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How to Care for Chemically Treated Hair

Hair that has not been chemically treated is hard to come across these days. Forget the coloring and the straightening etc, just by using shampoo youíre treating your hair to a variety of chemicals! Ha ha! But seriously, if you color your hair so often that you donít remember your natural hair color anymore; or you put it through regular sessions of straightening, curling, perming etc Ė youíre no stranger to chemically treated hair.
 
Now you donít need a genius to tell you that these chemicals are bad for you. But if you take good care of your hair, the chemicals wonít be as bad (hopefully!).
 
lady brushing her hair • Choose The Right Products
 
You know when you went to the supermarket and picked up that shampoo right off the rack without bothering to have a look at what it does. Well, thatís what you did wrong girl! You have got to, I repeat, got to be very careful with the hair products you use when your hair is chemically treated. Youíve gone through great pains (physically and financially!) to get your hair to look good. Now keep up the good work and buy some products that are designed for your hair. They will treat your hair gently and maintain whatever chemical treatment youíve used.
 
• Wash Your Hair Carefully
 
Itís a lifelong commitment this chemical treatment. Be prepared girl! Arming yourself with the right shampoo and conditioner isnít good enough. You need to wash your hair carefully too. First of all, never wash your hair for at least 24 hours after any chemical treatment. This is because during the treatment your hair shafts have been chemically adjusted. Your tresses need to get used to it and if you wash it before 24 hours, youíll only be ruining the effectiveness of the chemical treatment.
 
• Stay Out Of The Sun
 
Regular maintenance of chemically treated hair is important so there are some things you should or shouldnít do. One of the most important tips I could give you is to avoid the sun. The strong rays of the sun donít help your hair treatments at all. Not only does the sun strip moisture away from your hair, but if youíve got colored hair, you should know too much sun fades it. The best advice would be to keep your head covered whenever itís possible. If not, buy yourself some color-protecting serum or spray which can act as a sunscreen for your hair.
 
• Styling Products
 
Styling your hair isnít super hard work, you just need to take a few extra precautions with chemically treated hair. Your chemical treatment could probably dry your hair anyway, so use a styling product that is rich in content and has been known to touch up dry ends. A heavy-based greasy product will only drag your hair down. A hair conditioner thatís rich in antioxidants is a good protective measure to keep in mind before styling your hair.
 
• A New Haircut
 
Maintaining your look is of vital importance. Just getting a flash chemical treatment isnít good enough if you donít have a fabulous haircut to go with it. In fact, a good haircut every few months is essential with chemically treated hair. This is because the treatments can strip away moisture and your hair ends might end up looking dead and dry without regular trimming sessions at the hairdresserís.
 
Chemical treatments can be harsh and we all know that. That doesnít mean weíre going to stop doing it. But the least we can do is take good care of our hair after that. Hope these tips get you on track!
 
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