Having beautiful glowing hair is a dream many women hold dear. Unfortunately, in their efforts to get the perfect hair, they end up doing things that cause more harm than good. The hair drastically deteriorates in quality and starts dulling and breaking. However, hair damage is reversible if you take the right corrective measures.
What causes damaged hair?
Most of the causes of damaged hair are one’s own fault. Others are environmental and hard to avoid.
1. Heat styling
Heat styling is any hair care technique that involves the use of heat. Examples of tools used in hair styling include the blow dryer, flat iron, hot rollers and curling irons. The heat from these tools affects hair cuticles, causing moisture to be drawn from them. After styling, the hair tends to become dry and brittle. If heat application is done several times, the hair gets even more delicate and may start falling off. Heat can also cause dulling of hair as hydrogen bonds are temporarily affected.
Hair bleaching makes use of harsh chemicals to chemically change your hair’s pigment. In the course of this process, these chemicals negatively interfere with the natural hair structure and leave the hair weaker than it was. Once the hair weakens it can easily fall off, especially if heat styling is done soon after. The hair also loses its glow and becomes dull.
3. Chemical treatments
Chemical treatments used in hair straightening and relaxing can have a negative effect on its quality. When you dye, bleach or relax your hair, the chemicals interfere with hair cuticles, making them weak. They also loosen protein bonds that are essential in keeping human hair strong. Other dangerous chemicals include perms, colorings and highlighters.
4. Braids and ponytails
Certain hair styles, such as braids and ponytails, involve pulling the hair tightly together. This causes stress on the hair, especially at the roots, and with time causes increased weakening. The damage is worse if the hair is styled while wet since it is most fragile in this condition.
5. Excess friction
You wake up in the morning and give your hair several dozen brush strokes. At night it keeps brushing over the pillow. This can damage your hair as a result of too much friction. If you do not take steps to handle your hair more delicately, it will become prone to breakage and split ends.
6. Over washing
Washing and shampooing hair is a good thing; it gets rid of accumulated oils and dust. However, when it is carried out too frequently, it can deny your hair the natural moisture it needs. Even the best of shampoos should be used occasionally to prevent hair damage.
7. Weaves and extensions
Most women love the extra hair length provided by weaves and extensions. However, this length may come at a cost. Your hair gets damaged at the root, meaning that even a simple hair cut may not solve the problem permanently. Instead of going for that hair extension or weave, maybe you can nurture your own hair to a desired length.
8. Harsh weather
Too much sun or lack of enough moisture in the air could adversely affect your hair. The sun’s UV rays cause breakage and drying out of hair; in winter, the low humidity can be problematic.
Does keratin treatment damage hair?
One of the most popular hair treatment techniques is the Brazilian keratin treatment. Unlike other chemical treatments, keratin treatment is relatively safe. The treatment involves straightening the naturally occurring keratin in your hair. Heat styling is then used to seal it in a certain shape or style. A point to note is that even though the treatment itself is considered generally safe, the heat styling that accompanies it may cause some hair breakage. This is therefore a treatment you should not subject your hair to frequently.
5 ways to treat damaged hair naturally
Fortunately, damaged hair is not the end of things; there are ways through which you can completely restore your hair to its previous undamaged state. The best techniques are those which stay away from chemicals, thus eliminating any risk of further damage. Below are five natural remedies you can use to treat damaged hair.
You breakfast could become your savior. Eggs are essentially proteins that can help to strengthen hair and return its glow and smooth texture. There are several egg treatments you can easily prepare at home. Examples include mixing eggs with coconut oil and a bit of honey, eggs with almond oil and yogurt, or simply eggs with a little water. These mixtures should be applied onto the hair either through the use of a shower cap or massage.
2. Olive oil
This is best for hair damaged by chlorine. Apply just before showering. This way the heat from the water helps the oil infuse fully into the scalp.
3. Sour cream (half cup)
This is the ideal home treatment for hair which has grown dull. Simply wet your hair and apply half a cup of the cream. An alternative is plain yogurt. Let the hair sit like that for twenty minutes and then rinse with warm water and cold water respectively.
This is a centuries-old dry hair treatment. It works by preventing loss of moisture from the hair, thus making it soft and supple. Make sure that your hair is damp before applying the honey. Leave hair with in shower cap for twenty minutes and then rinse out with warm water.
5. Aloe vera gel
Among the many wonders of aloe vera is moisturizing hair. Simply get some aloe gel, three plain yogurt table spoons, some coconut oil, and mix them. Apply on hair and let it rest for half an hour, then rinse as usual.
The above treatments will be even more effective if they are carried out regularly until the hair regains its glow and health.
It is important to make lasting changes to how you handle your hair. Do not subject it to harsh chemical treatments, frequent heat styling or too much washing. Lastly, do not neglect to moisturize your hair regularly through the use of natural oils.
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