Chemically treated hair has entirely different needs than hair that hasn’t been treated chemically. Did you realize that? If not, it’s ok because now you know! Chemical treatments on the hair means hair is going to have different needs in order to maintain its health and appearance in the way that you probably want it to look. If you chemically treat your hair you’re in the right place because we’ve gathered up a list of tips for keeping your chemically treated hair healthy.
Don’t Wash Too Often
When you chemically treat your hair it’s undergone some treatment that puts it in a more vulnerable state than hair that hasn’t been treated with chemicals. There’s a big misconception around hair care, and it’s that you should wash your hair daily to keep it clean. While we’re all about clean hair, washing your hair on a daily basis can actually do more harm than good-especially when it’s been chemically treated. Anytime you wash your hair it’s losing some of the natural oils in it to keep it healthy, so washing daily means you’re constantly stripping your hair of its natural oils. Most hair care experts suggest every other day at the MOST, but you can likely go every two days or so. Dry shampoo is the best tool to help you get that refresh between washes.
Focus On Moisture
Chemically treated hair runs the risk of becoming dry and brittle. The chemicals used in hair treatments often cause the hair to lose a lot of its natural moisture and it can be difficult for it to form on its own. That being said, your hair needs moisture in order to stay and be healthy. So what do you do? Focus on adding moisture to your hair during your hair care routine. Make sure you’re using a moisture focused shampoo/conditioner duo and add in a deep conditioning treatment to your weekly hair care routine. The more moisture you’re able to add with quality hair care products, the better chance your hair will have to gain and keep moisture to maintain its health.
Turn Down The Heat
Heated hair styling is something most women use to style their hair on a regular (if not daily) basis. As we mentioned above, chemically treated hair tends to be more susceptible to dryness. In addition to dryness being a big risk/factor, chemically treated hair in generally is more vulnerable and sensitive to other factors. All that to say, it’s essential to make sure you’re turning down on how often you’re actually using heat to style your hair. Minimize the amount you apply heat to your hair when styling it to allow your hair a chance to have a break and not be put under too much stress from over-heating. In addition to heated hair styling tools, this also means it’s important that you’re not using HOT water when washing your hair. Hot water can cause a lot of stress and dryness to result on the hair.