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What do you do when your hair gets dry and brittle?

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How to repair damaged hair overnight

Posted by Irina Gonzalez on February 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I abuse my hair a lot: I blow dry, curl, straighten, occasionally get a Brazilian keratin treatment and color it. I've had a perm in the past and tend to go from one color to anothermore than anyone would ever recommend. The last time I asked my hair for advice on a hairstyle I was considering, she said, "What does it matter? You'll change it in two months, anyway."

It's a funny statement, mostly because it's true. Today my hair is barely below my earlobes and colored red whereas a month and a half ago it was halfway down my back and almost black. I do so much damage to it that some days I wake up and all I see is a frizzy, dry, brittle mess. But I've figured out the absolute best way to repair damaged hair overnight.

Read more ¿Qué más? Quick fixes for frizzy hair!

First, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo in the evening. Squeeze all the water or dry with a towel until it is damp. Then, apply a palm-sized dollop of deep conditioner to your hair, concentrating on the ends. Comb through, then wrap your hair in a do-it-yourself wrap (I seal the conditioner with a plastic grocery bag, then cover my hair with a towel) and go to bed. Your hair will condition overnight and you can simply wash it off the next morning. It may be a bit limp that first day, but you'll notice the difference after your regular shampoo-and-condition routine the next day. Do this at least once a month to keep your hair shiny and healthy. These are my favorite deep conditioners:

  1. Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak: This was the first deep conditioner that I tried and it still remains my favorite, thanks to it rescuing my hair in a month when I went from red to brown and back to red.
  2. Pantene Pro-V's Restore Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask: When I was trying to grow my hair long, this was my go-to mask. It helps strengthen brittle hair to resist breakage and keep growing long.
  3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask: I love using this one right after I have just colored my hair. It's made especially for over-processed hair, which mine often is thanks to daily blow drying and monthly coloring sessions.
  4. Matrix Biolage Fortetherapie Intensive Strengthening Masque: This one is so strong that it's often used in salons. I love doing it when my hair feels weak and limp, like after a few weeks of non-stop straightening and curling.
  5. Kuza Coconut Crème Deep Conditioner: I found this one through a friend and have loved it, especially after getting my perm. It's safe on color treated or relaxed hair, plus coconut oil is one of the healthiest ingredients for your body.
  6. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask: Although this mask claims to only need a 5-minute treatment, I love leaving it on overnight and letting my hair soak in all of the richness from the argan oil and wake up to super soft locks.

Read more ¿Qué más? The 5 best & bounciest hairstyles for curly hair.

What do you do when your hair gets dry and brittle?


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ML Cathy

As a young girl my mom would either used over ripened avacados or mayo on my hair.  My hair would come out so shiny & healthy looking.

BorinquenMom

I need to try this!

BeautyChica

I tried #1 and I'm a fan!

Quoting BorinquenMom:

I need to try this!


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Kimberlyrose83

 Thank you for all the tips.

Right now if its dry or brittle, I know my hair needs a trim. I mostly try to prevent it from getting to that point.

I don't use heat on my hair, other them my bangs. I only wash my hair with shampoo, once or twice a week. When I do shampoo, I use a sulfate, and paraben free shampoo. I condition daily. I even use conditioner as my "gel".

Once a week, I do a leave in conditoning treatment, every other week, I use olive oil for a deep conditioning.

I flat ironed my hair for 2 years. I'm now in the process of getting back my natural curls. I have a lot of damage to repair, its definatly a process.

BeautyChica

I'm very much like you. Claiming the curls. I do love using conditioner as "gel. "I feel it has better stuff for it. Which one do you use?

Quoting Kimberlyrose83:

 Thank you for all the tips.

Right now if its dry or brittle, I know my hair needs a trim. I mostly try to prevent it from getting to that point.

I don't use heat on my hair, other them my bangs. I only wash my hair with shampoo, once or twice a week. When I do shampoo, I use a sulfate, and paraben free shampoo. I condition daily. I even use conditioner as my "gel".

Once a week, I do a leave in conditoning treatment, every other week, I use olive oil for a deep conditioning.

I flat ironed my hair for 2 years. I'm now in the process of getting back my natural curls. I have a lot of damage to repair, its definatly a process.


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Kimberlyrose83

 Omgosh, I use alot of stuff. I'm still trying to figue out my perfect routine, so I'm in the trial and error phase right now.

For shampoos and conditioners, I have always been a Pantene Pro V fan. I am branching out now. I alway rotate, I never use the same shampoo or conditioner in a row. I just started using Beautiful Curls Shea butter reactivating shampoo. (wish I would have grabbed the conditioner also.)

So, Shampoos: I have Pantene for curls, Ion curl solutions (which is sulfate, and paraben free, its also vegan). I also have Daily Renewal Naturals, its a baby shampoo. (Its also paraben, and sulfate free, also hypoallergenic.)

Conditioners: I use Pantene for curls, Herbal essences Totally Twisted.

Leave in Conditioners: I use Pantene Curly hair series Deep conditioning treatment. Cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream.

After I get out of the shower, I spray either Beautiful Curls Shea Butter curl reviving tonic, or Pure Shine Spray it curly perfectly defined curls.

For styling I use either the Cantu shea butter leave in, or the herbal essences conditoner. Samy Salon systmes get curls cur reactivator,I also just got Pure shine Curls Lotion. (I love it, I just wish it were bigger)

 

LMBO, thats alot of stuff! I use it all one at a time, I swear its not all in my hair at once. Lol Like I said I'm still trying to figure out what comination of products will best suit me. So, I am kind of trying what ever I can get my hands on.

I really want to try the Deva curl, and mixed chicks products.

Quoting BeautyChica:

I'm very much like you. Claiming the curls. I do love using conditioner as "gel. "I feel it has better stuff for it. Which one do you use?

Quoting Kimberlyrose83:

 Thank you for all the tips.

Right now if its dry or brittle, I know my hair needs a trim. I mostly try to prevent it from getting to that point.

I don't use heat on my hair, other them my bangs. I only wash my hair with shampoo, once or twice a week. When I do shampoo, I use a sulfate, and paraben free shampoo. I condition daily. I even use conditioner as my "gel".

Once a week, I do a leave in conditoning treatment, every other week, I use olive oil for a deep conditioning.

I flat ironed my hair for 2 years. I'm now in the process of getting back my natural curls. I have a lot of damage to repair, its definatly a process.


 

trendymom77

i do olive oil treatments in  my hair

BorinquenMom

Do you just put regular olive oil?

Quoting trendymom77:

i do olive oil treatments in  my hair

 

 

trendymom77

 yes i warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds

 

Quoting BorinquenMom:

Do you just put regular olive oil?

Quoting trendymom77:

i do olive oil treatments in  my hair

 

 

 

 

Jeannetteg

I soak it in olive oil for a couple of hours.