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How to Repair Damaged Hair

How to Repair Damaged Hair

The Smart Girl’s Guide to How to Repair Damaged Hair

We have all been there. As we look down at the counter and see little hairs covering our counter tops and we have lost count of the hairs we have pulled out of our hair brush, we find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror, wondering “Is my hair dry or damaged?”. Today’s tale is about how to repair damaged hair. There are three major levels of damage when it comes to your lovely locks.

Mechanical Damage

Your hair looks and feels dull (feels like the hair of your favorite childhood doll), little pieces of hair fall onto your clothes. In some cases the hair looks singed. (kinked and fuzzy)

  • The Cause -  brushing/teasing the hair (in excess – picture a 1950′s beehive), and using thermal styling tools without the proper products.
  • The Solution - A good conditioning treatment once a week such as Joico Kpak Intense Hydrator or Uans Crema, and using a thermal protection spray each time you use a flat iron or curling iron such as bain de terre Magnolia Thermal Iron Protector or Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press.

Environmental Damage

Your color fades and it feels like product build up is on your hair. (doesn’t feel clean)

  • The Cause - Sun exposure and pollution.
  • The Solution - Most professional hair care lines have U.V. protectants in their products, and there are many spray leave in conditioners that have U.V. protectants as well, such as Matrix Biolage Daily Leave In Tonic and Sebastian Potion 9 Lite. A good clarifying shampoo once or twice a month (depending on how much product you use) will help as well, such as SOMA Clarifying Shampoo.

Chemical Damage

Your hair looks and feels fuzzy, it will not hold a style, looks like frayed cloth. It breaks off , inches at a time.

  • The Cause - over use of chemical services such as hair color, lightening, perming or chemical straightening.
  • The Solution - Stop whatever chemical process you are doing right now. Give your hair a break for a while – hats are in this season. You need to get a good deep conditioning treatment done with your stylist ASAP. If you can’t get to the salon – I highly recommend JOICO Kpak Revitaluxe. The newest addition to the Kpak family – this treatment is restorative and strengthens the hair with each use. For a leave in, Redken’s Extreme Anti Snap is terrific, just as it’s name states – it will help your hair from breaking or snapping off.

I highly recommend that you use Professional Salon products. Many of the other brands on the shelves have too many sulfates, detergents, silicone’s and alcohol which defeats the purpose – your hair may feel good but those products don’t always penetrate the hair – they just coat the hair, which will lead to further damage.

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

 

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