you know, I work outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall. Over the past few years my hair has been getting lighter in certain spots, most notably down the middle of my hair since I tie it back everyday to work. It's become so bad that now I literally have a blonde stripe going down my hair, and the rest of it is turning a rust color. I don't have a good picture of it yet since the exposure on my phone can't properly catch it.

    The length is also pretty fried and split, and it seems like in the past year the damage has become pretty bad. I do have a picture of this, I took it after combing this section of my hair straight.

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    I'm not sure what to do. The way I see it, my options are to either dye it to correct the sun bleaching, cut it back to shoulder length, or leave it. None of these options are particularly attractive to me, but my hair looks ridiculous and I need to do something.

    What are your thoughts, LHC?
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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    I'd try henna, it's less damaging than normal dye. Please don't cut it to shoulder unless there's no other option, your hair is at a stunning lenght. Maybe cut back an inch or 2 to get rid of some of the end damage?
    Hope this helped.

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    I think it's salvageable It just depends on how crazy you want to get. I think henndigo would go a long way to getting your color darker, or an herbal dye like Elumen. Some deep treatments and micro trims would help too.

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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    Hi there,

    I think there is always the possibility of trimming your hair instead of cutting to shoulder length or dyeing it, or any other extreme. Have you thought about maybe trimming an inch off and seeing how it feels? Because I don't know how dyeing it would fix the problem, unless you meant henna which could smooth it out?

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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    Well, personally, I think that lighter ends are an inevitable part of long hair. At least in my case, my ends are noticeably lighter than my roots, and this is with keeping my hair up and ends tucked away almost all of the time. The color variation is pretty, in my opinion, and the streak that you have sounds like natural highlighting.

    As for the damage, well to me personally, it would depend on how comfortable you are with the way your hair is looking, and whether it's a deal breaker that would make you want to cut your hair. The picture you shared looks pretty normal to me -- more like shorter hairs than actual splits, as far as I can see.

    If I were you, I'd probably try to do some deep conditioning treatments to see if that helps (oiling, heavy conditioner, the like). I'm sorry that I don't know your routine, but it could just be that you need to reintroduce some moisture to your hair.

    Could you consider another more protective style for your hair, like a braid or even a banded ponytail? This could possibly help with preventing further sun damage.

    I've always admired your hair, and every picture I've seen of it has looked amazing.


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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    Well, I'm more concerned about the sun bleaching than the damage. I have no problem holding at hip and trimming off the damage, but the sun discoloration goes from about shoulder length down.

    Nightshade, what color would henndigo make my hair? I want to stay with my natural color if possible.

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    You might want to try covering your hair in the sun as well, maybe a snood or a bandana? Or you could try one of those really cool pony-sleeve things for bikers.
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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    I hope it doesn't sound unsympathetic, but I think that to an extent, this is something that we have to learn to live with. Changes caused by the sun are a natural part of the annual cycle.

    My suggestion would be to use conditioners and oils to improve any actual damage, and if absolutely necessary do a bit of S+D type trimming for any individual hairs that are too badly damaged, but to leave the colour alone.

    As others have said, a major trim or cutting back would be a great shame.
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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Tisiloves View Post
    You might want to try covering your hair in the sun as well, maybe a snood or a bandana? Or you could try one of those really cool pony-sleeve things for bikers.
    I second this, cover it from now on so it doesn't get a lot lighter.

    How about a tea stain? It won't alter the hair dramatically. You can also pick up a deposit only dye that's really close to your natural color to make it even, something like Pravana in your natural color (seems like is medium brown, I can't really tell in pictures) would be great. Henna and indigo are amazing, but honestly it takes a lot of tries to get the color close to yours, You might end up with darker/redder color.

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    Default Re: Severely sun damaged hair, need advice

    Agree with above, highlighting from the sun is natural and beautiful.
    I don't see much damage, only one white dot.
    Do regular deep conditioning treatments to get some moisture back into your hair and regular small trims.

    I also agree that you could protect your hair better by braiding it and wearing a hat. I will often anchor the end of my braid under my hat while working outside.

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