In October 2009, I had to chemically strip my black hair dye in order to dye my hair a different color. I did that and then a couple of months later, I dyed my hair a different color. I did not wait long enough, so my hair got fried and excessively damaged. There was no treatment out in the market that could have fixed my damaged, coarse hair. All those pills, hot oil treatments, shampoos, and conditioners that claim to fix damaged hair are deceptive. The most that they can do is mask the damage, but not fix it.
I had hair that reached down to my breasts and it was damaged from scalp to the end of my hair. I decided to cut it up to my chin. I then started taking Nature's Bounty Biotin 5000mcg supplement to promote hair growth and hair strength. I took one pill each day with food. The pills are so small and easy to swallow. The first thing I noticed within 3 weeks was that my nails were much stronger and grew so much faster than before. After 6 weeks, I noticed my hair was growing faster too.
I stopped using shampoo all over my hair because most contain harsh ingredients, such as ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc. They strip away the natural oils that your hair makes and cause it to become dry. Therefore, I only used a nickel size of shampoo on my scalp where it produced the most oils. I did this depending on how greasy my scalp looked. I did not use shampoo all over my hair because the midsection part and the ends were excessively dry.
Afterwards, I used Wen Cleansing Conditioner (10 pumps) and left it on my hair for about 15 minutes and then rinsed. (I do not recommend this conditioner if you have healthy hair because it will make your hair look greasy.) It costs $32 for 16 fl. oz.
After I got out of the shower, I sprayed John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray (6 fl. oz $5.99) all over my hair and used a quarter size dollop of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme (5 oz. $5.39) on the ends of my hair. Then, I blow-dryed my hair straight. Finally, I straightened it with a flat iron and it looked healthy and not as damaged as it originally was. The creme really did make a difference. Without it, my ends would curl out and look fried.
All the steps that I took only made my hair look heathy. It did not magically fix my damaged hair. If I washed it with a regular conditioner like Tresemme and did not use John Frieda's styling products, my hair would look so damaged and feel so dry.
The only way I fixed my damaged hair was by getting a trim every 6 weeks. After 10 months, my hair is not as damaged as before. It looks healthy and feels less coarse now.
I stopped using Wen's Cleansing Conditioner and John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme. I now use Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner (8 fl. oz. $5.99). If I use too much, my scalp would look so greasy a few hours later. So, I only use a quarter size dollop and place most of the conditioner on my ends.
If you have excessively damaged hair, my advice would be to be patient and keep trimming your hair. Hair grows much slower if it is unhealthy and damaged. You could also prevent this from happening by limiting the use of heating products and chemicals.
Have you experienced any hair disasters?