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Stressed Out Hair

Guest Author - Lynne Chapman

Your hair may be telling you that it has had too much. It is stressed out!
The symptoms of stressed hair.

  • It is dry and lifeless, meaning that does not have much bounce. Your hairdresser may say you have dry brittle hair.
  • After you style your hair, the curl falls out even if it is permed (permanent waved.)
  • It feels stiff or brittle. The ends may break easily.
  • It does not shine or appears dull. Hair color fades away quickly or turns too dark or muddy looking in some areas.
There are many causes. Yours could be caused from one of the following or a combination of two or more.
  1. Overlapped color – That’s when you don’t use the “Retouch” guide and every time you tint your hair, you put it on the entire strand, root to end. Or:You keep changing your mind about what color you want and as a result the same hair is processed over and over again. (You tint it dark and then bleach it out to blonde. Then before it is grown out, you tint it dark again.) This applies to combining highlights and tinting too many times too.
  2. Permed and re-permed hair. Too many perms too often without rebuilding the hair with protein conditioners can cause the structure of the hair to break down.
  3. Permed hair that is tinted or bleached. Hair that is very strong and in good condition can often be both tinted and permed. If your hair is not very strong, it must be re-conditioned between the processes. Hair can rarely be both permed and bleached with success.
  4. Sun exposure – Too much sun can destroy the hair shaft. The bleaching effect of the sun is just as damaging as a chemical service. It is especially damaging if the hair is tinted, chemically bleached or is permed.


  • Condition
  • Protein treatments every 3-5 days
  • Moisturizing treatments everyday
    See these articles for information on protein treatments. The Spa Hair Treatment
    Conditioners for Beautiful Hair
    Less stress
  • Less curling iron. Find alternate ways to style your hair. Try scrunching your hair. (Click here to learn how to Scrunch) Try to avoid heat as much as possible.
  • Dry your hair naturally instead of blowing it dry. Or try blow-drying it part way and then letting it finish drying naturally.
    Cut it
  • Trim off hair that is not responding to conditioning treatments. If it isn’t cut off, creating a smooth edge, it will likely break off - resulting in a ragged frizzy edge.
  • Short or medium hair that is in good condition is better than long hair that is damaged.

If your hair is telling you that it has had enough, there is no quick fix (unless you cut it off) so be prepared to patiently and tenderly care for your hair until it returns to its natural health and beauty.
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