Understanding and Saying Goodbye to Chemical Damage
Whether we are talking about bright blues, pastel lavenders, vibrant reds, or golden blondes, when chemicals are used to color hair, damage is inevitable. Natural proteins break down with use of chemicals and the hair weakens.
Chemical bad guys like these damage hair:
bleaches and lighteners
repeated chlorine exposure
If your hair is pretty badly damaged, you’ll want to start on a beauty type regimen for your hair. First off, is it possible for you to embrace a hairstyle that lets your hair air dry? This will minimize further heat damage. Trim hair at six week intervals until you are left with shiny, healthy hair. During the healing phase, there are a number of things you can do to tame unruly hair while caring for new growth. You will reach a point where you will be maintaining healthy hair and preventing future chemical damage.
1. Only blow dry hair so it is damp-ish to allow the conditioner to stay moist longer, which will allow more moisture to penetrate hair follicles.
2. Thermal-activated hair products not only protect, they use the heat to boost absorption of beneficial nutrients.
3. Hot oil treatments work to hydrate hair follicles. Overnight treatment is recommended for maximum moisture retention. Protect your pillow with a plastic shower cap. So that you don’t contribute to dryness, be sure to rinse in warm water only and gently cleanse.
4. Mineral oil and glossers provide some relief from signs of chemical damage by coating strands of hair. Use your fingers to work mineral oil through your hair. It will protect new hair growth and smooth down damaged areas. Glossers are usually silicone based and are used to tame unruly, frizzy hair.
5. Moisturizing daily conditioner made specifically for chemically damaged hair is a must. It is as important as moisturizer is in your daily skincare routine. Find a conditioner that is formulated to prevent further damage while repairing and hydrating the hair you have now.