Take it from someone who’s been there, done that—now is the perfect time for a total hair reset. Three years ago this summer, my fluffy cloud of curls was—no exaggeration—burned off during a shoddy round of highlights with a random colorist. In the industry, what happened to me is known as a chemical cut, which was a totally new term to me at the time. Now, is a phrase I know all too well. In fact, whenever I see the tell-tale signs that someone has had their hair chemically singed off, from the zig-zag layers to the torched ends, a bell goes off in my head. I want to yell, “Step away from the bleach and 400-degree hot tools!”
In retrospect, and especially in these surreal times, a chemical cut was and is a frivolous problem to have. But—cue Phoebe Waller Bridge’s “Hair is everything” speech from Fleabag—having my hair broken off in one fell swoop was an emotional lesson in taking the health of my hair seriously. Having spent most of my young life straightening my hair into oblivion, as well as dyeing it shades such as white platinum and bright fuchsia, I thought my hair was bulletproof. Turns out, it wasn’t. The silver lining of the chemical cut was that giving up heat styling and dramatic dye jobs (and becoming a hair mask obsessive) not only helped me grow back my lengths, but do so with bigger, better results.