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

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

Over-bleaching your hair can cause split ends and other damage.

Hair loss due to chemical processes can be treated naturally using several methods.


Method 1: By Taking Deliberate Aggressive Measures to Halt Further Damage

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    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.
    Slit 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 to your scalp to relieve itching and burning caused by chemical processing.
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    Apply a mixture of equal parts honey and coconut oil and apply the mixture as a paste all over the scalp to speed healing.
    The 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.
    Honey and coconut oil mixed into a paste helps repair hair.
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    Speed healing by adding pure Vitamin E oil to your scalp and leaving it in all day.
    You can buy the vitamin E oil commercially or you can buy the capsules and prick them and then apply the oil where needed.
    Vitamin E oil enriches and heals burned scalps.
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    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.
    Use 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.
    Apple cider vinegar helps heal damge from chemical burns.
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    Stop shampooing your hair every day and only use a hair conditioner with no chemicals and additives for a month.
    Shampoos, 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.
    Rinse hair with water and don't use shampoo.
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    Do not use the blow dryer, curling iron or hair straightener until your hair and scalp are in better shape.
    Using 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.
    Let your hair dry naturally after daming your hair from dye or chemical processing.
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    Be sure to wear a bathing cap to protect your hair when in a chlorinated swimming pool.
    Chemical 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.
    Protect hair from chlorine damage by wearing a bathing cap.
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    Wear a hat if you are planning to spend any time in the sun to avoid further injury to hair follicles by exposing them to UV rays.
    If your scalp is badly burned you might want to wear sunscreen on your scalp as well for extra coverage if you are going swimming.
    Wearing sunscreen on your scalp can protect it from further damage.
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    Stop all chemical treatments and let your hair go natural for a while.
    This means no dying, bleaching, perming or straightening the hair for at least a year so that you scalp has a chance to heal and so that you minimize the risk of permanent baldness.
    Over dying your hair leads to chemical damage.
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Method 2: By Adding Foods That Heal The Scalp and Encourage Hair Growth

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    Eat foods that are rich in both Vitamins A and C to heal the scalp.
    Both 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.
    Mangos contain the Vitamin A needed to heal scalps damaged from chemical processing.
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    Eat foods that are rich in magnesium at least once a day to help repair damaged hair follicles.
    Our 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.
    Brown rice is rich in magnesium.
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    Be sure to eat foods rich in essential fatty acids to help restore sebum balance to the scalp and grow glossy, strong hair.
    These 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.,
    Brussels sprouts are a rich source of magnesium.
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    Eat foods rich in selenium, which regulates immunity and cell repair and encourages hair to grow.
    Be sure to eat almonds or cashews once a day as a snack to address this. Tuna, halibut, sardines, lean ham, grapefruit, brown rice and halibut are also good sources of selenium.
    Ham is a good source of selenium.
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    Eat foods rich in zinc as often as possible to help healing of scar tissue from chemical burns on the scalp.
    Zinc also clarifies hair follicles of sebum. Foods rich in zinc include grapefruit, watermelon, lobster, oysters, mussels, seaweed, roast beef, liver and wheat germ.
    Lobster is a food that is very rich in zinc.
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    Eat at least one food a day rich in iron to help the circulatory system deliver nutrients to the scalp.
    Foods rich in iron include Swiss Chard, spinach, beans, red meat, organ meats, egg yolks, oysters, shrimps, mussels, lentils and prunes.
    Shrimp is rich in iron and protein, which are necessary to repair hair.
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Method 3: By Avoiding Substances That Sabotage Scalp Health

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    Don't make smoothies with soy protein whey powder.
    Soy protein whey is refined with hexane, which forces hair follicles, already weak from chemical processing damage to deal with more toxins. Instead use pumpkin seed protein powder, which helps to detoxify the scalp and grow hair.
    Avoid making smoothies with soy protein, which slows down the healing of the scalp.
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    Avoid eating high cholesterol foods such as butter, lard, creamy cheeses, sausages and products containing coconut palm oil.
    These products encourage hair follicles to produce DHT, a sex hormone that causes hair loss.
    Butter is full of cholesterol which causes hair loss.
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    Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks such as colas, coffees and vitamin/energy combo drinks such as Red Bull and Vitamin Water.
    Caffeine 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.
    The caffeine in colas cause hair loss by disrupting cell repair.
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    Stay away from artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, Equal, Sugar Twin and Equal.
    These popular sweeteners are hormone disruptors that cause hair loss and they also prevent hair follicles from absorbing nutrients needed for scalp health such as iron, Vitamin C, E and K.
    Artificial sweeteners cause hair loss y preventing nutrient absorption.
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    Don't smoke or vape nicotine products.
    Nicotine 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]
    Vaping suppresses the scalp's ability to heal.
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    Stop drinking wine and liquor until your scalp has healed.
    Alcoholic 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.
    Sugary drinks prevent the scalp from healing itself.
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Tips and Tricks

Henna does less damage to the hair than other forms of dye.

  • 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

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