When your hair becomes dry and damaged, it can look dull, frizzy, and be a pain to deal with. You might long for the days when your hair was smooth, shiny, and soft. You can get your hair back to those days, but it takes a little bit of effort. It depends on what caused your dry and damaged hair. Keep in mind that the only real cure to damaged hair is to cut it off and start fresh.
Here are some causes of dry and damaged hair. This can help you learn how to fix it properly.
If your hair is damaged from dye and bleach, the chemicals probably have removed your hair’s natural moisture. This can leave your hair feeling coarse instead of smooth and soft like you wish it would be. Give your hair a rest from dye and other chemical treatments. If you really want to dye your hair, go with a color that is around three shades to your current or natural color to limit the damage.
It can also be helpful to wash your hair less often and when you do use a shampoo that is formulated for color-treated hair. To get your hair looking and feeling healthy again, here are some ways to ease damage:
- Try an olive oil treatment. Oils help to rehydrate your hair and smooth it out. Other hot oil treatments can also help, and they are generally inexpensive.
- Protect your hair from the sun. Wear a hat or a scarf or use a UV protection hair spray when you are out in the sun. This can also help prevent your color from fading.
- Try a hair mask or another conditioning treatment.
- Avoid chlorine. Wear a swim cap or avoid the pool for a while. Wash your hair as soon as you get out of the pool if you do go for a swim.
If your hair has been damaged from using too many hot tools, there are ways to ease the damage. However, you will likely need to cut off the split or damaged ends. Here’s how to limit further damage:
- Don’t hold the blow dryer too close to your head. Hold the dryer about six inches from your head and move it continuously.
- Use a heat protectant before you use a blow dryer, straightener, curling iron, or any other hot tools.
- Lower the temperature on your tool. The hotter your curling iron is, the more damage it can do to your hair. Lower it unless you have very thick and coarse hair.
- Give the tools a break and air dry your hair several days a week.
Do you have dry or damaged hair? What caused the damage? What are your favorite products to help get your hair soft and shiny again?
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