Hair is sensitive to changes in the environment, including fluctuations in humidity or extreme heat. Heat can damage the hair and leave the scalp irritated. But more often, it is the heat styling tools like blow dryers and curling irons that leave the hair dry, dull, and brittle. Frequent application of heat on hair strands causes “bubble hair”, a deformity of the hair shaft which makes hair strands feel rough. Bubble hair also results in brittleness, making hair strands frizzy and prone to breakage.
When hair becomes damaged due to extreme heat styling, it can take a while before hair is restored to its natural health and shine. But don’t worry, here are healthy hair habits that may be practised to nourish hair and bring back its health and shine.
Prevent Further Damage
The best way to prevent further hair damage is to avoid using heat tools. For someone who has been accustomed to using heat tools in styling their hair, letting go may be a difficult thing to do. If using heat tools can’t be avoided, at least try to minimise the using heat tools or use them at a lower temperature. Most hair can handle up to 380 degrees but hair that has been bleached, coloured, or chemically treated can be more sensitive.
Choose the Correct Hair Care Products
Look for hair treatment products that focus on repairing damaged hair. Choose shampoos and conditioners that contain ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid which helps restore moisture and also makes hair strands thicker and stronger. Also, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the scalp to keep it from being dry and flaky.
Go to the Salon for a Mini-trim
Those who prefer keeping their locks long may be hesitant about taking regular trips to the salon for a trim. Hair tends to be more brittle close to the tips because that area has been around the longest and has been exposed to styling and treatments. Mini-trims are the best option, only cutting off the parts where hair damage, like split-ends, are visible. If the ends are not trimmed, the potential for that damage to travel up the hair shaft can be higher. In effect, more hair would need to be cut off than expected.
Don’t Brush Wet Hair
Heat damaged hair is already fragile when it is dry and it is even more prone to breakage when wet. Avoid brushing wet hair as the bristles will just snag at the knots and cause breakage and split-ends. Just let hair air dry before brushing. But if combing is really necessary, use a wide-toothed comb instead.
Avoid Drying Hair with a Towel
Some people would vigorously dry their hair after a shower. However, friction can cause more damage to the hair cuticle. An alternative to towel-drying is using a more gentle material, like a cotton t-shirt or a micro-fibre cloth.
When it comes to taking care of heat damaged hair, being gentle is the name of the game. One should start taking care of their hair sooner than later. Including these suggested habits in one’s hair care regimen will help nurse damaged tresses back into shape.