Heat Damaged Hair (Part 2) - How to Treat Hair Damage
Heat damage is one of the most common and distressing things that can happen to your hair. It's a bit like your best buddy stabbing you in the back out of nowhere. The same tools and techniques that got you your exceptionally elegant hairstyle make those very hair strands damaged and brittle. A modern-day double-edged sword except, it's a curling iron or a blow dryer. But like a knight in shining armor, we're here to rescue you.
If you've read part 1 of heat damaged hair, you're up to date with the basics of this issue. if not, let's get you up to speed here. Now you're all set to begin your crusade to conquering heat damage and winning back your luscious hair.
Can You Treat Heat Damaged Hair?
So you've got heat damaged hair, now you may be asking if you can actually treat heat damaged hair. Well, as it turns out, you absolutely can! And like with all healing, the first step is acceptance. So by diagnosing your heat damaged hair, you're on the right track. But first, let's discuss what you need to do ASAP.
Things To Do ASAP if You Have Heat Damaged Hair
After you find out that you have heat damaged hair, the first and foremost thing you need to do is prevent further damage. Let's look at some steps on what to do right now:
1. Stop Using Heat to Style or Dry your Hair
The first thing to do is to stop using hair styling and drying techniques that involve heat. The more you use them, the more you will damage your hair. And if you absolutely cannot say bye-bye to your hair iron, you MUST lower the temperature at which you use these tools. Also, keep the frequency of use to a minimum, and ALWAYS use heat protectants for your hair.
2. Switch to a No-Heat Hairstyle
The best way to stop using heat to style your hair is to opt for a less cumbersome hairstyle. Maybe give a try to some simple loose plaits, a natural wave, a loose bun, or a half-up ponytail—just nothing too tight and nothing that requires heat to style.
3. STOP Using Towels!
We don't mean that you shouldn't use any towels at all, just not to dry your hair. If you use towels to dry your already heat damaged hair, it will increase your hair's stress and cause extra damage to your cuticle. Instead, wrap your hair in towel loosely or just let it dry naturally after dabbing your hair to remove excess water. You might want to try 100% cotton T-shirts instead of towels to get the job done or use micro-fiber towels softly and gently dry your hair.
4. Be Careful with Your Brushing
If you have heat damaged hair, it's time you switch your hairbrush to a softer, more gentle one. Heat damaged hair is fragile, and vigorous or harsh brushing can lead to more hair loss. You can also try to use a wide wooden comb instead. Oh, and you may already know this from experience but never brush wet hair!
5. Suns Out Hair Buns In!
Well, you don't absolutely need to have a hair bun if you have heat damaged hair. What we mean to say is that sun exposure can cause further damage to your already heat damaged hair! Be sure to wear a hat outside and use a protective hair mask or hair serum to keep your hair safe from the harmful effects of the sun. As a side note, try to avoid swimming as well since the salty or chlorine-filled water can also cause further hair damage.
6. Time to Change Your Hair Washing Habits
For starters, DO NOT shampoo daily. This will only accentuate the drying out of your hair and strip away all-natural oils. Choose a sulfate-free shampoo specifically made for damaged hair and use it every third day. You may even wish to look into dry shampoos—also, NO MORE HOT SHOWERS. Use lukewarm or cool water to wash your hair.
7. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
When heat damaged, your hair will become dry and dull. You need to give those dry, damaged hair, some love and keep them moisturized! Use some hydrating treatments or hair masks that can help you revitalize your hair. (You can learn more about hair masks here.)
With these preliminary steps on how to stop further heat damage, you're well on your way to preventing further damage. Let us now look at how you can revitalize your heat damaged hair to be its best again based on two of the most common hair types.
1. Straight Hair
If you have straight hair and used hair straighteners to make your hair look super elegant but now suffer from dry and brittle hair, we have just the trick to solve your hair issues. Straight hair, when heat-damaged, becomes extremely prone to breakage and suffers from split-ends as well. This makes it difficult for your hair to lie flat and remain manageable. In this case, what your hair needs is the restoration of its natural proteins.
And what better way to give your hair some protein than to use a quick DIY hair mask. You can find a list of the best DIY hair masks here. But a quick one would be to mix egg yolks, coconut oil, and yogurt altogether and apply the mask to your hair. Massage it in your hair, and cover it and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and go about your daily hair washing routine. Best of all, these masks will not only treat your damaged hair but will also stimulate hair growth and repair damaged hair follicles!
You can also look for leave-in premade hair treatments rich in proteins and be sure to get a regular trim for those split ends.
2. Curly Hair
Curly hair might have the most character of all hair types, but it's the most susceptible and adversely affected hair type when it comes to heat damage. You won't just experience dry, brittle hair; instead, you'd lose your natural curls, pick up some unwanted frizz and tangles, and get a really odd texture to your hair. In this case, you need to focus on getting your hair follicles moisturized!
Again, the best way to get this done is to use hair masks, and our list of DIY hair masks has some excellent hydrating hair masks. To name a few, check out the avocado and aloe vera hair masks we've mentioned there.
But apart from that, you can use some deep-conditioning treatments containing moisturizing ingredients like argan oil and shea butter. Also, avoid using shampoo daily since shampoo removes the natural oils from your hair. You might want to consider some more gentle shampoo options as well.
Heat damaged hair is not something any of us would like and should avoid with good styling habits. But it's just something that can just hit you in the face seemingly out of the blue. Don't feel too bad if you get heat damaged hair; just be sure to do something about it sooner rather than later!
This was our quick guide on how you can treat your heat damaged hair. Remember, it's not rocket science, its 'Hair Science,' and if you have heat damage, you really need to stop the heat and add the moisture, with just a little persistence you will be well on your way. So get back on track attaining happy, healthy hair again with just these simple steps.
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