There are many reasons why hair becomes damaged. Although chemical treatments like bleaching, perming and straightening are often primary culprits, hot hair tools can also wreck havoc with gentle hair cuticles. Overexposure to sun, salt and chlorine can also do significant damage.
Prevention is always the best policy. Unfortunately many people reading this article have already suffered the agonies of damaged or unhealthy hair.
Intensive Conditioning Treatments
If you already have damaged hair then it is time for intensive treatments to turn the tide for your bruised cuticles. Although several suggested treatments are listed, select the options that work best for the amount of damage your hair has sustained.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
As a minimum damaged hair needs deep conditioning treatments. Whether you go to your favorite salon or spa for a treatment, buy an off-the-shelf product or whip up your own recipe, you will need to do intensive conditioning treatments at least once a week. If your hair is severely damaged then you may want to consider treating your hair two or three times a week until your hair starts to show significant recovery.
Salon treatments vary in cost and usually involve the application of a healing hair masque or deep conditioning product followed by several minutes sitting under a hood dryer. Heat encourages the moisturizing ingredients to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft.
There are lots of great products that will provide deep conditioning treatments right in your shower.
Some of my favorite include Phytokarite (for seriously damaged hair) Phytologie's PHYTOMOELLE or Phytologie's PHYTHEROSE.
Moisturize From The Inside Out
Hair vitamins will help the overall health of your hair by providing a boost of minerals and nutrients. Besides feeding the hair with vitamins, minerals and amino acids you can crank up the moisture by adding daily essential fatty acid (EFA) supplements. Flax seed is a great EFA that softens hair and skin.
Drinking enough water every day is another significant way to lubricate damaged or excessively dry hair. Drink plenty of liquids like herbal teas, fruit juices, or sport drinks. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee, and colas as they cause dehydration to your hair and skin. Remember to apply sunscreen to your hair before every outing, and re-apply after swimming.
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- Revised Date: 09/07/11
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