Haircare Routine for Damaged Hair: 7 Simple Ideas

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Years of coloring, heat-styling, and chemical treatments can leave your hair looking dull and damaged. Miss Careful Ear Covers are an important piece of your new hair care routine, make sure you're protecting your hair and skin during your routine. Okay, lets get into the details of what your routine should include.

How to Fix Damaged Hair

There are several ways to help undo hair damage. We have to change how we wash and style our tresses as well as make wise decisions about hair care products. Here are seven simple ideas to add to your hair care routine.

Shampoo & conditioners to use

The right shampoo and conditioner for your hair depend on the extent of the damage. If your hair is dry and prone to breakage, the damage is likely minor. You need a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for your hair. Look for formulas with emollient oils like shea, coconut, and avocado.

Use lukewarm water

If at all possible don't wash your hair with hot water. Hot showers can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dull and brittle. It's known that hot water can also damage your scalp, leading to dandruff and weakening the hair’s roots.

Protect your scalp and strands by using lukewarm water when you wash your hair and rinse with cold water. This process will help your hair get an amazing shine!

Deep conditioning treatments

Deep conditioning treatments provide longer-lasting hydration and protection for damaged hair.  Always shampoo your hair before applying the treatment. Start the application from the ends, working your way up to your scalp.

Leave for around 30 minutes (or as instructed by the manufacturer). Rinse with cool water.

Comb hair before shampooing

Wet hair strands are more porous and prone to breakage. Avoid combing or brushing your hair after showering. Brushing before you shower helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp, encouraging hair growth and strengthening the roots.

Leave-in conditioner

For heat or chemical-damaged hair, a leave-in conditioner provides nourishment and protection to support healthy hair growth. A leave-in conditioner is more lightweight than regular conditioners, so it won’t weigh your hair down.

After showering, towel dry your hair to remove excess water and apply a small amount of leave-in product to the ends. 

Heat protectant

The heat from styling tools like blow dryers, curling wands, and straightening irons deteriorate the proteins that give your hair structure. This extreme heat causes the strands to unravel, which leads to split ends, breakage, and frizziness.

Lower the temperature of your tools and wear protective gear over your ears to prevent burns. Always apply a heat protectant before styling.

Heat protectants contain ingredients like panthenol and propylene glycol to trap moisture, keratin to rebuild protein, and natural oils to seal the hair’s cuticle layer.

Get a trim as the last resort

Extensive damage leads to split ends which causes the hair fiber to fray and unravel. A simple haircut may do the trick for you.

People with mid to long hair should have a trim every 12 weeks. If you have short or layered hair then visit the salon every 6-8 weeks.

FAQs

How does hair get damaged?
Hair is made of a type of protein called keratin. Heat styling, chemical straightening treatments or perms, UV damage, and permanent dyes damage the bonds that hold hair protein together.

What does damaged hair look like?
Damaged hair has a brittle, straw-like appearance. When touched, it may feel stiff or crunchy and break off easily.

How does my diet affect hair health?
You need to eat a diet high in amino acids, vitamin A and foods high in iron to help support healthy hair. Always consult with your dietitian or doctor of course. 

Can scalp treatment help damaged hair?
A scalp treatment can help stimulate blood flow to the hair roots, flooding the area with nutrients to support hair health. Try a scalp massage to stimulate blood flow or a scalp mask to remove buildup.

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