Having gorgeous locks is every woman’s dream. Sadly, not all of us are blessed with soft and silky hair. Much like the skin, the hair is a fragile part of our body. It’s prone to breakage and damage, which can cause dullness and dryness. Most hair damage today is a result of overusing harsh hair care products, exposure to heat and sunlight, and nutritional deficiencies, which strip hair of its needed proteins and minerals.
How can you fix your damaged hair? Before you go buy expensive hair repair products, try the following ways to get back your hair’s beautiful bounce.
1. Don’t Overwash Hair
Hair damage is often caused by over-washing hair. When you wash your hair every day, you lose most of its natural oils that actually help it shine and bounce. Shampoo also makes your hair look dry and more prone to breakage. So how often should you wash hair? It’s best to wash hair only once every other day.
2. Use The Right Brush / Comb for Your Hair Type
Using the right hairbrush can make a big difference to your hair health. Combs and brushes come in all kinds, shape, and sizes. Here are basic pointers to remember when choosing a brush for your hair:
Paddle brushes are best used for straight hair. These brushes massage the scalp and smooth out naturally straight hair. Soft bristle brushes are good for women with thin hairs. They help smooth out the finest hair cuticles and distribute the oils evenly on your head. You can also use this kind of brush to comb your wet hair. Styling brush with movable bristles is great for curly hair. This will help detangle wet locks and help curls clump together for a more defined wave pattern.
Wide tooth combs are used for detangling thick hair especially if it’s wet. While small tooth combs are used for styling and separating hair while ironing.
3. Try Natural Home Ingredients To Treat Your Hair
Forget about expensive hair care products. Most of these treatments or shampoos use harsh chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils removing its natural shine and bounce. Try these simple natural ingredients instead:
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is great for removing chemical buildup from hair products. To use apple cider vinegar for hair, simply dilute a quarter cup of the vinegar with a cup of water and use it to rinse away hairspray and gel buildup.
Aloe Vera Serum
Aloe vera can help condition locks to give it a fuller volume while maintaining its bounciness. To create an aloe vera serum, use a teaspoon of honey with olive oil. Apply it to your hair and let it sit for half an hour before washing.
Olive Oil Conditioner
Moisturize your dry hair by using olive oil as a conditioner. Olive oil encourages hair growth with its natural hair softening ingredients. Olive oil contains essential nutrients that help strengthen the hair from the roots to the tips of your hair.
4. Quit Using the Blow Dryer
Your hair is fragile especially to heat. This is why curling irons and blow dryers are strictly a no-no. If you want to have silky soft locks, simply let your hair air dry. Blow drying is only excusable during cold days when you simply can’t leave the house with wet hair. When you really need to use the blow dryer keep it to at least four to six inches away from your hair. Using the hair dryer too close and heating your hair in direct contact can damage hair strands giving it a brittle and dull texture.
5. Trim Your Hair Regularly
Haircuts help you get rid of unsightly split ends; that’s why regular trims are important to keep damaged hair away. If your hair is severely damaged and has a straw-like texture, the easiest way to restore your locks is to get a trim. You can leave some length or chop it all off and try a cute pixie if you’re bold enough. You should probably get a trim every six to eight weeks.
6. Avoid Exposure From the Sun
Sun damage can cause dry brittle hair as well as color fade and thinning. When you’re out for a sun bathe, don’t forget to use your sombrero and cap to protect your hair from the heat. Use a little bit of sunscreen on your scalp line to avoid burning and damaging of hair roots.
7. Eat Hair Healthy Foods
And lastly, eat food rich in vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in proteins, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy can keep your hair healthy. Examples of food for healthy hair includes salmon, spinach, guava, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon.