4 Fixes for Damaged Hair:
People most likely to have damaged hair include those with fine hair and African Americans who use straighteners or keep their hair in cornrows (this tightness can damage the hair follicles and cause hair loss). African American's hair is very delicate –usually drier than Caucasian hair, and can be easily ruined by chemicals and heat.
Cut Off Some or All Damaged Hair at a GOOD Salon
If your hair has been truly wrecked, sometimes the best thing to do is have professional advice and then cut off as much damaged hair and split ends as possible so you can start fresh. You know when to cut off your hair: it's when you'd rather be bald than look the way you do now! A super-short haircut can be appealing if you go to someone who will shape the cut to your face. Understanding face shape is the difference between a ten dollar, ten minute hair cut and an admittedly more expensive, hopefully much nicer one.
Keep the Damaged Hair, but Take Special Care to Protect Healthy Hair
Home remedies for "hair gone wrong" include restoration of moisture to hair not too severely damaged and making way for regrowth. In the case of hair ruined by hot rollers or straightening, you may have a few inches of relatively undamaged hair on the scalp. Get a medium-severe haircut to get rid of the frizzled hair tips, or leave the damage right where it is and concentrate on protecting the good hair. Leave off the chemicals, avoid the blow dryer and other heated hair appliances, and use gentle shampoo as infrequently as you dare. Shampoo strips oils from your hair, making it more brittle, so if you don't really need to shampoo, cut it down to once a week or so. And forget vitamins in shampoo: they don't work. You can try taking vitamins internally to keep your hair strong as a side effect of your increased health, but there aren't any vitamins that help when applied externally.
Argan oil and other natural oil deep conditioning masks and treatments can help treat and prevent dry, damaged hair.
Use an Over the Counter Deep Conditioning Treatment
Buy deep conditioner hot oil products at the drugstore, or go the homemade route for less money. Hot oil treatments (actually, the oil is warm, not hot), work by starting with dampened hair, softening the cuticle and locking in the water by sealing the outside of the hair with a coating
of oil. You can make your hair drier by using hot oil if you then go and wash it all out with a harsh shampoo.
There are also various deep conditioning hair masks and leave in conditioners that can be used about once a week to repair and prevent damage to hair. Some of these products are left on about 10 minutes and others are overnight treatments depending on the brand. Ingredients like argon oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil and other natural oils are in many of these products. These oils can do wonder for hair as a repair treatment as well as a hair damage prevention treatment. A good beauty store (Ulta, Sephora, etc) or local hair salon should have a variety of hair repair conditioning treatments available.
Homemade Moisturizing Treatment for Damaged Hair
Deep conditioning home remedies and recipes for fried hair include mayonnaise, avocado and egg, but some of us prefer to eat our salads, not wear them. You can get the job done using any cooking oil (but peanut oil will make you smell peanutty!) Coconut suntan oil is a favorite, and it smells terrific, too. Rinse your hair with warm water, apply the oil from the palm of your hand, working it into your hair. Now comes the warm part: wrap your head in a towel or a plastic hair bag that comes with hair color kits, or in some cling wrap, and sit around in it as long as you can. Cover your pillow with a safety-pinned towel and sleep on it overnight. Next day, use a moisturizing or gentle baby shampoo to wash out the greasiness.
Lock In to Ways to Repair Damaged Hair
Anyone who has dry, damaged hair knows just how hard it can be to find effective and affordable products to fix the problem. With the popularity of hair colors, perms, extensions, and other harsh chemical treatments, as well as the current hair styles that call for using flat irons or hot rollers to perfect a certain look, having damaged hair is a problem that plagues so many women and yet there are still no perfect solutions. Avoiding damaging hair care practices, like having chemical treatments or using hot rollers, curling irons, and blow dryers in the first place is the best way to keep your hair healthy, but once the damage is done there are still products that can help you repair and restore your hair. Whether you need a deep conditioner, an oil treatment, a defrizzer, or a hair mask, help is on the way.