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Do you or have you indulged in chemically straightened hair practices? How many of us have experienced heat damage when it comes to using various tools on our hair? Nine times out of ten, most of us have. That’s just the way within the game of modern-day hair maintenance. If your hair has experienced a lot of heat damage, then you are probably quite familiar with your hair breaking off, split ends, and the occasional dryness.
How can a person revive that chemically straightened hair? Is it too late for the extremely damaged? Today, we are going to be addressing the issue of how a person can revive their chemically straightened hair!
You Must Stop Using Harsh Treatments
This will be given when it comes to reviving your hair. You must immediately quit using such harsh chemicals and treatments on your hair. That will grant your hair such a lovely fresh breath of air!
Why would a person need to stop using chemical treatments on their hair? What are the good tips for hair? Well, did you know that chemical treatments will actually strip the natural oil from your hair?
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Yes, and what’s even worse is that your hair shaft will become quite damaged.
Now, when a person immediately stops using all the chemicals, you permit the oil to return and your hair will naturally begin to return to its natural state. Let me give you a quick example right fast.
Let’s say, you’re one to always wear acrylic nails, and you’ve worn them for five years straight. Now, how do you think that will affect your nailbed? There hasn’t been any air or natural resting given to your nails and your hair works within that same type of format.
As a rule, a person’s hair isn’t meant to endure such harsh chemicals and treatments. The first step that I would personally recommend you to do is to immediately stop using the harsh treatments on your hair and give your hair/scalp a natural rest.
Just a friendly reminder. I totally understand that many of you just adore the idea of permanent hair straightening, but you must remember that all types of hair straightening will come with some level of damage to your natural hair!
Understanding How to Wash and Dry Your Hair
This is a vital step when it comes to reviving your chemically straightened hair, okay? What a lot of people do not realize is that wet hair is extremely fragile and must be treated with a specific type of care, which is gentle!
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If you’re one to pick or comb your hair out while still in the shower, I would personally recommend you comb or pick through your hair very slowly, beginning at the roots and working your way down.
It would be best not to take one large lunge and strike down, as this will absolutely cause your hair to snap and break off; also causing split ends. What I would personally recommend you do is to treat your wet hair, even as you wash it; treat it as though it’s a very gentle fabric that you should absolutely handle with care.
Make sure that when you’re in the process of washing your hair, you massage your with the ends of your fingers; your scalp. This will assist in stimulating your hair to grow quicker, especially when you’re trying to revive your hair after harsh chemicals.
It’s quite important to give your scalp and hair a boost during the initial healing process. How many times should I wash my hair? When it comes to trying to revive your hair from various harsh chemicals, I would personally recommend that you wash your hair at least once a week if you can get by with it.
This is because the less that you wash your hair, the more “life” and shine will retain inside each strand.
Understanding How to Properly Comb Your Hair
This may seem to a lot of people such a silly and casual task because we do it on the regular, right? So, what’s wrong with how I comb my hair?
Well, you must remember that your hair has been chemically damaged and when you’re dealing with damaged hair, a person’s whole routine must be altered if they want to heal their hair with golden success.
So, I’m guessing that you absolutely want your hair to recover quite quickly, am I right? Now, what I recommend you do when it comes to combing/brushing and even styling your hair is to NEVER brush your hair out during the recovery process of your hair!
I absolutely cannot stress this enough! If you brush your hair using a bristled brush, it will absolutely damage your hair as you attempt to comb through the tangles.
You may even break through the middle strands of your hair and if you’re one of those people who have and love long hair, this could turn out to be a tragedy for you! Well, how should a person comb through their hair when it’s chemically damaged?
Okay, what I would personally recommend you do is to go out and purchase one, if you haven’t already got one at your house, you will need to go get a wide tooth comb. Now, with that wide-tooth comb, you will need to gently comb it throughout your hair.
You can do this with freshly wet or even dry hair, it doesn’t matter. The key component is to always be gentle because your hair is chemically damaged. Remember, just because straight hair may be in and you watching that how-to straighten hair YouTube tutorial isn’t always going to give you a solid outcome.
Anytime you put heat or unnatural chemicals on your hair, you must expect at least a little damage, if not a lot. Make sure you move toward the root of your hair; hence, comb your hair out from the very tip and work your way up.
Yes, you can even begin by combing your hair out from the root and working your way down, but as I’ve mentioned before, you must always go slow and lightly to keep your hair from breaking off more than what the chemicals more than likely have already done.
When dealing with chemical hair straightening, you must always remember that you cannot keep that practice up for a lifetime or even years to come because all types of hair straightening will eventually cause some level of injury to your natural hair.
Receiving A Great Trim
Although a lot of people may not want to do this, when you have damaged hair, one of the best things you could ever do for your hair is to cut off the damaged part and begin re-growing hair. Think of it this way. The damaged hair has kind of been paralyzed in a way and although deep conditioning treatments assist an excessive deal with damaged hair, one of the best options is to have your beautician cut off the ends where most of the damage exists.
This will absolutely give your hair an astonishing restart and boost not only to grow faster but to look a lot better when styled as well. As a side note, I would highly recommend you to not place harsh chemicals, flat iron, curling irons and so on upon your newly growing hair because you are trying to heal your hair, not harm it all over again, okay?
Say Goodbye to Coloring and Chemicals
As bad as it may seem to read, it’s so very important to stay away from coloring, highlighting, or placing any and I mean any type of chemical upon your damaged hair. Why would I need to stay away from this? Well, the more heat and chemicals you place on your hair, the worse your hair is going to get. Let me give you this small example right fast.
Let’s say you have overdone it at the gym for the past three weeks and your muscles are so sore, that you’ve caused some slight cartilage damage. Now, would it be a great idea to continue to go to the gym and push your damaged muscles? Absolutely not! Well, your hair works within that same type of format.
How To Revive Chemically Straightened Hair – FAQs
The most common causes of chemically straightened hair damage are over-processing, excessive use of heat-styling tools, improper aftercare, and exposure to environmental stressors such as sunlight, wind, and pollution.
You can revive chemically straightened hair without cutting it off. Following a proper hair care routine, using deep conditioning treatments, avoiding heat styling tools, and protecting your hair from environmental stressors can help restore your hair's health and promote its natural texture.
You should deep condition chemically straightened hair at least once weekly. This helps to replenish the hair's moisture and nutrients lost during the chemical straightening process.
The best products for chemically straightened hair are those specifically formulated for chemically treated hair. Look for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, as sulfates can strip the hair of its natural oils. When styling your hair, you should also use a deep conditioning treatment, a leave-in conditioner, and a heat protectant spray.
Yes, you can still color your chemically straightened hair, but you should wait at least two weeks after the straightening process before doing so. Additionally, it's important to use hair color products specifically formulated for chemically treated hair to prevent further damage.
When you are dealing with damaged hair, especially when it comes to chemically damaged straightened hair, your hair must properly heal and become stronger, as well shinier, so you must stop the continuation of what had originally caused the damage in the first place. What I would personally recommend you do is go to your beautician and get a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. Deep conditioning treatments are excellent for the preservation and repair of damaged hair.
After that, I would leave my hair alone for at least a good year so my hair can grow, naturally, strengthen, and reproduce all its natural oils again. Stay away from heat, as well as harsh chemicals for at least one solid year.
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Edna K. Martin is an expert in skincare and hair care. With years of experience in the beauty industry, she has developed a deep understanding of the science behind healthy skin and hair; has a wealth of knowledge about the latest products and techniques. She is a certified skin care coach and has helped many people achieve a clearer and healthier complexion. As a hairstylist, View Profile ››