Have you ever bleached your hair—too much? Then you might be familiar with the unwelcome effects it can have as it becomes thin, dry and fragile.

Actually, we know someone who went too far with the bleach, causing her hair to break by the roots. This resulted in an involuntary mullet! Consider that for a sec. Thankfully, this never happened to lifestyle blogger and editor Elin Skoglund, but she did experience some of the downsides of bleaching her hair a bit too often. A silver blond mane is defiantly beautiful—but is it worth it? We asked Elin to share her thoughts!

What’s your hair type and how does it behave?

– My hair is basically very thick and soft. I had a hard time as a child, having a really sensitive scalp, so a visit to the hairdresser always ended in tears and screams. Today, I really love my hair, though I did put it through a lot last year by bleaching it multiple times. One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 is to start taking care of my hair again, giving it a rest from hairdresser treatments.

How would you describe your relationship to your hair?

– I always make sure to “listen” to my hair. If my hair isn’t healthy, it means I’m not well either. Last year, as I realized it was getting more and more fragile, I immediately stopped all the bleaching and highlighting.

Tell us about your hair routine!

– I wash my hair every other day, and every Sunday I take a long bath and leave a hair mask in for an hour. Besides that, I try to avoid using too powerful products or flattening irons. I also take vitamins every day that’s supposed to strengthen my hair.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your hair?

– That I’ve stopped bleaching it on a regular basis to give it a rest. Having a cold blonde color is really beautiful, but in the end it’s simply not worth it. To me, it’s more important that my hair has a fresh look and feel.

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