On a healthy strand of hair, the cells are even and smooth. It is this smoothness that causes the strands to reflect light, giving the hair its attractive sheen.
In damaged hair, these cells can become rough and uneven, causing the light to be diffused and making the hair appear dull.
Products designed to compensate for this deterioration can cause the cells to lie flat and can fill in the gaps, tending to smooth out the hair strands.
Along with returning a healthy radiance to the hair, these treatments greatly improve the manageability and appearance of the hair and can help prevent further damage.
The two basic types of chemical treatments are: (1) those which change the color of the hair and (2) those which change the texture of the hair.
The most common error in using these treatments is excessive use of harsh formulations, which can unnecessarily stress the hair.
The quality of hair products has consistently improved, and the products available today are much easier to use – and easier on the hair – than those we had to deal with years ago, when I first began styling hair. However, even today it is important to ensure that any chemical treatment you use is of high quality and that you’re using it exactly per the manufacturer’s directions.
Some treatments are intended exclusively for use by properly trained persons. Many of them are sold only to licensed hair professionals, who can insure that the use is appropriate and that they will be properly applied.
As a rule of thumb, consider using a deep conditioner a day or two before a scheduled chemical treatment. The hair will look better, and the process will put less strain on the hair. Consider these: