Taking care of your hair can sometimes be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t know why it isn’t looking as healthy as you want it. If you have frizzy, dry, dehydrated, or just damaged hair, these tips can help you out.
First of all, getting to know why your hair is appearing damaged and how you are ruining it is essential.
Chemical damage is the most obvious one. Coloring, dyeing, and bleaching your hair are all common hair damaging sources (bleaching being hardest on your hair). Even doing a perm can be stressful for your hair.
By depositing chemicals inside your hair cuticles to preserve desired color or treatment, your hair is getting damaged and thus appears to be frizzier, dry, and less shiny.
Water damage might come as a surprise, but we need to be more mindful of this. Mainly two factors go into this: quality of water and length of exposure to water.
When we talk about the quality of water, we mainly think about hard water, which has a higher pH and more mineral build-up, which can be very detrimental to your hair health. Doing a vinegar rinse after you wash your hair can help with this. Dilute vinegar in water and rinse after a shower. Make sure it’s not too acidic since it can also damage your hair that way! Alternatively, you can install a water softener. Although it is a much more significant investment, it can help with your skincare as well.
Prolonged exposure to water can also be harmful for your hair. Long and too hot of showers are not exactly good for your hair.
Product damage is also a big one. We are mainly referring to shampooing your hair too often. Extend days between washes as much as possible to counter this effect. This can be a process and can take time, so try to work on this in the coming months. You can also try focusing on your scalp or an area where you need to wash away the build-up, grease, and hair products.
Finally, you can try to include a gentle moisturizing shampoo or clarifying shampoo in your routine. Limiting the use of other hair products like hair spray and dry shampoo can also suppress this kind of hair damage.