Fried hair occurs when it is exposed to extreme heat for too long. The chemical process involving high temperatures where the hair is subjected to bleach, perm, color, and, relax can cause deterioration of the hair.
During these processes, the fragile hair is damaged because of the reaction of the chemicals used on the hair coupled with the heat from the styling device used. The damage done to the hair can be so extensive so that when the hair becomes fried, it is difficult for it to return to its original state.
The symptoms of fried hair are frizzy hair, split ends forming at the ends of the shaft, dry and dull hair, over-porous hair, and easily broken and difficult to manage hair. The causes of fried hair are the harsh chemicals being used in perms, coloring, and relaxing; exposure to the sun and the elements, excessive use of styling products, and too much use of heating appliances such as curlers, rollers, hair dryers, and flat irons.
There are some ways to remedy fried hair while allowing the hair to recover from the damage. The parts that are fried can be trimmed or cut off. Damaged hair cannot repair itself since it is already technically dead. Therefore, wait until it grows out then cut it off. Try not to shampoo too often while the hair is still recovering, as the chemicals in the shampoo will only cause further damage. Frequent washing also strips the hair of its natural oils. Avoid hair products containing alcohol as this will cause buildup on the hair which will make it frizzy causing more damage.
Home remedies for fried hair includes the use of natural hair conditioners such as mayonnaise and olive oil mask for the hair. This will provide moisture as well as make it soft, smooth, and easy to disentangle. It is better to allow the hair to air-dry than use hair dryers. Avoid too much exposure to the sun and wear sun protection for the head to protect the hair follicles; the pits of the scalp where hairs grow.
Always drink plenty of water to keep the scalp hydrated and prevent the hair from becoming too dry. Avocado mask can be used to improve the condition of the hair and make it shine.
Eat healthy by watching what you eat. Foods considered good for the hair include protein-rich foods such as meat, chicken, milk, and fish; as well as green vegetables and fruits.