How to fix damaged, fragile hair?by ThunderNerdPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
Hi everyone, I realize this is quite a naive question, but I was wondering if you had, by any chance, a miracle recipe in order to fix damaged hair. I condition mine with nourishing conditioner, but it looks thiner than before and I feel like it breaks easily... To put it in a nutshell : I'm worried about it, and I'd love to give it its former strength and health.
Thank you in advance :)
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by SazunnaPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
I found that there is no miracle recipe, and I tried A LOT. I was in your shoes almost 1,5 year ago. It still hasnt grown past where the huge damage has been done, you can't really do a lot when it's damaged beyond repair but I don't know just how bad it is. I used 3 min miracle from aussie along with the cond, lee stafford has this stuff ''for hair that never grows past a certain length'' which helps a lot with the breakage. You can't give it its former strength and health if its dead jelly hair when wet. It may be able to recover slightly if it's not that bad. There are also the obvious don't bleach or use harsh chemicals, don't wash your hair as often, deep condition, avoid heat and styling products, use protectants etc. I have this biosilk silk therapy stuff which helped me A LOT. After 1,5 year i still have two thirds left of it so it's really worth the price as well. Coconut oil is just about everyones savior here. A lot of the products will help with managebility and shine etc but it won't make your hair healthy even though it looks like it. I just used products that made me able to work with my hair untill it has grown out.
This might help: http://haircrazy.info/beginner-guides/so-you-fried-your-hair/
by WhiteRabbitPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
I agree with @Sazunna. It all depends on how damaged your hair is. If your hair is very damaged there is no way to un-damage it, but you can perhaps make it feel better than it was. Some things I can think of are: (Some of these things were already mentioned, but this is my checklist for when my hair gets damaged).
1) One n Only Argan Oil Hydarting mask (you can get at Sally's in one time use packets or in a tub. I use almost one package per use since my hair is short. If there are no Sally's Beauty Supply in France there should be an equivalent beauty supply store there. Also you can order these things online at Sally's if you can't find what you are looking for). -you can use that overnight. Just slather your hair in it and put on two plastic bags or processing caps and add heat to it with a blow dryer. Keep it warm until you go to bed, then sleep on it and rinse it off in the morning (no shampoo, just rinse the mask off). It's my favorite hair mask and it might make your hair feel better.
2) Of course this was mentioned above, but coconut oil is heaven sent for hair. You can also add some olive oil to it. Coconut oil comes in a semi-solid state, so you need to heat it up a small bit before you slather it on. Again use it overnight just like the mask.
3) Another thing that helps is to not use heat while styling your hair. If you must use a heated styling tool use it sparingly.
4) When my hair feels not so great, I use a deep conditioner everytime I shampoo my hair (once, sometimes twice a week). I like Tresseme' s deep conditioners, but there are plenty out there, (especially at beauty supply stores), to choose from.
5) Use a shampoo that isn't too drying. So no clarifying shampoos, unless you are trying to fade, and even then use a deep conditioner when done.
That's all I can think of for now. I am sure there are things I missed, hopefully other people here will post them
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by Wicked_PixiePosted 5 years, 9 months ago
If your hair is damaged from chemicals, then it needs protein, followed by moisturising. Joico K-Pak and Aphogee make good protein treatments. Using coconut oil after will help prevent further protein loss. I avoid silicones, as they only mask damage, they don't actually repair hair. I prefer to use natural oils, and these can penetrate the hair better without a silicone coating. Pure Argan oil is fantastic for making damaged hair feel smooth and sleek, I use it on my lengths in place of a serum. I also avoid shampoo entirely except when fading or dyeing. Conditioner only washing and no heat styling at all made a huge difference to my hair.
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by clau_weePosted 5 years, 9 months ago
I know this isn't what most people want to hear, but I suggest cutting off as much of the damage as possible-- even if that means rocking a stylish pixie for a few months. If that's completely out of the question, then I recommend coconut or argan oil. I've also heard good things about horse shampoo.
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by ksiepierskiPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
its alright, im sure all of us here have fried their hair at leastonce. i have fried my hair once because i wanted to go from years of black to bleach blonde in one day and i was young and impatient, and another time because my EX boss used fucking 50 vol on my fine hair, when i told her to use 20 + 30 . i also get a lot of first time clients coming to me because they've fried their hair and its orange/yellow mushy wet cotton.
the first, most important thing to do, it cut off as much damage as you can stand. the more, the better. because damage travels up the hair strand, so even if youre doing the best treatments in the world, the very badly damaged hair is still going to be badly damaged, and its going to travel upwards, damaging hair that was totally savable or not damaged before. so you will be stuck in the viscious cycle of having damaged ends, and as your hair grows, the damage will travel upward, and the ends will just continue to be damaged and break, so you will perpetually have the same length, damaged hair. i was stuck in this for almost 4 years because i just could not bear to cut it off. during that 4 years my hair maybe gained 2 inches in length, and it was just damaged from before. even though the origional damaged hair was long gone, all the hair above it was slowly getting more and more damaged because i never cut all of it off at once. i ended up just chopping it and WOW i hated how much shorter it felt, but i could actually tell my hair was getting longer after that as it would grow because it wasnt breaking off anymore!
okay, so besides that, theres several things you can use that i have found to work THE best out of all of the produts/methods ive tried over the years, on myself and on clients.
theres coconut oil. firstly, in the future if you do bleach again or use a permanent dye, slather coconut oil on your hair the night before or at least a couple hours before. it is a natural chelating agent that chelates the damaging iron and copper chemical reaction that occurs when using peroxide on the hair. it makes a BIG difference! not just as a pre treatment, but definitely as an after treatment, or to use for styling to replace serums/smoothing lotions/balms. it has protein in it which is a huge plus for damaged hair. after bleaching, i gently warm up some coconut oil, just so it starts to liquify a bit, i only heat it up for less than 10 seconds, or you could run it under hot water to melt it. then i mix in olive oil with it, soak my hair with the mix,cap it, wave the hair dryer over it for 10 minutes then let it stay in all day or sleep in it at night. its a very strong treatment and its easy to over condition with it, from all the moisture from the olive oil and protein from the coconut oil. but in your case, its a great treatment to do and i highly doubt its going to overcondition. like i said too, its great as a styling product. i dont use any smoothing type products anymore, i dont use anything except coconut oil or olive oil and it makes such a HUGE difference.
avoid heat styling! so, no blowing your hair dry, curling irons, flat irons, etc. let it air dry, and try doing roller sets/braids/pincurls. if you must use a flat iron or something like that, ut a heat protectant on first, and use the lowest setting.
dont comb your hair when its wet! i personally cannot stand tangles so i had to comb it or else id go bonkers and end up ripping my hair out when it was dry. so, what i used to do, its kind of a pain, but it totally helps a lot, is when youre about ready to risne out your conditioner, finger comb through your hair while to conditioner is still in, or use a wide toothed comb, whichever works best, and comb it how you want it parted when its dry. that way, youre hair is a lot easier to work with and youl get a lot less breakage this way because the conditioner is aiding in the detangling.
now, some products.
Hask henna n placenta super strength conditioning treatment is amazing. its my absolute favorite treatment ever. here in michigan they have it at sallys, walmart, rite aid, etc and its under $3. i wrote a review on it here: http://haircrazy.info/forum/products-and-techniques/9262/
aphogee's 2 step protein and moisturizing treatment rocks. the protein part kinda stinks but whatever, its great for the hair! again, i found it at sallys for under $6. it comes in 2 packets attatched to each other.
also, its expensive but i love it and it is the best product for fried hair. Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo and the Damage Remedy Reconstructing conditioner. Holy cow, this stuff is amazing. i love it more than any product out there but its so damn expensive, i cant bring myself to buy it now that i have 2 kids lol. a shampoo/conditioner that gives almost the same results despite the ingredients being different is matrix biolage hydratherapie hydrating shampoo and ultra hydrating conditioning balm. sallys sells a copy cat brand of the balm by Generic Value Products and its literally the exact same thing. same ingredients, texture, smell, results, everything.
joico kpak is another great one. again, the GVP brand from sallys sells the exact same thing for much cheaper. like, under $6!
Always clarify and demineralize your last cleansing before any chemical process to avoid adverse results or unstable chemical reactions! Remember that test strands can save you a world of headache, that protein damage is permanent, moisture is essential, you can use coconut oil as a lightener pre treatment to minimize protein reduction, and that Olaplex can reform broken disulfide bonds so long as they haven't already negatively paired, but it does not address protein or moisture.
by shiziaPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
Coconut oil is amazing. You can also use Sesa oil which stimulates the growth of new hair and prevents hair fall out. I've started using oils only recently, but my hair is already feeling the difference :) I would also recommend trimming your hair every month and trying to avoid heat (or use heat protectant sprays).
More info on Sesa oil: (you can get it on ebay for around 8 euro with free postage)
by ThunderNerdPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
Thank you guys for all your advices! Fortunately it's probably not irreversible, so I'll give your products a try, whenever I can find some in France :) Something that worked quite well was a mix of olive oil, honey and conditioner left over my hair for the night.
Other question : do you think there's a maximum amount of conditioning you can do to your hair? I mean I don't feel comfortable with the idea of putting olive oil in it every night, but maybe I'm wrong?
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by vivienne StaffPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
When my hair was fried, I found that my conditioning treatment (coconut oil mixed in with conditioner left on overnight) lasted around a day and a half. I only wash my hair every three days, so the oil from my scalp took over and helped a bit. I experimented with a bunch of things, but I don't think I ever overconditioned my hair and made it feel greasy. If you're currently washing your hair every day or every second day, you could try cutting back on that, which I found to be great for my hair.
by SwilksPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
Is your hair conditioner protein based? You can over do it with protein and it gets brittle