How to Fix Damaged Hair

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Hair damage is more than just split ends. Extremely damaged hair develops cracks in the outside layer known as the cuticle. Once the cuticle lifts open, your hair is at risk for further damage and breakage. It may also look dull or frizzy and be difficult to manage. So can you really go from dry, brittle hair back to smooth, shiny hair ? The answer isn’t always that simple to zanswer. For the most part, hair damage is permanent because hair is actually a collection of dead cells, making them beyond repair.

So what causes hair to get damaged? Sometimes it’s all too clear how you ended up with damaged hair. Perhaps you used certain chemicals or hair products improperly. Like hair dye, bleach, and styling tools which can really do a number on your hair. Always be aware and seek professional help when adding any dyes or chemicals to your hair. The more you use dyes and harsh chemicals on your hair, the more prone you are to hair damage and breakage, thus continuing what can seem like a neverending hair nightmare. Don’t worry though, all hope is not lost! While you may not be able to completely repair hair that is already damaged, there are still plenty of steps you can take to help prevent it from happening in the future or it getting worse. If there is one thing we can all agree on is that when it comes to our hair, it’s that hair damage is never a good thing.

So what can we do for emergency damaged hair repair? Here’s a list of the most common factors causing hair damage:

Frequent Washing
Brushing Wet Hair
Towel Drying
Blow Drying
Flat Irons/Curling Irons
Using Hair Dyes and Other Harmful Chemicals

Yes, washing your hair can cause damage. Even just getting your hair wet can lead to more breakage. When hair becomes wet, the shaft swells, resulting in hair that is more elastic and easier to break. In addition, shampoos can sometimes work too well, removing the oils your hair naturally produces resulting in hair that looks dull and dry. The solution to this is to wash your hair less. If you must wash daily, use a mild shampoo and try to avoid products labeled as deep cleansing or clarifying. This could help stop further hair damage.

Brushing wet hair is also an issue that can damage your hair. As previously mentioned, wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair. Wet hair is more elastic and more likely to break. Even brushing dry hair excessively is damaging since brushes and combs can snap or break hair. So be careful when choosing a brush and try not to brush wet hair.
Towel drying is another awkward thing that could cause hair damage. Even rubbing hair with a towel can rough up the cuticle (outer layer of the hair), causing it to look frizzy or fluffy and potentially lead to more breakage. Even rubbing hair with a towel can rough up the cuticle, which as mentioned before is the outer layer of the hair, causing it to look frizzy or fluffy and potentially lead to more breakage. The solution to this is to blot your hair with a towel instead of rubbing it to remove the wetness. Also, investing in a super-absorbent towel may be a good idea, especially if you have really thick hair.

Blow drying your hair is also not such a great idea. This is because heat dries your hair. Blow drying causes a “flash drying” effect that not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair. This in turn makes your scalp and hair dry. The solution to this is just to naturally air dry your hair as often as you can. Try using the blow dryer on a cold setting if you must use it.

Flat irons and curling irons can also cause damage to your hair but in a different way than blow drying. Ironing hair can cause two different types of damage, depending on whether the hair is ironed dry or wet. Ironing dry hair causes cracking along the edges of the cuticles, which can lead to chipping. Ironing wet hair causes the moisture to burst out in little steam explosions. This causes a bubbling and buckling of the cuticle that appears as tiny hair blisters under magnification. Both types of damage can lead to breakage and split ends. Finally there’s hair dyes and harmful chemicals that really take a toll on your hair. Try to avoid all foreign chemicals if at all possible.

So just changing a few things you most likely are currently doing can have a huge impact on your hair. Start by changing one thing, then another and go on from there. I know it may be very difficult for many of you but do you honestly want to live with damaged hair. Make some sacrifices, change some of the things you do.

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