A woman’s hair is undoubtedly her most attractive asset. And she loves playing and experimenting with it to make it look even more alluring and beautiful. But alas, all that coloring, dyeing and perming can leave it extremely damaged. It not only looks but also feels brittle, dry and dull. Not to mention all the frizz, making it extremely difficult to style and manage.
So if you’re someone who’s battling with damaged hair, or are on a lookout for tips to avoid going down that road, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll be discussing several tips and tricks to help you reclaim the lost shine and bounce, enabling you to flaunt your healthy and luscious locks to your heart’s content. So keep on reading!
What are the signs of damaged hair?
Some of the telltale signs of damaged hair are split ends, splits in hair mid-shaft, breakage, lots of hair fall and dry hair that feels coarse and brittle.
What causes hair damage?
Damaged hair is usually the result of neglect or too much chemical treatment. Coloring, dyeing and streaking can strip the hair off its natural oils, leaving it damaged, sometimes beyond repair.
Too much tugging and pulling during styling, as well as using harsh hair products, including sulphate containing shampoos, can cause the hair to lose its luster and become more prone to getting damaged. Excessive sun exposure can also dry out your locks, making them dry and limp.
How can you repair damaged hair?
Opt for clean hair care products
Shampoos containing sulphates are the main culprit when it comes to hair that has become dry and brittle. They strip the natural oil produced by the scalp, damage the protective barrier and cause the hair to lose its moisture and shine as well as resulting in hairfall. They can also cause an allergic reaction and skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. Instead opt for products that contain ingredients that make the hair feel loved such as keratin which has hair moisturizing properties and resembles the keratin found in the genetic makeup of hair. The molecules can easily penetrate the hair shaft, making it softer, voluminous and shiny. Another ingredient to look for is vitamin E which promotes healthy and silky hair.
Avoid hot tools
Excessive heat exposure can leave the hair extremely dry and sometimes even burnt. Try to limit styling using them and instead opt for ways that are more gentle like using rollers instead of a curling iron. Always use a heat protectant spray or serum and never set the tools to the highest heat setting.
Get a trim
If you want to grow your hair longer, getting a trim might seem counterproductive, so let me explain why that’s not the case. Routinely trimming your hair helps to remove dry split ends, which otherwise travel up your hair and break off even more length. So not getting a regular trim means that the next time you go for a cut of your choice, you’ll end up with shorter hair than you like. Trimming your hair keeps it from looking limp and instead adds a bounce, making the hair look healthier and more voluminous.
Apply a hair mask
Once in a while your hair needs that extra love and pampering, and what better way to do that than a hydrating and nourishing hair mask. Salons offer a ton of reparative hair masks or you can whip up one at home using ingredients found in your pantry. Hair masks help to condition, hydrate and strengthen the hair, leaving it glossier and healthier than before.
Add an oil to your routine
Oils are your hair’s best friend and can help you immensely in repairing damaged, dry and brittle hair. They restore moisture back into the hair by conditioning it, and also help it grow longer by providing it the nourishment it lacks. The oils found in Leovard’s Oil Fusion such as argan oil, coconut oil, almond oil and jojoba oil have been used for centuries by women to grow longer, thicker and luscious hair.
Don’t brush wet hair
Brushing wet hair is the biggest hair care mistake you can ever make. While wet, the hair is most prone to breakage. If you absolutely must, first apply a leave-in hair conditioner and use a wide tooth comb, working your way from the bottom up. This will allow the comb to glide through the hair instead of pulling and tugging, which causes it to weaken and break more often.
Incorporate a vitamin in your diet
Before looking at outward causes of hair damage, an inward look is important. Very often, hair fall and damage is due to a deficiency of essential nutrients and vitamins in the body and it is imperative to compensate for that if any hair repair efforts are to be successful. Incorporating a vitamin to support hair and scalp health can make a huge difference in how quickly your hair regains its lost glory.
Protect your hair from the sun
While out and about in the sun, try to cover up your hair as much as possible, preferably with a scarf or hat. Or use a hair sunscreen as UV rays can damage the hair immensely.
All these tips might seem like a lot of work to repair your damaged hair. But all beautiful things are worth striving for and so is beautiful hair. Starting by trying to incorporate a few of these tips and then working your way up will make a huge difference in your hair’s health, allowing it to look luscious and beautiful, just like it used to be.