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How do I treat damaged hair?

So my hair is really dry and brittle. I've been trimming it and using great products on it (biosilk, chi, redken, nexxus) but it seems as though nothing is helping. :( Unfortunately, I have naturally wavy hair, so I use a straightening iron (professional line) almost daily which I already know isn't great for my hair.

Anyone else been through this? What did you do?


Asked by shaychristensen at 9:17 PM on Aug. 2, 2008 in Beauty & Style

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  • 1000 character rule!!!! lol

    Also try buying a satin pillowcase, it reduces damage on your hair. Also, when your hair is wet, don't brush it, use a wide tooth comb, think 1/4' to 1/2' space between prongs, comb it out at the bottom and work your way up. Another good product to use is Redken's Outshine, there's shea butter in it to smooth your hair, and also doubles as a protectant, and makes your hair super soft and manageable. Hope all this helps!!!

    Answer by bianchi01 at 12:58 PM on Aug. 4, 2008

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  • go to the salon and get a conditioning treatment. if u dont want to pay alot go to a hair school or wal-mart. the cheapest will probably b hair school. and u can talk to the stylist or instructor to find out how often u need this treatment.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Aug. 3, 2008

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  • Once a month, I deep condition my hair with olive oil. After washing it, I pour on hot olive oil and wrap it with plastic and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Then I rinse it out. When using the straightening iron, be sure to use some sort of pomade or serum to protect your hair from the heat. Also be sure your hair is fully dry before using the iron.

    Answer by 2kids2love4ever at 11:37 AM on Aug. 3, 2008

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  • first of all if you hair is that damaged, i would just suck it up and quit straightening it for a while, unless it's a speical occasion. Also, if you are dying it, that will only add to the problem, which you didn't mention that, but if you are, you should stop and grow out the color. Get a deep conditioning treatment, get your hair cut every 6 weeks *trimmed* use the CHI oil/serum that you put on your hair if you are going to flat iron it. And also use a round brush while blowdrying it, to get most of the hair straight, and then use the flat iron for touch ups at the end. If you live in an area that is over 50% humidity on a daily basis, then i would just go ahead and wear my hair wavy or curly-people will probably compliment you on your natural beauty

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 AM on Aug. 4, 2008

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  • Try turning the heat down on your straightener. You said that you've used Redken, have you tried their CAT treatments? It actually puts the proteins and lipids back into your hair. You can do the "CAT dance" where you put it on, wait 7 mins put it on again, until you've done it three times. Use their whole Extreme line. Wash your hair in cool water. Shower at night if you can so that your hair air dries, then use a heat protectant when heat styling for the day. If you have naturally wavy hair, try using Redken's Ringlet 07 , I have wavy hair and when I use that, I use a quarter sized amount, run it through my hair, then use a diffuser with my head tilted back on med heat. It's not crispy, but really enhances your natural wave and curl.

    Answer by bianchi01 at 12:57 PM on Aug. 4, 2008

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  • First I would get a series of blood work to rule out any underlying (God forbid health issues); thyroid & general blood work can indicate if there' s anything contributing. I have naturally curly wavy hair and use nexxus as well as a serum to control some of the frizz .I apply "eufora pure polish finishing drops" it adds lustre & doesn't weigh my hair down while it acts like a shine enhancer it is also a natural organic prduct that is healthy for your hair and revitalizes. It can be purchased in professional salons or check the website to see where u might obtain one in your area: wwweufora.net Also biotin product are great you can get the shampoo, conditioner & u can even get the vitamins. My daughter was loosing her hair to stress & has almost restored her hair back to what it was one year later. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 PM on Aug. 2, 2008

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