You have an important occasion tonight, you are ready with the most perfect outfit, your makeup is flawless, your eyeliner is on point, you got your nails done, and you are perfectly ready for the occasion. Then you stand in front of your mirror to only see your damaged, lifeless hair on top of your most perfect outfit. It can be heartbreaking, right?
It’s impossible to prevent your hair from getting damaged if you treat it like a science experiment. Your hair is made of 3 different layers. From inside, medulla, cortex, and cuticle. Cuticle, the outer layer of your hair strand, protects your hair from damage. But when this layer gets damaged, your hair becomes brittle and weak and becomes prone to damage.
Damaged and dry hair can be very frustrating. But with some good habits and a proper hair care routine for damaged hair, you can get back the life in your hair.
If you are someone who is struggling with damaged and brittle hair, I’ve got you covered. In this article, I’ll introduce you to a hair care routine for damaged hair and give you some valuable tips to prevent hair damage in the future.
Let’s get started
Identify the Cause
Before you make a hair care routine, you need to identify the cause of your hair getting damaged in the first place. So that you get to know what you have to avoid in your hair care routine and how you can treat your hair.
There can be many environmental causes, hair styling as well as self-made mistakes that can make your hair damaged.
Over Brushing the Hair:
Brushing your hair and hair roots help in blood circulation. It helps in maintaining ideal hair health. But over-brushing the hair can affect inversely. It can cause more friction to the hair than it can take and damage the cuticle of the hair. It will lead to split ends and hair breakage. Sometimes, cheap hair brushes also cause hear breakage.
Shampoo is supposed to wash away the dirt and excess oil from your hair and make it clean. But if you use shampoo on your hair too much it tends to strip away the natural hair sebum from your scalp. Natural hair sebum is produced in your scalp and skin automatically which helps to retain the moisture and maintain good health. If it’s stripped away, then hair roots tend to get weak and leads to hair damage.
Applying heat to your hair regularly is one of the most common causes of hair damage. When you use a straightener or a curling iron you apply heat to your hair directly. This heat opens up the cuticles and takes away the moisture from hair. It leads to dry and brittle hair. Also, drying your hair with a hair-dryer regularly also makes your hair dry and damaged.
Hair Bleaching and Coloring:
When you bleach your hair, your cuticles get open and the bleach tries to strip away the natural hair pigment. As the cuticles get damaged, the hair becomes dry and lifeless. When you color your hair, the chemicals in the hair color can damage your hair up to the cortex. The damage permanent hair colors make is so severe that it can take up to a few to heal this damage.
Trim Damaged and Split Hair Ends
Most of the time, the hair in the ends get more damaged than the rest of the hair. That’s why, before reviving your hair, get rid of the damaged and split hair ends. Get a sharp scissor and trim your hair up to where the damage is not much severe. Because you can’t get split hair back to its original state.
Stop Bleaching and Hair Coloring
We talked about how much damage hair bleach and color causes. If your hair is already damaged, then hair bleaching or coloring may lead to extreme damage that’s beyond any repair. That’s why say no these chemicals and let your hair heal.
Use Pre-Heat Products
Let’s be honest. In this era, it’s hard to stop using hot styling tools. So we need to look for something than reduce the damage these styling products cause. There are plenty of pre-heat hair serums, oils, and mousse that take the damage from the heat and protect the hair. Get a good one and use it regularly. But if the damage of your hair is very severe, then you need to stop using these products for a few days at least. So that your hair will get time to heal.
Repair Damage with Hair Oils
Hair oils are enriched with antioxidants and nutrients. Hair oils can penetrate deep into the hair and repair the hair cuticles. So use hair oils such as coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, etc. on a regular basis to repair the damage. You can add a few drops of essential oils to boost the hair repair process.
Follow a Good Diet
If your hair is severely damaged, just following some tips may not help. You need to follow a good diet that’s full of proteins and other ingredients that are good for hair. Consult a good doctor and get a consultation on what kind of diet you should follow.
Maintain a Good Lifestyle
Overall, maintaining a good lifestyle is a must to repair damaged hair and get your hair glow back. Follow a good protein-based diet, stop using harsh chemicals, take multivitamins and do exercise, yoga or free hands along with them. And most of all, remain consistent with your hair care routine. Sometimes, hair damage occurs because of other health problems. If you think you are following everything properly, but still it’s not helping, you must go to a doctor and do a full body check-up.
We are almost at the end of our article. Hair damage is not something that happens overnight. That’s why you need to keep in mind that the repair process won’t do overnight either. You need to remain consistent with your habits and lifestyle. And most of all, follow your hair care routine for damaged hair thoroughly.