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Do’s and Don’ts: Ways to Repair, Treat & Fix Damaged Hair

Do

While doing shopping for your combs and hair brushes, go for the one that is made from natural materials, this way you can keep your tresses healthy and damage free.  Mason Pearson All Boar Bristle Hair Brush,  for example, is, absolutely, one of the best brushes you can find.

Don’t

It’s harmful to wash your hair daily; also, while washing your tresses, always use lukewarm water, because hot water can dry out the scalp and cause irritation.

Do…

Make use of good quality serums or various hair oils to achieve that desired shine.

Make sure to do hair repairing and hydrating mask at least once a week; for this you can use whether “ready-made” cosmetic masks or apply natural oils on your scalp and hair for about 30 minutes; such oils as olive oil, coconut oil or castor oil will do a great job. Give a gentle massage to your scalp with the hair oil to improve circulation and nourish it. All this will help to enhance your hair’s quality.

Say ‘Bye-Bye’ to Chemicals, & Hair Color,   At Least for Now

If your hair is extremely damaged, reconsider chemical processing for the moment.  Certain types of hair color—like harsh bleaches–can damage hair or stress hair that is already damaged.  Talk to Niza Lideo about gentler approaches to hair color, such as ammonia-free and demi-permanent formulas. 

Likewise, discuss healthier alternatives to permanent waves or straighteners—which can also be damaging to hair. Temporary smoother formulas, for example, eliminate frizz, control curl and prolong the life of a blow-dry.  A strong setting lotion or spray used with Velcro rollers can produce curl or body with minimal impact on hair health.

Nix Hot Styling Tools When Hair is Damaged

Blow dryers, curling irons or straightening irons damage hair. Whenever possible, air dry your hair and don’t use irons on it. After using a mild shampoo and conditioner, apply a restorative styling treatment and let damaged hair dry naturally. If you really need to blow dry your hair, keep it on the lowest heat setting.

If you must use heat, prepare the hair with a fortifying leave-in conditioner, and finish with a protective spray. And make sure that the hair is completely dry before using heated tools like flat irons and curling irons so it won’t cook from the inside out.

Styling Product Savvy Helps Restore Damaged Hair

When restoring damaged hair, keep hairstyles simple and stick to those that don’t require a lot of product to hold them in place. Applying a leave-in fortifying spray on wet hair is a good way to prepare the hair for styling or the stress of the day and protect it from environmental factors. A detangling spray can help protect damaged hair while brushing. Spritz it on before brushing wet hair to avoid further damage to tresses.

When you do use styling products, check the labels so that you know what they contain. Stay away from hair products that have high levels of alcohol or peroxide, and stick with products that are gentle.

Use a light oil, pomade, mousse or gel to control frizz, and look for styling products that will reinforce damaged hair by infusing protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties. If necessary, finish with a light hairspray

Bringing Out the Big Guns: Use Treatment Masks to Rescue Damaged Hair

When shopping for a hydrating treatment for damaged hair, look for products that have restorative, moisturizing ingredients, such as olive oil, keratin, protein or shea butter, and avoid products that contain silicone or parabens. Twice a week, apply the treatment or mask and leave it on for a full hour, using a plastic shower cap to help the product penetrate.

Additionally, once a week you can apply the treatment in the shower after shampooing. Leave it on for three to five minutes for quick hydration and then rinse it out.

Oil treatments are another option to repair dry, damaged hair. They are simple to do at home and infuse damaged hair with moisture and shine. Apply the treatment oil of choice to clean, towel-dried hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap, and apply heat by sitting in the sun, using a hot towel or using your blow dryer.

After heating the oil, allow hair to cool at room temperature, and then rinse with cool water. Reparative oil treatments can be done one to three times per month on damaged hair depending upon need. Proper use of these treatments can increase elasticity to damaged hair and create sheen. But be careful–overuse might cause your hair to look greasy!

Another solution that many frizzy haired girls embrace is adding a cleansing conditioner to their regimen—either as a permanent or “sometimes” shampoo alternative. Cleansing conditioners are gentle, low-lathering formulas that cleanse and condition in one step without removing hair’s natural moisture.

Don’t…scrub your hair with your towel.

Doing so will rough up the cuticle surface, which in turn leads to strand swelling and frizz. Instead, gently blot your hair, then gather it into the towel and let the towel absorb as much moisture as possible. Consider, also, using a micro-fiber towel or even a soft t-shirt to blot—these fibers are much easier on frizz-prone hair than rough terry cloth.

Do…select a styling crème, serum or oil for your hair type.

Applying a hair styling product is a given for fighting frizz—it prevents hair from puffing up and provides a protective layer between your hair and the humid environment that leads to frizz. If your hair is thick or coarse, reach for a rich treatment oil or crème. If it’s on the finer side, opt for a lightweight crème or lotion.

You may even consider a “cocktail,” such as a hair smoothing crème plus a heat protection spray. Apply the product to damp, not sopping wet, hair and proceed to style.

Do…use deep-conditioning treatments once a week.

A weekly conditioning treatment or mask works as additional insurance against frizz. It will keep your hair deeply moisturized and supple, which leads to shiny, healthy hair that is armed and ready to resist frizz.

Do…fight frizz overnight.

Lots of frizz-free girls have learned how to tame unwanted fuzz while they sleep. If your hair is curly, work in a butter-rich night crème, twirl and define each curl and hit the hay. The crème will be absorbed overnight and, in the morning, when you unwind each curl, your hair will be soft, smooth and defined.

If your hair is wavy or straight, work a treatment oil formulated for your hair type through the ends and gather your hair into a loose, high ponytail or bun before bed. In the morning your hair will be smooth and silky. Early Detection is Key to Repairing Damaged Hair and because of you living a dry Arizona desert environment that should be your first sign that you have damage.