Contrary to popular belief, over-processed hair isn’t just a result of using too much bleach and hair dye on your strands. It’s equally likely that chemical treatments like relaxers and perms are also top contenders for over-processed hair. And certainly don’t forget how often we use—and misuse!—our hot tools. Either via a bad hair dye job or by using your straightener too often, over-processed hair happens to even the most hair-obsessed. If you find yourself looking to repair your brittle and dull hair, read on to see our editors’ top picks for the best products for over-processed hair.
How To Fix Over-Processed Hair
Over-processed hair is going to need a lot of attention beyond your shampoo and conditioning routine. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your hair back to its glory days’ shining in the sun.
Stop Coloring Your Hair
Coloring your hair strips your strand of moisture and its protective barrier. If you’re using bleach to lighten your hair is a harsh chemical that lifts the color out of your hair. This process also causes stress to your hair follicles and weakens your hair’s ends, leading to breakage and dry hair.
Get a Cut
To start restoring your hair, look for hairstyles for damaged hair. This will help you to decide on a cut to give your hair a fresh start. Styles specifically for damaged hair will help to heal your over-processed hair and assist with new growth once your split ends are no longer in the way.
Make Moisturizing Your Hair Your Top Priority
Since your hair is stripped of most of its moisture, you will need to repackage it asap. Start at the basics with the best shampoo and conditioner for over-processed hair. It’s always a good idea to treat over-processed hair that you condition and moisturize more than you typically would. So if you only wash and condition your hair once or twice a week, up that up by a day or two.
Breakup With Your Hot Tools
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good curling wand, but to truly heal and repair your hair, you’re going to have to take a break from them. It’s not forever, though. If you use a hot tool almost every day, try letting your hair breathe. Let your hair air-dry instead of blowdrying it. You can also take a break from straightening your hair and curling it. But, if you must use a hot tool, always use a heat protectant before you start. The heat protectant will add another layer of protection to your stands to damage your hair more.
Add Treatments To Your Hair Routine
Lastly, add treatments to your regular hair routine. If you’re not currently using a hair mask, now is the time to start. Hair masks full of keratin will help your hair and add the missing moisture back into it. In addition to treatments, having the right products for over-processed hair will help restore your hair.
The Best Products for Over-Processed Hair
1. TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Shampoo
Need to repair your hair? This shampoo by TRESemmé is formulated with Biotin and technology that repairs seven types of hair damage: damage from bleaching, blow-drying, braiding, brushing, coloring, curling, and straightening. It’s the perfect secret weapon to treat over-processed hair.
2. TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Conditioner
Like its shampoo counterpart, the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Conditioner also fights the seven signs of hair damage like bleaching, blow-drying, braiding, brushing, coloring, to name a few. The conditioner is rich and full of protein and biotin to strengthen your hair and protect it from future damage.
3. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo is sulfate-free. It’s specifically formulated to treat over-processed and damaged hair. If you’re letting your hair breathe and taking a break from color treating your hair, this shampoo adds the moisture that you’re hair craves.
4. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
This conditioner is easily paired with its matching shampoo. The conditioner restores damaged hair and is best for those needing to repair hair from chemical damage. Although the formula is best suited for hair types from 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, and 4C, anyone can give it a whirl for use as a deep moisturizing treatment.
5. TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Combing Cream
Curls, too, can be under stress due to being over processes. This combing cream is the best product if you’re looking to repair your curls. The formula moisturized your thirsty curls with Coconut and Avocado Oils. The cream is also for those with wavy, curly, coily strands.
Editor’s tip: Use a wide-tooth comb to apply the product throughout your hair. Move the products upwards instead of downwards.
6. Bed Head by TIGI Beach Bound Protection Spray
The sun also plays a role in over-processed hair. The harmful UV rays weaken hair. This Beach Bound Protection Spray protects your hair against heat and humidity while the specially formulated UV Complex protects the harmful rays of the sun. You will also get a Repair Active Technology dose to reduce the breakage that your hair has.
7. Dove Style+Care Smooth and Shine Heat Protection Spray
If you’re still going to style your hair occasionally with your hot tools, you need a heat protection spray like this one. The pray contains a lightweight nourishing conditioner that protects against heat styling damage. It also leaves your hair frizz-free and with a natural shine.
8. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray
Here’s another great option if you’re looking for a heat protectant spray. This heat protectant is excellent for all hair types of hair. The African Marula oil smoothies frizz and add softness to your hair. Not only does it leave your hair with a shiny and healthy-looking finish, but the spray also protects your hair from styling tool heat up to 450°F.
9. Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil
If you’re experiencing frizz and dry hair due to your hair being over-processed, add the Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil to your hair care line up. You can use the product on wet hair (which is great for detangling) or dry hair to moisturize and hydrate. The ylang ylang flower oil keeps your hair fresh all day long.
10. Suave Split End Rescue Split End Hair Serum
Most times, when it comes to over-processed hair, split ends a result. If others facing broken and dull ends, use the Suave Split End Rescue Split End Hair Serum. It helps to reduce the appearance of split ends and keeps hair soft and full of life. You don’t need to use a lot of product—two or three pumps is sufficient.
11. The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream
This cream is similar to a conditioner, but you don’t have to wash it off. The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream contains active ingredients that absorb fast into your hair to provide intense moisture. The added moisture assist in repairing damaged hair and strands from being over-processed.
12. Bed Head by TIGI Resurrection Treatment Mask
If your hair needs some serious TLC and is over-processed, the Resurrection Treatment Mask is here to help. The mask strengthens and softens your hair while the Core Repair™ Technology revitalizes streams that look dead and dull.
Editors Tip: Use the mask once weekly to help heal your over-processed hair. Leave it on for five minutes and rinse.
13. Dove Hair Mask + Minerals Strengthens + White Clay
The Dove Hair Mask + Minerals Strengthens + White Clay is no match for over-processed and damaged hair. The White Clay strengthens your strands. After washing your hair, apply the mask from the midsection of your hair to the tips. The clay fortifies the hair leaving it less susceptible to breakage and damage.
14. Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Murumuru Butter & Rose 2-Minute Magic Masque
If you have color-treated hair, this Murumuru Butter & Rose 2-Minute Magic Masque is a must-have. It moisturizes dry hair while enhancing your color so that it t doesn’t look washed out. You can use the masque in place of your conditioner for a deeper treatment.
15. The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm
Similar to leave-in conditioners, The Good Stuff Complete Repair Balm doesn’t have to get rinsed oof fin the shower. If you’re applying the balm to wet hair, use a dime-sized amount and work it through to the ends. Be sure to avoid your roots. If you’re applying to dry hair, use a larger amount, and work it through your hair the same way. The result? Nourished and repaired hair,
The Bottom Line: Over Processed Hair Can Get an Assist With the Right Products
Just because you’ve dyed your hair a rainbow’s worth of colors doesn’t mean the damage has to stick. These treatments are surefire ways to help repair damage, mend split ends, and leave hair silkier and shinier then it was before you decided to dip your toe into the dye pool.