Frizzy hair? Split-ends? Dry, damaged hair can take time to repair, but there are a number of tried and true techniques that can quicken the process and replenish your hair’s health. You aren’t doomed to frizzy hair and split-ends forever – your hair will look better again, and you can make that happen soon by employing many different methods and treatments.
Some preventative measures are necessary on your path to healthy hair. A number of different factors can lead to dry, brittle, and damaged hair. For example, using dyes with harsh chemicals, or frequent bleaching, can lead to breakage. Excessive heat and sun exposure can take its toll as well. Brushing wet hair is also a no-no that can often lead to significant damage. Pools, teasing, improper hair extension application, flat irons.
But if you find yourself in need of hair repair, don’t despair. There are a number of steps you can take to make hair healthy again. Here are some of the best methods for repairing hair, and what to purchase and who to visit to make that repair happen.
Start Avoiding Heat
A good place to start is to immediately avoid styling your hair with hot tools, like a hair dryer, straightener, or curling iron. Sometimes our hair can use a break from heat, and if you are starting the healing process, then a break is beneficial.
The fact of the matter is, heat damages hair. There are some products, such as heat protectant spray by Moroccanoil, which can be used to give your strands some protection up to 450 degrees! But a clean break from heat for a while is sometimes the needed option if you’re looking to repair your locks. Experiment with styles that work well with air dried hair, such as braids, and employ some texturizing finishing spray.
Even hot water can be unhealthy for your hair. Rinsing your hair out with cool water will better seal in moisture and produce shine. Cool water also helps with less oil production for those with oily scalp. It may feel a little unpleasant as first, but it’s the best method for those struggling with hair repair.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
Damaged hair needs moisture. One efficient way to give your hair that moisturizing, conditioning boost is with a hair mask. A popular and effective hydrating mask is the Moroccan Oil Masques, an intense treatment that will make your hair feel silky and soft upon rinsing.
Application of any mask is simple. Apply the mask to your locks, wrap up your hair, and go to sleep. When you shower the next morning and rinse out the mask, your hair will be smooth and soft. Many masks can be used on a weekly basis as well, making them a nice gradual method for hair repair.
There are a number of other hair masks available as well, which can be purchased at a salon or online. They range in price and ingredients, so explore your options and see which deep conditioning mask works best for you.
Use Hair Repair Products
Not all hair products are awful for your hair! Some are specifically made for those in need of hair repair and can improve the health of your strands. Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are best for damaged hair, so seek out those labels when you shop.
Other chemicals to avoid are sodium laurel, parabens, and laureth sulfates, which strip your hair of natural oils. Bombarding your hair with these chemicals on a daily basis can make your hair dry and frizzy.
For healthier ingredients, look for listings such as aloe vera, proteins, keratin, panthenol, glycerol, or healthy oils like argan, macademia nut or anything that says hydrolyzed. Shampoos and conditioners with these ingredients are better for those seeking to repair damaged hair.
Clarifying shampoos are also a worthwhile purchase for this purpose as well, especially if you are showering with water that is mineral heavy. Heavy water can lead to build up in your hair, which clarifying shampoos can wash out. They can also get the nasty feeling out of your hair from hairspray buildup.
For those in serious need of hair repair, visit a hairstylist that offers hair repair treatments. They can give you advice on the best course of action regarding your damaged hair. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as removing nasty split-ends with a trim. But there are other options as well.
Locations like Hair2o Salon offer hair repair services on-site, and sell at-home oil treatments that moisturize damaged locks. Hair2o Salon sells the popular Olaplex System, which comes in three different steps. Treatment No. 1 is mixed in with color and applied to hair, which rebuilds disulfide bonds in your hair. Treatment No. 2 is applied after the hair is rinsed out and towel-dried, left in for 10 minutes, then
No. 3 is an oil treatment that you can take home, a retail-friendly version of No. 2. This version can be used on hair every ten days, and will revive dry and damaged hair. This treatment system can be used on any hair texture as well. The product heals curly, thin, and thick hair strands.
Other at-home oil treatments can be used on clean, dry hair by carefully massaging it into your strands, then wrapping your hair up in a shower cap or wrap. Apply heat in some manner, with a hot towel or blow dryer, then allow it to cool. Afterwards, rinse your hair with cold water and amaze at the silky results.
These sorts of oil treatments can speed up the re-hydration of damaged hair. They are safe to use several times per month. Just be cautious not to overdo it, or else your hair might become too oily. Speak to a hairstylist about the best options for you damaged hair by seeking out their hair repair choices.
People often aren’t aware of how strong the connection is between your diet and the health of your hair. If you are in good health, then your hair will often reflect this. If you are in bad health, and not receiving essential nutrients, then your hair may be more prone to dryness and breakage. Fix your diet to help fix your hair.
To ensure you’re getting the nutrients and that your damaged hair grows back strong, include certain healthy ingredients in your diet. For example, foods with omega-3 fatty acids are good for your hair. Foods that contain this are fish, nuts, and seeds.
Try to also include a lot of protein-rich foods in your diet. Foods high in protein can help feed your hair too, since hair is made up of proteins and they are required to repair damaged strands. Eat more protein-rich food such as fish, soy, eggs, and yogurt. Other healthy foods that are good for your hair include carrots, spinach, kale, and avocados.
Fix yourself up some healthy meals with good ingredients to make sure you are receiving the nutrients that your hair needs to heal. If you’re struggling to include all of it into your meal plans, try purchasing some vitamin supplements to fill in the gaps. Your hair will thank you.
Need a Fast Fix?
Sometimes we experience that hair emergency. Do you need your badly damaged hair fixed quickly? For a fast fix, try getting Global Keratin Treatment, a solution that lasts up to 6 months. This treatment comes in many different formulas. It can straighten or leave your texture and reduces frizz and drying times. This product works into the hair shaft and gives you intense moisturizing. The smoothness of your hair will prevent it from breaking further, making your strands more manageable and soft due to the smoothing of the cuticle. You will be amazed at how you hair will behave and work with you better. You can work out or go jogging in humid weather and your hair will stay frizz free!
The process for using Global Keratin Treatment is simple. First, wash your hair twice with GKhair pH+ Clarifying Shampoo. Towel dry your hair, and then comb your hair into three parts. Apply “The Best” GKhair treatment to your strands using a brush, applying various small sections of hair until your head is completely covered. Using a special comb that can be purchased through GKhair, comb through your hair to ensure that the product is combed through the length of your hair, but avoiding your scalp.
Once your hair is saturated, let the product sit in your hair for a length of time that varies depending on the texture of your hair. If you have fine hair, wait up to 15 minutes before you rinse. For wavy, thick, or curly hair, wait up to an hour. After the time has passed, rinse your hair with warm water until the product is completely out.
For maintenance after this treatment, there are GKhair Shampoos and Conditioners available to keep your hair feeling hydrated and healthy. Long lasting results can be achieved by adding GKhair’s styling products to the mix as well.
The results of this quick treatment should last as long as six months for those in fast need of hair repair. Utilize other listed methods to ensure that the health of your hair bounces back in no time.