I naturally have very dark, almost black hair but as I have got older I have found that bleach is my friend – it lifts my complexion, disguises the silvers that have started to appear and generally just makes me feel more attractive. On the down side though, bleaching my hair continuously for years has taken its toll – my crowning glory is prone to snapping, the colour is patchy and it takes FOREVER to dry.
I headed for google as you do and found that I am not alone. It seems that constant bleaching weakens the cuticle of the hair, making it less able to protect the inner protein which is called the keratin. When the bleach gets to the keratin, it eats it away, leaving gaps in the structure of the hair which is what makes it absorbent and such a chore to dry.
It isn’t just water that the hair soaks up though, it is anything you put on your hair which includes the harsh chemicals contained in bleach and hair dye. This is why over time your colour becomes patchy and ultimately why it becomes more damaged, the more often you lighten your locks.
So far so depressing – but luckily for all of us bleach loving blondies, Scott Cornwall has the answer.
The PreColour Protein Spray is designed to be misted onto the hair before colouring. It contains vegetable protein which mimics our hair’s natural proteins. When the protein hits the hair, it is absorbed into the hair shaft as the bleach normally would be and fills the gaps in your own keratin. This means that when you then go on to apply the bleach, it will not be absorbed but will get to work on the outside of your hair in the same way that it does on virgin hair, letting your colour develop more predictably and with much less damage.
The Protein Spray is particularly good for use on bleached hair before a pastel colour is applied. Often if hair is damaged these colours stain – blue is the worst – but if you fill the gaps in the keratin, the dye wont be absorbed and will wash out cleanly.
The Protein Spray can also be used as a treatment in between colouring. I like to spray it on the most damaged sections of my hair – the ends – before using heat. It acts like an invisible coat of armour for the hair, protecting it from anything that could attack it such as bleach, heat, pollution and mechanical damage.
Having used this spray before my last colour treatment and as a protection ever since, I can honestly say I am a convert. I feel my hair colour looks less brassy than it did, it definitely dries faster which is a good sign and it feels more silky and less like sticky candy floss – YUCK!!!
It is a bit early to predict long term results but the difference in my hair so far is enough to ensure that the Scott Cornall Precolour Protein Spray is a repurchase.
If you want to find out more about the Scott Cornwall Precolour Spray or treat your hair to a bottle, it is available here from Boots.
Are you a long term user of bleach? What do you use to protect your hair?