The best part about having oily and curly hair is the diversity that comes with natural tresses. But when your hair loses its curl and gets straighter, it could be one thing we all fear. Your hair could be suffering from heat damage.
Other similar symptoms could also be your hair loss: it’s coarse/appearing dull to touch, breakage, split ends, frizziness, flyaways, or even hair loss. But do not fret. We’ve got you covered. Shortly, we will walk you through a hassle-free way to repair heat-damaged hair. Let’s get down to it. Shall we?
When it comes to repairing heat damage hair, utilizing protein is a good place to get started. And that leaves with quite some options. You can explore hair masks, keratin spray, or perhaps try out leave-in conditioners. Protein treatment will help repair and reduce broken bonds in follicles of the hair.
Apart from that, it adds nutrients, lipids, and protein ingredients in the process of the treatments. These include creatine, yogurt, and keratin. B vitamins, nourishing oil, to mention a few. The protein vitamin is in two ways. You can either opt for a do-it-yourself (DIY) or store-bought hair mask.
However, if you are skeptical about the protein treatment for your hair. Or perhaps you have never done it before so we advise that you consult a stylist for more professional advice.
The next thing to do is the application of conditioner to your hair. It is paramount that this is moisturized and here’s why. A heat-damaged hair dries faster and any style you have on it tends not to last long. What your hair needs in such a condition is a great base of moisture. And what’s a better way to achieve that other than the deep condition of the hair?
Do you fall in the category of people that wash their hair once a week? Then it’s time to consider deep conditioning and co-washing once a week.
D0 you like the idea of keeping long hair, letting it grow out, and not doing a lot to it? Then it would be best if you cut the damaged ends and explore protective hairstyles like twisting and braiding.
But before you try out the protective styles, it is best that you first cut out enough hair you are comfortable with. And if you notice some growth, you can cut it and then try out the protective style subsequently. Making use of a protective style seems like a smart thing to do since you will only be rocking it for a few weeks.
Another way you can repair damaged hair is with a hot oil treatment. All you need to do is to heat the olive oil and allow it to cool down afterward. It’s much preferable if it cools down to the temperature room.
To get started, apply to clean on towel-dried hair. Then tuck your hair in a shower cap and wrap a hot towel around it. Leave it on for 60 minutes and rinse the applied oil out with cold water. You can make use of shampoo to remove any residue of the oil on your hair.
While some people prefer to cut every strand of their hair. Some people will not like to do that. That is when monthly trimming of your hair comes in.
You can trim your hair to about half to an inch monthly depending on your preference. That will help in balancing the new growth and getting rid of the damaged part of your hair.
Many people have the routine of dying their hair often. But what they do not know is that dying 0r bleaching can make your hair prone to heat damage. It is advisable to prolong the application of the dye in your hair by using sulfate-free shampoos and rinsing with cold water.
Deciding on a heat protectant with silicones will alleviate any likely heat damage from flat irons. It will add shine and reduce frizz. How do you go about it?
Apply the heat protectant on damp hair before you blow-dry. That will keep your hair moisturized.
The application of products with sulfates, sodium laurel, Laureth sulfate, alcohol, peroxide, and paraben should be avoided. These products will make your hair brittle, dry, and slow down all the aforementioned repair processes.
However, in cases where products with these ingredients can not be avoided, the best way to go is to make sure the applied content is low.
Apart from straighteners and curling irons, the sun’s rays can cause serious heat damage to your hair. The logical solution is spending less time under the sun. Before this was unrealistic for many that love hiking and sunbathing outside. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to cover your hair with a hood, scarf, or hat. You can also get UV protection for your hair.
It is important to note that cold weather, harsh wind can also undermine your effort to repair heat damage. So, it’s best if you cover your hair.
What you eat to a large extent affects the health of your hair. Foods that are rich in vitamins, nutrients, and protein can also help. Fruits and veggies like avocados, carrots, kale, spinach, are beneficial to the hair.
Also, the importance of protein can not be left out. You can get protein from lean meat and low-fat dairy. Proteins will make sure the new growth of your hair after the hair trim is healthy and strong. With that said, chicken, nuts, and fish are considered great sources of protein.
Moreso, walnut, flaxseed, and salmon are considered to be rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans and people with allergies to the aforementioned food can explore dietary supplements.