We often hear the words “damaged hair”, but it’s not as if it has just one meaning. Damaged hair could be as simple as dryness or split ends from over-processing. Then there’s the case of the long-overdue cut or something more complex and serious like disease or a hair shaft disorder. If you suspect the latter, consult your healthcare professional. But if your hair is damaged from years of coloring, heat-styling, or neglect, read on and learn how to smooth over current symptoms and prevent new damage.
Damage from Hair Dye
Whether you go from blond to brown or brown to black or just want to cover the greys, chemical dyes can make you look and feel like a new person. In the process, they also remove your hair’s natural moisture. Here’s what to do:
- Choose a dye within three shades of your natural color and if possible, go darker rather than lighter to simplify upkeep and limit damage.
- Extend the time between touch-ups or full dyes.
- Go to a professional colorist who knows which products to use and how to minimize hair damage.
- Choose semi- or demi-permanent treatments.
- Allow your hair to recover between chemical treatments. For example, wait two weeks after relaxing or perming before coloring.
Damage from Bleach
Going from dark to light often requires the use of bleach to remove your natural hair color from each strand. This process can leave hair dry, brittle, and porous, and cause it to lose elasticity.
- If you must bleach, do so less frequently.
- Increase moisture and reduce or avoid heat-styling for a couple of weeks before bleaching.
- Bleached hair is more susceptible to UV damage so use sun protection like a wide-brimmed hat or hair wrap when in direct sun for extended periods of time.
- Rinse hair with cold water before entering a pool and wash it thoroughly when you get out with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.
Damage from Heat-Styling
Frequent heat-styling can make your hair more prone to dryness and breakage. Try the following to counter the effects.
- Hold the blow dryer at least six inches away from your hair and move it around continuously.
- Use a heat protector to help protect your hair.
- Use a lower temperature setting.
- Air dry or go au natural as much as possible to allow your hair to recover.
Damage from Neglect
Going too long between haircuts can lead to split ends and dryness. While you wait for an appointment, remember to:
- Treat your hair well by avoiding harsh products, not washing too frequently, and allowing your hair to air dry on its own.
- Choose hair products formulated for your hair type.
- Pay attention to your scalp as well as your hair.
If years of damage have resulted in even minor hair loss and you’d like to reverse that trend, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. We can give you back your full head of hair and demonstrate how to prevent future damage.