Our hair takes a lot of “abuse”. It is colored, cut, brushed, teased, stretched, ravaged by elastics and exposed to the elements. And that’s not even counting the number of times we have tried out a new product or styling tool to see “what happens if”. This “abuse” can result in damaged hair that needs to be repaired and revitalized.
In order to repair your damaged hair, you must first realize that it needs help. Common causes of damage hair are frequent coloring, wearing pulled back in an elastic, hair extensions or long hours in the outdoors without protection from the weather. If this sound like you, then chances are, it’s time to do some damage repair.
Fortunately, there are actions you can take to restore your damaged hair – and those actions don’t have to mean cutting off your tresses and starting over!
Dealing with Damaged Hair
- Make changes -Most of us are not going to completely change our hair routine. But, we are open to revising it. Using products such as Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is a good place to start. This will add in moisture, as well as strengthen your hair and protect it against heat damage. For split ends, consider using Damaged Remedy Split Ends Repair. This product works as a “glue” and gives the appearance of healthier hair, until you can get to the salon. For extreme hair damage, check out Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment.
- Get it cut. No, you don’t have to cut it off and start all over. However, if it has been several months since you had a trim, then now is a good time to schedule a hair appointment. The ends of hair are the oldest growth, so cutting off the damaged ends will quickly add better movement and body to your hair.
- Condition it. Nearly everyone uses shampoo and conditioner as part of their hair care routine. However, many of us don’t take the time to let a conditioner stay on our hair for a bit. Conditioner should be worked into your hair carefully by starting at the tip and massage, gradually working your way to your scalp. Rinse well, but not with extremely hot water, as cooler water helps protect your hair and makes it less likely to snap and stretch as it dries.
- Dry carefully. If you style or comb out your hair while it is wet, then be gentle with it. Use a wide-tooth comb or brush designed for wet hair. If you towel dry your hair, be gentle. Use a soft tee shirt rather than an abrasive towel.
- Keep cool. It might be impossible to style your hair without curling irons or wands, but they don’t have to be on the highest heat setting! Often, a lower setting will do just as well and not damage your hair. When you do use heat-based tools on your hair, be sure to treat your hair first with Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist from Aveda.
- Use sunscreen. We all know that the sun can be harsh on our hair, but did you know there is ‘sunscreen’ specifically for your hair? That’s right, stop by true Salon to get some Sun Care spray, specially designed to protect against UV rays, and minimize the risk of sun damaged hair.
Don’t let damaged hair get you down. Come see one of true Salon specialist today. We can assess your hair and determine the best plan for revitalizing your look. Give us a call today.