When your hair is damaged it shows. If you constantly pull on your hair with a brush, use heated styling tools or apply styling products each day, then you are paving the way for damaged hair. If your hair is dull, brittle or generally out of control, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few things that you can do to restore part of your hair’s luster and shine. Keep in mind that there are no complete cures for damaged hair other than cutting it off. But there are steps that you can take to have the best head of hair possible while you are growing new, healthy hair.
The first step is to get your hair trimmed. Before you start applying any of the treatments listed below, you need to trim off the most damaged part of your hair at the ends. Getting regular trims help stop split ends and reduces the overall damage on your head. You don’t need to cut a whole lot of hair off, so don’t worry if you’re a fan of long hair. As little as a quarter of an inch can make a big difference.
Next, you need to change the way that you treat your hair. Never brush your hair when it is wet. Always use a wide tooth comb to get out tangles after your bath or shower, and make sure to use a leave in conditioner or detangler if you have longer hair. Pulling at your wet hair with a brush pulls and snaps strands of hair which leaves you with breakages.
You should also reduce your reliance on heated styling tools, like hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners. If you wear your hair in a style that requires a hair dryer, try to use the dryer on the lowest setting and let your hair dry naturally as long as possible. Test out different “sleep in” rollers to see if you can eliminate the need for a curling iron. Hair straighteners should be used on low settings and in conjunction with styling products that will make straightening your hair easier.
Once a week, you should treat your hair to a deep conditioning hair treatment. This will help smooth and soothe your damaged hair, as well as prevent damage from effecting the new growth. You can buy a commercial conditioning treatment, or you can create one of your own. To do so, get five to six vitamin E capsules and then add them to a handful of your favorite shampoo. Wash your hair as you normally would. Vitamin E helps condition your hair and smooth split ends. You can also get similar results by using a hair mask made from olive oil and egg whites. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil with an egg white and apply the mixture to the ends of your hair. Let it dry and then rinse your hair out before shampooing.
Finally, to prevent future damage to your hair and keep it looking shiny and feeling strong, you should pay special attention to your diet and water intake. The health of your hair depends a lot on how you feed your body. Emphasize foods with natural, healthy oils like avocados, olives and lean protein. Make sure to get the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day so you’ll stay hydrated. While these nutritional tips won’t have an immediate impact on your hair, you’ll see the benefit over time.
With these simple steps, it’s easy to minimize the damage to your hair and prevent future breakage. Actively work at repairing the hair that you’ve got, and take steps toward growing new, healthy hair. With just a bit of time you’ll have hair you can be proud of.