It’s amazing what you put your hair through. From the blow dryers to the flat irons, you literally cook your hair at least every other day. Are you tired of dealing with dull and tired hair? If so, then consider the practices that have brought you to where you are, and what you can change in your routine in order to eliminate as much damage as possible, and learn to care for damage hair.
Damaged hair is usually rough to the touch. Its condition is dry and brittle, and not at all what you have been working for. One of the top ways to compromise your hair’s health is chemical processing, whether it’s a permanent dye job or straightening procedure. It’s surprising to also realize that frequent shampooing can weaken your hair. The heating tools we use to frequently, and the styling aids not used correctly combined can really leave their mark. Even too much sun is harmful to your hair, not to mention what’s in the water that you wash and swim in.
It takes time and effort and, sometimes, a bit of radical action, but getting your hair back to a healthy place is well worth the sacrifice. Begin by giving your hair time off. On the days you can get by with not washing and styling it, by all means, do so. When it is necessary, wash gently with a protein rich shampoo and, if possible, allow it to dry naturally. Consider your hair: Is it wavy and curly? Then finger picking through it to style, and hurrying up the drying procedure is a great way to care for your hair. No matter the texture of your hair, learn to towel blot as much as possible. Do not wring it out with a towel as this contributes to breakage.
Using a wide tooth comb and banning all brushes is a way to ensure the best possible condition for smoothing your hair. Look at your conditioner. Is it time to change it to a more protein enriched treatment? Be certain you are rinsing well as conditioner can build layers on your hair and cause it to become coated and dull. Always rinse in warm water. A cool rinse is fine and will help seal in moisture once you are certain that your hair is free of any cleaning agents. If you feel that the outside elements are really adding to your damage, you may want to consider some sexy, sassy hats or scarves. These are timeless accessories and, with a little practice, can be worn for pizzazz while protecting your hair.
If hats and scarves are not your thing, you can purchase a leave in conditioner or protective spray to combat the sun’s damage. Stay away from bleaching the hair. An herbal color rinse can be considered but color free is best. A deep conditioning treatment once a week is vital. Do your research on what’s specific to your needs. Last, but not least, trim those split ends away!