Chemical treatments such as perms, hair color, bleaches, and relaxers can dramatically improve the appearance of your hair, but they can also be harmful. Chemically damaged hair is common among women and the search for solutions often causes much frustration. While it may seem hopeless, chemically damaged hair can be repaired and prevented without having to sacrifice your unique style.
Treating Chemically Damaged Hair
The logical solution for treating chemically damaged hair is to stop using perms, hair color, bleaches and relaxers all together. The problem with this remedy is that most women don't really like the "bush woman" look very much. If you don't want to look like a cave woman, be assured that there are less drastic ways to repair chemically damaged hair while still maintaining your hair color or chemical retexturizing regimen. Treating chemically damaged hair begins with evaluating the chemicals that are presently being used on you and how often they are used.
Here are few questions you can answer to determine if you have chemically damaged hair:
- Is your hair dull and lacking shine?
- Does your hair feel brittle and dry?
- Is your hair often tangled?
- Does your hair look like a bird's nest or have split ends?
- Is your hair's texture rough?
- Does your hair fall out easily?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you probably have chemically damaged hair. Here's why. These harsh chemicals weaken your hair's protein bonds and cause it to weaken. The end result is either one or more of the symptoms mentioned above.
Prevention of Chemically Damaged Hair
The best way to treat chemically damaged hair immediately is to use a product that is specifically designed to address the needs of chemically damaged hair such as Christopher Stephens, Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner. To prevent future chemically damaged hair, you can start by limiting the use of hair colors and bleaches to once every 4 to 6 weeks and for perms and relaxers every eight to twelve weeks, to give your hair time to recover between treatments. You may also want to try the latest and greatest innovation in frizz removal and hair straightening treatments on the market today! Keratin Complex, by Peter Coppola is a protein based treatment (the same stuff that your hair is made up of) that conditions while it smooths the hair and removes frizz.