Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair; Here is what you need to know
Unfortunately, turning damaged hair to healthy hair is something that those of us in the hair styling business must do often . . . too often! It is heartbreaking for professional hairstylist’s to watch client after client engage in the same unhealthy hair practices when we know that just following a few simple tips and regimens will do the trick. So, I’d like to share some lessons learned from having my hands in clients hair daily for many years.
So let’s start with a basic biology lesson. Much like our skin has pores, each hair strand has cuticles. When magnified, they look like this:
You can see that the damaged hair cuticle is wide open, which gives hair a frizzy, unhealthy appearance, with no shine. Even when you try to use styling tools such as a flat iron to smooth damaged hair out, the hair still looks lackluster and dull. It will also have a lot of split ends because damaged hair is so easily broken. So how do you reverse the process? Let’s look at seven different ways.
- Tip #1: Many of you have probably heard about the “ice trick” to make the pores on your face appear smaller, but did you know that rinsing your hair in cool water will have a similar affect? When we rinse in hot or very warm water, the cuticle of the hair actually opens up. Then we follow by blow drying with hot air and styling with hot tools. It’s best to always rinse your hair in cool water and blow dry on a moderate temperature setting, rather than a hot one.
- Tip #2: Never over-dry your hair. Once hair becomes dry, it heats up twice as fast and damage is certain to occur.
- Tip #3: Always use a heat protectant prior to using styling wands, hot rollers or a blow dryer on hot setting.
- Tip #4: Never brush your hair while it’s wet. A wide-tooth comb is recommended. When hair is wet it’s in a much more fragile state and it’s twice as likely to break off.
- Tip #5: Use a good-quality shampoo and conditioner. Yes, it may be a bit pricier but the benefit is having healthy-looking hair, which is what we all desire.
- Tip #6: Use cold-compress extracted virgin coconut oil on your hair once a week. Put it on about 30 minutes prior to showering. Place a plastic bag (a plastic grocery sack will work) over your hair and warm it with a blow dryer on a hot setting, approximately 3-4 minutes. This will open the cuticle and allow the oils to sink deeply into the hair shaft.
- Tip #7: Consider what your diet consists of! Are you eating enough nutritious food? We all need plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet. If you have a poor diet or if you’re not staying fully hydrated, it will most definitely have an impact on your skin and hair. Barb has shared some great advice here on food and diet for healthy hair.
Nothing hard about these tips, just everyday common sense will do the trick of bringing your damaged hair to healthy hair . Mother Nature has blessed us all with hair that will restore itself all by itself if we just use a little TLC. So, give these tips a try and get that silky, shiny healthy head of hair you’ve always wanted.
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