Monday, January 19, 2015

Fix It: Damaged Hair

I would have to say that damaged hair is probably the hardest to fix. If you have dry hair and you aren't taking measures to fix it (click HERE for tips), then you are at a much greater risk of developing damaged hair. Damaged hair and dry hair can often be misjudged for the other (i.e. people with dry hair thinking it’s damaged and vice versa), so even if you think you’re treating the problem, you actually may not be. While dry hair usually just needs a moisture treatment, damaged hair needs a lot more care. In this post I’m going to give some tips on how you can further prevent damaging your hair and what to do if your hair has already reached that stage.

There can be different methods of checking if your hair is damaged or just dry. A big difference has to do with breakage. If your hair is breaking off then it’s a sure sign your hair is damaged. If your hair has a lot of split ends than it’s going to need more than just some hydration. I would first focus on those two features in deciding whether your hair is dry or damaged. If you still can’t tell whether your hair is just dry or damaged then I would recommend consulting a stylist. You could also first try a hydrating treatment to see if that helps and if it doesn't then you will need to add a treatment with protein, like keratin.

However, just because you use a protein treatment, that doesn't mean you can’t take other measures to fix damaged hair….

Trim regularly. Getting regular trims is very important because it can help you stop any minor damage from getting worse. If you have minor split ends then it’s best to cut them before the split becomes larger and damages more of the hair than just the ends. Trimming is also the only way to truly get rid of damaged hair. Even if you use treatments, such as a split end mender, it’s only temporary and keeps it from getting worse. You will still need to get regular trims for your hair to be healthy.

Do not over style your hair. Constantly using hot tools on your hair can really take a toll. I feel that even if you use a heat protectant, it still isn't enough to prevent your hair from becoming damaged if you use hot tools every day. Try to use hot tools as minimal as possible by wearing your hair more natural, or styling it into a cute bun or braid. Also, just because your hot tool heats up to 400 degrees, it doesn't mean you have to have it set that high. Use lower heat settings and see how well your style holds up first before going straight to the highest setting.

Cut back on chemical services. It shouldn't surprise you that services such as coloring, bleaching and perming (along with others) can really damage your hair if done too frequently without proper care. If you have any of these services done then I highly recommend using a treatment as well to maintain strength and protection.  

Those tips are definitely the most obvious but it’s because they are the most important. These tips make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your hair. I can truly say that these tips help because they are tips I have put into practice and my hair is so much healthier because of it. Some other little tips to try are to use the right brush and be mindful with reducing friction. A wide tooth comb or paddle brush with soft bristles is good to use. Also, blot hair dry instead of rubbing and use silk pillowcases to reduce friction (which leads to breakage). Hopefully you will start using these tips and see how much of a difference they make. Don’t expect drastic changes in a short time period though. It takes a lot of time to go from damaged to healthy, which is why it’s important to take care of your hair from the beginning.

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