You, our dear readers, frequently ask some advice how to save fried hair. Well, the magic wand for damaged locks doesn’t exist. However, your mane is not hopeless. Learn how to fix fried hair at home and what salon treatments are best in your case.
Imagine that you’ve just dyed your dark hair platinum blonde. You liked the result very much. Everything was fine until you washed your hair. The problem is, that your locks unexpectedly became brittle and lifeless. Your favourite conditioner is helpless. Stop blaming your hairdresser! It’s hard to tell how your hair will react to a sudden shift in color, but most times it is damaging- more or less. Better think how to help your locks repair now.
Home Remedies for Fried Hair
Don’t worry, all hope is not lost! The following are some of the best home remedies that will help you in repairing and restoring damaged ends, rated from the simplest to more advanced. The best about these at-home solutions is that the majority of them can be done in the comfort of your own house. Plus, they are ideal for the ones who are not willing to spend another penny.
1. Buh Bye Straggly Ends
Unfortunately for extremely damaged ends, the only solution is to get rid of them. There is nothing that can be done to restore any life in those bits, as they have been on the worse end and had to bear the brunt of the whole fiasco. Once your hairdresser trims the ends, you’re already going to feel a lot better as you will notice more bounce and some ray of life sprouting in your hair.
2. Shampoo Less
Whether you have damaged hair or not, the harsh chemicals in commercial shampoos strip the hair off its natural oils. Shampooing only 1 or 2 days a week will keep your mane more nourished and moisturized. If this is not you, try washing your hair every other day using sodium and sulfate free shampoos.
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3. Find Your Miraculous Hair Mask
Your hair has been ripped off its natural colors to reach the point where it is now. Through the process the texture of your hair has changed considerably and scalp oils are now unable to keep up with the new environment. Hence, to restore the locks, we need outside help, but you don’t want to slather chemical laden masks on your hair and ruin it completely. Take the natural route and go for homemade masks.
Rich in proteins, they will help in restoring the elasticity and strength of the hair, preventing it from breaking off even more. Some of the best hair mask ingredients for damaged hair:
- Egg and honey conditioning mask.
- Vinegar and honey duo for dry locks.
- Hair strengthening yogurt and egg tandem.
- Moroccan restorative oil for perms.
- Moisturizing mayo and avocado mask.
- Coconut oil for extremely damaged hair.
- Repairing olive oil mask for dry ends.
4. Leave-In Conditioner Is Your Savior
Laying off heat styling products will make your hair look like cotton candy at first, but there are products to help tame the frizz. Surprise! Leave-in conditioners are your best friends in detangling and making your hair more manageable. But remember to use reasonably, as too much of the product can lead to very limp and greasy hair.
5. Stop Blow Drying and Straightening!
Apart from bleaching, using straightening hot tools (flat iron, for example) is also one of the reasons your hair is damaged. You do not want to deprive your hair of that little life that it is left with. Be kind and begin to air dry your tresses. At first, you’re going to hate it. But trust me, in a matter of days you will start listening to what your hair needs and feed it just that. And in future always use heat protectant hair products while styling, without exceptions.
Salon Treatments That Repair Fried Hair
So… some of us still want professional hands to take care of the hair crimes we have committed just because we are rest assured that finally we’re in safe hands and who doesn’t like extra pampering while still getting their dead hair fixed! The following are some of the best in-salon treatments and products we’ve hand-picked for severely damaged hair.
6. Hair Plumping/Filler Treatment
This professional treatment is great for colour-treated hair, as the hyaluronic acid and ceramides in it hydrate deeply and reconstruct and strengthen hair follicles. It re-plumps and seamlessly builds the hair structure, giving hair a new life and an incredible hold. Hair looks neatly condensed, re-plumped and ultra shiny. Although this treatment usually lasts 6 to 8 shampoos.
7. Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Treatment
The classic in-salon hot oil treatments are still our top picks in repairing over processed, damaged hair, as oil coats and fills the gaps and chips on the hair shaft caused by bleaching and dyeing. It also prevents moisture to escape from the cuticles on the hair shaft, resulting in fuller, bouncier and more manageable hair. Sitting under a hot dryer during the treatment also helps the oil get fully absorbed in the scalp leaving it more nourished and your hair silky soft.
8. The Olaplex Treatment
This treatment is a game changer for the blondies! Olaplex in-salon treatment is either mixed into colour or used as a single treatment without color on dry, damaged hair. It is silicone-, sulfate- and phthalate-free. What it does is reconnect the broken disulfide bonds in the hair resulting in improved strength and structure of the hair. Extra soft, HEALTHY hair, meaning no damage – it is EVERY BLONDE GIRL’S DREAM, isn’t it?
9. Kerastase Fusio-Dose Treatment
Not all hair types are alike, thus, your hair may be damaged differently. For that very reason, Fusio-Dose is a very personalized treatment. A mixture is created from the four bases, each focused on something – radiance, strength, density and nourishment. Further boosters are added for other hair concerns as frizz, damage, shine etc. This treatment is great as it improves hair volume while fortifying it, and adds extra shine, reconstructs and restores hair.