How to get damaged hair back to health
OUR hair is subjected to a lot of elements that damage it on a daily basis. Whether your hair is relaxed or you are spotting a natural do, it is important that you prevent damage to your hair and repair it once it has been damaged so that it can continue to grow.
WHAT CAUSES DAMAGE TO THE HAIR? Chemicals:
Relaxers, bleaches and perms weaken hair strands, causing them to fall off when combing. They penetrate the hair cuticle, stripping it of its natural oils and sometimes the natural colour.
Constant heat from flat irons, curlers and blow dryers can burn your hair strands, causing them to feel dry and look dull.
Heat: Weaving and extentions:
These tend to pull the hair and the scalp. They can also damage your hair from the roots, leaving it brittle and very sensitive.
Washing your hair is good for growth, but when it's over done, it will leave your hair weak. Shampoos tend to remove the natural moisture, leaving your hair unprotected.
Over brushing causes friction and your split ends to break. The right brush with the right bristles plays an important role. Harsh hair brushes cause your hair to tangle.
Smoking decreases oxygen flow in your body, damaging your hair among other things. Drinking water is essential for hydrated hair.
Excessive washing: Brushing: Diet and smoking: HOW TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE Washing:
Wash your hair once a week if it is too oily. Use an oil-free shampoo to avoid adding more oil. If you have dry hair, do the opposite.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to repair the oils in your hair. Do not use leave-in shampoos if you have dry and brittle hair. Wash off the shampoo or conditioner five minutes after applying.
However, do not wash your hair with hot water. This will strip your hair of its natural oils even further. Rather use luke warm water. Try to stick to one brand when it comes to the shampoo and conditioner. Always add moisture to your hair after washing it. Do this by applying a hair moisturiser or serum.
Use a ceramic or titanium straightner. These protect the hair from excessive heat when straightening it.
For hairdryers, buy one with a concentrator nozzle and diffuser. Such dryers spread warm air evenly without burning your hair and scalp
Brush in soft motion and use a brush which is kind to your hair. Avoid brushes with enamel or wooden bristles if your hair is damaged. Brush your hair only when it’s necessary.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day as water is good for your skin and hair. Avoid smoking and secondary smoke.
Use hair products which are specially designed to repair hair instead of ordinary hair products. Choose the products according to your hair type. If you are uncertain of which products to use and don’t understand the use of certain products, seek the help of a reputable hairstylist.
Heat: Brushes: Diet: Products: R19,95