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I am not the biggest advocate for shampoos, I am a pre-poo kind of woman. Shampoos tend to have a very drying effect on my strands due to their stripping components to maximize the ultimate cleanse, but for those who are dealing with heat damage this is just what the doctor ordered. Shampoos are cleaning agents, therefore will remove any buildup that can come from many products containing silicones. Silicones can retain moisture but they can also prevent moisture from penetrating your hair shaft which is a big no-no if you are recovering from heat damage.
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Diminish the use of heat or really cut back on usage no more than once a month or less if you have experienced heat damage. Also settings for all heated tools and appliances should be as low as possible along with a thermal protector if you absolutely cannot wean yourself away from the previous option. Blow dryers (on low settings) are another safer alternative, but at all costs direct heat to cuticle contact should be avoided.
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Keratinocytes are a common type of skin cells necessary for producing keratin. Your hair is composed of this type of protein which is impertinent to hair growth! Introducing foods high in protein into your current diet can strengthen you new growth providing stronger strands and enhancing elasticity if you do decide to use heat again. Foods like chia/hemp/flax/almond seeds, lentil/kidney/black/lima/pinto beans, wild/brown rice, quinoa, oat bran, bulgar wheat, whole wheat couscous, greek yogurt, corn, potatos, sweet potatos, collard greens and broccoli can greatly up your protein game.
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Unfortunately if none of the previous steps work in the first couple of weeks, the damage may be to severe and ridding the damaged areas will be your only solution. Even though cutting and trimming is your last resort, hair grows back and as a transitioner, it is better to learn now than later when the damage could be even more severe.
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