Who likes the nest on the head? That’s right- NO ONE! Before we begin the discussion, let us get one thing straight. Hair consists of dead cells just like nails, so the products that claim to work miracles on your hair are bluffing basically. Excuse me for the crude expressions, but instead of desperately trying to revive your lifeless hair with gallons of hair products, it is probably much easier to just prevent hair damage with a few useful tips.
CAUSES OF DAMAGE- heat damage, pollution, wrong brush, chemical damage, daily shampooing, bad scalp condition, mishandling wet hair
a) Dull and Rough texture
TEST- If the hair you seen in shampoo commercials seems like science fiction then you are definitely entering the dead hair zone.
Shampoo Smartly: Reduce the times you shampoo to three times a week. If you have oily hair you need to shampoo more often, but thoroughly drench your hair with water before you lather up. Then concentrate on just the hair two inches closest to the scalp, since that’s where sebum collects. And rinse really well under the coldest water you can stand.
Using a flat iron: First, if you really need to use it then at least use sparingly. Second, do not exceed the maximum time suggested in the instruction manual (It’s typically about five seconds.) Use iron with ceramic plates only.
Get the right brush: Longer locks deserve brushes with larger diameter. To create volume, use a round brush; to smooth it, a paddle shape is best.
Chemical damage: To avoid hair damage due to chemical straightening, switch to a keratin treatment immediately.
b) Brittle Texture and Breakage
TEST- Hold a section of hair upside down
so that your ends are pointing upward. Run your finger over the end to test the texture. Are they soft, or are they hard and brittle?
Natural remedy: Mix eggs, shampoo, conditioner and coconut oil in equal proportions, apply on hair for around an hour before washing it off.
Stop fastening your ponytail in the same spot: Stop using elastic bands and go for clutches.
Oil regularly: Do not keep it for days. Keep it overnight and shampoo the next day.
Over brushing: Avoid brushing your hair too often in the futile attempt of making them shine. It doesn’t work that way.
Avoid blow-drying hair that’s dripping wet: Not only will this make it difficult to style your hair, it will cause a ton of heat damage. Before applying heat, wrap hair in a towel for five minutes, then let hair air-dry for
c) Unmanageable and tangled
TEST- If you have a battle with your comb every morning after waking up or after you step out of the shower and you need to smooth out the bush with hair serum before you can even imagine leaving your room.
Comb the right way: It may seem funny but yes; most of the people do it wrong. A comb is easier on fragile wet hair than a brush is, but tugging it from scalp to tips can cause breakage. First, smooth out knots with a leave-in detangler, gently working your way up.
Do not neglect your scalp: Keep it dandruff free and massage with oil before shampooing.
Deep conditioning: Use a deep conditioner overnight once a week if the damage is severe; just make sure you place a towel over your pillow.
d) Split Ends
TEST- Wrapping a section of hair around your finger near the end of the hair and watch for ends that stick up when the rest of the hair is wrapped around.
Cut them off: News flash! There is
no way to treat split ends so just cut them off. Pretty easy right?
Deep conditioning: Well if you don’t have the money to hit the salon every four weeks, you can just get a good deep conditioner that are much more concentrated and leave behind a smoothing film that won’t wash off for days.
e) Colour Fade or Hyper-Absorption
TEST- if your hair takes too long to dry and your hair dye absorbs too much into the hair, giving you a too-dark result that you don’t want, then your hair is more porous than it should be.
Hair treatment: I am really not sure if that works but it is worth a try, especially when you are left with no other option.
Colour Sparingly: Apply dye only to the roots and then comb it through the ends in just the last few minutes. Then keep your hair looking fresh longer by using a shampoo and conditioner formulated for dyed hair.
Avoiding hair spray: Hair spray contains a polymer that locks out humidity and dries on the hair; so just use enough to hold your style when you really need to.
Where to get this?
Try Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo and Cream Conditioner,Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner, dove hair products and L’Oreal hair products.