Treatment of Hair Damage

You know you have damaged hair when it is difficult to manage and looks dull or frizzy. Whilst difficult to fix, good hair care and some specific treatments can improve the way the hair looks and feels. Here we look at some of the techniques and treatments for damaged hair, as well as gentle shampoos, conditioners and styling products to help bring your wrecked tresses back to life.

Have a good trim

Hair tends to be most damaged toward the tips since it is the oldest and most affected by the effects of damaging products. A healthy trim with lays can help your damaged hair look better and followed up with restorative shampoo and conditioner, your hair will be more manageable. If you are brave, a bob or pixie cut can get rid of all the damaged hair at once.

Dyeing your hair can lead to some major damages

Hair damage from the use of dye

The chemicals in hair dye can dry out hair, making it coarse to the touch. Using bleach hair to make it lighter before adding colour, can add to the damage. If your hair is very damaged, reconsider using any dye for the time being.

Olive oil can help soften the hair and replenish much-needed moisture, though it is best to wait a few days after the colouring before using this treatment. Also helpful is to wash hair it less frequently and only with shampoos formulated for dyed hair, rinsing with cool water. These products are formulated to hold in the dye, so the colour lasts longer, and hair feels and looks better. Shampooing too frequently can strip damaged hair and create brittleness, so a maximum of twice a week, using a gentle shampoo with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 is best, with a dry shampoo in between washes.

Professionals recommend you choose a dye within three shades of your natural colour and choose to go darker rather than lighter to limit the damage to the hair. You can also such as ammonia-free and demi-permanent formulas. If you choose a colour that is further along the colour spectrum, these are more difficult to maintain and need to be touched up more often. Ideally, touch-ups should be between eight and 10 weeks between touch-ups, with longer time if possible.

Hair damage from bleach

Bleach removes the colour from hair, by dissolving the melanin in every strand. This can leave hair dry and brittle. Bleach will always damage hair, so it’s wise to do this as infrequently as possible.

Almond oil is a good treatment for hair damaged by the use of bleach as it can help soften and strengthen hair and can be applied to the ends to rehydrate the hair and reduce frizz. Avoid shampoos or conditioners that contain sodium laurel or laureth sulfates which can strip your hair of its natural protective oils and make sure your hair has been well moisturised with shampoos and conditioners that contain natural oils and herbs that will also help repair your damaged hair.

Hair damage from heat styling tools

Blow dryers, curling irons or straightening make the hair more porous, which increases the risk of damage. Heat protection products can help reduce the damage from hairdryers if you must use one and holding the dryer 15 centimetres away from the hair is recommended and keep on the lowest setting. Limit the time you use heated tools directly on your hair and make sure your hair is totally dry before you use them

For hair damaged by heat, coconut oil is a remedy that hydrates the hair from the inside out and at the same time replenishes the protective oils on the outside of the hair, reducing the risk of heat damage. Treatment masks worn for an hour under a shower cap and that contain moisturisers like aloe vera, glycerol, panthenol or proteins are also good, with active components such as macadamia nut oil, argan oil or shea butter that help repair damaged hair, making it look healthier and thicker.

The recommendation of the experts it to use heat hairstyling tools no more than once a week and to air dry hair at other times, embracing your hair’s natural texture and style.

Heat styling tools can damage your hair