Experts warn not to oxidize hair at home: "It took him two years to recover"
A TikTok user showed a devastating result of her hair after trying to bleach it herself at home.
Experts exposed to the video shared why home bleaching or oxidation is strictly prohibited
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This is what happens when you oxidize hair at home (@aimgx)
An unpleasant case of a woman who ruined her hair by bleaching her hair at home sparked an extensive discussion on the Internet, as experts tried to explain why women who are considering doing it themselves must give up the idea.
The discussion started when TikTok user aimegx shared the devastating result of the hair oxidation she did herself at home.
In the video on which the text "This is why you should not bleach hair at home" appears, she shows a series of shocking photos of her hair after oxidation, including a photo of huge clumps of hair on the towel, hair stuck in a comb and a head with parts of hair missing.
Apparently she bleached her hair excessively in an attempt to achieve the perfect look and ruined her hair.
She wrote: "It was two years ago during the lockdown. My hair has recovered since then. There is still a long way to go but I am on a journey to healthy hair."
Next to the post she wrote: "This is a warning to never whiten yourself - exactly two years ago it happened to me."
Look at the damage:
@aimgx WARNING DO NOT OVER BLEACH?
exactly two years ago this happened to me.
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The video has since gained one and a half million views and was flooded with comments - with some saying they had experienced similar disasters.
"Honey, I'm crying for you," wrote one and another added: "I was there too. My hair was falling out a lot but I got over it."
Another woman wrote: "This has happened to me so many times. Don't worry, the hair will be healthy again."
Another user wrote: "I just did this to my hair at home. I lost a few inches but I put eggs and olive oil on it for 20 minutes and it repaired a lot of the damage."
Another viewer added: "This happened to me and then I dyed it straight back to faux black and took all the color out. Now I have hair falling out all over my head."
Another wrote: "It happened to my front bangs."
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This is what happened to her hair for two years:
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Janima Abdullah, a hair specialist and beautician at therighthairstyles, commented on the video and explained that hair should not be bleached or oxidized at home - because the substance is often stronger than that found in salons.
Janima told the Mirror: "Bleaching at home is not a good idea as the processing will probably be uneven. It's best left to the professionals. Once you bleach, your hair is in such a fragile state that you can't re-oxygenate immediately. So you'll have to live with Uneven hair."
She added: "The oxidation process also uses some of the harshest chemicals in the salon. A barber will take into account the condition of your hair before oxidation. He may even mix a gentler formula for you so it doesn't damage your hair. Unless you're in this business, it's something you can't do on your own. Home bleaching kits are usually stronger than what you get at salons. The brand wants to make sure it works for everyone, including those with healthy, thick hair that needs extra processing. These kits can literally destroy your hair because they're harsh and can't take into account the condition and type of hair in each person."
Tim Scott-Wright, owner of The Hair Surgery salon, said: "Most color corrections at our salon are the result of home oxidation. You may think you're saving money by bleaching yourself, but it will cost you more in the long run when you need corrections."