Hair is always a cause of concern for both men and women. Luxuriant shiny hair is prized by everyone, but damaged hair can look unkempt at the best of times despite good care. The hair shaft becomes rough and cannot support good styling. A good, well-kept head of hair adds a great deal of confidence to your personality and makes you feel good about yourself. If you have damaged hair, what do you do? Here are some ways to fight damaged hair.
Keep hair clean
- If you have damaged hair, you may be wary of shampooing too often, particularly if you lose a lot of hair doing the process. You should shampoo your hair twice or thrice a week at the most.
- You can use a shampoo for dry and damaged hair or use a herbal product to clean your hair. In between shampooing, if you really need it, use dry shampoo.
- Don’t rub your hair vigorously while shampooing or towel drying. Lightly finger comb the shampoo or cleanser through hair and rinse with lukewarm or cold water. When you use the towel, blot excess moisture from your hair gently.
- Use conditioner after every shampoo and use a hair pack or hair mask a few times a month. If your hair is frizzy and dry, you may benefit by using a leave-in conditioner or hair serum
- Let your hair dry naturally as far as possible. The heat from the hairdryer, hair irons, hot hair curlers can easily contribute to damaged hair. If you must use a hairdryer or any heat for styling the hair, use a hair protecting product and keep the hairdryer at its coolest setting.
- Hair that is dry and damaged always benefits from regular trims. Cut hair regularly and keep it as short as possible – it is easier to maintain and you use less products, too.
- Split ends also need to be cut off – no product can ‘join’ split ends.
- If you have long hair, tie it into a loose braid – never use tight ties and rubber bands or other hair ornaments that can pull the hair.
- Over processed hair can become better with natural treatments and using the appropriate products, not just for the type of hair that you have, but also the season. Humidity can cause damaged hair to become more frizzy and flyaway and dry heat can also harm your hair.
- Hot oil treatment used at least once a month benefit damaged hair. You can use olive oil or coconut oil for the best results. Lightly massage the oil into the head and leave overnight, shampooing the next morning. Or heat oil lightly and massage into hair, cover with a towel and leave in for at least 15 minutes to half an hour before shampooing.
- If you use hair coloring products, use those without ammonia. Natural hair colors like henna to add red tints to the hair or lemon juice to lighten hair are better in the long run than using harsh commercial dyes on your hair.
- One important and often overlooked cause of damaged hair is poor nutrition. Make sure your diet is hair healthy, rich in proteins and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables for good hair.
At any stage in your life, you can have the lustrous hair you love and combat damaged hair by taking care of your hair health.