17 Feb 2012

Guest Post: Treating Damaged Hair doesn't have to be a Headache

Who said restoring your limp, damaged hair had to be difficult? Here, we offer some tips that most anyone can implement to bring life back to hair.


What causes damage to your hair?
There are several ways that you can damage your hair, some of them without you even knowing it. Most hair damage results from the stripping of the protective protein barrier that protects each strand from harsh elements. Chemical processes are a common cause of this stripping. Heat styling can also compromise the makeup of your hair strands because a curling iron, straightener, or blow dryer that is too hot will actually cause the water inside each hair strand to boil, which can destroy them from the inside.
Though they are common, these aren’t the only causes of hair damage. Lesser known evils when it comes to hair care are accessories, such as ponytail holders and hair clips that put too much stress on your tresses. If you wear these kinds of accessories every day or nearly every day, the repeated strain on your hair can cause breakage.
Last, but not least, extreme weather can cause severe damage to your hair. If you’re like many people, you may think of summer as a time for swimming and sunbathing. Unfortunately, the sun’s harsh UV rays, salt water from the ocean, and chlorine from a swimming pool can all make your hair strands weaker and more susceptible to breakage. The best way to prevent this kind of damage is to wear a hat when you spend extended time outside and to use a special cleansing shampoo immediately after swimming.
How can I repair my damaged hair?
Often times, repairing damaged hair amounts to a change in routine and lifestyle, instead of a one-time treatment. This may sound tedious, but these changes are usually easy to implement and may even take less time than your current routine.
The first thing to do when trying to repair damaged hair is to use less heat on it. For some, this may simply mean blow drying on a lower heat setting. However, it most often means that you should limit the number of times per week that you use a straightener or curling iron. If your hair has been damaged from heat styling, try wearing using its naturally curly, wavy, or straight pattern to create protective styles such as french braids or low ponytails.
Another important habit to form in order to repair damaged hair is an intense conditioning routine. You should use a regular conditioner each time you shampoo your hair, but you may also want to consider using a leave-in conditioner as well, especially if you blow dry your hair because they act as a heat protectant. And once a week, you should use a richer hair treatment, such as ”John Frieda Full Repair” Deep Conditioner, which is meant for intense moisturising. Make sure to leave it on the hair for at least half an hour before rinsing out.
Just as important as what you use for conditioner is how you use it. The roots of your hair are often sufficiently nourished from the natural oils that your scalp produces, so when using conditioner, it is better to focus on the mid-length of the hair shaft as well as the ends. In particular, using conditioner on the ends will help you avoid split ends or keep them from getting worse. If you struggle with keeping your ends from splitting, you may also want to use a dime-sized amount of conditioner on dry hair as a daily moisturiser. For example, John Frieda Perfect Ends Deep Infusion is light enough to use on ends without weighing hair down.
One of the least known ways to improve hair strength is to change your diet. This is because your body uses the protein and vitamins from the foods that you eat to growth strong, healthy hair. If you’re undernourished, not only will your hair grow slower, but it will also be weaker than it should. Infuse your diet with foods like beans, eggs, carrots, avocado and olive oil to get a comprehensive mix of B vitamins, E vitamins, and protein. Also, remember to drink lots of water, which will nourish your entire body with much-needed moisture, including your hair.
In general, the rules of hair repair work best when you keep it simple. Good nutrition and handling your hair with care will result in shinier, fuller, and stronger locks that you can be proud to show off.
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12 comments

  1. I am not really familiar with how to treat damages hair and i know that this can help too...Great job!

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  2. Treating damaged hairs is not that easy but I think most people should know how to...

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  4. oohh this is great! having this damaged hair problem for quite sometime now. but i think this post is very helpful. thanks!

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  5. I agree with your idea on thorough conditioning to help repair damaged hair. I used to have lots of split ends and it all went away when I meticulously condition my hair. A good diet helps as well.

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