We all strive to make our hair look great. We straighten it to look silky and smooth, we curl it to get luscious locks, we dye it in vibrant colors to match our skin tone. However, trying to have better-looking hair, sometimes we end up with dry, brittle, burned hair. It’s not easy to repair damaged hair, but the least you can do is prevent further damage and condition it inside and outside. We give you five basic steps to follow in order to repair damaged hair.
Blow-dry with care
Or don’t do it at all. Let your hair dry naturally from time to time. This won’t restore the beauty of your hair, however, it will certainly prevent the further damage and give your hair the opportunity to rest and grow out. You might think that your hair doesn’t look as good when it dries naturally, but damaged hair doesn’t look good either.
Reduce the number of times you damage your hair
Of course, blow-drying is not the only way to damage your hair. Any kind of exposure to high temperatures and chemicals, as well as vigorous brushing and hair coloring, will just make the matter worse. If you cannot stop damaging your hair, try to reduce the number of times you do it. Switch to the darker and gentler hair color, with less hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, or just opt for a messy updo or a bun in order to avoid straightening/curling/blow-drying.
Protect your hair from the environment
Another way to protect your hair, apart from blow-drying it in a gentler way (or not at all) is to keep it away from the harmful sun rays, wind, salt water, cold temperatures, and chemicals. Whether it’s summer or winter, hide your locks under a hat, wash off salt and chemicals after swimming in the pool or salt water, and use sprays which protect your hair from the UV rays.
Nourish your hair on the outside
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Soak your hair in quality conditioners, masks, and oil treatments, but avoid products with silicone, as they will make your hair look better only temporarily. Put coconut oil in your hair overnight and wash your hair in the morning as usual, and of course, top off with a nourishing deep conditioner. This is also the time when you should try to leave the conditioner or mask longer than usually.
Nourish your hair on the inside
One of the best ways to restore your hair’s previous shine and repair damaged hair from the root to the ends is by providing it with the necessary nutrients, essential for the growth and maintenance. Nourishing your hair on the inside may give you long lasting results. Make sure you consume enough essential fatty acids, proteins, veggies, and nuts. In addition to that, it’s a good idea to take hair vitamin supplements, such as CatalaseNow, which contains a range of herbal, plant and mineral additives which may promote hair growth and strength.