5 Quick Ways to Revive Damaged Hair
Source: wikipedia commons, Petr Kratochvil
Let’s get this out of the way: damaged hair is damaged permanently. There’s no way to get damaged hair to repair itself. But what about all the products on the market that claim to do so? I hear you asking. Let’s delve into the science of hair for a moment.
Hair is primarily made from protein, most notably keratin. Keratin is not a living tissue. This means it’s not possible for your hair to regenerate and heal itself! But here’s the thing: this doesn’t mean you can’t improve the condition of damaged hair temporarily – and that’s what all these hair products are doing for you underneath all the marketing-speak.
So what actually can you do for your hair to improve its condition? Here are 5 quick tips:
1. Get regular trims if you’ve got split ends
Yes, even if you’re growing it out! Getting rid of the split ends will immediately make your hair look healthier, as you’re getting rid of the damaged portions. What’s more, the split ends could continue splitting your hair shaft and cause damage to previously healthy hair! Just cut off the dead weight. There’s no salvaging it.
2. Let your hair down
Tying up your hair, especially in tight ponytails or buns, can cause breakage. Also, never go to sleep with accessories in your hair.
3. Use the right conditioner for your hair
Silicone-rich conditioners work wonders from the very first use. Look out for ingredients such as Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone or Methicone. Silicones work by filling in the porous parts of damaged hair, giving them the look and feel of healthy hair. Sounds magical, but they can be difficult to wash off and cause build-up in your hair. An alternative to silicones is to use oil. Argan oil had its time as the ingredient of the moment fairly recently, but coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter are all popular ingredients too. Either look for products containing these oils, or apply a small amount directly to hair ends.
4. Eat (or take) more omega-3.
This wonder fatty acid has a host of health benefits, which includes lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improved blood vessel functions and – some say – better and healthier hair. Some great sources of omega-3 include salmon, tuna, broccoli, walnuts, flaxseeds and spinach. Incorporate these foods into your daily diet!
5. Treat your hair gently.
Don’t brush your hair from the roots down, because if there are any tangles, doing that will result in one giant tangled mess that could lead to more breakage. Instead, start detangling with fingers then brush near the ends before working your way up to the roots. Also, don’t rub vigorously when drying your hair! That’s a sure-fire way to further damage your hair. Instead, use a microfiber towel and just wrap it around your hair and squeeze.