HELP I'm Brittle, Breaking, Porous, Dry & Colored
Within the last few weeks my hair is having a bunch of problems!
When I detangle (gently, with fingers) I lose a lot of hair and I ALWAYS have knots - at least 2-4 each session.
My ends, no matter wet or dry, conditioned and sealed, are always tangled, knotted and seem to stick together. And my ends feel rough to the touch.
I've also noticed the flyaways at my hairline are not just at my hairline (yikes! hairline breakage?) And a lot of frizz at the root (wet or dry.)
Background: my hair was highlighted, but due to some mistakes they had to re-lighten it/add more highlights THREE TIMES!! (november, again in december and again in february.)
Even with all that color my hair has never seemed damaged...until now. I don't know what to do! And now, I'm noticing that those flyaways are probably hairline breakage too! (the hairs are about 2-4 inches long!)
I hope someone can help or give me some idea of what to do!! I'm kinda freaking out!
If you have a stylist that you can go to who can take a look through your hair to see if there's damage throughout and take steps to treat and improve the condition of your hair you should do that as soon as possible.
If you don't have access to a stylist, I would suggest doing a protein treatment and then keep your hair moisturized and keep doing DCs every single week. Depending on the knots and tangles you are experiencing, it could be an indication that you need to trim your ends.
I find it odd that your stylist went over your highlights that many times in such a short period of time, many shy away from reprocessing hair like that. So ever since you got those highlights you really should have started babying your hair with weekly conditioning and/or moisture treatments and monthly protein treatments at the very least.
I don't know where you live but the arrival of cooler weather and a decrease in the humid weather could have something to do with you noticing damage now.
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1. GEt professional help. YOu'd have to research this and visit someone who knows about repairing hair and probably pay big bucks for a reconstructing/conditioning treatment. Aveda does one of these
2. Buy a quality reconstructor with protein (such as K-Pak by Joico, along with a conditioner follow-up, Joico makes one, too; or Repair Me by Curl Junkie followed by Curl Rehab; or Repairing Protein Treatment by Spiral Solutions followed by Decadent Moisture; in other words, a strong protein tx followed by a strong conditioning without protein treatment... etc) and do an at home serious treatment. This will require plastic processing cap(s), some time (an hour or more), and a heat or warmth source (heated towels over the cap; a bonnet hair dryer; a blow-dryer with diffuser aimed at plastic-cap covered hair). Basically, you're doing a reconstruction two-step like a salon might, only saving bucks.
~~Then do weekly conditioning treatments (not necessarily with protein) and treat hair as gently as possible. That is, no blow-drying/hot rollers/flat-irons. If the ends are totally fried, cut off as much as necessary to get rid of the worst, what you can aethetically tolerate.
Try to cowash if possible to give hair time to rest. If not, at least a lowpoo to be gentle. Sleep with a satin cap to protect hair at night so it has less tangling by morning.
That's my advice. But seeking out a pro is not a bad idea if your hair is breaking off. You may need to do a big chop if they think it's not reparable. :(
But definitely commit to a super gentle regimen and weekly conditioning treatments at home until healthy hair grows out. (Eat a good diet and consider supplements for hair, like Nourishair or biotin/msm combos if you have no health issues/your doc is okay with it. Eat a healthy and protein-rich diet, as long as it's not contraindicated by a medical condition/kidney issues.)
Don't be afraid to leave a conditioner on all night (as long as it's not the reconstructor--that should not go on all night). I've slept with protein-free or minimal protein condishes back when I had damage and woke up with much nicer hair. :) It might help.
I'd also never, ever go back to that person who shredded your hair with a bad color job and retreatments. They obviously didn't even bother to consider how badly this would hurt your hair.
With the remaining hair use proven ingredients like coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. You should also consider water soluble or amine silicones for slip and detangling. Do not do lengthy conditioning sessions, it won't achieve anything except weaken your hair still further - being wet swells the cuticle and breaks some of the structural bonds. You want as little water exposure as possible to avoid hygral fatigue. A good series of articles
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Deep Conditioning Update: Penetration and Adsorption
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Deep Conditioning: Effect of Time and Temperature/Heat
Porosity and Curly Hair
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