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This is a guide about remedies for damaged hair. Any time of the year can be hard on your hair. The summer sun and water can dry it out as can the snowy winter. Chemicals and heat from coloring and styling can harm it even more.
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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

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This is a guide about using coconut oil for damaged hair. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. A small amount goes a long way.

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January 17, 2008

Fabulous hair repair tip! Vitamin E capsules are a CHEAP and fantastic remedy for dry hair, split ends and damaged hair. Take about 20 or so capsules (depending on damage...mine was severe!) and cut them open with a pair of small scissors. Take the gel and put on the ends of your damaged hair. It is tedious and time consuming but it really works!

Continue until all ends are covered. Work the gel in well and leave on your hair for at least an hour. I left mine on 2 hours while I cleaned house. Then shampoo and style as usual. You won't believe the difference! Try it!

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

During the past 14 days I been using 1000 IU of E gel caps. Break them open then apply to my hair/scalp. Just 1000 IU, One cap, and after few days my hair was clearly damaged! It became so dry, incredibly dry, brittle, and thin...can see my scalp through the lumps of hair strands. I am so baffled by this development, and wish there is an answer to this tragic sudden damage. I cant possibly describe the full extent of horrible look of my hair now. Its like chemically damaged sheep's wool. Burned like! Could this all be from the damn Vitamin E 1000 IU caps used some 6 times over 14 days. Help!

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February 3, 2011

To remedy any dryness in the hair from straightening, perming, coloring, bleaching, etc. try mixing your favorite hair conditioner with a teaspoon of olive oil or jojoba oil. Apply this to your hair while dry, cover with a shower cap and sleep on it. Rinse the next morning.

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

The olive oil is great. I use it on my hair when it's dry. It is so much more healthy now. I just rub some on my hands and then brush through my hair.

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August 13, 20160 found this helpful

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This is a guide about remedy for hair damaged by relaxer. The chemicals in a hair relaxer can sometimes do damage to your hair.

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October 31, 20040 found this helpful

Want to give life back to dull, lifeless hair? This works for "all" types. Beat 3 eggs; add 2 tablespoons olive or safflower oil and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Apply to you hair and cover with plastic wrap. Wait a half hour and then shampoo well. You get revitalized, lustrous shine and bounce.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 29, 2017

I have a problem. 3 weeks ago, I had my hair rebounded. I was expecting a good result, but it was not the same as what I expected. My hair got damaged to the tips and I cut the brittle parts. After 2 weeks it's just the same. My hair turned dry and looks lifeless. But some parts are still good. I saw some burnt hair above my ears and it's difficult for me to cut it.

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Now my hair is short so I'm afraid that dryness and damage might spread because some are still healthy (hopefully not). I really don't know what to do. Currently I'm using coconut oil and keratin treatment. I just want to know the best treatment for this kind of damage. I really need your help now. It's a very serious problem since my hair is very important for me.
Thank you so much.

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

wow-this is VERY serious-if you paid for this procedure you need to go back there asap so they can treat it professionally and then explain what you will need to do for the next 6 months while it grows out. it will be worth the time and effort

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

I'm so sorry!! Just so you know the keratin and coconut oil treatments will really help, so keep it up with those. There's also a lot of deep moisturizing hair mask recipes that you can find on Pinterest too. One thing that will help the most though, is limiting the amount of heat styling tools that you use. Definitely get the best deep moisturizing shampoo and conditioner products you can find as those will help greatly too. Hope that helps! : )

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March 5, 20150 found this helpful

How can I get my natural hair back after rebonding? I want to know how can I look good even if I'm still letting my natural hair grow back. I have black wavy hair that was rebonded and I want to get my natural hair back without any ugliness to show. You know, the baby hairs are standing up like antennae. Haha.

By Ronilyn B.

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful
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You have three choices:

1. Home box dyes, etc., can't give you what you want if your hair is already damaged.

2. Let your hair grow without any alterations and tough it out.

3. See a hair stylist to provide an opinion on what can be done.

Your best bet is to have a stylist work with your hair for a good result. But remember, your hair is already damaged so any stylist can only try to help from there.

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February 13, 20140 found this helpful

I had to go through rebonding and coloring with the gap of one day only and now my hair has become so damaged even I can't comb my hair without oiling. They are like burnt. I am very upset. Please recommend to me some serum or shampoo or any remedy. Please help me. Waiting for your answer. Thanks.

By Zara

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February 22, 20141 found this helpful

I alwayse use baby shampoo. There are no chemcals to damage your hair, and I use very little conditioner. There gets to be to much buildup in your hair.

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

Hi Zara......it happens when u use two harsh chemicals together. I will suggest u to go for hair spa immediately and use a very good spa cream at home regularly twice a week for a month. It will smoothen ur hair. Use a mild shampoo and avoid chemicals for at least two months.

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February 20, 2007

I moved recently and now have well water. I have brown hair and blonde highlights. After using the well water my hair is such a bad rusty color where the highlights were. Can you please tell me if there is anything I can do to get my hair color back? Thank you much!

Kimmy from Joliet, IL

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June 14, 20090 found this helpful

The only thing you can really do, and I have to do it every time I wash my hair, and it is a bit of a pain but it is 100% reliable. I purchase a few or how ever many gallons of distilled water you want to buy at one time, and use one or two of the gallons when you wash your hair, (depending on your hair length) and put them in the bath tub, or kitchen sink and fill it about 1/4 of the way up the gallon jug/s with HOT water and just let it sit in there.

Make sure you shake up the gallon/s of water every now and then to distribute the water evenly so it wont take so long to get it warm enough to not freeze your head! LOL Also you may want to change the water once or twice with HOT water. Then I just get one of those huge cups that you get from a convenient store to fill up every time you need to get hair wet, & rinse it. etc. It sounds like its more trouble than its worth, but it really only takes about 20 min. or so to make it the right temp. and you wont end up with orange hair. Good Luck!

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June 14, 20090 found this helpful

It probably has nothing to do with their water, your washing your hair or any effort you used. Unless you live in a very arid place, the atmosphere in Las Vegas is different from where you live. I live in Humidity Central and have severely wavy hair. When I went to Las Vegas, my hair had volume, was absolutely straight and stayed in place without a fight.

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August 25, 2008

I was wondering if you have any recipes that can make my hair less damaged. I have curly hair but I straighten my hair everyday! Thanks!

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November 28, 20080 found this helpful

For oily hair, use white vinegar. (believe me.. it works) in the shower, wet your hair, and apply white vinegar into the scalp. Rub it, and wash it off, after this, apply normal shampoo.

I do it every single day, and leaves my hair perfect. and no, it leave no odor.

A friend of mine, has psoriasis, and use the vinegar also, at first he said it hurt, but you wouldn't notice he has psoriasis in the head (scalp).

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December 7, 20080 found this helpful

4 words. Red Wine and Eggs. Whip them together and massage into your hair before you wash it. It left my very frizzy hair smooth and soft. I've been using it since I was 10 so you can use it on your children's hair without the bad effects!

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June 10, 20130 found this helpful

I was in the foster care system and my foster mom put a perm in my hair when I was two. Growing up it's been really tough, my hair is so brittle and hard. Now what do I do? I'm 17 now and even though this happened when I was 2 there is no telling what else she did. How do I manage my hair by myself? What kinds of oil or grease will work? Please help me.

By dayday

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June 12, 20130 found this helpful

Use Wen by Chaz Dean's Fig cleansing conditioner. You can find it at Ulta and QVC.com. His cleansing conditioners are great for my hair which is very fine. I have hormonal issues that effect both my scalp and hair and this has seems to really help. It is pricey (about $30) but I've tried all of the other in-store brands and this is the only one that helps my hair.

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June 12, 20130 found this helpful

I was a professional stylist, so I will say this: Even if you only go 4 times a year, Find a good stylist who is not overly focused on cutting your hair. Regular trimming is needed but not necessary to have a cut. Talk to friends and acquaintances whose hair is well taken care of and get tips from them along with referrals for stylists.

If you want to continue with perms/relaxers, have a stylist do it and instruct you how to maintain your hair between visits.

As for home care, look for shampoos and conditioners formulated for dry hair, and without sulfates in them. Get a moisturizing deep conditioner to use once a month (usually a thick cream), and a protein treatment to use once every 1-2 months. Make sure you follow all directions on your products.

As for oil, unless you are allergic, regular old coconut oil (like you might find at the grocery store) will do wonders, just use sparingly. Above all, between salon and home care, have patience, there will be some immediate changes but everything will not change overnight or with one treatment.

Since I don't know what products you have been using on your hair, I cannot give exact advice on whether you need a deep cleansing treatment to remove buildup, or whether you perhaps need to avoid heat for a while. But hopefully you will have some success from what I have shared. Good luck!

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April 5, 20120 found this helpful

I am on a lot of medication for SLE (systemic lupus ereth.), fibromyalgia, as well as multiple problems caused from both. I have colored my hair for years, only store bought. I have used one brand for years. I am 60 years old and never had a problem. My hair has gotten so dry, especially the hair that is underneath (it is thick), that it causes it to stick out. The length is just below the neck line, about an inch. The damaged hair has a wave to it also, the rest is perfectly straight. I use a blow dryer on low to straighten out the damaged hair and was using a straightening iron.

Nothing I have used, over-the-counter, and different shampoos and conditioners has helped. My doctor said I am on most of these medications for life. I had oily hair when I was younger. Please, do you have an inexpensive idea that will help me out? I don't have a lot of things about myself I like, but I really loved my hair and was proud of it. Even though I live in Florida, I am not out in direct sun as it can cause the lupus to increase activity. Also, with mayonnaise, do you wet your hair first? Thank you so much for your help! If you need more information you can contact me through this site.

By Margie from St. Petersburg, FL

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April 9, 20120 found this helpful

Olive oil will work, too. Use only a small amount and apply it to wet hair. The one product I have used - waist length hair at 70! - is an ethic product called, I think, Ultra sheen. It washes out easily, gives a wonder shine, and takes only a small amount. Smells very clean. Just don't use too much. Hope this helps.

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

God Bless you honey. I understand both sides of the problem. For my long hair that isn't as pretty as it used to be for similar reasons (meds, then plus age for me).

I started off by trying jojoba oil (the long hair folks say that it is closest to your natural oils. Try them two or three times each till you find one of the oils that works for you). I just put a couple or three drops at a time in my hands, rub together and smooth down my hair strands. Repeat as necessary to get all your hairs. Brush your hair gently. It will absorb what's needed (I put mine in a bun over night), then wash lightly with my old favorite shampoo and use conditioner.

Follow all the hair care rules for long hair (go to their group site for lots of ideas). Hang in there, and remember that almost everybody wishes they had someone elses hair type. Someone is probably wishing theirs wasn't limp and more like yours.

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April 24, 2010

I went to the hair dresser for the first time. My hair was really long and thick and my mom didn't want to do it anymore because it would take 2 hours.

The first time i went to the hair dresser, I got it straightened for school. And it looked a little shorter, but you couldn't really tell. The 2nd time I went to a different place, and they put some kind of chemicals in it because my hair was getting shorter throughout the year.

Now my hair is up to my shoulders and keeps breaking off. But I'm afraid to go back to the hair dresser. But I really want my hair to grow back. Please help.

By Alex from Philadelphia, PA

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

First of all, if you're having your hair 'chemically' straightened you should keep going to the same hairstylist! Different stylists use different hair straightening based chemicals and the difference in chemicals is probably causing the problem.

Perhaps you would be better off not having your hair chemically straightened and take the time to heat flat iron it yourself after each shampoo if your hair is not ethnically too curly to do so. I am of mixed race but it's wavy and not super curly so I blow it dry and simply use the straight iron. I do it in sections. Clip up your upper hair out of the way and then straighten the lower hair and then drop the upper hair down in sections to straighten and keep going until you're done with the very top section.

I hope this makes sense to you and that the information helps.

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April 27, 20100 found this helpful

It is tough to know what advice to offer you when we don't really know what you have had done with your hair. Do you do a lot of drying and straightening? Have you had it chemically straightened? Are you dying your hair?

It may be that you have split ends, which happens if you grow your hair long and never have them trimmed back at all. Split ends also happen if you do a lot of drying, curling or straightening. I seriously doubt that going to the beauty salon is the cause of your hair troubles. After all, they go to school to learn how to treat hair properly. If they ruined hair, they would be out of business.

I had long hair as a teenager, and certainly never needed to take anything to grow it, nor would I put mayo or baby oil in it. I had a problem with oily hair as it was, although spilt ends would develop over time. Hair just wears out, you know.

I wonder what it is that you are doing with your hair that takes two hours. Straightening it? If that is the case, than that may be part of the reason for the hair damage.

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July 4, 20110 found this helpful

My hair is broken off at the center of the shaft and it is very brittle. I have not had a perm since last October. All I have been doing to my hair is washing it and setting it. I need a perm very badly. I have never had a problem with my hair before.

I am 46 and I don't know what happened. It's thin and broken off around the edges. I am worried; I have always had thick hair.

By Vickie

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July 6, 20110 found this helpful

Hormones may also be playing a factor here. Menopause or even peri-menopause changes many things, including hair (thinning). The other thing to consider or look into is a possible thyroid condition.

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July 6, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like instead of needing a perm, you need a rest. Seems like it is damaged, especially if mid-shaft is 4-5 inches from your scalp (hair grows about 1/2 inch per month). Nobody needs a perm. get it cut in a nice easy style for the rest of the summer, and use a good shampoo and conditioner, plus a reconstructor once every 6 weeks or so. Let it rest til this October or longer; then if you decide to go back to a perm you can. You might find you like an easier style better, who knows? In any case let it rest, and if getting the damaged hair cut off and treating it nicely doesn't do the trick by October (or sooner if it keeps getting worse), go to the doctor. Sounds like the last perm over processed it a bit, especially where the rod bands would have held the rods near the scalp. Good luck!

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October 9, 20130 found this helpful

One and a half years ago I had rebonding done on my hair by a nonprofessional. Since then I have been suffering from heavy hair loss. I tried a lot of treatments for this hair fall, but every time they have failed. So can someone please help me?

By Meenu

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October 12, 20130 found this helpful

My hairdresser told me to take biotin for thinning hair. As this is a B vitamin, you will need to take a multiple b complex in conjunction with this as when you take any b vitamin without the others, your body will automatically dump the remaining b vitamins that are in your system, from what I understand. I hope this helps.

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October 12, 20130 found this helpful

My hairdresser told me to take biotin for thinning hair. As this is a B vitamin, you will need to take a multiple b complex in conjunction with thisas when you take any b vitamin without the others, your body will automatically dump the remaining b vitamins that are in your system, from what I understand. I hope this helps.

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June 9, 20130 found this helpful

I have very long hair and it's in layers. For some reason I've noticed that hair that is in layers once it's damaged it looks horrible.
I don't have any split ends and it really don't want to cut my hair, but the bottom layer is pretty damaged. Please help. Do you have any recommendations?

By sofy r from UT

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June 9, 20130 found this helpful

You can't really "repair" damaged hair - it must be cut off. But try to figure out what's doing the damage! Blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, dye/bleach? Best to cut off the damage, avoid what damaged it in the first place, and condition regularly. You may not have split ends now, but the damaged hair will break off and you will have split ends.

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June 19, 20130 found this helpful

It's not the layering that is causing the damage. Something else is. Are you a flat iron user? I am and at one point because I hadn't been protecting my hair prior to flat ironing it it got beat pretty bad. Add any kind of chemical processes that one can do to hair: color, keratin, chemical straightening, perms or highlights, and you got issues waiting to happen to even the most well cared for hair.

Deep condition your hair on a regular basis with coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, lavender essential oil, peppermint oil(just a few drops, it'll tingle nicely), sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil... create a blend that you like using a combo of these. You dont need to use all of them. You can also add tea tree oil, strong medincial smell or neem oil but it has a very pungent smell that most people liken to fried onions mixed with fried sweaty socks.

Pure Moroccan Argan oil is great as well but pricey. Warm your blend massage it thru hair and onto scalp. Leave it on anywhere from 20 minutes to all night -depending on your comfort level and the dryness of your hair then shampoo out ...don't over condition after. It feels great and your hair will be soft and moisturized with shine and you will feel pampered.

I have found the best protection prior to drying and or flatiron or curling iron use is a few drops of a store bought argan oil treatment, just takes a little, , smells nice and if you don't use too much it doesn't make your hair look or feel greasy . It will feel sleek and smooth. I use organix brand, costs about 7 dollars max. cheaper at walmart kind of stores as opposed to drug stores or salons.

Make certain you get regular trims because the only real way to get rid of damaged hair is to cut it off. Good luck

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May 22, 20120 found this helpful

I have done rebonding on my hair. Now after 1 year my hair is very damaged, with a lot of split ends, hair loss, and dandruff. I am very upset, please tell me the solution as soon as possible.
Thank you so much.

By Sandhya

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May 24, 20120 found this helpful

No one can really give you any sort of reasonable answer regarding any three of the subjects you mention without knowing the following:

How often do you have a re-bonding touchup?

Who is applying the re-bonding; you or a qualified professional?

If you have re-bonding touchups are the chemicals only applied to the regrowth?

Are you gentle with caring for your hair when brushing/combing both when the hair is wet and when dry?

Is your skin dry or oily or a combination of both?

Do you use heated flat irons on a regular basis to keep the hair appearing smooth?

How often do you have your hair trimmed?

Do you condition your hair every time you shampoo it and how often do you shampoo?

Do you have proper eating habits/balanced diet?

Are you healthy in general?

Do you take any medications?

If you could answer these questions I would be happy to give you qualified detailed advice. Am not being egotistical by saying this but I was a top notch hairstylist for 35 years and both of my parents were also career hairstylists.

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September 29, 20160 found this helpful

Hi i also have d same problem.. my hair damged due to continous rebonding processes...

1. I have done rebonding 4 times.. 3 from proffessional and 1 by myself

2. No rebonding touch ups

3. Skin dry

4. No heating tools Used for last one year (after last rebonding)

5.trimming every 3 months

6. I use conditioner and serum evErytime i shampoo

7. Healthy.. medication_ thyroxine 25 mg

Currently i am using matrix opticare shampoo and matrix opticare mask as conditioner and matrix biolage serum.

Pl suggest me good shampoo and conditioner to repair my damage and also to get healthy hair growth.

I have fine dry hair..

Thanx in advance

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June 24, 20130 found this helpful

Dyed my hair about 2 months ago and straight permed it last night and now its falling out! I put blonde high lights in my hair in April and just put a relaxer in my hair last night. My hair is super elasticy and breaks when I brush it. It also feels almost like I have bad leave in shampoo in it. It feels dirty and is frizzy. I'm too afraid to brush it because I don't wanna lose more, but I have to. I've heard to not use shampoo and get Moroccan oil and deep conditioners and use egg. I really, really don't wanna cut it. Does anyone know about how long it takes to fix this if I take good care of my hair? Any other ideas? I'm desperate!

By Chanda

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September 4, 20130 found this helpful

I've done the same thing. My hair was down my shoulders and had to cut it off because of killing it with to many chemicals. Try olive oils treatments or mayo with olive oil. Leave it in overnight. I've done it 3 nights in a row and my hair is healthier looking/feeling with less breakage. I've also heard beer is good too but never tried it. Just wash, condition and use leave in conditioner during the day. Good luck!

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January 19, 20130 found this helpful

I am having a problem with so much hair falling out after rebonding of hair. Please does anyone know of any solution I can use? I tried Mintop Forte lotion and also had a doctor consultation, but no effect.

By Neha

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January 22, 20130 found this helpful

Someone gave me this tip many years ago as my hair was falling out but since I have been taking Vitamin E and it sure has helped me. Ask your doctor if you can take Vitamin E before taking it. Also give it time it works slowly, but does work. Good Luck

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November 1, 20120 found this helpful

My hair has become damaged due to chemicals used for straightening. The roots of my hair have become so dry and brittle that when I touch them with my fingers it feels like I've been pricked by a thorn. Please give me some tips to regain my natural hair.

By Sara

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November 5, 20120 found this helpful

Damaged hair needs oils to protect it while new, healthier hair grows in. The simplest is mayonnaise - rub a handful of mayo into your hair and let it sit for a half hour or so and then wash it out. This makes the bathtub slippery, so be careful.

You can also apply any liquid vegetable oil. It's also important to eat healthy oils and proteins to bring in healthy new growth of hair.

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September 28, 20140 found this helpful

I have rebond my hair once a year for the past few years. I can't just cut it without re-bonding, because then my hair becomes frizzy at the place where I tie my hair.

I really want to break out of this rebonding cycle. I just want to cut my hair without having to worry about the permanent zig zag mark; it doesn't go away after I wash my hair. Please help.

By Gen

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