Your hair can become damaged for a variety of reasons, but just because it gets that way doesn’t mean it’s too late to begin the repairing process. When it comes to having healthy hair, there tends to be a long list of don’ts you constantly hear – don’t wash every day, don’t use extreme heat, just to name a few.
But here are a few things you actually can do! Seven ways you can repair and prevent damaged hair so it feels and looks like it’s the healthiest it’s ever been!
- Turn Down the Heat
This doesn’t mean completely swearing off blow-drying or using your straightener; just do it properly. Your hair will be better off if you start blow-drying when it isn’t dripping wet, and it would be a good idea to consider using a heat-protective spray or serum like Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair Restoring Serum Spray, which reconstructs and provides suppleness.
Another tip: washing your hair with hot water will dehydrate your scalp and strands, so switch to a cold rinse.
- Shampoo Smartly
Shampoo according to your hair condition; it’s okay to shampoo more often if you have fine and/or oily hair, you just need to thoroughly drench your hair with water before lathering and concentrate on the top two inches closest to the scalp. Use shampoos with the words Repair, Renewal or Strengthen like one of our favourites, KMS Moist Repair Shampoo.
- Avoid Brushing Wet Hair
Brushing is one of the roughest actions you can do, and brushing it while wet will lead to more broken strands. Definitely towel dry as much as possible, and allow your hair to dry for up to 10 minutes. If you seriously can’t wait, the safest approach is to use a wide-toothed comb, and gently start from the ends.
- Trim your Ends
Despite what many people think, trimming your hair is beneficial to your hair’s health. When your ends are damaged and split, the follicle can’t repair itself so the only way to deal is to trim them off. However, not trimming them before they split can lead to this unnecessary breakage, and you want to avoid split ends before they happen.
- Deep Condition Regularly
With all the manipulation you do to your hair during the week, it’s important to give it a regular deep conditioning treatment, which can help prevent damage in the first place by imparting moisture and promoting elasticity. But let’s face it, most people do a deep condition as a last resort – change your mindset and use a hair mask to prevent damage in the first place.
- Body Health Leads to Hair Health
Maintaining good overall health can help damaged hair get healthy along with the rest of your being. Your hair is affected by what you eat and drink, so make sure to drink lots of water, and take in all the essential vitamins and nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for hair and skin, as are vegetables like spinach, kale, and avocados.
- Give your Hair a Holiday
We highly recommend giving your hair a bit of a break. We work hard, we play harder, and we find ourselves needing rest and rejuvenation – our hair deserves the same. You can give your hair a holiday by putting down the heat styling tools and extra products, but just for a week or so.
Sadly, hair can be damaged relatively quickly, but bringing it back to good health can be achieved. So there’s no need to worry if you think you might have some repairing to do; if you’re not keen to do it yourself, we can help restore your damaged tresses as lickety-split as possible with our friendly hair experts!