Tips to Repair Damaged Hair and Reduce Frazzle
Its vitally important to repair damaged hair as soon as possible, especially if your hair isn’t past the point of no return.
If the integrity of your locks have been compromised, it’s worth a try to see if fixing the damage is possible.
Even if your hair hasn't been zapped, you need to bolster it's strength regularly to keep it shiny and sexy. No one likes to have hair that snaps and breaks off! Healthy hair is so much more desirable!
There are so many ways that hair gets damaged in the first place. Women especially, are notorious for doing whatever it takes to get their hair to behave properly and look a certain way. Hot styling appliances and the overuse of harsh chemicals are typically the biggest problems, however combing and brushing too harshly and even using the wrong hair products can make your hair become weak or cause split ends!
More often than not, damaged hair happens over time so expect that you won't be able to repair damaged hair overnight. With so many advances in technology and science made, better products may help amend at least some of your hair woes. However, there are no guarantees. It all depends on how much damage has already been done and how much time you’re willing to give the products you try. Having enough patience is always key when you're trying to repair damaged hair!
Tips to Repair Damaged Hair
When your hair has been compromised, don't mistreat your hair any further. Comb out your hair when it's wet and gently brush parched hair, but don’t overdo! You only need to get the knots out of your hair a couple times a day at most!
Before you go cutting all your hair off or investing in costly hair repair treatments, you can actually tell how healthy your hair is or isn’t, using this simple method:
Test for Hair Integrity
Pluck one single strand of hair from your head (or get one from your hairbrush) and plop it into a large glass of plain H2O. Then watch it. If it sinks, your hair is in bad shape and lacks moisture and protein. If it stays on the top of the water, your hair isn't as damaged as you thought.
Since your hair is made of keratin, it only makes sense to initially try to repair damaged hair with products that contain a large percentage of protein. With so many good protein building conditioners on the market today, you’re sure to find one you like. Be careful with protein though. Too much can actually make things worse.
One of the simplest and least expensive ways to help repair damaged hair is to use the incredible egg! You can make your own masks at home way easy. Eggs supply essential nutrients that your hair needs!
Before the Chicken Masque
Whisk one egg with one tablespoon of water and work it through damp (but not wet) hair. When your hair is damp, it absorbs moisture more efficiently! Make sure the mixture gets distributed well to dry ends, which are prone to damage. Make sure your hair is tangle free before applying the mixture.
Other variations are to mix two egg yolks (full of rich biotin that helps strengthen hair) with two tablespoons of your favorite oil. (If you have long hair, you may need more eggs or just add a couple tablespoons of water to extend the masque.)
Cover your hair and leave egg masks on your hair overnight or for at least a few hours. Rinse and condition.
If your hair is breaking off and seems to be damaged beyond hair repair, there are a few repair treatments like 911 Emergency Pak
or Nexxus Emergencee that may help. Try using a similar product before you cut it all off in frustration. These types of products are the last line of defense and should be used only in extreme circumstances. For example, structurally damaged hair from bleach or singed/scorched hair from overuse of hot irons.
Medium to coarse textured hair typically has three layers. Fine hair usually only has two layers and is missing the innermost layer the medulla. That means that fine hair (logically) can get fried more quickly than other hair textures. For that reason, anyone who has fine hair needs to be extremely thoughtful before undergoing chemical services or using super hot appliances.
If just hair ends are damaged, a quickie trim or a new shorter haircut can breathe new life back into your strands. If your hair only needs a trim, cut your hair ends off just above where the hair damage begins and the healthy hair ends to ensure the best results.
When hair snaps off, it means that there are weak spots along the hair strands. Be super gentle with weak hair! Apply oils, such as Moroccan or coconut oil that help add moisture (and elasticity) back into your hair.
Alternately, you can use a mixture of water and oil (mixed 10:1) and spray liberally on your hair before running a comb or brush through it. You can also use the many products on the market that help get snarls out of your hair too. Using deep conditioning treatments once a week can help restore some of its lost stretch-ability. Use them once a week to help retain manageability.
If you don’t have a thermal cap (and you really should invest in one!), you can also steam your hair to help open the cuticles. This allows your conditioner to be fully absorbed into your hair. Steam is one of the best and most inexpensive ways to repair damaged hair when used in conjunction with hair repair products!
How to Steam Repair Your Hair: After shampooing and conditioning, gently squeeze the water out of your hair. Remove excess (dripping) water with a towel and comb through. Apply a conditioner that contains keratin and/or essential fatty acids to damp hair. (Or just use one of the egg masques from above.) Comb through to distribute.
Wet a large bath towel and wring out excess moisture. Place the towel in the microwave for one or two minutes until it's steaming hot. Use tongs (or Playtex gloves) to remove the towel and wave it around to reduce heat. When the towel’s cool enough to touch without burning your skin, wrap it around your head and leave on for 10-20 minutes. (If the towel gets cool, reheat it.) Rinse your hair in the shower but always remember to leave a small amount of conditioner on your hair to protect it.
One of the best ways to repair damaged hair (depending on the extent of the damage) is to use dimethecones and silicones; two types of conditioning agents that help add silkiness and manageability. They add a mild ‘wax’ to hair that provides more silkiness and softness.
This protective layer adds strength back to damaged hair and can repair damaged hair to some degree. Since they are permeable, they don't prevent your hair from attracting and retaining moisture. Look for products that contain no more than 2 percent dimethicone/silicone.
Hair products ingredients are always listed in order, from highest to lowest content. Often you see water as the first ingredient, which only means that it's got lots of moisture. The ingredients listed last means that there's little of them in the product. You may NOT know the exact percentages of ingredients but you should be able to tell something about the product just by peeping around.
Always use conditioners that supply ample moisture to help repair damaged hair. Shampoos you can see through do NOT contain conditioners. Creamy thick shampoos DO!
Heavy moisturizers like shea butter conditioners and cholesterol treatments are heavier conditioning agents that may help with reparation.
Healthy dry hair can stretch up to 20 percent of its length while healthy wet hair can stretch up to 50 percent of its length. It should also return back to its normal length without snapping in two.
After using heavy conditioners, your hair may look flat for a few days. This is great for straight hairstyles but not as much so for curly hairstyles. Still, the benefits outweigh the inconvenience!
Prevention is always the best way to avoid having to repair damaged hair in the first place. Be gentler with the way you handle your hair strands! Give your hair rest and a little more TLC! Think hard before you act and be willing to do research! Beautiful hair is a sign that you're doing all the right things to prevent damage!
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