Maintaining healthy hair is a challenge. Especially in this day and age, when there are numerous hairstyles that involve excessive use of chemicals. Although chemical-based hair treatments like relaxers, dyes, bleaching and perming your hair can improve your appearance if you are looking for a new look, the unfortunate truth however is that they can also damage you hair. Sadly, hair can be damaged relatively quickly but bringing it back to good health can take some time.
This does not mean that it is impossible to restore damaged hair and more specifically, chemically damaged hair. However, it will take some time, effort and sacrifice on your part to get you back on the journey to recovering your healthy tresses. Don’t know if you have chemically damaged hair?
Here are some of the signs;
- Hair tangles and falls out easily.
- Hair feels weak and dry.
- You have split ends.
- Hair is not as smooth and shiny as it should be.
Here are a few helpful tips on how you can repair chemically damaged hair.
Tip #1: Say good-bye to chemicals, dyes and other forms of chemical-based treatments.
This is an obvious tip but arguably the hardest. If you have had permed hair for a while, I understand how hard it is to go completely cold turkey.
My suggestion would be for you to reduce the number of times you color or go for your retouch. Instead of every six weeks, wait 10 weeks and then only touch up the roots. Only chemically treating your hair every 8-10 weeks will give it time to recover.
Be sure to follow instructions as strictly as possible. Leaving chemicals in your hair longer than instructed does not mean that your hair will “cook” better, it is only causing immeasurable damage to your hair. You can also look into texturizing as opposed to a full retouch as it is a gentler alternative.
Tip #2: Use products for chemical damage.
The easiest and fastest way to treat chemically damaged hair is to use products made specifically for this problem. Such products are specially formulated to repair your hair as well as protect it from future damage. You may need to completely switch up your products and they may be a little pricier but if you are serious about repairing your hair, then the sacrifice will be well worth it. A great brand to start with is the Shea Moisture Black Castor range that helps to strengthen, grow and restore your hair.
Tip #3: Use treatment masks to rescue damaged hair.
When shopping for a hydrating treatment mask for damaged hair, avoid products that contain silicon or parabens. Go for products that have restorative moisturizing ingredients such as olive oil, Shea butter, keratin or protein. Apply the treatment mask and leave it on for a full hour, use a plastic shower cap to help the product penetrate better. Treatments should be done once a week if your hair is severely damaged.
Hot oil treatments are also a good alternative to return moisture to the hair follicles.
Tip #4: Trim or cut your hair.
A good trim can revive damaged hair and restore body.
This should however be followed by a healthy hair care regimen for damaged hair, including use of restorative shampoos, conditioners and styling tools. If you are bold enough, you can chop it really short and start the growth process on a clean slate. Look for a modern style that can work with your face shape while you grow in your new head of healthy hair.