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Conditioning Magic: How to Undo Damages by Heat, Hair Care Products

If you’re feeling frustrated with brittle hair, split ends or other hair styling woes, it’s time to make a change. 

While some women believe their hair’s condition is a matter of genetics, the truth is that many are actually damaging their hair day after day without even realising it.

If you can figure out the root of your hair’s condition, it’s possible to improve or even reverse the damage. Learn more about proper hair care and products to make sure you’re getting your hair’s best look every day.

Hair care isn’t just about shampoo and conditioner. It’s about all the things you do on a regular basis that affect your hair’s health and appearance. Taking stock of your routine will help to identify problem areas so you can make smarter choices.
How to Undo Damages by Hair Care Products and Heat 

The following are some of the most common issues that could be causing damage to your hair.

  • Color/Treatment: It’s not just dyes that damage hair. Getting highlights and other treatments for your hair (like relaxers or perms) also requires myriad chemicals, so it’s no surprise that these processes cause some damage.
  • Heat: The word is spreading about how much heat can damage hair. Blasting your hair with a blow dryer and then following it up with curling irons and flat irons set to hundreds of degrees will fry your hair over time by stripping it of its natural oils.
  • Towel Drying: When it comes to drying your hair, heat is the main culprit of damage. But there’s a less widely recognized cause of damage when you’re trying to get your locks dry after a shower: your towel. If you’re rubbing your hair with a fluffy terry cloth towel before twisting it up into a turban, you’re only adding to the damage.
  • Brushing: Brushing only helps your hair look better if you use the right products. Brushes with wiry bristles can damage and break your hair, or add a frizzy look.
  • Products: When you use low-quality products, they are more likely to leave residue on your hair. Problems can also occur when you’re piling on too many products day after day without taking time to wash them out properly.
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, stress, and poor eating habits can make tresses more prone to breakage and can even dull your hair’s appearance.

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Here’s another look at those common issues, this time with the solutions for your hair damage woes.

  • Color/Treatment: Talk to your stylist about your hair damage concerns before getting any type of highlights, color, or treatments. He or she can direct you towards protective treatments to help strengthen your hair, like elasticizers and scalp masks.
  • Heat: A good starting point for undoing this damage is to stop blow-drying your hair when it’s still dripping wet. You’ll cause less damage by cutting down heat drying time. In addition, avoid keeping your blow dryer on the hottest setting, and follow the instructions for how far away it should be kept from your tresses while drying (usually 6 to 8 inches). Direct the airflow down the hair shaft to tame frizziness.
  • Towel Drying: Rather than roughing up your hair follicles with a terry cloth towel, you should use a soft and ultra-absorbent microfiber towel to blot moisture from your hair slowly and carefully. Then, let your hair naturally air-dry for a while before styling with any type of heat.
  • Brushing: The best brushes are made with soft, natural bristles. The flexibility of the bristles is gentler on your hair while still getting tangles out effectively. When just stepping out of the shower, use a wide-tooth comb to decrease damage since your hair is most prone to breakage when wet.
  • Products: Stop buying the cheap stuff from the drugstore and turn to natural, healthy hair care products. Rather than leaving buildup in your hair, these products will help to revitalize your locks while still being extra-gentle on each strand. Plus, the purest, most natural ingredients are more effective, so you’ll get great results by using just a small amount of product.
  • Lifestyle: Quit the smoking habit, find ways to de-stress, and start eating a healthy diet. As you can imagine, this is going to have quite a few positive side effects besides creating healthier hair. But it’s definitely a bonus that your hair will start to have a silkier, shinier appearance as a result.

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