Damaged hair is common amongst people who dye their hair often or use heated styling tools. Every time you subject your hair to any form of chemical treatment, damage occurs to both the surface of the hair shaft and the deeper structure within.
Extensive lightening and perming treatments cause the most damage overall, but even minor dye jobs can lead to unnoticeable damage that gradually builds up and becomes more problematic with each successive treatment. Damage to your hair may seem like cause for alarm and stress. But you can reverse even a serious disaster and keep your favourite style by knowing why the damage occurs and being able to use the right products and care routine to repair damaged hair back to good condition.
The road to healthy hair is paved with products, potions, and deep conditioners. If your hair is fried or suffers from split ends, sun damage, tangles, and broken, brittle pieces, start to get it back on track. Exposure to the sun, blow-dryers, flat irons, and even daily brushing can take their toll and leave you wishing for a time machine. Developing these habits will get you on the road to recovery.
1. Deep cleanse your hair
Product build-up and even the water you use to cleanse your hair can make it look limp and lifeless and cause split ends and a brittle texture. Deep cleaning your hair is the first step in repairing damage and boosting health. A good clarifying removes product build-up, hard water deposits, and mineral build-up. Use it once a week.
2. Protect your hair from the sun
Sun damage is one of the biggest culprits of hair damage, colour fade, and brittle ends. If you are not already shielding your hair from the sun’s UV rays, now’s the time to start. After a long day of sun exposure, it is a good idea to give your hair a nice, long hydrating treatment to keep damage at bay and help your hair stay in great condition.
3. Give your hair a hot oil treatment
Hot oil treatments infuse hair with shine and moisture. Apply your favourite hair oil generously to clean, towel-dried hair. You can try olive oil or coconut oil. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Apply heat using a hot towel or your blow-dryer. After heating the oil, leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse out with cool water and shampoo. Hot oil treatments can be done one to three times per month depending on the amount of damage and how dry your hair is.
4. Get a Haircut
If your hair is damaged and your ends are breaking, brittle and splitting, a haircut will save the day. If you are not ready to go short, get a healthy trim, try layers, reinvent your face framing, or give a nod to some trendy bangs. This will remove some of the damage and make the repair process a little easier.
If you feel like you’re losing at good hair days, have no fear. With a little discipline and patience, your hair will be back to its healthiest state in no time.