You may have dyed, straightened, curled, bleached and highlighted your hair into a damaged mess and want to go back to the days when you had “virgin” hair. There is no way to really go back, but there are some steps you can take to make your hair super shiny and healthy again.
The key to bringing hair back to life that has been colored many, many times is intense conditioning. The next time you cut and color your hair, ask for an intense conditioning treatment. Do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week afterwards. If you need a touch-up in between coloring appointments, use an at-home gloss instead. It will lighten your hair a little, moisturize and rebuild the health of the hair shaft.
If you’ve been chemically straightening, waving or curling your hair for years, it may look silky and smooth but it makes your hair very susceptible to breakage. The best way to get your hair back to being “virgin” and healthy is to grow it out. Then use minimal to no heat to style and use oil or deep conditioning treatments weekly. Moisture is the best for chemically damaged hair. Argan oil is great for chemically processed hair because it goes deeper into the hair shaft and adds shine. You could also choose a keratin treatment because this protein fills in cracks in the hair shaft and repairs damage as you grow your hair out.
You might not be addicted to chemical treatments, but you may be addicted to hot tools. Hot tools are curling irons and straightening irons. If you use them religiously, don’t worry, they are not as damaging as chemical processes. Stylists recommend taking a break from the tools in the summer, giving hair a chance to breathe and repair itself. If you do still love using your tools, be sure to use a leave-in protectant spray or gel before you straighten or curl your hair for extra protection.
But while you take a break from hot tools and chemical processes in the summer, you need to still worry about the damage the sun can do to your golden locks. Use a clarifying shampoo and a weekly deep conditioner to get rid of the environmental stresses that build up during the week. Try to cover your hair with a hat or scarf when you’re in the sun for a long period of time too.
What do you think of these tips? Do you have damaged hair and would like to get it back to being healthy and strong? Will you try some of this advice? Let us know if it helps you!