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Repairing Damaged Hair

If you're like most women today, your hair has been chemically treated in some way. If you color your entire mane, choose just a few locks to highlight, or straighten those tresses, you have what's called "chemically treated" and unfortunately, weakened hair. You may have heard the terms "over processed" or "color treated". Both of these mean the same thing: your hair is chemically treated.

When you chemically treat your hair, it changes the actual structure or makeup of your strands. Chemically treating your hair actually weakens it, making your hair susceptible to breakage and dehydration. To help combat damage to your hair, the following is a list of five things you can do to help your overly processed or color treated hair.

1. Switch up your routine.
Because over processed hair tends to be dehydrated, it is not necessary to wash it every day. Using hot water and shampoo daily can strip your hair of important nutrients. If you wash your hair daily, you may want to switch it up—try for every other day or every three days. And don’t forget to condition!

2. Use protective products.
If your hair has been weakened by chemical treatments, you will need to make sure that your products are not worsening the damage. Many store-brand hair products contain alcohol, which will dry out your hair even more. Make sure you are using a nutrient-rich, moisturizing product, or a product designed specifically for repairing and protecting chemically treated hair like L’Oreal’s Mega Moisture Nurturing Crème for Very Dry, Chemically Processed Hair.

3. Snip it off.
Chemically treated, over processed hair often has dry, split ends. To help stop breakage and prevent further damage, visit your stylist regularly. She can advise you on how much you may need to trim, and also help keep your hair feeling healthy and strong.

4. Be careful.
Color treated or chemically straightened hair can be very fragile, especially when wet. You’ve heard it before, but avoid brushing your hair when it is wet; instead, use a leave-in conditioner and detangle your damp hair with a wide-toothed comb.

5. Wear a heat cap.
Every week, you should apply a deep conditioning hair treatment. The Conditioning Heat Cap works wonders on hair that has been color treated or over processed. The cap is designed to be a relaxing, soothing treatment that evenly conditions your hair in 20 minutes. The heat in the cap helps conditioners absorb better and will make your hair shiny, soft, and easy-to-manage.

If you have chemically treated, over processed, or color treated hair and are starting to see the damage these processes have caused, try these few tips. With a little time, and not much effort, your hair will be stronger, healthier, and in great condition.

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