This article comes from Byrdie.
So you’ve fried your hair. You got a little crazy with the curling iron, you stayed out in the sun for days on end, or maybe you chose to box dye and went overboard. In any case, even if your hair feels like straw, the good news is: There’s relief.
First, you’ll want to give the hot tools (like flat irons and curling irons) a break as much as possible. Next, we recommend getting some one-on-one time in with your stylist and committing to a trim every three weeks. Lastly, keep reading for our tips on how to repair fried hair damage. With a lot of TLC and patience, your hair will be its old self in no time.
Deep conditioner is your new best friend, well, at least in your haircare routine. Look for a product that contains keratin and is labeled for dry, damaged hair. Run product throughout hair and leave on for several minutes. The product will absorb into your hair shaft and help soften hay-like strands. Take your shower conditioning a step further by placing a plastic cap on and letting the steam do its thing.
We suggest deep conditioning twice a week for the first couple of weeks, then continuing once a week.
For this fix, you need a conditioner with cetyl alcohol, which is an ultrarich fatty acid that helps hair retain moisture. Comb conditioner through hair, then blast it with a hairdryer for 15 minutes. Rinse.
This ultra-deep conditioning treatment should be repeated once a week.
It may sound crazy, but cutting off damaged hair is the only way to truly repair it. To keep hair in great shape, get a trim every three weeks (yes, three initially) and swear off razor cuts and styling tools, including curling irons, blow dryers and flatirons.
Also, stay away from any processing, which will only weaken hair further. Relaxers are the harshest on hair, followed by bleach, permanent color, demi-permanent dye, and then rinses or glazes. If you have damaged hair, opt for highlights instead of all-over color and ask your stylist to use a glaze instead of dye if you are going darker. For camouflaging gray hair, stick with demi-permanent formulas.
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