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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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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!

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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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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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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

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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August 13, 20160 found this helpful

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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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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By guest (Guest Post)
February 20, 20070 found this helpful

yes, i am a stylist and our salon has a treatment called Malibu. If you go to your salon she should know how to handle the removal of the coloration without damage or redoing anything chemically. our salon charges around ten bucks and a tip if they please.

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February 20, 20070 found this helpful

You probably should invest in a water softener. I'm assuming you have "hard" water. You could consult your beautician, they should have some tips for you too.

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

We had that. Everyone in this neighborhood has had well water for many many years. The only way to stop it from turning your sinks tub toilet and your hair red is to get a water softener. Meanwhile - since i know it costed us alot...... we only drank bottled water and cooked with it... we used 'The Works' to get the rust off the sinks toilet n tub.... and as for your hair well i hope a beautician can help but if not go to a friend neighbor or family members house to wash your hair. Good luck hun - been there done that and i know its awful. - smells too! lol

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February 21, 20071 found this helpful

Before washing your hair, mix about two to three tablespoons of baking powder with water to dissolve and pour over your hair, then wash with a purple shampoo for blonde hair, leaving on for three to five minutes, do not rinse the baking soda out before putting the shampoo on your hair. My stylist told me to do this, I am on well water, too, and I do this.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 22, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, you NEED a water conditioner...it will save you not only money on all the hair treatments, but if you don't...the water will ruin your plumbing, your pipes your toilet tanks, etc. Believe me...it will be WAY worth the money you need to spend. You either spend it now, or lots more in bits and pieces over the ensuring years.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 22, 20070 found this helpful

My hairdresser recommends Malibu2000 products. (One of the stylists at the salon had the same problem. http://www.malibu2000.com/content/ ) She gave me some samples the last time I was at the salon and it really seemed to work well.

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February 22, 20070 found this helpful

Judy,
You mentioned using baking powder but then also mentioned baking soda. They are two different products. I figure it was just a slip of your typing fingers...........happens to me too.........but I just wondered which one to use. Thanks!

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February 25, 20070 found this helpful

I live in a city (So. Portland, Maine) and my shower nozzle is red stained now. It was new 2 years ago. I also keep getting a reddish color to my hair about a month after I color it. Does this mean the city has hard water? If so, how would I soften the water? It is a townhouse development and we have no access to the basement. Thanks for any advice on this

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 25, 20070 found this helpful

I have been working on the same hair problems with some success. You definitely need a water softener --- a Malibu gel treatment before you color your hair -- as clarifying shampoo to use once a week to help keep the build up of minerals down. You can also put a filter on your shower head - they have them at Menard's that screw directly into your shower for around $16 and you change the filter 1x per year. Finally if you are still having hair problems you need to rinse with bottled or distilled water. It is a huge pain!

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 29, 20080 found this helpful

I went to las vegas and after washing my hair I noticed I had more body and volume to my straight color treated hair. How can I get the results without converting to a water softner tank? Is there products I can rinse with to get the same effect?

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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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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

First let me say I am so envious of anyone blessed with curly hair. I pay good money for those curls. Lol. Are you sure it is worth the damage it is doing to straighten it?
Since I do get regular perms and does damage also I continue to use what my mother did back in the 60's. Either a hot olive oil treatment, or mayonnaise, yes mayonnaise, I comb it thru, wrap my head in saran wrap. Heat with hair dryer and wrap a towel on for at least half an hour then wash and condition. Might help, good luck!

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

Coconut oil is the best deep conditioner ever. For best results, use extra virgin coconut oil (buy at health food store), heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Work it into your hair and then comb it through well. Wear a plastic shower cap for up to an hour, and then wash and condition as usual. The coconut oil actually penetrates the cuticle of the hair and restores a lot of the moisture that heat styling takes out. No other oil can do this, and neither can any commercial deep conditioner.

You can also use the processed coconut oil that many grocery stores sell in the cooking oil aisle. It's cheaper, but it doesn't have the coconut scent (instead smells like Crisco), and I don't think it works as well for me.

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

I too was born with that dastardly curly (& frizzy) hair... It drives me nutz when it rains! And I also made the mistake of using a cheapie brand of hair coloring which had basically "fried" it... I use "Store Bought" conditioners for my hair, not stinky mayonnaise (even though it's supposed to be good for your hair).

HERE'S WHAT I DO:

1) When I wash my hair I don't use shampoo, but instead clean my hair by wetting it then slathering it with conditioner which I then comb through my hair & scalp then clip up to be washed out the at the very end of the shower or bath. The trick to get all the dirt out of your hair is to use a wide tooth comb & thoroughly comb the conditioner through your hair & scalp! ...I do use shampoo but only once every week or 2 to remove any built up conditioner.

You need not spend a fortune on conditioner, just look for this ingredient in the first 4 words: STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE. You can even find this in conditioners sold in dollar stores, I like to buy BRECK products at the dollar store because it's cheap, it's got lots of Stearalkonium Chloride in it & I use LOTS of it when I clean my hair.

2) After "washing" you hair with conditioner & towel drying it use INFUSIUM 23 leave in treatment... This is a must! ... & there are also 2 other products that I swear by: A dimethicone based hair shiner like Citre Shine or Frizz-eze. OR in place of this you can use a moisturizing finishing lotion like Garner Fructis "Smoothing Milk"... But put these products OVER the INFUSIUM 23 leave in treatment.

* You may not need these extra products at all... The Infusium 23 may just do the trick for you... It's great at temporarily putting split ends back together & taming frizzy hair whether it's straight or curly. I couldn't live without it & it cost very little too! One more thing that could help those who straighten their hair daily is to use one of those spray on "heat" type of styling products like Alberto 5 Extreme Style Heat Defense Spray (only $1.99 at Wallgreens). This stuff is super thin, almost like water, but it really protects the hair!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 26, 20080 found this helpful

Eggs or Mayo! NOT Miracle Whip...MAYONAISE. It is not smelly if you rinse well.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 26, 20080 found this helpful

One thing that really works for me is shampooing my hair like normal but use a different process for the conditioning. After you have shampooed your hair, squeeze excess moisture out. Then apply an ample amout of conditioner to your hair. Use a plastic bag (a grocery bag works fine) and put it over your hair and secure it tightly. Once you have done that, use a blowdryer to heat up your hair. (make sure you don't use the blowdrying in the shower even if it does save time) I usually heat my hair for about 8 minutes then rinse like normal. Your hair should feel much smoother once you are done.

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August 27, 20080 found this helpful

Before shampooing, massage a tiny amount of vitamin e oil into wet hair. Then shampoo as normal. This works wonderfully on my dry, curly hair!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 27, 20080 found this helpful

I have tried everything from coconut oil to $100 hair treatments to fix my damaged hair. From 1999 to 2007 I bleached my hair blond, then in 2007, I went to Japan and got a "digital perm" which ruined it. My hair was so limp, dry and straw like, it was horrible!

I finally found something that works and its $5,95 at the natural food store, it is HENNA! Henna is a natural plant extract, you can opt for the henna dye, but if you just want to give your unhealthy hair a boost, you can use Light Mountain Henna in the neutral shade, which offers no coloring change, just a conditioning effect.

The product is only $5,95, and I would honestly pay $30.00 or more for it, (depending on how bad my hair is). You have to buy distilled water for $1.00 to mix with the henna. The whole process takes about 6 hours.

First you have to mix your henna with distilled water in a plastic or wooden bowl with a plastic or wooden spoon, you cannot use metal because the effect of the metal could turn your hair green. Then you let the mixture sit for 3 hours.

Then you apply it to your hair, its sort of like green clay, you have to leave it on for 3 hours, otherwise you will not notice a difference, you can even sleep with it overnight, if you can figure out a way to do this while keeping your pillow and bed clean, i recommend it.

Then you wash it off. Your hair will be so healthy you won't even need to use conditioner anymore, I just did it for the 3rd time with my friend yesterday, and we've both been getting complements on how healthy our hair looks.

I hope you guys can try this, you'll really love it, I know how horrible it feels to have damaged hair that doesn't seem to respond to treatments, henna made my hair so silky and shiny, but it took about 6 hours, so make sure you do it on a Saturday!

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have tried everything and spent money on expensive salon conditioners but the frizz eventually returns. A few months ago, I had some high-lights and starting using the John Freda range for blonde hair, the lilac tubes. The color of the shampoo and conditioner is lilac. Apart from keeping the color fresh, no frizz! I also, before blow drying, use the serum, the one that also heat protects, and it is great. I straighten my hair every day and since using this range, I never have a problem with the frizz. I really thought after the high-lights my hair would be worse but if I had not had it done, I would never have tried out these products.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 25, 20080 found this helpful

After you wash your hair in warm water, microwave heavy olive oil for 15-20 seconds. Quickly touch it to make sure it is warm and not scalding hot. Apply to the ends of your hair and massage upward to your scalp. Make sure your hair is completely saturated at the ends. Take plastic (a plastic bag will do) and wrap around your hair. Leave on for a minimum of 30minutes. When my hair has been badly damaged from highlighting in the past, I leave it on, wrapped in plastic with a hair cloth/towel wrapped over the plastic on my head and sleep with it on. Do this 2-3 times a week and your hair will quickly look great.

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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.

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By 0 found this helpful
April 20, 2014

I got rebound 4 months ago and my hair got burned. I cut the bottom already, but the burned goes higher up. I need a treatment badly. What treatment should I do?

By annesian17 from Cebu City, Philippine

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February 4, 20140 found this helpful

I used Himalaya cream for reboding my hair. It looked great after that, but after washing I saw some layers were twisted so I visited a parlour. She again used chemicals to fix it. My problem started after that. My front hair become tight, rough, hard, and curly type. Please tell what I have to do. I have never used rebonding. I am so depressed.

By Sangita from India

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July 9, 20130 found this helpful

I rebonded my hair about 1 month ago, but now my hair is becoming curly and my hair is falling, too. Please tell me a solution for this. I want home remedies. Thanks.

By kkk

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

How do I make my damaged hair softer and less dry?

By Ang from Chicago, IL

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Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

You can make your own 'hot oil' type treatment by mixing about a teaspoonful of olive oil with conditioner. Put it in something that you can set in the sink into hot water, so it can warm up. Work it through damp hair, then tie up in a towel, and let sit for at least 30 minutes while you do something else. Then wash out with shampoo. Do that once a week, and it should help. (08/07/2010)

By fatboyslimsmom

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Mayonnaise works. sounds disgusting, but I would only do it if you have really bad hair and you've tried everything else. (08/08/2010)

By jigglebunny456

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

The very best stuff you can use is Argon Oil. I get mine from Sally's Beauty Supply, but you can also get it online. The one I have is called The One and Only Argon Oil, but Sally's also sells another brand along with a shampoo and conditioner that I haven't tried yet, but I plan to in the very near future. I have read reviews on the Sally's website and it sounds awesome. I have very dry and brittle hair that gets very frizzy. I have been using Argon Oil for over a year now and my hair is beautiful! It's healthy, full of volume, shiny, never frizzy even when it's humid. My hair feels like silk and it's never greasy or weighed down. You NEED to try this product! I promise you, you will LOVE it! (08/11/2010)

By bambi2003

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Hum, I'm gonna look for the Argon Oil too. A friend has recommended to me Moroccan Oil as well which is sold in beauty supply and I think it comes in a brown bottle.

I have been using Aveda Almond Oil and Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner and I have noticed improvement. I have had good results with any shampoo and Garnier Fortifying - Sleek and Shine conditioner.

My favorite solution is Hi-Pro-Pac Conditioner and this was recommended to me by a stylist and it's my nothing-else-helps-go-to product! You can buy it in a small use packet for a $1-2 or a tube so you can simply try it. Find it at Sally Beauty supply or online. Here is a link so you can see/read about it.

http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-conditioners/hi-pro-pac-conditioner
(10/29/2010)

By dvg

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August 7, 20100 found this helpful

Dose anybody know some thrifty ways to smooth, soften, moisten, and beautify my damaged, brittle hair?

Aliesha

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Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

The best product I have ever found in my 30 yrs. as a professional hair dresser is a product called "K.M.S.Replace". Check your local salons or beauty supply houses. Use as directed. Amazing stuff!

Denise (04/07/2008)

By thattemp

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Go to a reputable beautician and ask for special shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair. I was losing hair and got some special shampoo and conditioner from the J. C. Penney's beauty shop that stopped the hair loss and allowed my hair to regrow. Good luck and God bless you. (04/09/2008)

By tedsmom

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Before you spend big money, try conditioning your hair with coconut oil. Slather it on and leave it as long as you are able, even overnight, wearing a shower cap to bed. It has unique properties that allow it to actually penetrate the cuticle of the hair, unlike most other oils and many commercial hair conditioners. I just heard about it recently, and I used it last night with wonderful results. (04/09/2008)

By chretienne

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Try a hot oil treatment. Heat a little olive oil in the microwave. Massage it into the hair. Cover head with a plastic bag, then wrap in a towel to retain body heat. Keep on for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual. (04/10/2008)

By susanmajp

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

Vinegar surfaces once again. Vinegar is one of the best hair conditioners ever. Keep a plastic squeeze bottle of 1/2 apple cider vinegar water in the shower to rinse the hair after shampooing. It'll remove all the soap residue and condition the hair. (I hate to say it, but vinegar's benefits are virtually unlimited).

apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com (04/12/2008)

By Cajun

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

You could try using mayonnaise. I have used it for years and regularly tint my own hair and have always had really good thick, soft hair. What you do is put lashings of mayonnaise on your damp hair then wrap a warmed towel around it and sit in the sun. If you have no sun then just a warmed towel will do. Keep it on for as long as possible, then wash and rinse as normal. This treatment will get your hair right in a short while try to do it on a regular basis. (04/16/2008)

By HONEY

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

I have the exact same problem with my hair. Best products ever and totally worth the money. biosilk.com, hydrating shampoo and conditioner by Bioslk. Also this treatment K-pak Reconstructor by Joico. beautydeals.net Trim the ends often so your hair continues to grow. (04/21/2008)

By Lisa

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

I have found the very best way to have shiny repaired hair is a coconut oil and avocado mask. If you do it once a week or twice a week until your hair maintains moisture you will have come a long way to restoring your hair. Both are found at the grocery store. Mash avocado up with coconut oil, apply on hair and leave on until it's almost dry on your hair and wash out well. You can use soap, but I'd not if you can stay home a few days. I have also learned you should not shampoo your hair much. I use Tressemme conditioner as a wash and then if I have to shampoo I take baby shampoo dilute with a lot of water and then do that through the hair. The main thing is restore natural oils! (04/28/2008)

By Texaslight

Treating Damaged, Brittle Hair

I use apple cider vinegar every time I wash my hair. That's the only conditioner I use at all and it's wonderful. It stinks, but it's worth it and the smell fades as the hair dries. I have a squirt bottle in the shower and I coat my hair with it. Let it sit a minute or two and rinse. It helps with dandruff also. I also put a little on my face right before I get out and don't rinse it. It's a great toner and makes your face as smooth as it does your hair. (05/05/2008)

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