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7 Ways To Fix Damaged Hair and Get Your Healthy Hair Back

7 Ways To Fix Damaged Hair and Get Your Healthy Hair Back

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:

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Brushes

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.

Combs

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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