How to Treat Dry and Damaged Hair
Dry and damaged hair can be the result of the dehydration of the scalp or the incorrect functioning of the sebaceous glands, that don't produce enough natural fat. This is often triggered by a mistreatment of our hair, subject to many aggressive techniques such as straighteners or dyes. This mistreatment can change the structure of your hair, making it look dryer and rough to the touch. If you feel your hair is not as healthy as it used to be, read this OneHowTo article and find out how to treat dry and damaged hair. With some care your hair will look shiny again.
The hair dries out due to the fact that is not protected anymore by the natural fat that usually covers it. Therefore, it starts getting thinner, rougher and without shine. To prevent that layer that protects your hair from disappearing, we recommend you not to wash your hair everyday. Only wash your hair when it's absolutely necessary, which will be each two or three days. Contrary to what it may seem, your hair will look nicer this way, even if you don't wash it every day.
Choose the correct products
It is very important to choose well the products that you're going to use to wash your hair. It is recommended that you choose shampoos and conditioners specific for dry hair with moisturising components that hydrate the fibres from the root to the ends. You can try reetha shampoo, for example. Wash your hair softly to prevent the fibres from breaking and apply the conditioner. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing and your hair will be extremely soft.
Once a week, apply a hair mask for damaged hair. If you like you can make your own hair mask for damaged hair at home.
Apply a hot oil treatment to your hair. You can find this product in your beauty supply store or drugstore. The oil penetrates the hair shaft and leaves you with bright and healthy hair. Once you've applied the hot oil treatment to your hair, wrap your hair with a plastic cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with oil and warm water.
Get rid of your straightener
Avoid heat as much as possible. Curlers, just like straighteners, can dry and damage your hair. Also prevent washing your hair with hot water. Chlorine in swimming pools and salt water from the sea can also dry and damage your hair, so take special care when you're washing your hair if you've been swimming. We recommend you to wear a swimming cap if you swim in a swimming pool, this way you'll avoid chemicals from touching your scalp.
Also, it is recommended that you leave your hair to air dry, as the high temperatures from hairdryers might damage it even more.
Cut your hair
If your hair is severely damaged, there might be no other option but cutting it. Cutting your hair will allow the worst parts to go away, so your hair can grow back totally healthy again. Visit your stylist and he/she will asvise you on how much you should cut it.
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- Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle wet hair.
- Avoid putting heat on the hair during oil treatment. Also avoid tight hairstyles, as they can pull the hair and cause breakage.
- Make sure your shampoo and moisturizer is made of natural oils such as argan or glycerin instead of mineral oil and petrolatum.