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SHERYLDS Posts: 17,484
2/23/14 10:33 P

how are you styling your hair after the workouts. Are you frying it with the blow dryer on too hot a setting. Have you tried using a dry hair conditioner and letting it air dry to avoid more damage?

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
2/23/14 10:22 P

A really good hairdresser would be able to diagnose the problem, probably. Your hair is like the rest of your body-- you can't treat it until you know what's wrong with it. It might be a nutritional problem, it might be humidity, it might be how often you're washing it, it might be sunburn.... You name it. The treatment for each of those conditions is different, so you need to know which one you're dealing with.

I've started wearing a hat every time I go out in the sun, year-round, and it seems to help my hair a lot. I think our extremely alkaline water softens it, too, though it strips the color. But I live in the desert Southwest. If you're in New England or the Pacific Northwest or something, your situation is entirely different.

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,946)
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2/23/14 8:28 P

take a fabric softener sheet and rub it all over your hair. Works plus it also works when my dress pants are static and they ride up my pant socks I just rub the sheet inside each pant leg and it works!!

Edited by: JUDYAMK at: 2/25/2014 (19:31)
LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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2/23/14 6:09 P

Quit using shampoo and only wash hair with good conditioner. Only wash as often as needed, we all over shampoo and strip our hair of vital moisture.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
2/23/14 4:48 P

I have extremely thick, heavy, but frizzy hair. I swim several times a week in a heavily chlorinated pool that does kill my hair. I used a deep conditioner/leave in treatment 1-2 times per week and leave it in while I finish showering. So far the sun doesn't seem to bother it. I does use a smoothing serum after each shower, which does help somewhat.
It took me a while to find a deep conditioner that worked, then they stopped making it. I'm currently trying to find another treatment that works. I also use 2 different brands of shampoo/conditioner each week which helps keep my hair under control. If you use a blow dryer or flat iron a heat protectant should be used no matter the type of hair.
I know that everyone has very different hair. My sister has very fine hair that doesn't frizz and her hair isn't bothered by the chlorine. It sometimes just takes a while to figure out what is causing the hair damage. It could be diet, it could be environmental, it could be a combination of things. The best thing to do is try different things until you find something that works.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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2/23/14 4:13 P

Human hair grows approximately 6 inches a year, so if you have shoulder length hair, it's well over a year old, and probably closer to two. Hair is dead. What you eat contributes to your hair at the root, and also to the amount of oil in your scalp, but what you eat does not effect the ends of your hair. Conditioners, oils, etc basically get soaked up by porous hair and make it look shinier, but do not actually heal your hair or make it "healthier". Sun, dry winter weather and swimming pool chemical can all damage your hair. Your hair also tends to dry out and get less shiny as you age, due to hormonal changes.

As for leaving oil in your hair, that really depends on the type of hair you have. My fine hair would be a limp grease mop if I just rinsed the oil out and didn't shampoo, but someone with curly or course hair could probably leave it in without a problem.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/23/14 4:07 P

I suspect that what ARCHIMEDES says is true. Like her, my hair and nails changed when I started eating more healthy (that does include some fat, too), mainly for incorporating whole foods, and getting rid of processed foods, and staying hydrated with 8-10 glasses of water a day.

My hair and nails went from dry, short and brittle, to (hair) thick, shiny and healthy, (nails) long and strong.

2/23/14 4:04 P

try tracking your zinc, magnesium and vit C in your diet.

it could be something is missing that is needed for cell growth and hair.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,064)
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2/23/14 3:50 P


What have you been eating ? Are you making sure you're eating enough healthy fat ? What many people don't realize is that if a person doesn't get enough fat in their diet, that causes their hair to become brittle. That means, if you're eating "low fat", it might be too low. A healthy diet should be reflected in a person's hair and nails.

That's one thing I noticed in my own journey. When I started eating right, with time, I noticed that I no longer had split ends and my nails were stronger.

So, if you noticed your hair getting damaged, I'd take a closer look at what you've been eating these past few weeks and months. Check to see if your intake of healthy fat is too low. Do you eat salads with olive oil ? Do you eat nuts for snacks ? Do you eat fatty fish like salmon ? If your fat intake is okay, then make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. a lack of vitamins and minerals can be reflected in a person's hair too.

I've been running for several months now and I do not have dry hair because I exercise outside.

I suspect your nutrition more than your exercise program as being the cause of your brittle hair.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/23/2014 (15:51)
NICOLEMARIE_623 Posts: 130
2/23/14 9:13 A

Using oils is great! But the best way to use them is to wash your hair normally and condition normally. While hair is moist do not rub into the scalp but keep it on the mid shaft and ends for an hour and then rinse in warm water. Do not wash again it defeats the purpose. Hope this helps!!

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
2/23/14 8:43 A

Yes, definitely wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes. Don't forget the sunscreen too! It can be harsh even during the winter.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/23/14 8:03 A

I agree, wear a hat!

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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2/23/14 8:02 A

I swim 3-4 days a week and live where it is very hot and humid. My hair is fried. The best thing you can do is wear a hat, and keep your hair in a ponytail. Avoiding sun and wind will help a lot.

I rub my hair in warm coconut oil once a week, put a plastic bag on it and then wrap the whole mess in a towel and let it sit while I work or watch tv. Then I wash it and condition it That helps somewhat, but once your hair is damaged, there is not much you can do to fix it; it's much better to avoid the damage in the first place.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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2/23/14 5:25 A

I use Nexxus Humectress conditioner.

2/23/14 1:55 A

I don't know if it's only me but ever since I started exercising outdoors (running/walking/cycling/ anything) my hair started to slowly get more damaged. I used to have fine hair now it's so damaged and frizzy, no matter what I do it never relaxes it's very puffy, broken and frizzy even though my hair was naturally soft. I am assuming this is because at where I live humidity is pretty high most days of the year.

Has anyone else had this problem? How did you solve it? What can I do in order to repair it or avoid more damage? I really love exercising outdoors and wouldn't want to give that up.

Before going to my kickboxing or any other session I usually put oil replacement or hair serum it does calm down but by the time the class is over it's all frizzy and broken again really don't know what to do anymore!

Edited by: IMANALAULAQI at: 2/23/2014 (01:57)
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