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Hair Renewal Tips on How to Replenish Dry and Damaged Hair

There is no shortage of products that claim to heal, restore, and repair dry or damaged hair. Shampoos, conditioners, and serums all promise hair reborn, but the sad truth is that there is no way to heal dry, damaged hair. 


Before we start looking at the solutions available to achieve beautiful hair, here are facts that men and women need to know about human hair:


  • The hair is not a living tissue hence it does not have the ability to regenerate. It does not have the ability to heal itself when damaged. 
  • The hair has no connections to the nervous system, circulatory system or any living cells. 
  • The secret to keeping hair looking lively, healthy, and beautiful is by the use and application of conditioners, serums, oils, and hydrolysed proteins. However, these haircare products wear off after washing. Your hair will revert to its dry, and damaged state. 
  • Haircare products that are well-formulated can greatly improve the texture and appearance of the hair. They can also offset previous damage with ingredients that protect the hair strands from external stressors. In order to maintain beautiful hair, one must routinely use and apply these haircare products. 


Now that we have the facts straight, let’s move on to understanding the causes of dry, damaged hair. 


What Causes Dry, Damaged Hair?


Most of us complain about our hair feeling and looking dry. But according to skin experts, there is no such thing as dry hair. The proper term for hair strands that feel dry is damaged. Since hair is not a living tissue, it does not get thirsty, but is instead damaged. Existing haircare solutions can only do so much as making them appear temporarily healthy. On the other hand, dry scalp is a real issue. 


The hair comes in a wide array of textures ranging from coarse, curly, kinky, and fine - ‘Dry hair’ is not a hair type or characteristic per se. In order for us to gain better understanding of damaged hair, we need to know about its structure and function. 


The hair is made up of three layers:


  • Medulla -  the inner fibre
  • Cortex -  the middle fibre
  • Cuticle - the outer fibre


When hair becomes damage, the cuticle raises, chips, or becomes more fragile. Also, they become more brittle, easily tangles, and loses its moisture resulting in hair lacking in lustre and shine. 


Since our hair is not a living tissue, it can dehydrate and become damaged easily. Both internal and external stressors can cause hair to become damaged. Frequent hair processing treatments such as colouring and texturizing can result in hair losing its moisture. Over processed or overtreated hair can become brittle especially when not conditioned regularly. 


Once damage has been done to the hair, the problem becomes irreversible. Damaged hair is characterised by poor elasticity, easy breakage, and splitting. Split ends cannot be repaired by application of products. The only way to treat split ends is by removing or cutting them before they split farther up the roots of the hair. 


Split ends can infect other hair strands. If you want to achieve healthy and shiny hair, it is a must to trim the hair regularly. Do not hold onto your split ends just because you don’t want to lose length. According to experts, not trimming split ends actually contribute to short and unhealthy-looking hair. 


A Healthy Diet Helps Battle Dry, Damaged Hair


The lack of nutrients we obtain from diet is a major cause of hair breakage. It is crucial to consume healthy food items that are beneficial to the hair.  Foods that are rich in zinc and iron are good for people suffering from hair loss. Eat protein-rich foods such as beans, nuts, and leafy greens for faster hair growth and reduced risk of hair loss or shedding. Consuming healthy fats such as nuts, avocados and coconut oil, and other food items that are rich in essential fatty acids help solve brittle hair. 


Here are Tips on How to “Fix” Dry, Damaged Hair


  • Be Careful when Using Heating Tools on Your Hair


Hair styling tools such as curling iron, blow dryer, and flat iron work great in transforming unruly hair into beautiful waves, curls, and sleek-straight goodness. But using these tools also has a downside since they utilise heat to make your hair looking luscious, beautiful, and healthy. 


Excessive and improper use of these heating tools can result in heat damage. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is setting the temperature too high when styling. If you have fine or thin hair, it is best to use heat styling tools at mid-range temperature only. If you are having a good hair day, you may want to skip the use of these heating tools altogether to allow your hair to rest and recover. 


  • Always Handle Wet Hair with Care


The hair is most fragile when it’s wet. The potential for damage increases when the hair is not only wet but also fine or curly. Handle your hair with utmost care when wet. Use wide-tooth comb when brushing wet hair to avoid breakage, fallouts, and tangles. After washing your hair, try to avoid rubbing your hair vigorously against the towel. Instead, gently blot your hair with a fluffy towel to avoid friction that can stress the hair and make it vulnerable to damage. Never secure your hair with elastic bands when wet as this can cause breakage, hair tangles, split ends, and fallouts. 


  • Use Well-Formulated Hair Masks 

Hair masks add extra conditioning to damaged hair. Well-formulated hair masks contain ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, and oils that deeply moisturise the hair strands. These at-home hair treatments are thicker than traditional conditioners and are meant to soak into the hair after 10 to 15 minutes. 


The conditioning agents in masks fill in the spaces, nicks, and gaps caused by damaged hair. You need to find a mask that is formulated according to your specific hair type. There are masks for fine hair, colour-treated hair, unruly hair and so on. Ideally, hair masks should be applied onto hair two to three times a week for best results. 


  • Invest on Salon Treatments


There are cases when rich hair masks are not enough to solve dry, damaged hair. When hair masks and deep conditioning solutions stop working, it’s time for you to entrust your hair to professionals. In-salon hair treatments are known to contain the highest concentration of active ingredients that can “fix” dry, damaged hair. Professional salon treatments are meant to treat any type of hair damage. Whether you have over-processed hair or brittle hair, a simple application of these treatments by a professional will bring back the shine, lustre, and moisture back into your hair. 


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