The best hair treatment serum for bleached hair is from Drybar

remember that makeover scene in The Diary of a Princess when poofy-haired Anne Hathaway is taken to the awe-inspiring depths of Julie Andrews’ palace by a team of beauty godmothers, only to emerge later with tame, silky, smooth tresses? This can happen in reality, dear readers. Beauty godmothers exist, and they exist in the form of a magic serum.

Here is – Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil, a lightweight dry serum made with nutrient-rich ingredients. I came across this gem during my deepest, darkest hour: when, as part of an assignment for the magazine I was working on, I bleached my hair platinum.

Becoming blonde is not easy, they say (Internet). It requires a lot of time and money for maintenance and treatments, they (Google) said. And yes, there’s an expensive reason why Kim K and Kylie Jenner’s platinum hair looked so good. But waitthought my inner identity. You’re not the first plebs on the planet to go blonde. Real people do it, so you can too.

Alas, the dual process left me with stringy, coarse, and stiff strands. There I was, the new me, appearing as if I had materialized from a Video of Cyndi Lauper. I’ve tried conditioning treatments and masks, like Olaplex, but craved a daily styler, one-stop-shop, immediate remedy.

I discovered 100 Proof during a random visit to Drybar nearly a year later. This stuff instantly – as in, with just one blowout – left my hair transformed, hay-like, silky, shiny, and not crunchy. I had the impression of undergoing a great metamorphosis. I was the new Anne Hathaway with the ultimate hair awakening.

“A little goes a long way,” the stylist told me when I finally purchased a bottle. One or two pumps per use will suffice. (A three-ounce bottle lasted me ten months and works.) Simply work the oil into wet hair from the ends up, blow dry with a brush, and your locks will be left bouncy and hydrated, water of bleach be cursed.

Melissa R. Brumfield