Best Care for Chemically-Treated Hair
Ah, color! It can completely transform any look. Rock a new crimson red ‘do, and you’re a total trendsetter. Try out a few light brown or blonde highlights, and you’re the block’s newest beach babe. Jet black? Total hottie.
Same goes for chemically-treated hair. Go from curly to straight, or vice versa, and your look does a complete 180 degree turn.
But with that new look comes the requirement of increased upkeep, as color and chemicals can be very drying. Not sure what to do? We’ve narrowed down the top most asked questions surrounding chemically-treated hair, so that you can wear your perm, relaxer and/or color with confidence!
To help you on your 'best hair' journey, we have answered a number of common questions on how to best care for chemically-treated hair!
Top Issues for Chemically-Treated Hair
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Ever since I colored my hair, I have been noticing a lot of shedding and breakage. HELP! What should I do?
While adding color to your hair can make for a really fun, new look, it is also very, very drying. And because you’ve added color to your hair, moisture is imperative. Lack of adequate moisture will definitely cause brittleness, breakage and shedding. Be diligent about moisturizing your hair daily. The coarser your hair is, the thicker your moisturizer should be. The less coarse your hair, the more lightweight your moisturizer should be.
After moisturizing, you must also “seal” in the moisture with a natural oil. This helps lock in moisture twice as long as moisturizing alone. Similar to moisturizing, the same rules apply when selecting the natural oil that will work best for you. The coarser your hair, the thicker your oil should be; the less coarse your hair, the lighter your oil. Here is a breakdown that will help when selecting the oil best for you:
- Kinky, coily, curly and very wavy hair: Use slightly thicker oils such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
- Wavy hair: Use light oils such as Coconut Oil
- Slightly wavy and straight hair: Use very light oils such as Jojoba Oil or Argan Oil
Finally, it of the utmost importance that you take Hair Essentials daily, which will strengthen your strands, help you retain moisture, and cut down on breakage and shedding.
Last week, I attempted to lighten my hair from very dark brown to blonde, but it didn’t get as light as I’d like it. Is it okay to try lightening again right now?
In short: No! Do not lighten again so soon. Lightening your hair often involves peroxide, which, when used multiple times within a short time frame, will surely damage your hair. In doing so, you may very possibly find your hair falling out in clumps.
Rather than attempting to lighten even further right now, try to enjoy the light brown hue you now have for about six months. Should you decide you still want to lighten, be certain that six month time frame as lapsed before attempting to lighten again. This will give your hair time to recuperate from the harsh peroxide chemical so that you are less likely to damage your hair with the second attempt.
In the meantime, be certain to take Hair Essentials™ daily to keep your hair strong, healthy and in top condition.
I used to be natural, but now I’ve started relaxing my hair. What tips do you have for keeping my hair healthy?
Relaxers can be just as hard on your hair as color, if not more. And you’re definitely on the right path in asking for tips to keep your hair in tip top shape.
Here’s what you need to do:
- 1. Moisturize your hair no less than 3x/week
- 2. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated
- 3. Take Hair Essentials daily to strengthen your hair from the inside out and make it less prone to breakage
- 4. Get a trim every 3-4 months to remove split ends that will otherwise travel up the hair shaft and cause unsightly frizziness
A. Yes! Particularly with color-treated hair that has been lightened, rather than darkened, you may find your texture has been altered a bit. This is completely normal. Just be certain to moisturize your hair daily, lock the moisture in with a natural oil and take Hair Essentials to strengthen your hair from the inside out. Enjoy your color!
Brazilian Blowouts have been known to cause this problem, and the FDA actually issued a high alert warning against them a few years back. Not to mention the product uses formaldehyde – the same chemical used to preserve dead bodies. Brazilian Blowouts have also been known to cause nervous system disorders, chest pain, vomiting and rashes (to name a few). Hopefully you haven’t experienced any of the medical symptoms I mentioned, but if so, definitely go see your doctor.
Regarding your hair falling out, it’s time for some damage control – literally. There are a few things you can do to speed up the growth process and grow a new head of healthy, damage-free hair.
Immediately cease any and all use of chemicals and heat from your hair care regimen. That means no flat ironing, no curling with heat, no relaxing, no perming. You have to allow your hair to recover and all of the aforementioned processes will only cause additional damage. Secondly, keep in mind that, on average, hair grows about one-half inch each month. But if you change up a few thing in your diet, you might see that growth speed up a bit. By drinking at least 8 cups of water daily, taking Hair Essentials™, and eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, you may find your hair growing back a bit faster than the average. But be patient, because it will take some time. However, you’ll be well on your way back to a beautiful, healthy head of long, strong, resilient hair.
Tips To Make Your Chemically-Treated Hair More Manageable
Drink an adequate amount of water each day for strong, shiny hair – at least 8 cups a day.
When it comes to achieving your best hair ever, ingredients are key. Think of it being similar to what we all know about fitness and health. It’s common knowledge that in order to attain optimal health, we shouldn’t be eating fast or processed foods, and we should consume a good mix of natural vitamins and minerals. But we don’t always think of our hair as requiring the same needs. Truth is, our hair needs just as much love and attention to be just as healthy as we want our bodies to be.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
Silk and satin are “moisture-retaining” fabrics and allows the moisture you put in your hair to actually stay in your hair, thus allowing you to retain length. Conversely, cotton and polyester pillowcases suck the moisture out, causing brittleness and breakage, particularly for chemically- and color-treated hair. So be sure to sleep only on a silk or satin pillowcase at night. Select one in a pretty color to match your bedroom décor and you’re good to go!
Nourish strong, healthy hair with Hair Essentials™.
Good nutrition is critical for building strong, lustrous, healthy hair. Deficiencies in specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can result in weaker, dryer, more damage-prone hair. Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and other essential nutrients that provide complete support for healthy hair. Hair Essentials™ is the most comprehensive hair supplement on the market, and is doctor-formulated to repair and revitalize hair follicles and nourish strong, healthy hair growth. The 100% drug free, certified gluten free, all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed where they work in combination to:
- Promote flexible, resilient hair that is less prone to breakage and split ends
- Moisturize scalp, regulates oil production and helps cells to retain water
- Protect hair follicles against oxidative stress and styling damage
- Nourish scalp creating a healthier environment for hair growth
- Improve circulation to the scalp for support of healthy hair growth
- Seed follicles with nutrients needed for the structural development of faster-growing, healthier hair
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair.