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How To Save Damaged Hair
The damage: Overprocessing
The cause: Bleaching and dyeing hair strip natural pigments and create tears that make hair porous and weak.
The remedy: Once a week, use a deep-conditioning protein treatment such as Redken Real Control Overnight Treat to coat the cuticle and fill in those hollow areas. Apply it evenly all over freshly shampooed hair, then twist your hair into a bun and sleep with a towel on your pillow. Rinse your hair out in the morning. $20 for 8.5 oz, redken.com for salons
The damage: Fried strands
The cause: If your styling tools top 212˚F, the water inside each hair will start to boil. As the moisture tries to escape, hair blisters and eventually breaks.
The remedy: Set styling tools to low, and use shampoo and conditioner that will hydrate your hair's most fragile spots (like the ends). We like Herbal Essences Hydralicious Self-Targeting shampoo and conditioner. Follow with stylers containing protective oils like glycerin. Spritz a bit on the top layers of your hair before using high-temp tools. $3.25, at drugstores
The damage: Breakage
The cause: The friction of brush bristles rubbing against the cuticle—the overlapping cells along the outer layer of your hair—tears the surface.
The remedy: Keep the cuticle smooth and intact by coating damp or dry hairfrom the mid-shaft to the ends with a pea-size dab of serum that contains silicone (or search the ingredient list for words ending in ethicone). We like Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum. $10 for 2 oz, target.com for stores
The damage: Split ends
The cause: When the protective cuticle at the end of the hair shaft wears away, the tip frays; that crack then travels up the hair shaft.
The remedy: The only way to cure split ends is with a trim every six to eight weeks. For a temporary fix, apply a styling product to just the tips. Find one that has glycerin or hyaluronic acid—both bond the ends together. Try Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil. $42 for 4 oz, beauty.com
The damage: Chemical chaos
The cause: Perming and straightening change the structure of hair, making it weak, coarse, and brittle. The parched strands soak up moisture from the air, causing frizz.
The remedy: Look for styling products that contain stearyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol that strengthens and softens hair. One that does: L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Ultime Smoothing Treatment. Run a quarter-size blob through damp hair, then blow-dry, or use it on dry hair to tame and style. $23 for 5 oz, us.lorealprofessionnel.com
Hope that was helpful! I've read this article before and it's helped me with gaining back my healthy hair once again. Want to see images of the types of damaged hair check out: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/easy-hair-fixes