Our hair is our crowning glory and most of us care deeply about it. However, just to make it look its very best, we expose it to a range of harsh chemicals, such as colorants and perms, and we treat it with heat products, all of which are damaging to our hair. Not just that, exposure to the sun and to various chemicals such as chlorine is also very damaging. It is, therefore, almost inevitable to have brittle, porous, dull and dry hair, particularly if your hair is naturally quite fine. If you were to go to a salon, they are likely to tell you that the only solution is to actually snip your hair off. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to repair some of the damage.
1. Keep It Clean
It is absolutely vital that you keep your hair clean. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean washing it every day. Because of the various chemicals in shampoos and conditioners, our hair actually starts building up a film of chemicals, meaning our hair is never truly clean. Stick to organic products as much as possible, wash your hair less often (once a week should be your goal), and consider a no-poo product. To remove the existing build up, consider doing an apple cider vinegar rinse, if you can stand the smell.
2. Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Although heat treatments and chemical dies are bad for your hair, one of the greatest causes of hair damage is the sun. You must make sure that your hair is fully protected from the damaging UV-A and UV-B rays, which will make its color fade (including your natural color) and will leave your hair dry and brittle. Protect your hair by hydrating it regularly. Macadamia nut is particularly good for this, and you may want to consider buying some organic macadamia nut oil to treat it after a day out in the sun.
3. Use Conditioners Properly
Finally, you need to condition your hair properly. Always choose organic products, again to stop the chemicals from actually damaging your hair even more. It is recommended to condition your hair with every wash, and to use a deep conditioner every three washes, which you must leave in for around 10 minutes. You may also want to consider a leave in conditioner, which will guarantee that you leave it on your hair long enough to actually have a conditioning effect on it.
In conclusion, there is no magical solution for repairing what is already broken. All you can really do with your hair is make sure that no further damage occurs, and that your hair is given a chance to focus on regenerating, rather than protecting itself. By removing harsh chemicals from your daily hair care routine, by protecting your hair from the sun and by giving your locks some regular TLC, you should see your hair regain its natural shine and luster quite quickly. And this means you don’t have to lose your length either.