We’ve all done it. Frantically googled the quickest way to revive dry, over-processed hair, but here’s the truth–there’s no overnight cure. So, we’re taking the time to give you a realistic solution to your problem. It may not happen overnight, but the results you experience will be well worth the wait. Keep reading to see our five steps to fix dry, damaged hair.
Step 1: Use Hair Products with Ingredients That Repair
Whether it’s because of a chemical hair treatment, shoddy dye job, or excessive use of hot styling tools, your hair becomes damaged and dry because of the regular wear and tear to the overall structure. Your cuticle opens and swells when it’s bleached, it frays and creates micro-tears along the shaft and, eventually, you’ll start to notice your hair looking dry and dull because it can’t hold any moisture or hydration. Here’s what you can do to help–Use hair products with repairing ingredients! Keratin is one of the critical structural components of hair, so why not find a product that contains just that? This natural protein helps protect the cuticle and hair’s inner core by patching up any cracks along the hair shaft. Think of it as a protective shield for your hair.
We also recommend using products that have argan oil, which is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients that help moisturize the hair and keep it hydrated. Have you checked out our line of restorative hair care? It was made specifically for people who have dry, damaged, and over-processed hair. Find it here.
Step 2: Protect Your Hair from Further Damage
We recommend using a hydrating leave-in conditioner that preps your hair while it’s in its most fragile state. A leave-in conditioner will smooth the cuticle while it’s wet and make combing or brushing much easier which helps to avoid damage caused by tangles or rough brushing. It also helps protect and strengthen your hair when using heat, which leads us to our next point.
Step 3: Protect Your Hair from Further HEAT Damage
We’re not saying to stop using hot styling tools or coloring your hair completely but maybe take it easy. Your hair is under enough stress, let it have a break occasionally. If you can, try air drying your hair, if you can’t even stand the thought of that, then opt for a thermal spray or heat protectant. Instead of using the hottest setting, try using a medium or low heat setting. Also, when using a curling iron or flat iron, make sure your hair is completely dry before styling.
Step 4: Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Your strands are already so sensitive and weak; you don’t want to weaken them further by doing tight, braided hairstyles or tight, high-ponytails à la Bella Hadid. The constant tugging of dry, brittle strands leads to breakage and thinning of the hair.
Step 5: Be Patient
Like we said in the beginning, there’s no overnight cure for damaged hair. It may take months to see healthy hair again because your hair strand must repair itself from the inside out. The best thing you can do is be patient and protect your hair from further damage. Remember, healthy hair starts at the scalp, so make sure you have a solid routine for your scalp too. Also, your diet is critical for the health of your hair. Make sure you’re eating foods rich in zinc and vitamin B which are known for promoting hair growth. Over time, you’ll start to notice the shine coming back, and your ends will begin to feel softer and less brittle.
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