Hair Care Remedies For Processed Hair
Just as the type of skin you have requires different care, the type of hair you have also requires special care. There are 4 types of hair – processed, curly, wavy, and straight. Today we’ll talk about hair care remedies for processed hair.
The description of processed hair is hair that is currently bleached, permed, or has more than 70% highlights.
Characteristics of Processed Hair
Coloring, perming, and relaxing do enhance the look of hair by creating shade and depth. The chemicals used in these processes permanently alter the interior of the hair shaft, which can weaken the hair, making it prone to breaking, splitting, or frizzing. Also, the disruption of the cuticle prevents light reflecting from the hair surface, making it far less likely to shine.
To determine how damaged your hair is, take 5 or 6 strands and drop them in a glass of water, then tap them with your finger. If they sink, they’re absorbing water, which is a sign of damage. If they float, then your hair is healthy.
Caring For Processed Hair
Adding moisture is the key, however, there may be one problem. Processed hair is often also combination hair (oily roots, dry shafts and ends). Just as with combination skin, fixing one area leads to problems in the other area. Therefore, washing processed hair is a delicate balancing act of cleansing roots and moisturizing ends.
- If your hair is colored, choose a shampoo that is specifically designed for colored hair, meaning it will automatically be more gentle and contain ingredients to preserve color.
- If your hair is permed or relaxed, choose any moisturizing shampoo but make sure you apply it only to your roots and always rub in well. Then apply a quick burst of water and gently massage the hair shaft as it runs down to remove any dirt and grime. Rinse well.
After shampooing comes conditioning. Use a rich conditioner, mainly on the ends of the hair, smoothing the leftover on your palms on the rest of the shaft. Rinse very well.
Dry your hair naturally whenever possible as heat can dehydrate it. Avoid harsh rubbing with a towel as this can make tangles in the hair and increase snapping of the strands – instead, squeeze your hair in the towel. If you are using a blow dryer, apply a little serum to the ends of the hair first – this will seal in the moisture.
Tips For Processed Hair
- Wash only every few days to prevent it from drying out more. In between, use a dry shampoo on the roots to absorb oil and grease.
- UV light stimulates oil production and drying. Use UV-protectant hairsprays in the summer to screen out the rays.
- Use an intensive conditioning treatment on the ends once a week. Use one with hot oil (or the recipe below)
Homemade Conditioning Treatment
For a rich masque that will restore essential nutrients to your hair, use a treatment that is based on dairy products. Here is a recipe:
2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons Cream
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Water
Mix products in a blender. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for 5 minutes, rinse with tepid water, and let your hair dry naturally if possible.
Hair care remedies differ depending on the type of hair you have. If you have processed hair, the hair care tips listed above will help keep your hair looking its best.