Colour treatments, perming, daily heat styling, too much shampoo… you are probably guilty of all of these things. Do you agree? Did you know that the combination of these factors can have a detrimental effect on your hair’s health in the long run?
The ironic thing about having over-processed hair, whether it is due in part to excessive washing, is that you need to find the right shampoo in order to fix the problem. The type of shampoo you ought to be using varies according to the signs of damage. If the hair feels like straw to the touch, a mending shampoo is what you need. It combines strengthening and conditioning ingredients to restore the health back into the hair while also working on keeping it soft and shiny again. You might want to look for wheat germ and panthethine in the ingredients list.
Find the Right Shampoo
An intensive repair shampoo, on the other hand, is excellent for over-processed hair that has turned brittle and weak. This type of shampoo also infuses hydrating properties into your locks to bring life back onto those damaged ends.
Lastly, if you have fried hair (mostly due to too much heat styling and excessive chemical treatments), a nourishing shampoo is what you need. As the name implies, this type of shampoo utilizes natural ingredients such as natural oils and extracts to provide nourishment to the hair. It can also contain essential fatty acids to add natural moisture to increase flexibility of the hair and make it more manageable.
Over-processed hair is fried and rough on the outside because the inside has gone through extreme damage. Hence, it is no use trying to fix the problem on the surface because you won’t get results unless you fix it from within.
A deep conditioning treatment is the only way you can restore health on over-processed hair. There are two reasons why deep conditioning is beneficial: it can strengthen hair & revive moisture. Opt for a super hydrating deep conditioning mask. Leave it on your hair as long as instructed (which is usually about 15-30 minutes). For the final rinse, use cold water to seal in the cuticles and keep the moisture from escaping.
Once your hair has experienced damage due to over-processing, it is never the same again. The structure and the cuticles are extremely vulnerable to any factor that could contribute to it getting damaged. Here are some of the preventive steps you should take if you want to ensure that you won’t suffer this problem again:
• Invest in the right brush. It is important to start with the most basic rule. A boar bristle brush is best for all hair types – so make sure to get one of these if you don’t know what is right for your hair type.
• Stay away from heated styling tools. Refrain from using these tools while you are in the process of repairing your hair from over-processing. Heat will only worsen the problem. even if your hair has fully recovered, you need to use these tools in moderation.
• Be cautious when drying your hair. Use absorbent towel and gently pat your hair dry. Avoid briskly rubbing the hair with a towel as it can be extremely damaging.
• Avoid colouring your hair too often. Ideally, give at least 3-6 months break before changing colour again. A single process color should not be done more than once a month.
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