Chemicals in hair treatments are fairly common these days. It opens up possibilities for women who want to straighten, colour, shine, relax, or curl their hair. But with these chemicals are quite powerful to help you get one step closer to your dream hair, there are also certain drawbacks (and heavy drawbacks at that!). Most chemicals cause a break down in the elasticity of the hair shaft, thus making it vulnerable to breakage as the strands could easily snap off the shaft. Hair breakage is indeed a common complaint amongst women who have had several chemical treatments in the past.
Proper consultation with an expert hairstylist is a must if you want to ensure that hair is protected from damage when you undergo chemical processes. A professional with several years of experience in the hair industry is someone whose opinion you can rely on. Their goal is to analyze the current status of your hair condition and assess what kind of chemical treatments would work and what you should avoid, unless you want to experience more hair breakage.
This chemical treatment involves straightening or curling hair that also utilises a lot of heat in order for your hair to achieve a brand new shape (that is different from its natural shape). It is probably not uncommon knowledge that heat styling is damaging to your hair overtime, hence the use of intense heat during this process can cause serious damage to the hair. Aside from the heat, perming uses powerful chemicals that have the capacity to break the bonds within your hair.
If you want to get a perm, make sure it is done only by a perming expert. Or, you must wait at least 6 weeks in between sessions to give your hair a break. But experts suggest to not undergo chemical perming at all, if not needed, because the long-term damaging effects are difficult to reverse.
Chemical relaxers also work the same way that perms do – they use chemicals in order to change the natural shape of the hair. This process causes the breakdown of the hair’s natural chemical bonds while also losing its strength and elasticity. The less elastic the hair is, the more likely it is going to break.
For women whose had relaxing treatment, it is best to avoid the use of heated styling tools. Colouring your hair is also a no-no to prevent inflicting serious damage to hair.
This chemical treatment can be extremely damaging to the hair cuticle as it opens up the pores and strip hair of its natural colour. However, the chemical used tends to be too strong that the hair cuticle ends up being too porous. And porous hair is never a good thing. It breaks easily and it causes the hair colour to fade easily as pigments are released from the open pores.
If you want to change colour, or go for a lighter colour, opt for non-bleach dyes. Make sure that you visit a professional salon so that expert hairstylists can bleach your hair for you.
Other Things to Consider
• Avoid undergoing several chemical processes. One chemical treatment is already damaging to hair; multiple chemical processes can get severe damage.
• Avoid getting treatment from an ill-informed person. They must be able to advise you on what treatments you should and should not have, as well as inform you on the possible consequences on each treatment to your hair.
• Avoid chemically treating your hair on your own. It might save you money now but you can wind up spending more trying to fix your hair. Also, there is no price to pay for the embarrassment of having to walk around with seriously damaged hair, right?
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