How to Condition Damaged Hair

DamagedEnjoy shiny, healthy hair once you learn how to condition your damaged locks. Damage occurs as a result of too much heat when styling it or using too many chemicals. The result is a dull, frizzy, lifeless look. The good news is that this damage is easily remedied with the proper steps.

Step 1: Shampoo and de-tangle

Wash your hair using a clarifying shampoo, as this helps eliminate the buildup of styling products, dirt and oil. Do not use clarifying shampoo more than once a week, as it removes the natural oils that your hair needs to look shiny and healthy. After you shampoo, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to gently de tangle it.

Step 2: Apply conditioner

Use your fingers to generously apply deep conditioner. Work from the roots to the ends, paying close attention to the ends, as they are the oldest parts of the strands and probably the driest and most damaged. Pile it on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap.

Step 3: Apply heat

Use a dryer to apply heat to your hair for at least one minute. This activates the deep conditioner and enhances its effectiveness. Remove the plastic shower cap and wrap the hair in a warm towel. Wait for at least 20 minutes or the time suggested in the directions that are included with the deep conditioner.

Step 4: Rinse and style

Rinse thoroughly to ensure all the conditioner is removed. Finish the rinse with cool water as it seals the hair cuticles. Then dry and style as usual.

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