An extra hot blow-dry, skipping that overdue trim, morning straighteners and evening curlers – we’ve done it all to our locks. Using too much heat and not caring for our hair can damage it. If you've noticed that your hair has become a bit dry, dull and lifeless, read our guide on hair repair for tips on how to make it shine again.
How to Tell if I Have Damaged Hair
If you notice a change in your hair early enough, it will be easy to prevent further damage. Having said that, once your hair is severely damaged, you will be able to improve its appearance and make way for healthy hair growth but you won’t be able to repair it completely.
Think of it this way – both hair and nails are made of keratin. You can’t fix a broken nail but you can certainly condition, buff and apply strengthening product to make sure it still looks great and prevent further breakage. Hair is the same – there are products out there that can help your hair look fantastic but the way to truly repair the damage is hair growth.
If you’ve used a lot of heat and feel that your tresses are starting to look a bit dull, dry, or lackluster with a lot of split ends, it means that your hair is damaged. Equally, if your hair has been exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays for too long without a UV hair protector, you’ll notice that your hair has become dry and almost straw-like. Don’t worry just yet, this simply means that it’s time for you to treat your locks to a hair spa.
How Can I Repair Damaged Hair?
Get a Trim
If you are starting to find a lot of split ends and you generally feel your hair is dry, it’s time to go for a trim. Simply say to your hair stylist that you want them to cut your hair so there are no split ends.
This doesn’t have to be a full haircut if you are not keen on one – a light trim can do wonders. Your hair will immediately look and feel much healthier and thicker.
What to do and not do.
When your hair is damaged, it is even more vulnerable when it is wet. Brushing your hair when it is wet is a big no, so try to avoid doing it.
Washing your hair too often is not good for your hair either as it simply dries it out by not allowing your natural hair oils to form and coat your tresses. Try limiting your hair washing to two to three times per week.
Not sure how to minimize the number of your weekly hair washes? Go for an up-do, French braids or use dry shampoo that will absorb excess oil from your roots in between washes.
If you have damaged hair, the shampoo and conditioner you choose can make all the difference. When picking your next shampoo bottle, have a look at the label – does it say it is without parabens and sulfates? If so, this is the right shampoo for you. Sulfate and paraben-free shampoos are less likely to irritate the scalp with chemicals, help to keep your hair’s natural moisture and retain natural oils. This will help improve the overall condition of your locks and pave way for the growth of healthy, shiny hair.
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Apply a good hair mask once a week.
A weekly hair mask can do a lot of good if you use the right one. First, establish why you need a mask. Knowing the why - not just the what - will help you select the right one. There are ones that address the needs of dull or damaged hair, frizzy hair, colored hair as well as moisturizing masks that help to soften hair.
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