How to Treat and Restore Severely Damaged Hair

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Does constant styling left your tresses severely dry and damaged? Unfortunately, hair damage is fairly common thanks to our own obsession with dye jobs, hairstyling products, and hot styling tools. The good news is, you can breathe life back to damaged hair without spending a fortune on salon treatments. In today’s post, we are sharing tips to care for severely damaged hair:

Check Your Hair for Damage

Early detection is key to preventing hair damage. Watch out for common signs of damage such as frizz, split ends, dryness, and dullness. Do not wait until the hair is severely damaged before you do something about it!

If your hair is starting to show signs of damage, switch to mild shampoos and conditioners. Try not to use as much styling products as you normally would and use a protective serum if you are using hot styling tools. Do not wash your hair every day because it will leave your hair dry and dull in the long run. Instead, wash your hair twice or thrice per week. Use a powder shampoo in between washes to eliminate grease.

Avoid Constant Coloring

We all love a fabulous dye job but constant coloring will leave your hair a damaged, fizzy mess! You see, hair color contains peroxide that breaks down the waxy layers of the hair strands. Constant coloring will cause brittle, dry hair that’s prone to breakage. Instead of making your hair suffer through another round of hair coloring because your roots are showing, use better hair care products. Use shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for dyed hair. Choose hair care products that will not strip your hair of moisture. Go for products that are specifically designed to make your hair color last!

Mend Your Ends

Split ends are one of the most common signs of severely damaged hair. If the ends of your hair are starting to split, get a scissor and trim them. You can also go to your favorite salon to get a trim. Then, start using a deep conditioner once a week to boost moisture and reduce split ends.

A deep conditioner is richer, more nourishing than your average daily conditioner. It contains concentrated nutrients that hydrate deeply while restoring shine and strength to every hair strand. If you are using a deep conditioner, make sure you finish off with a thorough rinse. Because deep conditioners are richer, grime and oil buildup will be inevitable if you do not wash the product off properly!

Avoid Hot Styling Tools

Styling with hot tools break down the protective layers of the hair. If you have severely damaged hair, we advise against using any type of hot styling tools including blow dryers, curlers, or hair iron – at least temporarily. Give your hair enough time to recover from damage caused by these styling tools.

Once the hair is back to its shiny self, never use hot styling tools without applying a heat protectant! Heat protectant serums create a barrier between the styling tool and the hair strand, reducing damage. Also, make sure your hair is completely dry before you use any heated tool. If you don’t, you are literally cooking your hair from the inside out.

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