Whether you've over bleached your hair or exposed it to too much heat treatment, damaged hair is a look we're all trying to avoid. Looking to repair your less than lustrous locks? Read on for more.
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What Does Damaged Hair Look Like?
Rough, spongey and profusely dry - damaged hair is relatively easy to spot. If you're wondering whether your precious locks have teetered into the realms of disrepair or not, there are some simple signs to keep an eye out for including; breaking, shedding, split ends, duller appearance, tangles, dry or unhealthy hair ends.
How to Repair Damaged Hair?
We've established whether or not you'll need to be giving your hair a little TLC, but what's next? While prevention is always better than cure, there are a number of measures you can take to repair the damage. So, how to repair damaged hair? Let's take a look.
- Products: There are a number of products with the sole aim of repairing damaged hair. From the avocado to the argan based, natural or synthetic - you'll not be left looking for a quality product for long.
- Avoid colouring/bleaching/heat styling: As some of the biggest offenders when it comes to hair damage, one of the easiest ways to give your hair a chance to repair is by simply avoiding excessive heat or styling. Not doable for everyone, but worth consideration.
- Get a cut: Another way to repair damaged hair is by simply getting a cut. Explain to the barber that you're looking to add a lease of life to your locks and he'll lob off the dead ends!
- Watch your diet: While this won't repair previously damaged hair, ensuring your diet contains an abundance of protein, amino acids and water will give you a generally healthier growth that's far more equipped for any damage you'll throw at it.
What to do After Bleaching Hair
If you're planning on giving your hair the peroxide treatment, you're pretty much guaranteed some level of damage, breaking or burning. Let's face it, a chemical reaction that's designed to strip your hair of all colour isn't going to be the kindest.
So, when it comes to repairing heat-damaged or chemically damaged hair as a direct result of bleaching - it's not going to be a one-off treatment. The maintenance of a bleached hairstyle is a full-time job, so it's important that you know what you're doing.
On top of the aforementioned tips on how you should be caring for heat damaged hair, when the task to repair chemically damaged hair comes around one of the biggest tips we can give you is to simply leave it be. Wash it less, style it less and give it time to relax. Once a week or two have passed (and half a dozen hair masks) your hair should start looking itself again.
How to Make Your Hair Healthy
While repairing damaged hair is one thing, keeping it healthy is a whole other ball game. We'd always recommend caring for what you've already got, as opposed to picking up the pieces after. Wondering how to make your hair healthier? Let's take a look.
- Wash sparingly: Particularly for those with shorter hair, it's best to keep the washing to a minimum. Twice or three times a week is more than enough as any more than that can dry hair out further.
- Go easy with the towel drying: No need to unleash your toughest roughing up motions when drying hair. Alongside opting for a high quality, cotton towel - a gentler approach to drying will prevent breakage.
- Use treatments: Most men will be guilty of this, but foregoing a treatment every once in a while won't do you any favours. Even if it's once a week, a quality hair mask will work wonders.
- Choose products wisely: Cheap and cheerful isn't the best approach here. Invest in quality shampoo and conditioners that contain nourishing ingredients like keratin for the best results.
- Try using vitamins: Imperative for keeping hair healthy, vitamins such as A, C, D & E are fundamental in preserving a manageable mane.
Tips for Repairing Damaged Hair
- Use products like repair masks and deep conditioners to help broken or dried out hair.
- Avoid excessive colouring/bleaching/heat styling as it'll further damage hair.
- Get a cut that pays particular attention to you split or damaged ends.
- Eating protein, vitamin and amino acid rich food will make hair stronger and more resistant to damage.
On That Note
There we have it! With the few pointers we've given you above, you should be more than equipped to reign in and repair any damaged tresses. Use quality products, keep washing to a minimum and maintain a healthy lifestyle and your hair should be back to top form in no time! If you are worried about this or your current rate of hair loss then it is best to speak to a professional doctor who can advise you on hair restoration options.