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How to fix that damaged hair

Written by Opulence Hair

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Posted on August 03 2020

First off, we know nobody likes damaged hair...

That's why we want to share what can help to fix that damaged hair -  

The first step in knowing how to fix damaged hair is knowing the root of the cause. Whether it's from coloring your hair, those obnoxious split ends, maybe over styling, etc. Damaged hair is caused not only by those few factors but the environment around us. When working with damaged hair, the thing you want to understand is that the hair is “dead”. The hair follicle is the only “living” portion of the hair. Hair that has grown out does not contain any of the moisture or any oils from the roots. The root of each strand of hair is where the living cells are that produce the hair shaft and the hair we can visibly see. This is why fully repairing damaged hair is so difficult, BUT it's possible!!

The best damaged hair repair is building healthy hair habits and helping to prevent further problems. And best of all, knowing what you can do to help your hair when damaging occurs. 

HOW TO: Heat Damaged Hair

Don't you love styling your hair, or maybe it makes you feel more ready in the morning? Whether it's a blow dryer, hair straightener, curling iron - we all have our go-to tools when we really want our hair style to turn heads. Did you know - these amazing and useful tools are also one of the biggest causes of heat damaged hair? Sadly, it's true. 

Do you use a heat-protectant every time you blow dry or flat iron your hair? Probably not, but it is absolutely recommended. Have you ever gone to the salon and wondered what in the world are all those products that they are putting in your hair? It can be a repair serum, a heat protectant, leave-in conditioner, etc. ALL in which help your hair maintain the moisture that it needs.

Exposing hair to high heat without any protectant product creates damaged hair quicker and makes it a lot harder to fix. Try limiting heat styling to 1-2 times a week and always. 

Always, always, always use a heat protectant serum or spray.

Another way to fix heat damaged hair? Fix the way you blow dry. It’s best to blow dry your hair after letting it air dry for a few minutes, and not when it is dripping wet. Do NOT rub but just lightly spot your hair with a microfiber towel if you don’t want to wait for it to air dry. If you’re using a brush when blow-drying, don’t pull  hard on the hair and look for a brush with smooth synthetic bristles for faster drying. Doing so will cause less damage to the hair than those big, round brushes. 

Avoid using the blow dryer everyday, maybe limit to about 2-3 times a week. But pull that dryer nozzle away from your head. Keeping the blow dryer at LEAST two inches away in terms of drying and styling - it's much safer for your hair. 

HOW TO: Dry Damaged Hair

Generally when your hair seems to look or feel dry, it means your hair is lacking moisture and makes hair prone to breakage. Dry hair is caused when there isn’t enough of the natural oils or moisture produced and this is most commonly caused by over-washing your hair. Over washing can strip your hair of the natural oils it needs for optimal moisture. For best results, maybe try to skip that daily wash and keep it to only 2-3 times a week if at all possible. 

Also, take a good look at the shampoo and conditioners you’re using too. Most shampoos contain different sulfates, parabens, and other chemicals that are not good on your hair. Look for products that contain ingredients that pack in the moisture; avocado, olive oil, and argan oil are all great for helping moisturize (and strengthen) hair. Stay away from the cheap products when it comes to treating your dry hair. I promise, your hair will thank you later. 

Conditioner is especially important in preventing dry hair, but also fixing damaged hair. Focus on conditioning the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair, massaging it throughout and leaving it for a few minutes longer than your shampoo. Be sure to rinse all the product out - one dry damaged hair repair tip that doesn’t require too much effort.

Depending on your area, the weather is also a big factor in causing dry hair. In the winter, the air is obviously colder but also drier than those hot summer months. These environmental factors strip the hair of natural moisture and cause further problems like static hair. It’s good to adjust your conditioning routine slightly in the winter months to ensure your hair is getting the proper moisture it needs. 

If you want to know how to fix dry, damaged hair in the winter, add a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to your hair routine for healthy hair - they work wonders!

HOW TO: Color Damaged Hair

Trying to stay up to date with latest hair trends? Touching up on your color? Or maybe just wanting to change it up every once in a while? Whichever one it is, chemically treating the hair does serious damage. 

We know - it's hard not to go for a little or a lot of color but there are steps that can help reduce the amount of damage. Nothing better than colored hair but also HEALTHY hair, am I right? 

For those with severely over-processed hair, the only damaged hair repair may be a big ol’ chop. 

For others, maybe let’s follow these steps so it doesn’t get to that point. 

Stick to more natural or close to natural colors, the rule of thumb is within 3 shades of your natural color. This will prevent you from having to bleach or over-process to achieve drastic colors. There’s no other way to say this  - but bleaching will always damage your hair, it’s best to keep bleaching very minimal, or not do it at all. 

It strips the hair of its natural melanin that gives your hair its natural pigment. Those who’ve done it know it makes your hair dry looking and feeling, brittle, and easily prone to breakage. Bleach is usually an essential step when going from dark to light colors, but really should be done sparingly for the health of your hair. 

Ditch the bleach and increase the time between salon trips so you’re not exposing your hair to chemicals so frequently. 

There are products out there for maintaining colored hair and even shampoo toners. Blonde hair going yellow? or Brassy? You can help maintain your color by using hair color-specific products, washing your hair less frequently with cooler water and washing your hair less frequently. Other common chemical treatments such as chemical straightening causes the same type of damage as coloring.

Want another way to avoid damaging your hair from chemicals? Hair Extensions will do just that! We offer a wide variety of colors of hair extensions and we know we've got the right ones for you!

Not sure which method is right for your hair? 

First, ask your stylist to see what type would be the safest for your hair. 

If you're still not sure? Reach out to our team - we would be happy to help!! 

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