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Be a Superhero: A Guide to Saving Damaged Hair

Published on 12th December 2011

Have you ever bleached, dyed, or chemically processed your hair so much that it felt like Barbie hair, or even worse, straw? Does your hair yell at you every time you walk down the hair colour aisle at your local drug store? If you answered “yes” to the first question, this guide is for you. If you answered “yes” to the second, you may need therapy. Okay, enough with the jokes, let’s get to rejuvenating over-bleached, over-dyed, and just plain fried hair.

First things first, if your hair is simply over-dyed, you will need shampoo and conditioner designed for keeping your colour fresh. I recommend any of the colour-specific shampoos and conditioners by John Frieda. I’ve used the Sheer Blonde and Brilliant Brunette myself and one of my family members has used the Radiant Red. They’ve all worked for us. A good option for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of change in their pocket is Colour Me Happy by Herbal Essences. It works well if you’re on a tight budget.

If your hair is over-bleached, over-permed, over-straightened, etc. you can skip colour protection if you wish. However, you’ll still need a good shampoo and conditioner. Dumb Blonde by TIGI Bed Head is amazing for any sort of damaged hair. It really moisturizes and it smells divine. John Frieda Full Repair, L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct, and Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition are all great alternatives.

The second step in reclaiming healthy hair is to find a mask, hot oil treatment, or some other treatment that works well for restoring hair. I’ve tried all of Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture products – they work VERY well. Beyond the Zone’s Last Call hair mask and leave-in conditioner have done wonders for my hair too. Another great option for someone on a budget is Garner Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment. All of these products are great. However, the best two products that I’ve tried are Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment and LeKair Cholesterol Plus Strengthening Conditioning Cream. They’re marketed towards African Americans, but they both work well on any hair type. The last time that I really fried my hair, they saved it – almost immediately.

Finally, we’ve reached the third and last step. Hop in the shower, wet your hair, shampoo and condition with whichever products you’ve picked. Then, you’ll need to put in your desired treatment. If you’re using the LeKair, I recommend using it in the shower with a shower cap. Personally, I left it in for about ten minutes, and I’d use it every other day when I shampooed and conditioned my hair. The directions on the Argan Oil state to use under a hooded dryer, but I found that using a shower cap and a hair dryer were just as effective. I used the Argan Oil only once, the day after I used the LeKair for the second time.

The thing that you need most of all when repairing your hair is patience. None of these products are going to work full force overnight, especially if you’re using shampoo and conditioner alone. Some of these treatments will take only four sessions (LeKair and Creme of Nature combined with John Frieda Full Repair), while others may take up to ten or possibly fifteen sessions. Any combination of these products, along with personal patience, will rejuvenate your hair. All in all, my most ideal combination would be to use the LeKair and Creme of Nature along with the Bed Head Dumb Blonde shampoo and conditioner or one of John Frieda’s color specific options. Happy mending!


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