|Revised Date: 08/27/12
Summertime brings lots of dangers besides nasty sunburns. Most people don't realize hair can burn just as easily as skin or scalps.
When hair is damaged, the cuticle is forced open causing hair to become severely damaged or fried. Fried hair can also result from logging too much time in the salt water filled ocean or chlorine pools.
Luckily there are some easy fixes for fried hair.
What are the most common symptoms of fried hair:
Men, women of all ages, races and ethnicities and children are all equally susceptible to fried hair.
Main Causes of Fried Hair
Other common causes of fried hair include:
A. Improper washing, drying and styling.
Fried Hair Fixes
Now that we have covered the most common reasons lets look at the best way to fix fried hair:
1. Cut Or Trim It Off
Yes, you can try and save fried hair. Do you really want to?
The reality of fried hair is that it just can't be repaired. Once hair has gotten to a certain stage of damage you may be able to mask the problems but never restore your hair to a pre-fried stage.
If you wish to spend infinite amounts of time and money for at-home or salon treatments then know going into your repair process what to expect.
It may be painful to cut or trim but in the long run it gives your hair a better chance for full recovery as it grows back in.
Of course the choice should always be yours. Never let a hairdresser pressure you to remove fried and damaged hair unless you agree.
2. Camouflage It
Whether you have the damaged removed or not, why not camouflage fried strands? There are great clip-in hair extension options available today that can instantly mask damaged tresses.
Whether you use clip-ins to cover newly shorn locks (after you have the fried strands removed) or use them to cover your current damage, consider taking advantage of this great option.
3. Shampoo Less Often
When possible shampoo less often than more often. If you feel you must shampoo every day either use gentle shampoos or dilute your shampoo to minimize the potential to dry out your strands from harsh shampoo chemicals and the water.
Yes, the chemicals in water can do as much damage as the shampoo ingredients.
4. Practice Good Cleansing
Consider the following good cleansing steps:
A. Use only lukewarm water.
5. Deep Condition
In response to the popularity of hot irons, relaxers and other chemical straightening treatments, the major hair care companies have released a series of deep conditioners designed to help with fried hair conditions.
While a deep conditioner won't completely reverse any damage, various conditioning ingredients will make hair easier to detangle and will help provide necessary moisture balance.
Listed below are some of the best deep conditioning products available on the market. Included after each product is a brief description of their benefits.
Rene Furterer Karite Nourishing Conditioning Cream
Phytospecific Intense Nutrition Mask
Rene Furterer - Okara Restructuring and Protective Radiance Mask
Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask
Rene Furterer - Okara Repairing Treatment Mask
Phytocitrus Soin Vital Radiance Mask
Rene Furterer - Carthame Gentle Hydro-Nutritive Mask
Phyto Plage After Sun Repair Mask With Rush Nut Oil
Rene Furterer After Sun Repair Mask
6. Pre Condition
PHYTO Huile D'Ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment
HairTopia Beautiful Hair Oil
Rene Furterer - Complexe 5 Regenerating Extract with stimulating
7. Air Dry
Towel blot, never rub, until excess moisture is eliminated. Finish with a spritz of hydrating detangler or leave-in conditioner. When possible let hair air-dry by plopping, wet bunning or rolling in rag curlers.
Avoid hot tools such as blow dryers, hot irons, hot rollers except for special hair events. This will give your fried hair time to heal.
8. Wear SPF In Your Hair
Before you go to the beach or hit the pool be sure to apply a hair product which contains SPF to protect your follicles along with your hair color.
Keep in mind you can always make your own SPF protection product by mixing distilled water, regular sunscreen and leave-in-conditioner in a clean spritzer bottle.
Another great tip is to rinse your hair with bottled water before emerging hair in salt or chlorine. Hair absorbs chemicals much easier when it's dry. Rinse immediately upon leaving pool. When possible, wear a protective swimming cap.
9. Maintain Your Hair Religiously
Prevent hair from day to day damage by using great products, taking necessary care precautions and by getting a regular trim. Most hair experts recommend you get a trim every six to eight weeks.
If your hair is prone to serious damage or frizz, go to your stylist more frequently. It might be best to get trims every four to six weeks until your hair recovers. When in doubt talk to your hairdresser.
10. Be Fashionable In Hot Weather
The blazing hot sun can take a serious toll on fragile strands. It can cause delicate hair hues to fade faster. Wear a sassy baseball cap or other cute headgear to protect your precious tresses from the sun.
11. Avoid Products With Too Much Alcohol Or Silicone
Some products can build-up on your strands adding to the frizz factor making hair look and feel fried. These products usually have a strong alcohol or silicone base. Read any labels to make sure your hair is adequately protected.
12. Moisturize From The Inside Out
When the body is dehydrated the scalp and tresses will suffer. Drink plenty of water. Minimize alcohol and caffeine consumption to allow less stress on your liver. Ultimately this which will pay you dividends in healthier hair.
13. Eat Right And Take Your Hair Vitamins
When hair is fried it needs all the help it can get. Hair Vitamins will strengthen hair and provide much needed nutrients that will allow hair to regain its natural sheen. Eating right is also important for healthy hair.
Although fried hair can be a bummer, there are many things you can do to prevent it from happening or fix it once it does occur.
Original Publication Date: 06/29/04 - Revised Publication Date: 08/27/12
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