Simply overdoing the styling of your hair does not equate to having lavish locks. Quite the opposite; in fact, regular styling leads to damaged hair that can be near impossible to tame.
How do you know if you have damaged hair and what can you do to fix it? Follow these methods for better hair management.
How do I know that I have damaged hair?
You will know your hair is in disrepair when you can feel a lack of moisture or notice your hair looking ‘dull’. Couple that with split ends and breakage and there’s a good chance your hair is damaged.
Damaged hair loses its elasticity and is prone to breaking. If you notice split ends, this means your hair strands are pulling apart and may be in need of help.
What causes damaged hair?
There are several key reasons why hair doesn’t always look salon-perfect.
- Lack of nutrients. Deficiencies is certain vitamins can contribute to damaged hair. If you lack key nutrients in your diet, this can lead to lacklustre locks. Vitamins and minerals that are important for healthy hair and nails include: vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as trace minerals such as copper, zinc, selenium and magnesium. If you suffer from damaged hair, address your diet and make sure you are meeting your nutrient needs.
- Too much use of heat styling tools. One of the biggest culprits for hair damage is the overuse of straightening irons, curling tongs and hair dryers. The heat from hair dryers and styling tools puts stress on the hair cuticles, which breaks the hair.
- Sun exposure. The sun’s harmful UV rays are just as damaging to your hair as they are to your skin. If you are outdoors on a regular basis, your hair is exposed to UV rays. The sun’s rays can break down the pigment in your hair, causing it to lose protein and inevitably weaken and damage your locks.
- Colour treated hair. Regular hair dyeing can damage your hair. Most dyes include chemical treatments, some of which can cause drying or make hair brittle over time.
- Harsh hair styles. Sometimes the way you choose to style your hair does nothing to preserve your locks. Regular tight braids and pony tails, as well as sleeping in your messy bun, can tug at your hair strands and follicles. Your hair can only withstand a certain amount of tugging and pulling before your locks become damaged.
What can I do to help manage my damaged hair?
You’re most certainly not alone if you’ve fallen victim to split ends and damaged locks. It happens to the best of us! So, the next step is how to fix the problem.
You’ve no doubt seen advertisements on the television and in magazines advertising shampoos to repair dry and damaged hair. Technically speaking, you can’t ‘fix’ badly damaged hair, but there are many ways you can improve its look and feel while you work on the root causes of your condition.
You can’t actually add moisture to dry hair with products, for example, but you can work on ways to improve the condition of your scalp and hair follicles, encouraging healthy regrowth. Here are some great ways to work on the condition of your damaged hair.
Book in for a trim
One of the best ways to avoid split ends and frizz is to treat your tresses to regular trims. You may not want to lose your hair length, but regular trims encourage growth as well as improving the condition of your hair. Book in with a reputable hair stylist to discuss ways to trim your damaged hair. Perhaps this is an opportunity to try a completely new look!
Swap to a quality shampoo and conditioner
Some shampoos are known to strip your hair of its natural protective oils. Swap to a quality shampoo and conditioner that contains natural ingredients, and avoid products with harsh chemicals.
Be on the lookout for conditioners that contain macadamia nut or argan oils. Neither will fix your damaged hair, but will go some way in protecting your hair follicles to assist with a healthy regrowth.
Alternatively, conditioners containing mango, shea and coconut butters are known to give shine to your otherwise dull locks. Discuss your situation with your local trusted hair stylist, who will suggest the best shampoos and conditions on the market to assist with your damaged hair.
Cut back on your shampoo
Shampooing your hair too frequently is no good for your damaged hair. If anything, shampooing your hair too much can cause even more brittleness and split ends. Ideally, you don’t want to shampoo more often than twice a week. If you need to, opt for a dry shampoo in between wash days.
Go easy on the styling
At least for the time being, go easy on heat styling or colouring your hair, and avoid wearing your mane in tight braids.
If you really must use a hair dryer and you don’t want to ditch your straightening irons, invest in a quality heat protectant serum to use on your damaged hair when styling.
When tying your hair up, do so loosely. A tight braid or pony tail will only weaken your already frazzled locks.
You can’t repair your damaged hair by following these steps, but at the very least, you are giving your hair a break from harsh over styling, which will assist with a healthy regrowth.
Find a hairdresser you can trust to assist with your damaged hair
Looking for a hairdresser in Brisbane who you can trust? Book in to see the award-winning team at COEV Hairdressers
COEV Hairdressers are located in Brisbane’s West End and have been in the business for twenty years. If you want to speak to a qualified hair stylist about your damaged hair, book an appointment today. Fill out the online booking form or call 07 3844 4766.
Need help and advice about damaged hair? Talk to the experts at COEV Hairdressers today.