8 Foolproof Ways to Care for over-Processed Hair ...

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8 Foolproof Ways to Care for over-Processed Hair ...
8 Foolproof Ways to Care for over-Processed Hair ...

Caring for over-processed hair is important, especially if you want to get those lovely locks back into shape. It takes time and effort, but it can be done and it doesn't necessarily have to cost you a lot of money. You'll have to make the commitment, but you'll easily be able to care for your processed hair yourself, which is great if you're not really interested in making tons of trips to the salon. Just keep reading if you're interested in caring for over-processed hair and making it look healthy, shiny, and vibrant again.

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Stop What You're Doing

When you're first caring for over-processed hair, you have to ditch some of your hair habits. If you spend a lot of time coloring or bleaching your hair, you have to give it a miss for now, otherwise you'll just keep damaging your already over-processed tresses. Try to step away from your blow dryer and your flat iron as well. If you simply have to use your tools, be smart about it: cool settings on the dryer and keep the straightening to a minimum.

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Pausing chemically intense treatments can be a real hair-saver. When you're laying off the dyes and bleaches, it's also essential to ease up on shampoos that strip away natural oils. Instead, reach for sulfate-free shampoos, which are gentler on your strands. Since heat can be especially harsh on fragile hair, air-drying becomes your new best friend. However, if you're in a pinch, remember to apply a heat-protectant spray before using any heat styling tools. This small act can make a big difference in preserving the integrity of your hair.

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Ditch the Sulfates

Make sure none of your hair care products have sulfates in them. Your shampoo definitely shouldn't, but check your conditioner and your styling products as well. Sulfates dry out your hair horribly, so if you keep using sulfate-based products, you'll also keep doing damage and you simply can't afford to do that if you want to improve the condition of your hair.

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Sulfates are harsh detergents that strip natural oils from your strands, leaving them vulnerable and brittle. Opt for gentle, sulfate-free options that cleanse without compromising moisture. Remember, this is not only about immediate softness but also long-term health; avoiding these chemicals helps your hair maintain its natural balance and shine. When shopping for hair care products, look for labels that explicitly state 'sulfate-free' to ensure you’re giving your over-processed locks the tender love they deserve.

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Condition X 3

Conditioning is the key to treating your over-processed hair. You have to condition with a rinse-out conditioner when you bathe or shower, but that's just the beginning. Use a leave-in conditioner a few times a week, and give your hair deep conditioning treatments once a week. It seems like a lot of work but you'll quickly see and feel improvements.

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When choosing conditioners, opt for products that are rich in keratin, proteins, and natural oils such as argan or coconut oil. These ingredients help replenish the hair's natural moisture and mend the damage. Avoid those with sulfates, as they can strip away natural oils, exacerbating dryness. Remember, while regular conditioning is great, be careful not to overdo it—too much protein can make your hair feel stiff and brittle. Balance is key, and always listen to what your hair is telling you.

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Add Extra Protein

Dry, damaged, over-processed hair needs protein. During your weekly hair care regimen, make sure you add a protein treatment into the mix. You can find one in any drugstore or health and beauty department. When you apply it, you have to make sure you get full coverage and then leave it in for 15 minutes or so. If your hair has gotten really weak, this should strengthen it.

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Protein treatments are particularly beneficial as they temporarily patch up and fill the gaps in the hair cuticle that are damaged during processes such as coloring, bleaching, or excessive heat styling. Opt for products containing keratin, which is a protein naturally found in hair. Not only does this help reconstruct the hair’s natural protective layer, but it also improves elasticity, thus reducing breakage— a common problem with over-processed hair. Remember, consistency is key; make it a staple of your routine for the best results.

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Have a Hot Oil Treatment

Hot oil treatments are extremely beneficial as well. You don't want to do all these treatments at once, of course, but most hot oil treatments are monthly endeavors. If your hair is really bad, you can do this once every two weeks – or more often, if you make your own treatment instead of buying one. They're available everywhere as well, but making your own is quite easy. You just have to get an oil of your choice, such as avocado or coconut oil. Even olive oil technically works, because it's good for your hair and skin in general.

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To create your own hot oil treatment, gently warm the oil in a microwave or double boiler to a comfortable temperature. Ensure it isn't too hot to prevent scalp burns and then massage it into your hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap and wrap a warm towel around your head to enhance penetration. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo out. This method helps to replenish moisture and strength to each strand, leaving your hair feeling soft, supple, and revitalized. Remember to be consistent with treatments for the best results.

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Beat the Heat

I really can't stress this enough: stay away from the heat! At the very least, stop blow drying your hair for a while. Even if you can only manage to do it a few times a week, towel dry your hair, then let it air dry the rest of the way. Change up your routine if it helps, and start showering at night instead of in the morning. If you have to straighten your hair, either look for no heat methods (we've got lots!) or keep your flat iron on a much lower setting. For adding curls, try no heat methods too (we've also got lots!).

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Excessive heat styling can further damage over-processed hair, so by reducing heat exposure, you're giving your hair a much-needed break. Experiment with hairstyles that work with your hair's natural texture – think braids, buns, or twists that are both chic and protective. If you absolutely must use heat, always apply a thermal protector spray to minimize harm. Also, embrace accessories like headbands or clips for a fresh look without the need for styling tools. Remember, your hair's health comes first, and a bit of creativity can go a long way in maintaining it.

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Trim Your Splits

Sometimes you just have to seek out the professionals. Make sure you go get your split ends trimmed on a regular basis. You might have to do it more than once in a relatively short amount of time, but you'll be glad to get rid of the damage.

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Protection and Prevention

When your hair is over-processed, you have to be vigilant. If you're out and about, even on a cloudy day, protect your hair from the sun in any way you can. You should also use protective products, just make sure they're incredibly gentle.

It's incredibly easy to over-process your hair – almost effortless, in fact. If you color your hair, highlight it, straighten it, curl it, or blow dry it, you've probably suffered from this problem. However, if you implement these tips, you'll be able to bring it back to its former life and luster. In fact, follow them all the time, and they work as preventatives as well as cures! What's the worst damage you've ever done (or had done) to your hair?

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I bleached my hair for the first time and it was so dry it was breaking off in sections. Good times :)

Just you wait til it turns white its own. Then you'll have kinky, curly hair that looks like a white Brillo pad and NOTHING fixes it except cutting it off. I could dump a gallon of olive oil on it, wrap it in Saran Wrap for a week and it would be kinky but now greasy.

My hair is so dead from bleaching it white blonde. I currently don't have much money to be spending on trying to fix it but do you know if salons do hot oil treatments?

So funny Kelly Swiatkowski...I just have my salon take care of it

This is not bad i guess. i actaully use this line called Esperanca Professional Hair care its really good.

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