How To Treat The Most Common Types Of Hair Damage
Hello Beautiful People,
Having gorgeous looking hair is a dream of every woman. Hair that falls in smooth waves and shines in the sunlight is something that every woman longs for. But let’s be honest here, regardless of how many masks or miracle oils you apply to your hair, it’s almost impossible not to experience some kind of hair damage in your lifetime. The term hair damage is pretty broad; from split ends to hair loss, to heat damage, color damage and lastly chemical damage.
With everything that you put it through, damage to your hair is inevitable. But don’t despair, with proper hair care and a few targeted treatments, you can help restore the outer cuticle and begin to improve the look and feel of your hair. However, to be able to treat hair damage, it is important that you first understand the type of hair damage you have.
Luckily, I have put together the most common types of hair damage and ways to treat them! Scroll down below to read more.
Split ends are the most common type of hair damage and we can all agree that split ends are extremely frustrating, as they make your hair look and feel dull and lifeless.
What causes split ends:
The ends of our hair are the oldest and most fragile area. Split ends tend to develop slowly and gradually, but their formation can be accelerated due to excessive damage done by numerous factors, such as:
- Excessive styling such as brushing and detangling and the use of hair products.
- Heat from straightening or curling tools.
- Friction which your hair ends are exposed to, from scarves, sweaters, hats, towels, and cotton pillowcases.
- Your overall health and diet.
How to avoid/treat split ends:
The best way to slow down split ends is by getting regular trims. However, there are ways by which you can prevent split ends from forming in the first place:
- Be gentle while you wash or brush your hair.
- Avoid the use of any heating tools.
- Avoid drying your hair with a towel.
- Use satin or silk pillowcases while you sleep at night.
- Use chemical-free hair products.
It’s a known fact that too much heat overtime can damage your hair — so using a heat protection is necessary every time.
What causes heat damage:
It’s no secret that heat damage is caused by excessive heat styling. However, it’s not only down to straightening or blow-drying your hair every day or multiple times a week. Heat damage can be a result of bad styling habits, like repeatedly styling the same section, or worse, styling wet or damp hair.
How to avoid/treat heat damage:
Heat damage can be controlled by limiting heat styling, you can do so by adjusting the temperature setting on your styling tool according to your hair type. For example, fine and color-treated hair needs a low setting in order to achieve the best shine and results. When the setting gets too high for the specific hair texture it falls flat and damage occurs quickly. Using a heat protecting serum or spray can also be a great way to help protect hair during heat styling.
What causes color damage:
Color damage can occur for a number of reasons:
- Number 1 is over processing, which can be caused by using an unnecessarily strong product, too much heat or leaving the color on for too long.
- Number 2 is overlapping new color on previously colored hair.
- Number 3 drastic color change, for example, going from brunette to blonde in one color appointment.
How to avoid/treat color damage:
- Choose a colorist who puts the integrity of your hair first. Before you book your next color appointment, do your research and find a reputable colorist who is familiar with your hair texture.
- Before entering any color service appointment make sure to prep your hair to ensure it’s as healthy as possible.
- It is also recommended to treat your hair after a service whether or not it has been damaged.
- And lastly, be super careful when dying your hair lighter and with using bleach.
What causes chemical damage:
Chemical treatments, like perms and relaxers, strip the hair which can lead to breakage.
How to avoid/treat chemical damage:
Chemical damage is very similar to color damage and unfortunately, it’s difficult to fix. The best way to prevent your hair from damage by chemical treatments is by not getting any such treatments done in the first place. But if you do want to get them done there are certain ways to prevent the hair from getting damaged.
- Get deep conditioning treatments, like hot oil treatments.
- Drink as much water as you can so that your hair stays hydrated.
- Incorporate foods like flaxseeds into your diet as such foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Thinning or Hair Loss:
Lots of different things can cause thinning and hair loss, including damage to the hair.
What causes thinning or hair loss:
Hair loss can be caused by a myriad of issues; some people lose hair as they get older. This is called hereditary hair loss. Lifestyle habits can also impact hair loss. For instance, stress. Your diet also plays a significant role in your hair health. Even changes such as weight loss, typically when you lose more the 15-20lbs in a short amount of time, can have a negative effect on your hair volume.
How to avoid/treat thinning or hair loss:
It’s best to have a healthy lifestyle and take vitamins known to be effective for healthy hair growth. However, please consult your doctor before adding a vitamin to your diet.
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