You know what’s ironic? You blow dry, curl, straighten, and maybe even color your hair to make your hair look its best, but it’s those very acts that can leave your hair dried out, damaged, and unmanageable. This is known as over-processing your hair, and most people are guilty of it at some point in their lives. Don’t worry, though…there are a few ways on how to treat over processed hair, and we’ve got you covered with some simple yet effective tips!
Start With a Trim
The key to getting healthier hair again and recovering from over-processing is to get rid of as much of the damage as possible! This might mean losing some length, but it’s fine to only cut off as much as you’re comfortable with. If this means going super short, that’s great; otherwise, just ask for a trim. Even removing a little bit of the damaged hair can make a world of difference in how your hair looks and feels.
Always Use Protection
Styling tools are great for achieving the look you want, but if you’re using them without any heat protection, you could be doing more harm than good in the long run. From here on out, it’s imperative that you use a heat protecting spray or cream before you blow dry, curl, straighten, or otherwise apply heat to your hair. A little bit can go a long way in terms of protecting your hair from future damage.
Consider a Dry Shampoo
If you don’t have naturally oily hair, you might also consider going a day or two in between washes. This is a great way to relieve your hair of some of the stress of washing, which can be damaging if you’re doing it too often. If you can’t stand the thought of going more than a day without cleansing your hair, consider investing in a dry shampoo, which can be sprayed and massaged into your roots to cleanse and remove unwanted oil in between shampooing.
Moisturize and Condition
When your hair is overprocessed, it’s often dried out as a result of all the chemicals and heat that have been used on it in the past. Because of this, moisture is key in restoring your hair’s health and shine. If you’re dealing with dry hair make sure you find and stick with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that will help restore moisture to your parched locks. You may also want to consider using a daily leave-in conditioner that will help nourish your hair even after you’ve gotten out of the shower. Once a week or so, you may even want to use a deep conditioning treatment (or have one done at your local salon) for the best results.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
Finally, make sure to treat your hair as gently as possible. When you get out of the shower, take the time to gently detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb, rather than forcibly brushing it out and causing more breakage. When towel drying your hair, do so gently and consider using a microfiber cloth or even a t-shirt, the fibers of which won’t be as harsh on your locks.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to healthier and more beautiful hair in no time, no matter how over-processed it may be!