How to Repair Chemically Damaged Hair
by Lorraine Jones
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You never realize your hair is damaged before it's too late. Your ends are dead and hair is weakened from straightening, relaxers, or dyes and before you know it your hair is just some limp thing that hangs from your head. These harsh chemicals damage the quality of hair, transforming it into fragile and brittle strands, therefore making it difficult for daily maintenance. This kind of damage can cause an unsightly change in the natural appearance. But what if you could naturally reverse these effects and breathe life back into your hair?
Cathy Mills, Director of Strategy for Influence Weekly and Net Influencer, found that natural treatments are the most effective for hair in her hair journey.
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“Because I have curly hair, I have been straightening my hair for more than five years with very strong chemical products. This has caused my hair to be damaged and has also promoted hair loss,” said Mills.
Her natural secret for hair revival is aloe. Aloe Vera has a similar pH level to the natural pH level in your hair, as well as a high concentration of water and numerous vitamins. Aloe acts as an all-natural conditioner. This transformative gel-like substance helps to soothe a dry and irritated scalp.
“A trusted dermatologist recommended using natural Aloe Vera mixed with honey once a week and leaving it overnight on my hair. After six months, the improvement was amazing. My hair was much softer and the best thing is that my hair felt much healthier,” continued Mills. Coating her hair in the aloe nourished her fried hair, leaving a silky and shiny texture.
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TLC (tender, love and care) for your strands is the best way to reverse the damage. Rosalba Mancuso, the Hair Creative Director of wigreports.com and a hair expert recommends a deep conditioner and using a hair mask that is specific to your hair type and condition at least two to three times a week to fight damage. We hold such an emotional tie to our hair, so be gentle with it. Avoid heat as much as possible and if you're thinking about bleaching your hair don’t!! Heat can dry out your hair, which causes more breakage. The longer you leave hair neglected, the more your split ends and dry strands will build up, and the harder it will be to fix them after they've been damaged for so long.
Track your progress and see what natural treatments can really do! “I would recommend keeping a journal of other factors that might have led to the damaged condition. Some other factors contributing to dry, split hair are stress, lack of sleep, weather conditions, and diet,” said Mancuso.
Claire Grayson, a psychologist, and a damaged hair survivor has been trying to recover her hair after dying her dark brown hair to full platinum blonde. This ‘hair suicide’ took her a year to revive—incorporating leave-in conditioners and supplements—such as biotin into her hair care routine. Chemically-treated or dead hair requires thorough treatment with products specifically made for the current state of hair, such as deep conditioning treatments and other repair treatments geared towards strengthening moisture content. Whether the damage is caused from bleach/dye or heat and relaxers, be aware of all the risks that it comes with and how to prevent your hair from breaking.
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