Aggressive styling techniques, like straightening, curling and colouring, or over burdening with products, long hot showers, or even excessive exposure to the sun and elements, can have a dramatic impact on the condition and health of your hair. As a result, your hair could be in desperate need of some rescue remedies.
Short of chucking a Britney Spears and shaving your precious locks off, how to save damaged hair is a mystery to many, however, it’s not as hard as you may think. Some simple routine changes and careful selection of the right products can completely transform your hair making it one of your best features!
Avoid the heat
The worst thing you can do when your hair is already fizzled out, is expose it to heat – artificial heat in particular. When you wash your hair, ditch your beloved hairdryer and towel dry it before letting it air out naturally. It may also be time to let your natural wave or kink reign supreme, rather than drying your hair out with constant straightening. Straightening your hair, however, is perfectly fine allowing that you’re not doing it every day and you use heat styling products and ensure your hair is 100 per cent dry before you let the iron hit your hair.
Great heat-free styling tips
Roll your damp hair up in an old tee shirt for some natural waves, or go old school with some foam rollers. Loose braids and messy buns are also great ways to rock a carefree, stylish look minus the heat.
Ditch the bleach
Peroxide ridden hair isn’t as popular as it once was and giving this bygone trend a miss will leave your hair screaming its thanks. Excessive bleaching or colouring can not only turn your hair into hay, in some situations the bleach will strip your hair of its natural nutrients, thin your hair, or even cause it to start falling out – literally!
Try using softer hair colours that closely resembles your natural colour. Avoid extreme, harsh colours like bleached blonde, red, or blue – these colours may get their 15-minutes of fame, but they’ll be washed out before you know it! Also consider natural looking highlights or foils. These styles will be much gentler on your hair follicle and will help you to avoid the inevitable damage that accompanies drastic changes in hair colour. If you’re still pining after that trendy red style, try to remember that no hair colour will suit your natural skin tone and colouring as well as your natural hue.
Invest in natural or sulphate-free shampoo
If you have dry hair, using a harsh shampoo with lots of chemicals isn’t going to do it any favours. Some traditional shampoos are harmful to your hair, scalp, body and environment because of the harmful chemicals and carcinogens they contain. Natural shampoos will help improve the condition of your hair and the natural oils in it will help promote new hair growth.
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