@kristenarthur I have had ur exact problem! After having damaged hair from colouring I used Evo Gluttony shampoo and conditioner. Reviews sounded great, and I was sold by the hilerious packaging. Its packed full of protein to help repair damaged hair.
Unfortunatly, thats not what my hair needed. And It began to break and fall out due to too much protein.
I now use Curaplex, which is the same as Olaplex. I only use Curaplex because my sister in law lives with me and she is a hairdresser, so I can get this range at cost price.
Here is what I have learnt about it all, deep breathe lol. I am not a hairdresser by any means, its what I have learnt from my sister in law and other salon professionals.
Olaplex and Cureplex are bonding systems. And I am sorry to say, really are the only kind of products that work for hair repair. I was shocked to learn that most products only make your feel as though it is soft and moisturised. They coat your hair with silicone or oils, rather then repair. This is because they dont have silk proteins or active amino acids that are small enough to penetrate your hair. TRESemmé or Pantene for exmaple contain alot of silicone ingredients to make your hair look shiny and feel soft, but they dont actually make your hair soft and healthy.
When you colour hair, cuticles open and the bleach removes the colour pigment from your hair via oxidation. Any type of trauma to the hair, including colouring or heat styling, will break the internal bonds and make hair weaker. This is where your hair will break or the more you colour and style, the more it will split and break. Opalex and Cureplex repair these bonds resulting in less breakage and more elasticity to the hair.
However sometimes nothing but a good old fashion cut will fix it. I know how terrifying this can be for those of us with long hair. But once your hair is broken, there is only so much a hair product can do. And of course, not colouring and applying heat to your hair works wonders as well. But where is the fun in that!?!
Long term Opalex and Curaplex treatments are the way to go though. I have No3 Bond Sustainer that I use as a mask in my hair once a week. Cureplex now also have a shampoo and Conditioner which I have just started using. And any time I colour my hair, Curaplex Bond Creator and Bond Fortifier treatment are added to the colouring process making it less harsh on my hair. Especially if your blonde.
Choosing a hair salon that uses these “plex” lines are the best way to go. The hairdressers can inform you on all the benefits, as they all under go training on how these work. They also understand the ingredients in each product.
And a handy tip: If you want to try a new shampoo or conditioner, but unsure if its good. Take a snap shot of the ingredients list and show your hair dresser. They can tell you if the ingredients are a pass or fail for what you want. They trained to understand what all the chemicals are about.
Hope that helped in some way!