Have you been walking around with a bunch of straw for a while? Do you notice that your hair breaks quickly after that one paint treatment? You are not alone, many people suffer from damaged hair. You can get this faster than you think, a rough brushing can be enough. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of damaged hair quickly and we understand how incredibly frustrating this is. But can damaged hair be repaired? Yes, of course! Are you completely fed up with dull, damaged hair and do you want to do everything you can to get your hair healthy again? We have set up a step-by-step plan with the aim of repairing damaged hair. With this step-by-step plan you take a step closer to healthy hair. If a step doesn’t quite suit you, you can of course skip it or do it yourself. Enjoy healthy, shiny locks again with this step-by-step plan!
What is damaged hair?
We start with a short explanation about your hair. The outermost layer of your hair is the hair cuticle. These hair cuticles overlap in a downward direction from the roots to the tips. They are, as it were, built up like a roof tile. Hair scales are a good indicator of the health of your hair: with healthy hair, hair scales fit together nicely and the hair is strong, it feels smooth. In damaged hair, the hair cuticles are damaged or missing, which makes your hair feel stiff. The hair scales then no longer fit together nicely, there are ‘holes’ in them through which they open, resulting in porous and vulnerable hair.
Broken hair scales are simply broken hair scales, which unfortunately you cannot repair in one shower. So you prefer that your hair scales remain closed, so that your hair is strong and you retain a beautiful shine. Two of the leading causes of damaged hair are chemically treated hair and styling tools. With a chemical treatment you force the hair cuticles to open so that your hair can, for example, absorb the paint. Damage to the hair cuticles can occur during this process.
How does damaged hair develop?
You can get damaged hair in different ways. Read the following causes, maybe you unconsciously do one of these things without realizing it. Prevention is better than cure, right?
By chemically treated hair we mean hair coloring, hair bleaching, permanent, jetting, etc. Chemical treatment changes the composition of your hair. Building materials that have always kept your hair so strong and firm are interrupted or even removed. This causes your hair to weaken.
Another cause is the use of heat tools, such as a hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron. These high temperatures are not really great for your hair and especially not if you don’t use heat protection. Your hair consists partly of moisture and by using too much or incorrectly with a heat tool you burn the moisture out of your hair. The result: dry hair.
Roughly rubbing your hair dry with a towel, brushing too much / hard, rubber bands with metal pieces or too tight ponytails can also cause damaged hair. But too much sea or pool water dries out your hair. And you may not expect it, but stress or an unbalanced diet can also be a cause of damaged hair.
How can I restore damaged hair?
Then we have finally arrived at the step-by-step plan on how to make damaged hair healthy again. If a step doesn’t quite suit you, you can of course skip it or adjust it so that you can easily fit it into your routine. Let’s do this:
Step 1 – Ask your hairdresser for advice
This one might be a bit obvious… But he/she knows your hair (besides you of course) best and also knows the needs of your hair!
Step 2 – Trim Your Split Ends
Of course you can also have this done at the hairdresser ;). As difficult as it is sometimes to say goodbye to those centimeters, this makes your hair a lot healthier. Split ends can split further and then your hair is already completely written off. Of course you want to avoid that.
Step 3 – Pay close attention to your diet
A varied diet is extremely important, because this feeds your hair with nutrients from the inside. Vitamin and/or iron deficiency causes brittle hair and can even lead to hair loss. Vitamins and minerals are therefore indispensable for healthy hair. For the cell construction of your hair, especially vitamin A is what you need to get. This is found in fish, dairy products, spinach and oranges, among other things. In addition, proteins, iron, vitamins B, D and E are also important. So also eat enough beans, soy, meat, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.
Step 4 – Don’t wash your hair too often
On the one hand, it’s good to clean and condition your hair (always condition it!) because it allows your hair to absorb external nutrients. Washing too often can cause these ingredients to build up (also known as build-ups), which is counterproductive to the health of your hair. Do not wash your hair more than 3 times a week, so that you give the hair enough time to absorb the products well into your hair in the days that you do not wash it.
Step 5 – Use a mild shampoo
And when you wash your hair, use a mild shampoo. In any case, try to purchase a shampoo without SLS, SLES (sulfates), parabens and silicones. These ingredients can dry out your hair. A shampoo ensures that your hair scales open, so that you can clean properly and absorb the ingredients well. That is why it is essential to always use a conditioner to close your hair cuticles. If you only use a shampoo, your hair cuticles will remain open and damage your hair even more.
Step 6 – Feed, feed and feed again
In addition to a shampoo and conditioner, a nourishing mask is essential. Masks nourish and moisturize your hair intensely for softer and stronger hair and provide more intensive care than a conditioner. Use the mask after you have washed your hair with a shampoo, because a shampoo opens your hair scales, the nourishing ingredients can be well absorbed. In addition, a mask also ensures that your hair scales close again, so that your hair feels nice and smooth after use. Use a hair mask about once a week instead of a conditioner.
Step 7 – Always Use a Conditioner
Step 5 already described it: a conditioner is indispensable to get healthy hair again. A conditioner does more than just close your hair cuticles: it nourishes your hair from the inside, makes your hair less static and makes your hair easier to comb. You always use a conditioner after a shampoo. After using the normal conditioner, you can also choose to use a leave-in conditioner. This leaves you in your hair and moisturizes your hair all day long. Replace the conditioner 1x a week for a hair mask.
Step 8 – Rinse your hair with cold water
While using the shampoo, hair mask and/or conditioner, you can wash your hair with plain warm water. Warm water ensures that the hair care products can rinse out of your hair more easily, it degreases better. It is not good to wash your hair very hot, this can damage your hair further. The perfect trick: wash your hair with warm water (so not extreme) and before you want to get out of the shower, turn the tap nice and cold and rinse your hair with it. Cold water causes your hair cuticles to close.