Chemical treatments are used to change the texture and color of the hair. Chemicals are used in hair dyes, relaxers and bleaching products. The side effects of chemically processing the hair can cause damage, leaving the hair burned, dry, brittle and rough. Of course, it can also result in a loss of curl integrity.
Stopping the chemical treatments altogether is one solution that eventually leads to healthy new hair. Cutting off the chemically treated hair is another solution, but for most, that’s a little too drastic. Somewhere in between are other less-drastic steps to repair chemically damaged hair and improve its appearance while you wait for new, healthy hair to grow in.
Tip #1: Limit chemical treatments. Since your hair has already been damaged by chemical treatments, you don’t want to continue with ‘business as usual’. Give your hair a longer break in between treatments. If you normally get your hair colored every 6 weeks, try waiting 8-10 weeks.
Tip #2: Reduce use of direct heat. Direct heat from curling irons and flat irons can cause damage in and of themselves. Even blow drying the hair at high heat with too much tension can cause more damage and breakage. So with hair that is already compromised, avoid using heat styling as much as possible. If you must use heat, be sure to use heat protectants to protect the hair from damage.
Tip #3: Hot oil treatments. Applying hot oil treatments can add additional nourishment and moisture to the hair strands. The heat opens the cuticle so that those healthy oils can deeply penetrate the hair and improve its condition. You can use any natural oil, like olive oil, castor oil, or avocado oil, or you can use an over-the-counter hot oil treatment.
Tip #4: Deep condition weekly. One of the best ways to restore health and beauty to your hair is with deep conditioners. Using steam along with your favorite deep conditioner will really increase the moisture in the hair strands, approving the hair’s appearance. If you don’t have a steamer, you can use indirect heat from a heated head wrap or by sitting under a hooded dryer while deep conditioning.
Tip #5: Add reconstructing protein treatments. Reconstructing protein treatments are designed for severely damaged hair. They help to rebuild broken, damaged hair by attaching directly to the hair follicle. This places a barrier around the follicle, protecting it from further damage. It is recommended that these treatments be applied by a professional. However, if you decide to do them at home follow all of the product instructions and apply them only as often as the product states to. Over applying these treatments too frequently can make your hair brittle and ultimately cause even more breakage.
Hair damage, whether from heat or chemicals, can be traumatic. But with these tips, you can recover and restore your hair to good health.