Causes of damaged hair
Damaged hair is often a cumulative result of habits that gradually harm the health of your hair and scalp over time. For example, you may cause damage to your hair by misusing styling tools like brushes, blow dryers, or curling irons, as well as color treatments, bleach, and perms. Over time, maltreatment dries your hair out, the naturally smooth cuticle layer becomes rough, hair starts to become brittle, and split ends begin to appear. In some cases, these kinds of improper care are the sole culprits of damaged hair. However, it’s worth noting that stress and unbalanced diets can also contribute to an unhealthy head of hair.
How to repair damaged hair: The basics
Effective damaged hair treatment begins with knowing how to wash your hair in a gentle way. Wet your hair with lukewarm (not hot!) water, gently and thoroughly work in the shampoo from the roots to tips, and rinse. Then it’s time for the conditioner, which is especially important for repairing damaged hair and roots. For best results, make sure you take some time to apply the conditioner thoroughly, paying particular attention to your tips, and leave it in for a while before rinsing.
As long as you remember these key points, you can’t go too far wrong:
- Avoid washing daily (this strips away your hair’s natural oils)
- Use lukewarm water
- Massage your strands and roots gently, don’t pull or tug
- Leave the conditioner in for a while before rinsing
Proteins and nutrients for damaged hair treatment
There are certain ingredients in shampoos and damaged hair treatment products that are especially worth looking out for. For example, moisturizers like Aloe vera, panthenol, glycerol, or silk proteins can be lifesavers for fine hair, while plant oils and proteins work wonders for hair that is distressed and difficult to manage. Active components like macadamia nut oil, argan oil, shea butter, or wild brier oil are also valuable – they coat every individual hair with a fine protective layer, which repairs the cuticle layer. This helps your hair look healthier and more lustrous. Many hair dyes also contain nourishing ingredients such as argan oil and soy protein such as Simply Color’s range, which comes in shades like 7.0 Dark Blonde and 4.68 Chocolate Cherry, so opt for these kinds of dyes when experimenting with your hair color.
Styling tips for damaged hair
When styling, it’s important to remember that your hair is at its most vulnerable directly after it’s been washed. You should avoid rubbing your hair with a towel at all costs for this reason! Instead, wrap your hair up in a towel turban, and then comb it while damp with a wide-toothed comb. In an ideal world, the best hair treatment for damaged hair wouldn’t involve using a blow dryer at all – air-drying is much kinder to your hair. If you don’t have enough time, though, setting your hair dryer to full air stream and no higher than medium heat will help minimize the risk of damage. Avoiding other heat styling tools like flat irons, curling irons or heated rollers is also a good way to avoid drying out your hair.
In addition, overusing or misusing chemical treatments such as certain colorings, bleach, or permanent dyes can result in damaged hair. We know it can be a challenge to avoid them if you love to experiment with different hair color trends, but it’s worth it if you want your damaged hair fixed!
Put an end to split ends
Split ends are pesky and can be frustrating to deal with. For this reason, the best way to deal with them is prevention rather than treatment. As well as following the styling tips we mentioned above, choosing the right kind of brush or comb can do wonders for avoiding damaged hair. Specifically, go for either a wide-toothed comb or a brush with natural boar bristles – these options are much gentler on your hair, and will minimize tugging.
If you’re trying your best to take all the right precautions, but are still struggling with split ends, it may seem that your only real option is to snip them off. However, using split end serum can help repair your damaged hair ends: simply towel dry your hair (pat it gently and don’t rub), apply just a few drops of the serum and allow it to air dry.