Is your hair damaged? If you want lustrous and healthy hair, you need to pamper and treat it properly. Most often we tend to forget about our hair as we subject it to dyeing, styling and chemical laden products.
There are a million different ways that can damage our healthy and shiny hair, whether it is being out in the sun unprotected or going for your weekly swim. With so many hair treatments out there, it is hard to say which one works its magic and is worth your time, money and effort and which ones don’t.
Before you get to fixing the problem, you need to know what causes damage to your hair. Bleaching, coloring, perming, over shampooing, over brushing, use of blow dryers and curling irons and use of wrong products are not good for your hair.
Identify and Repair Damaged Hair
Rough texture, split ends, extreme breakage, lack of moisture and too many tangles are the most common signs of damaged hair. It is important that you identify these signs early and start the process of repairing your hair. With the right care, you can nourish your hair to good health.
Trim Damaged Hair Ends
Before you start working on restoring your hair, it is best to trim damaged hair ends. You will be surprised to know that sometimes a simple trim can help start the repair process. A simple trim with layers can help get rid of the damage.
Avoid Using Chemical Laden Products and Hair Color
Hair products with chemicals are your worst enemy, especially if the hair is already damaged. Avoid using chemical treatments until your hair has recovered. Hair color and harsh bleaches can stress hair and cause considerable damage to it. Ask your stylist to use ammonia free hair color for dyeing and coloring.
Use Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for damaged hair. Shampoos with natural oils can help repair damaged hair. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium. Don’t shampoo too frequently and look for a gentle shampoo that is free of sulfate and has a pH level of 4.5 – 5.5.
Avoid Hot Styling Tools
Blow dryers and curling irons can damage hair. The heat from the styling tools can cause considerable damage to your hair. If you do need to use the styling tools, prepare your hair with proper conditioner and protective spray.
Always Protect Your Hair
Protect hair from sun, rain and wind. Exposure to sun, dirt, pollution and heat can damage hair. Cover your hair to protect it from the harsh weather and other pollutants. Give your hair hydrating treatment if you had spent a lot of time in the sun.
Use Natural Styling Products
Check the labels before you buy styling products. Hair products with high levels of peroxide are best avoided. Choose products that are gentle and have natural ingredients. Keep hairstyles simple and stick to those that don’t require a lot of care. When brushing use a detangling spray to avoid damage.
Treatment Masks for Damaged Hair
Hydrating treatment helps in restoring damaged hair. Use the treatment twice a week for quick hydration. Oil treatments also help fix hair damage. Proper use of these treatments can help restore your hair to its shiny and glorious state.
Healthy Living and Eating
Healthy living and eating habits reflect on your hair. When you eat food with vitamins and essential nutrients, you nourish hair from the inside of your body. A good diet promotes healthy hair growth and strengthens it from the inside.
There are plenty of home remedies that can nourish, strengthen and rejuvenate your hair but if there is substantial damage to your hair, it is best to see a hair professional.
The stylists diagnose the hair damage (breakage, color damage, dryness), so that suitable treatments are provided. Stylists can evaluate your hair needs and treat the damage with precision using equipment and formulas that last long time. The many hair treatments keep the hair strong and healthy from the inside out.
Don’t give up on damaged hair. Treating damaged hair is something that doesn’t happen overnight but with a little extra care you will be able to have naturally rich and shiny hair.