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Not sure if you're recalling my post some time ago, but my hair did break after it grew back in, but that was because a hairdresser bleached it too long and too soon between apt's. Bleach stresses the hair, any hair, so you have to be very careful not to put bleach on top of bleach and that's what he did. He was a very nice man, but he didn't know what he was doing. He bleached in May 2011, then in June, then in July, then 18 days later (because I was going to a wedding and he said it was OK.)! That's when it broke. He was also doing his mother's hair at the same time and was not paying attention to mine and overprocessed it. So I had to wait another 7 mos. before all the overprocessed part grew out. I felt devestated at the time because I had waited a year before taking my wig off. I dealt with it by having it short around the crown and covering up the shorter parts on the top by spiking it. I also didn't have it bleached for a long time after. Oddly, men complimented me on the two-toned (dark grey and white blonde) effect more than any other time in my life!
Anyway, I survived all of that, and now it's healthy and looks great. Needless to say, I have a new hairdresser. And all of that to say, to me, choosing a hairdresser now is sort of like choosing an onc: He/She has to be both knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Cheryl has a good point: Maybe they can test color a small portion of your hair. But I don't think color itself is likely to make your hair break because you're not stripping (taking away color); you're adding color, which is a lot safer than bleach.
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