Thursday, January 26, 2012

Put a Stop to Over-Processing

If what you want is runway-ready hair, but what you've got is a mop of ragged strands, than chances are you're dealing with a case of over-processing. Over-processing is when the integrity of the hair fiber has been compromised by chemical treatments like relaxers, texturizers, perms, color processing, or bleaching. Read on to find out how these processes can affect your hair and what you can do to go from "don't look!" to "look at me now!":

Hair is a fibrous (i.e. stringy) protein made up of three layers: the medulla, inner cortex, and outer cuticle. Chemical treatments work by interacting with the various layers to achieve specific results. For example, when you lighten your hair, a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide goes deep into the cuticle where your natural pigment is stored to remove it--unlike a temporary dye that merely sits on top. Over time, these processes can create create weak points that can lead to breakage and dull locks.

Do a quick strand test to see if this describes you. Part your hair into several sections as if you were getting a blow-out and give it a good look. If it is rough, brittle, broken, split, or unintentionally discolored, you may have a hair mishap on your hands. Not to worry, with the right pampering treatments, you can rehabilitate damaged locks and get your hair back to healthy and fabulous.

Quick Hair Rehab Remedy
It is important to nourish hair to keep it healthy and beautiful from scalp to tips. Protein is important for strength, and moisture for pliability. Grab a product that fits your hair's specific needs and apply it generously after you wash. Cover hair with a plastic cap, and either sit under a hooded dryer* for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, or let hair and treatment product sit for 30 minutes after it's been warmed and wash it out. Follow up with a leave-in conditioner and style normally.

We recommend glo essentials Reparative Keratin Leave-in Treatment, Intense Replenish Hydro-Nourish Conditioner

*Heat expands the hair cuticle so nourishing ingredients can be delivered to where they are needed most.
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