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Before we show you how to fix your damaged hair, let's look at what causes our "damaged hair". Cold weather isn’t exactly kind, between that, colouring and styling our locks can often (and easily) cause dryness and brittle ends – making our hair dull and prone to breakage. With the ever-changing British weather, we often find ourselves constantly changing our hair routines to either keep up with the season or repair damaged hair.
Today, we're giving you some top tips on how to fix your hair – these can be used any time of the year and not only to repair damage but also to prevent it!
Also read our guide on avoiding damaging your hair with extensions.
Why is your Hair Damaged and what can you do?
It’s important to understand why your hair is dry or damaged. Your hair may be dry but it still has some oil, this means to fix dry damaged hair you should be concentrating on the gland of the root of your hairs instead of the hair itself.
The glands are called sebaceous glands, which are simply your oil creators, so if your hair is dry, it’s because these glands are dehydrated. So, the best way to get to the root of all your dry hair problems, is to find ways to help nourish the hair glands and smooth cuticles.
Tip 1: Trim your Locks or Get Regular Haircuts
Your hair can often be dry and can cause serious side-effects. One of these effects is split ends. Breakage cannot simply be cured with some serum or conditioner. If you have damaged locks that cause split ends, then you will need to trim those locks. You can do this once a month in between getting your hair professionally cut every three to four months.
Tip 2: Naturally Dry your Hair
We all know that heated tools are not the best for our hair and extensions. Naturally or air drying your extensions after you wash them is the best option for the long longevity of your Cliphair extensions. If you like to wear your hair in waves, then naturally dried extensions will provide you with that extra bit of texture that will really help boost your style.
Tip 3: Washing Your HairWhen it comes to taking care of your hair, one of the things to consider is how many times a week you wash your hair. Over washing your hair is one of the main causes of dry hair. Even though using shampoo and conditioner to your hair and scalp cleans your hair, it also strips the oils away. And we need a certain amount of oils in our hair for it to keep looking healthy. Protect your hair by simply washing your hair once or twice maximum per week to stop your hair being dry. This will help fix dry hair as you are essentially training your hair to produce a good amount of oil.
Tip 4: Know Your Hair Products
Hairspray and a hairdryer may be the very thing causing your hair to stay damaged. So many sprays and even shampoos and conditioners have chemicals that caused your hair to dry out. If you see Sulphate or SLS on any of your products through them out! This makes your hair really weak. Alcohol also damages your hair as it dries out your hair, so you should opt for alcohol-free hairspray. What you will want to invest in is hair serum. This will help you smooth over your fly-aways and re-nourish your locks.
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Tip 5: Know the Effects of Highlights and Dyeing your Hair
Whether you are dyeing your hair for the first time or you regularly colour your hair, you should learn how to in a way that doesn’t cause too much damage to your locks. If you want to avoid adverse damage, go lighter gradually. This is will allow your hair to recover, somewhat, in between each session. To stop your ends going brassy, make sure you add purple toner to your locks and Cliphair extensions when you lighten them. Another tip is to have your roots touched up with foils, this is far less harsh, and gentle to your roots.
Tip 6: Condition Your Coloured Hair
The products you choose are hugely important to know about the products you use. When you change your hair colour, you will probably need to change up at least some of your products. Most of them are not a one size fits all design. A lot of hair care products have a very high protein component. This can make some processed hair brittle so don’t be afraid to reach for a new type product to condition your hair. Be prepared to relook at your routine and stick to what works for you.
Tip 7: Switch your pillowcase
A satin pillowcase will help to keep your hair healthy, by reducing split ends and keeping your hair tangle free while you sleep. The smooth, silky material reduces the friction on your hair that often results in damaged hair. So, investing in one will certainly help with dry hair. Always make sure your brush your hair and tie it is a loose ponytail before going to sleep.
Bonus Tip: How to Manage Dry, Frizzy Curly Hair
Naturally, curly hair is much drier than straight hair, and, it also needs a lot of moisture to keep it healthy. However, this does not mean maintaining curly hair has to be a struggle. You can easily maintain its health, and with a few tips you’ll be to manage your curly hair when it gets dry and frizzy.
As mentioned before, you should watch what you put in your hair, and avoid and products or shampoos Sulphate or SLS as it will dry out all your hair’s natural oils. When shampooing curly hair, you should focus more on the scalp rather than the hair itself, and when you run your hair underwater, the shampoo will slide down to the rest of your hair anyway.
An alternative, to managing dry, frizzy curly hair is to try the co-wash method. Simply use a conditioner to wash your hair instead of a shampoo. This is particularly great for curly hair as it will provide the moisture your hair needs without, stripping the oils away.
Once your hair is washed, you should add in leave-in-conditioner to keep your curls moisturised to keep it frizz and tangle-free. Another important tip for managing dry, frizzy curly hair is to deep condition at least once a week, as curls need more hydration and moisture.
To help with split ends, you should seal in moisture by adding oil to your ends where you hair is driest and weakest, and of course, don’t forget to trim it often.
Just like other hair types, its best for your hair to avoid heat tool as much as you can as heat damages your hair. Therefore, you should let your curly hair air dry.Have you tried any of these tips on your hair? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
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