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There are various reasons why people get their hair chemically treated. Some do it for purely cosmetic purposes, others to experiment with a new style or make their hair more manageable. Whatever it is, there is no denying that hair care is a big industry, and there is an increasing number of products available in the market that conditions the locks, and protects the roots from damage.
A range of services is also available to alter your look. You can choose to highlight, perm, straighten, and color your hair, or whatever else you fancy. As long as you are careful not to overdo it, or subject your hair to too many treatments, you can be assured of a new look each season.
Caring for treated hair is the first step towards maintaining it. To begin with, check your diet. Since hair is made up mainly of protein, your diet needs to include sufficient sources of high-quality proteins, vitamins, and minerals to keep it intrinsically healthy. If the roots are strong enough, they automatically generate healthier hair strands when natural hair grows back.
Treated hair also needs a lot of TLC (tender loving care) in the form of regular oiling and deep conditioning. You can opt for those available in stores, or make your own at home. Some food items like olive oil, mayonnaise, eggs, and yogurt are natural conditioners and inexpensive, too. Apply the conditioning food on your hair, being careful to cover it fully. Slip on a shower cap and go about your regular chores, letting the conditioner work its magic. Wash it off with a regular shampoo.
• Eat protein-rich food to achieve healthy locks
• Chemically treated hair needs regular conditioning
• Mayonnaise is an inexpensive natural conditioner
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer