When it comes to hair, the experts always say that it’s best not to use your heating tools too often. They damage your hair, causing it to dry out and break. The recommendation is always to let your hair air dry or dry as much as you can in a towel, then blow dry. Those are great suggestions, if the time was available. For many of us, those aren’t options. We shower in the morning and don’t have the luxury of having hair that air-dries and sets perfectly. So what do you do when your busy life style doesn’t allow for your locks to naturally dry? There is no quick fix for heat-damaged tresses; however, it can be corrected with time.
Much research lends to the importance of an intensive protein treatment. Also referred to as a reconstructor, it will help tackle the hair cuticles. Too much heat exposure often rids hair of its natural moisture and water. Additionally, when you use heat while your hair is damp or wet, it takes the moisture out of your hair, causing the cuticle to break. Even if the hair is dry, there is still some damage but to a smaller extent. Heating tools, combing, and daily wear and tear can cause cuticle damage to the hair. It’s important to realize that protein and moisture have an interdependent relationship, and your locks need both to stay healthy.
If your hair still isn’t looking or feeling healthy, a hot oil treatment may be a good approach. Supplying the hair with a warm mixture of oils can help restore the lost shine and elasticity, promote smoothness, penetrate the hair, nourish the scalp, and much more. Coconut oil is all the rage regarding a lot of advice these days and your hair is no different. Coconut oil can permeate the hair, moisturizing and nourishing from the inside out.
If you’re trying to avoid products, it might be best to take a step back and assess the damage. Ultimately, severe heat damage cannot be undone, but how bad is it? If you are at this point, determine what method will work best for growing out more healthy hair or getting rid of what is damaged. You could take the plunge with one big cut or small cuts over time. Take into account that the more severe the damage, the bigger the cut might be needed.
Similar to what other health information is out there, what we do and put into our bodies affects our overall health and that includes our hair. Like the rest of our body, hair is also affected by what you eat and drink. Consuming lots of water, taking your vitamins and getting plenty of nutrients helps your locks shine. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy help keep your body and hair on the right track. But if eating salads isn’t your thing, supplements are another way to plug the holes of a slightly questionable diet. It’s no secret that prenatal supplements promote healthy hair growth. And you don’t have to be pregnant or plan to be to take them!
If you do the above and get your hair back on the right track, prevention is key to keeping hair from heat damage again. Very few of us can stop using heat altogether, but we can adjust our usage. Whenever possible let the hair dry as much as you can before blow-drying. Set a goal, such as once a week to let your hair air dry. Take a day off from doing your hair and put it in a ponytail, especially during warm weather.
If you must use heat, prepare your locks with a leave-in conditioner, and finish with a protective spray. Make sure that the hair is completely dry before using heating tools so it won’t cook from the inside out. When you do use heating tools, make sure you have the right setting. If you smell hair burning, you’re using it wrong!
All in all, hair is a precious part of our bodies and our appearance. But just like anything else, we have to take care of it to get the most out of it.