How to Fix Overprocessed Hair and Hair Breakage

Updated February 21, 2017

Various methods of hairstyling can overprocess the hair and leave it damaged. If hair is permed, bleached, relaxed or otherwise aggressively treated, it can become dry, weak and develop split ends. Although aggressive methods of hair treatment can sometimes even cause permanent damage, there are ways to restore overprocessed hair to a shiny, healthy state.

Wash your hair once a week, allowing the hair follicles to produce oil and moisturise the scalp naturally. If the period of time between washes is too short, the follicles can start overproducing natural oil which will then lead to oily hair. Oily hair then demands washing more often, creating a cycle of too-oily hair and damaged scalp. Never wash overprocessed hair daily; it can cause additional damage.

Use special shampoos and conditioners for colour-treated and damaged hair. Almost every company that manufactures hair care products offers a special line to deal with these problems, usually packed with essential oils and other nutrients.

Use a commercial hair pack conditioner or a hair mask every two weeks. These deep-penetrating conditioners and masks moisturise and nourish your hair, minimising the damage from chemicals and heat.

Use homemade hair masks every two weeks as well to restore health and shine to your overprocessed hair. To make a mask, mix two eggs and five tablespoons of olive oil. Another recipe calls for mixing three tablespoons of honey with five tablespoons of olive oil. Leave the homemade hair mask on your hair for at least 15 minutes. After the mask has penetrated the hair, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, making sure to remove all traces of the mask.

Make a leave-in hair conditioner with avocado, a particularly effective ingredient for restoring health and shine to your hair. Simply mince a ripe avocado and apply it to your hair. Next, put a plastic bag over your hair and finally a dry towel over the bag. This will assure that the conditioner has time to act and nourish your hair. The plastic bag and the towel provide warmth to enhance the healing process.

Rinse your hair with fresh-squeezed lemon juice after washing and conditioning. Lemon juice is the best rinsing solution for blond hair. Apple cider vinegar makes a better rinse for dark hair.


You can use bananas, coconut cream and coconut milk as ingredients for a homemade hair mask.


If you are losing more than 100 hairs a day, the cause may not be overprocessing but stress or a more serious medical condition. So, be sure to consult your doctor.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair mask
  • Olive oil
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Avocado
  • Plastic bag
  • Cling film
  • Towel
  • Fresh-squeezed lemon
  • Apple cider vinegar
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Adam Raphael has been writing technical and health-related articles for a variety of online sources for five years. His articles have appeared on a variety of popular blogs and other websites.