We put our hair through so much in order to look good and feel amazing, and why wouldn’t you right?
Hair colour, bleach, wash and dry then styling hair with heat tools, the environmental causes such pollution, wind etc all take a toll on your hair. We start to notice this when the split ends appear, hair starts to look dull, colour won’t last, hair starts to snap or break. And biggest one Frizz….
Well the good new is, it’s not the end of the world. Yes you have put your hair through the ringer but now you notice it needs some love.With the right products and care you can certainly repair your hair and have it look healthy and amazing.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Damaged hair needs strength and special care. Not all shampoos are the same and hence it is important to choose the right hair care when treating damaged hair. Switch to a hair strengthening shampoo and keep shampooing to a minimum (only twice a week) to avoid stripping your scalp of essential oils. Keep the shampoo only on the roots and massage it gently not scrub scalp.
If your hair gets oily very quickly, opt for a dry shampoo for the in between wash days or go for a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo every wash.
To restore moisture, apply a rich, rinse-out conditioner after every shampoo, a hair mask once a week or a hot oil treatment a few times a month. When using a mask or oil treatment, wear a shower cap to concentrate the moisture on your locks (and avoid messes!).
When shopping for a conditioner, be on the lookout for mango, shea and cocoa butters as ingredients; they seal and provide moisture. Palm, jojoba and olive oils give shine and moisture, and hydrolyzed keratin, a protein in hair and skin, strengthens the hair shaft.
The Redken Extreme haircare line features products formulated to help prevent breakage and damage by infusing hair with proteins. Among its offerings, the line contains a hair strengthening shampoo, conditioner, leave-in split end treatment, a primer (an in-shower treatment for damaged hair meant to protect hair and increase growth potential) and a fortifying hair mask.
USE HAIR DRYER CORRECTLY
Although air-drying is best for damaged hair since overuse of heating tools can make things worse, you can get away with using a hair dryer once in a while if you prep your hair correctly. Expose your hair to less heat by letting an old t-shirt or micro fibre towel soak up the water in your hair first. Then apply Heat Protect-ant. When drying your hair, use the medium setting and keep the dryer no closer than two inches from your hair.
When brushing, the gentler the better. To get rid of tangles, detangle with detangler, wet brushes are amazing. Hair is extremely fragile when wet so using a detangler will minimise the pressure on the strands.
FLAT IRON CORRECTLY
Again, as a possible cause of hair damage, it makes sense to steer clear of heating tools. However, using a flat iron occasionally is fine. Prep carefully by working on completely dry hair (using a straightener on damp hair fries the hair from the inside out—ouch!). You should also apply a leave in treatment for damaged hair that conditions, protects against heat damage and hair breakage and strengthens damaged hair, and use a lower heat setting.
WHEN COLORING YOUR HAIR .
Exposing your hair to even more chemicals when your hair is already damaged may seem crazy, but there are a few instances when colouring damaged hair is ok. If you dye your hair very rarely while your hair is damaged or you only want to touch up your roots with a single process hair color, it’s ok to color your hair, since hair at the top of your head is healthier and newer than the ends, which tend to be driest and most damaged. Skip the double process hair color till your hair is healthy again.
Redken Shades EQ is an excellent choice, as it is a conditioning hair colour that will add loads of shine and vibrancy to your hair without damaging it.
AVOID TIGHT HAIR DO’S
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Tight ponytails, braids or buns may be stylish, but they can weaken and thin hair, especially if your hair is fine. Instead, opt for a looser hairdo, and use a hair tie without a metal fastener (say no to rubber bands!) so your hair won’t snag when you undo your hair.
Regular trims are great for maintaining healthy hair. It will keep split ends tidy and looking sharp. It is a myth that trimming hair will help with the growth, it is recommended to maintain the health of your hair.
Regular trims also keep hair looking healthy which in turn does gives better results with colour.
HEALTHY DIET & WATER.
Strengthening and moisturising treatments and styling products can do a lot for damaged hair, but to improve your hair, you should also be paying attention to what you put in your body. After all, proper nutrition is what makes hair grow faster.
Among its many benefits, protein boosts hair strength, and lean red meat, in particular, contains iron and zinc, two minerals that help hair grow.
Biotin or Vitamin B7 is also known for promoting hair growth. You can find it in eggs (a great source of protein and a source of Vitamin D) or take a supplement of it daily.
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in flaxseed oil and fish oil, can help with hair growth as well, and makes dull, damaged hair look shiny.