3 Steps to Restore Health to Heat and Color-Damaged Hair

3 Steps to Restore Health to Heat and Color-Damaged Hair

3 Steps to Restore Health to Heat and Color-Damaged Hair

Hair damage is a common problem that people face regardless of their hair type. Sometimes all it takes to detect it is to look at the mirror or run your fingers through your strands. 

But if you regularly style, bleach, or dye your hair, you can take the health of your strands for granted until your scalp hurts or a clump of hair comes off in your hands after combing or brushing. How can you determine if have “over-processed” hair? And what solutions are available to repair damaged hair?

Signs of Damaged Hair

The following are some warning signs that your strands are damaged and need special care:

Rough and tangled hair

Damaged hair raises the cuticle or outermost layer of your strands, causing them to feel rough to the touch. The raised cuticles also cause strands to intertwine or cling to each other more aggressively than healthy strands with closed and sleek cuticles.

Frizzy hair 

If your hair isn't frizzy by nature, it can turn frizzy and have flyaway strands due to a lack of moisture. When it detects moisture in the air, the hair cuticles lift to absorb it. In the process, your strands swell and become frizzy.

Dry and brittle hair

Damaged hair may have a straw-like feel to its strands, lack shine, and easily break due to the loss of oils from your body. Having split ends is also common.

Can You Reverse the Effects of Hair Damage Due to Heat and Coloring?  

Not all the time. Heating tools, bleach, and colorants can cause irreversible hair damage. Besides, the part of your hair shaft that's visible to the eye is actually no longer a living structure. Harsh chemicals and extreme heat can harm your strands to the point that it exposes your hair cortex, which gives your hair its color, strength, and texture. Once that happens, the hair strands weaken until you eventually shed them.

The good news is the rest of the strand that comes from your scalp will still grow out. In the meantime, you can give your hair some TLC as you wait for undamaged and fresh hair to emerge. 

3 Ways to Nurture Hair Health after Heat and Color Damage

While you may not fully repair damaged hair, you can take these three steps to strengthen your existing and emerging hair:

Hydrate your hair.

Hair color chemicals can strip off your strands' lipid layer, causing them to become rough and dry. Blow dryers and curling or flat irons also remove the moisture from your hair. 

Soaking your hair in oil or applying a hair mask once a week can lower or seal raised hair cuticles so that your strands will feel smooth again. They can also help restore the outer protective layer of your strands. It will be best to leave the oil or mask for about half an hour (or even overnight, depending on your brand's instructions) so it can penetrate your hair's cuticles. Make sure that you do a massaging motion instead of rubbing the mask or oil on your head.

Argan oil is a great choice for hair hydration due to its smaller molecules, allowing the cuticles to quickly absorb its nutrients. It's rich in fatty acids—oleic acid, linoleic acid, and squalene.

Stop or reduce heat styling and chemical treatments.

Air-dry your hair as much as possible. Otherwise, set your dryer at a lower temperature or use the cool blast option. Apply heat protectants when needed.

If you can't have a break from hair coloring, extend the time between touch-ups or your next full dye job. Wait for eight to 10 weeks instead of the usual minimum of four weeks.

Avoid washing your hair daily to keep some of the natural oils on the strands longer. But when you shampoo, use haircare products without sulfate, paraben, and alcohol.  These chemicals can dry out your hair or cause irritation.

Know how to properly handle wet hair.

Your hair is at its most delicate state when wet as proteins form weaker bonds during that time. This makes them prone to damage.

To reduce breakage, do the following:

  • Finger-comb and don't brush your hair while it's wet. Use a wide-toothed comb when it's damp and style gently.
  • Use a towel or cloth made of microfiber instead of jersey to dry your hair. Try blotting instead of rubbing excess water out.
  • Wait for your hair to dry before pulling it back into a ponytail or bun. Choose softer hair ties like scrunchies instead of rubber ones.
  • Have a regular trim (once every two to three months) to remove split ends and strands that were damaged by heat or bleach.

Give Your Hair a New Lease on Life with Argan Oil

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