Stop and Reverse Chemical Treatment Hair Loss By Taking Deliberate Aggressive Measures to Halt Further Damage vs Adding Foods That Heal The Scalp and Encourage Hair Growth vs Avoiding Substances That Sabotage Scalp Health
Edited by Donna, Eng, Inukshuk, margaretB
Chemically treated hair loss occurs after dying, bleaching, straightening or perming hair. Hair loss occurs because:
- Chemical processing strips hair of its natural oils causing individual strands to become dry, brittle and snap off at the root.
- Chemicals treatments abrade the hair cuticle causing split ends and breakage anywhere on the hair shaft.
- Chemical treatments burn the scalp causing hair follicle to shrink and grow thinner hair and if a scar forms over the hair follicle the hair will not grow at all.
- Chemical hair treatments dry out the scalp, causing hair follicles to overproduce sebum and become clogged with oil and dead skin cells
- The chemicals in hair treatments are known toxic hormonal disruptors that can accelerate hair loss due to aging
- Straightening and perming the hair causes it to lose it's structure, softening the cuticle so that the shaft is thinner, softer and sponge-like, eventually becoming so weak that it almost seems to dissolve when wet
- There is a lot of pulling, pinning, wrapping and combing that goes on during chemical processes that can cause hair to be weakened at the root and fall out
Hair loss due to chemical processes can be treated naturally using several methods.
Method 1: By Taking Deliberate Aggressive Measures to Halt Further Damage
- 1Slit the plant leaf open to expose the gel and rub the leaf directly onto your scalp and leave it on as long as possible before rinsing it out. You can use commercial aloe vera gel as well but it is not as effective as using the fresh plant.Apply aloe vera gel fresh from the plant leaf to your scalp as often as needed to relieve pain and redness from mild chemical burns.Advertisement
- 2The sugars and emollients in this paste blend together to help soothe inflammation and help skin heal. Rub the mixture between your palms to warm it and rub your scalp and your hair all the way to the ends with it. Leave on for as long as possible and then rinse the mixture out. Follow up with a mild conditioner.Apply a mixture of equal parts honey and coconut oil and apply the mixture as a paste all over the scalp to speed healing.Advertisement
- 4Use cool water in the shower. You can also put the apple cider vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle and spritz it on your hair and scalp to soothe the burning and itching that can occur when you overdo a treatment.Rinse your scalp with a cup of apple cider vinegar added to a quart of water every day to minimize the damage from chemical burns.
- 5Shampoos, even organic or good quality ones, dry your hair out. Eliminating shampoo entirely for a while helps your scalp recover recover, especially if it experienced a mild burn due to chemical processing.Stop shampooing your hair every day and only use a hair conditioner with no chemicals and additives for a month.
- 6Using these appliances not only requires pulling on the hair but the heat dries out damaged hair strands even more. Let your hair dry naturally and avoid using a towel to dry your hair if you can as even tugging and handling from a towel can cause your hair to break or fall out.Do not use the blow dryer, curling iron or hair straightener until your hair and scalp are in better shape.
- 7Chemical damage to your hair can also come from too much exposure to the chlorine and disinfectants at the gym. In fact, chemical damage that rivals the kind of damage you can get from hair bleach and straightening hair can happen as the result of swimming in chlorinated pools. For extra protection from the chlorine, coat your hair in Vaseline and then put your bathing cap on before you go swimming.Be sure to wear a bathing cap to protect your hair when in a chlorinated swimming pool.
Method 2: By Adding Foods That Heal The Scalp and Encourage Hair Growth
- 1Both vitamins can help scalp follicles that have been mildly burned by bleaching and other chemical processes. This includes spinach, mangos, papaya, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and peppers. Eat at least three of thee foods a day to help repair your scalp.Eat foods that are rich in both Vitamins A and C to heal the scalp.Advertisement
- 2Our contemporary human diet is short in magnesium as it is due to industrial agricultural practices that have depleted the soil of the mineral and a deficiency of it causes hair thinning and baldness. Foods rich in magnesium include Swiss chard, kale, pumpkin seeds,pecans,lentils and brown rice.Eat foods that are rich in magnesium at least once a day to help repair damaged hair follicles.
- 3These include eggs and milk fortified with fatty acids, wheat germ, flax seed, walnuts, tuna, salmon Brussels sprouts, salmon, tuna, avocado and kale. Eat at least three of these foods a day to help heal the scalp distressed by chemical damage.,Be sure to eat foods rich in essential fatty acids to help restore sebum balance to the scalp and grow glossy, strong hair.
Method 3: By Avoiding Substances That Sabotage Scalp Health
- 3Caffeine inhibits the absorption of vitamin C, which is necessary for damaged scalps to heal from chemical burns and traction damage and also encourages the production of DHT, a hormone that sabotages hair loss.Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks such as colas, coffees and vitamin/energy combo drinks such as Red Bull and Vitamin Water.
- 5Nicotine destroys vitamin C and K and prevents hair follicles from healing and narrow the arteries, which can cause a lack of nourishment to the scalp. Smoking cigarettes inhibits the absorption of calcium and other minerals needed for hair growth while chemically poisoning your bloodstream with formaldehyde and other toxic substances]Don't smoke or vape nicotine products.
- 6Alcoholic drinks, especially sugary ones like rum inhibit the absorption of nutrients, increase the toxic load on the liver and dry out the scalp. The exception is Guinness beer, which helps the body assimilate iron.Stop drinking wine and liquor until your scalp has healed.Advertisement
Tips and Tricks
- If you are going to continue to dye your hair use henna or ammonia free semi-permanent hair color, as it is less harsh on the hair.
- To avoid burns to the scalp never do more than one chemical process a day; for instance, don't bleach and straighten your hair at the same time no matter how pressed for time you are.
- Don't give into pressure from hair stylists who insist that you must have more than one treatment in a couple of hours as they are thinking more about their convenience rather than the health of your hair
Questions and Answers
The chemical straightening was over 8 years ago?
Hair is weak, shedding & thinning, do you know what can reverse this hair loss?
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I have an old chemical burn but my scalp is still dry and extremely flaky. I put all kinds of oils on it but nothing has worked. Please help?
It is patchy dry spots, dry, dry, dry. I can touch my hair and I have shoulders full of snow. It has been over six months since I permed my hair and I still can't get rid of the dryness. I have tried: Several different dandruff shampoos and numerous oils. I also tried hot oil treatments. I think it was caused by: The perm I put on my hair burnt my scalp which causes it to continually stay dry and flaky.
It sounds like this was a second or even third degree burn, because minor first degree burns heal in about two weeks and do not flake as you describe. Second degree burns can take years to heal and the reason the skin flakes is because it is trying to renew itself. The flaking is part of your natural healing process. Without knowing the severity of the chemical burn, it is difficult to say how long this condition is going to take to heal. Perhaps its time to see a dermatologist who can investigate the scarring and the cause of the flaking.
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