Healthy Hair Tips For Over Processed Hair

You don't have to stop chemically treatments altogether to help restore over-processed hair. Use the tips to get healthy hair fast.

It isn't hard to end up with over-processed hair.If you have permed, relaxed, dyed or bleached, and/or heat-styled your hair repeatedly then your hair might fall into this category.

Here's how to tell if your hair is damaged from over-processing:

Over-processed hair"¦

is dry at the ends

has split ends

is coarse after processing but it hasn't always been that texture

has lots of rebellious fly-away or frizzy strands

If your hair meets any one or more of these four standards, your hair is probably over-processed.If it is, follow these simple steps toward easy recovery.

1) Don't use a harsh shampoo and conditioner.If your shampoo says on its label that it is for "oily hair" then you need a new shampoo.Don't use products that are meant to strip your hair of its naturally occurring oils.Opt for a gentler, more nourishing shampoo and an intense moisturizing conditioner.

2) Because over-processed, chemically treated, dried out hair needs extra moisturization to stay healthy, start using a leave-in conditioner immediately.Leave-in conditioners are formulated to be light enough that they can be applied to hair everyday without giving a greasy look or feel to your hair, but they are just heavy enough to keep those dried ends and fly-away strands in check. Apply a leave in conditioner to hair only after it has been shampooed and conditioned in the shower, and then towel dried.Leave-in conditioners can be found in salons and drug and grocery stores under just about every known label.

3) Deep condition your hair one time per week.Most people should do this anyway but if your hair is damaged it is particularly important that you don't skip over this step.Remember that you need to do more than the minimum to keep your hair as healthy as those who don't over-process.Deep conditioning products come in many forms, from thick mud masks for the hair, to oil treatments, to rich moisturizing conditioning creams that contain vitamins and essential oils.Plan to leave the conditioner in for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it out for maximum effect, although you should read the label of the product you choose to find out specific instructions from the manufacturer.

4) Ease up on the harsh treatment you are giving your hair.If you want to dye your hair, go darker instead of lighter to avoid excessive bleaching.If you don't know what color to use, talk to a stylist to get advice.If heat-styling is the main source of your hair's problems, then it is time to cut back in a major way, but many people don't know any other way to style their hair.If this is the case, again, consult a stylist for advice, tips, and product recommendations.Another option is to apply products, let your hair air-dry, and then find creative ways to pull it back.Experiment with the boring pony-tail or bun to come up with a few new looks.

5) Get your hair cut every two months.Usually, split and dry ends start popping up more often after this point at a rapid pace and you will soon find that your hair just doesn't look as good as it did after you first got it cut.When this happens, or even before it has a chance to happen, make an appointment with your stylist to get a trim.

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