Is your scalp acting weird and getting itchy? Are you frazzled by your frizzy hair and split-ends? Dull, dry and lifeless hair are all signs of damage and in all likelihood the damage is from chemical colouring and other chemical treatments. If not treated in time, it can lead to permanent or irreparable damage.
Here are some tips on treating chemically damaged hair:
As soon as you see signs of even the slightest damage to your hair, start working on the repair. Switch to a mild shampoo and conditioner. You can opt for sulfate-free shampoos as they cure the damage and reduce hair fall to a great extent. Wear a swimming cap in the pool to avoid damage from the chlorine in the pool and cover your hair when going out in the sun.
Ditch the hair colour
Hair colouring involves a lot of risks. Not only does it lead to premature greying but also has adverse effects on your skin. Try and avoid colouring your hair for as long as you can. If you touch-up every 3-4 weeks, try extending it to 6-8 weeks. This will allow your hair some time for repairing the wear and tear of your tresses. If you change your hair colour frequently, stick to a particular brand. Opt for ammonia free colours and ditch your chemical hair dyes and use natural dyes instead.
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Also, if you plan to straighten or perm your hair along with colouring, avoid doing both at the same time. If need be, colour your hair after the treatment and not before to reduce damage. Maintain a gap of a week between two treatments if possible.
Say no to styling tools
If you blow dry your hair every time you wash it, stop it right away. Blow dryers, hair straightening irons and curling rods cause as much damage as the chemicals itself. And on hair that s already damaged due to chemical colouring, they make the condition worse. Choose cold hair dryers in case you need to dry your hair. However, do not overdo it.
Care for your hair
Hot oil treatments help the hair and scalp regain its lost moisture. Give your head a hot oil massage and cover it with a hot damp towel once a week for better results. Avoid drying your hair by rubbing it with the towel. Use a soft towel to wrap your hair and dry it. Use deep conditioners every week and leave it in your hair for 10-15 minutes. A good quality hair conditioner adds essential nutrients to your hair and repairs the hair follicles.
Consult a good hair therapist and choose effective hair spa therapies to repair your damaged hair. Proteins like Cysteine soothe the dryness and frizz and make the hair much healthier. It will not only add lustre to your hair but also act as a shield to protect the hair from further damage. If hair spa treatments are not your thing, try homemade hair masks every week.
In addition to these techniques, a healthy diet and drinking lots of water will help in restoring the nutrients and making your hair healthy.
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