In our quest for beautiful hair, we inadvertently do things that damage it instead. Damaged hair is fragile, thus it tends to break. And hair breakage leads to frizzy, unhealthy hair. If you continue to damage your hair, eventually you’ll see thinning or even bald spots.
But with a few simple changes, you can stop damaging your hair. Albeit we all want to be beautiful, especially our hair. But there’s a safe way to get there. For instance, say you’re getting hair color or relaxer treatment. Your scalp starts feeling prickly like it’s burning. Should you sit there and not say anything, or let your professional know how it feels?
Obviously, say something! And ask to have the treatment rinsed out immediately. This is using common sense.
Leaving hair color on longer than the recommended time will not yield a richer color. Nor will leaving a relaxer on longer than intended give you straighter hair. But in both cases, what you will get is an inflamed, dried out, and super sensitive scalp. Not to mention, weak hair from the over-processed treatments.
How To Stop Damaging Your Hair
Everyone’s body temperature is different. So some people may not even need the treatment to stay on the full recommended time.
Hair is fiber, akin to wool. It’s bundled together tightly in the middle and protected on the outside by a cuticle. Each hair grows about 1/4 inch every month out of a follicle on your head. And it can keep growing for up to six years. If the hair follicles that produce a new hair shrink in size or become inactive, a person goes bald.
If the cuticle of a hair is damaged as a result of over styling, the inner core is exposed. This causes the hair to become static, dry, and lack luster. On the other hand, chemical over-processed hair does far more damage. In fact, the chemicals burn your scalp, leading to scabs and possible infection. There’s also the chance of permanently damaging the follicles and hair never grows back.
One of the best ways to stop damaging your hair is to use preventative products and proper aftercare. With this in mind, the below is Louticia Grier’s Scalp Protection product line. It’s designed for chemical treatments before and after care.
- Scalp Base Protection. Apply it before relaxer or color treatment. It prevents scalp burns, chronic soreness, overlapping, and scalp trauma.
- Scalp Ease. A natural healing product. Reduces scalp inflammation, heals dry scalp, and stops scalp itching and burning.
- Scalp Protection Shampoo. Best pH shampoo. Washes away chemical residue, softens the hair cuticle layer.
- Scalp Protection Conditioner. Ideal for African American hair. Strengthens the hair, adds luster to dull dry hair.
Whether it’s chemicals, styling, or heat, they’re all doing some degree of damage. A good rule of thumb is, the less you do to your hair, the healthier it will be.
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