Repair Damaged Hair

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Hair care can be frustrating, especially if you are styling and drying your hair on a daily basis. Add color treatments, chemical treatments, straighteners, heat curlers and blow dryers into the mix and we are looking at a bona fide fry job.

Keep in mind that just like everything else, your hair needs some TLC from time to time to allow proper recovery from the everyday damage we inflict and encounter. Regardless of your hair type, there are things you need to consider in maintain beautiful, healthy hair.

Cleanse the Hair

You do not want to bake product buildup, oil, dirt and debris into your hair. Clarifying your hair is important for the straightening process so ensure to use moisturizing shampoo to start the process off right. CVS Keratin Straightening Shampoo & Conditioner is ideal for priming the hair before your apply a heat straightener to it. This shampoo & conditioner is available on CVS.com for $5.99 each and provides keratin protein to help replenish, smooth and straighten hair in the shower. Other shampoo/conditioners are great too if they moisturize or cleanse the hair while removing dirt an oil.

Blow Dry Damp, Not Wet Hair

Make sure you allow your hair to dry before you apply heat to it. Blow drying wet hair is equivalent to frying the hair – which is what we are trying to avoid. Make a conscious effort to plan your hair washing accordingly to allow drying time prior to styling/heat drying. Often times, a night wash allows the hair to dry overnight and reduces time in the morning for styling.

Use a Heat Protectant

Silicones can be used in moderation. They reduce the potential of damage from the direct heat of the plates, and help reduce the amount of moisture in the air from penetrating your strands and reversing the straightening effects. Apply the heat protectant while your hair is still damp and before you blow dry to seal in the moisture.

Lower the Temperature

Rather than cranking up the temperature to get the job done quickly, lower the temperature and hold the hair longer in position to reduce damage. Try to style smaller sections of hair at a time so you can keep the temperature under 375 degrees. There are also alternatives to heat curling, such as rollers (ask Grandma about these!) which can be applied to hair at night and removed in the morning for beautiful curls!

Find Heat Alternative Styling Methods

As noted above, overnight rollers work great if you would like curls in the am. They come in various sizes to achieve the look you want so getting a few sets of different sizes would be a good plan. There are also bobby pin methods, twisting and securing mini hair buns, and various tricks to style hair overnight without the use of heat. Not to mention, they can be done on damp hair so you may even get to skip the blow dryer all together!

Use Proper Color Treating Shampoos and Conditioners

Not only did you pay top dollar for your color treatment but you also want to maintain the vibrance of your new color for as long as possible. Using regular shampoos can actually fade your hair much quicker and waste your money.Renewal Sulfate –Free Color Protect Moisturizing Shampoo can be applied to treated hair for a mere $4.99 at Riteaid.com. This shampoo is great because it cleanses and moisturizes while using an anti-fade technology to prolong the life of your color.

Simple Coconut Oil Moisturizing Mask

This is the most simple hair mask you can make for yourself. It only has one ingredient – coconut oil! I actually learned about this treatment from a girl had dyed her hair one too many times and was looking for a way to get some moisture back.

Ingredients:

Approx. quarter of a cup coconut oil – warmed (it needs to be in its liquid state.)

Directions:

Simply apply it to your hair (wet or dry, it doesn’t really matter) and leave it in for at least an hour. You’ll want to be in the bathtub for this, or well-covered with a towel. If you’re going to continue going about your chores or even keep this treatment on overnight, make sure you take the necessary precautions, like a shower cap. Coconut oil will stain clothing and linens.

When you’re finished with your treatment, wash the coconut oil out of your hair and carry on usual. You can repeat this once per week or more depending on the severity of your damaged hair.

You’ll want to wash your face pretty well after this treatment as well since oil seems to seep everywhere. I use Equate Beauty Mild Liquid Facial Soap for $7.96 on Walmart.com (or in-store) as part of my everyday face cleansing routine. Love it! Affordable, effective and gentle on my skin.

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