Why Is Your Hair Getting Damaged & How To Fix It?
If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, losing hair is not a nice or pleasant sight. Neither is having damaged hair. While being bald would be much worse, nobody likes to see their strands splitting and breaking off. I know I immediately get all frustrated and stressed at the mere thought of this, and I’m guessing that my readers are no different.
There is one thing that bothers me the most, though. It seems that, no matter how hard we try, we cannot prevent the damage of our strands. That makes me wonder. Is this something that we should just accept and make peace with because it’s the way nature works, or is it something that we should try and prevent at all costs because we are the ones to blame?
I know this fact can be challenging to accept, but the truth is that we are the ones to blame. However, when you think about it, this is a much better scenario than the one in which our hair is naturally doomed to get damaged all the time. Do you know why it is a better scenario? This should be a no-brainer. Since we are the ones responsible for the damage, we are also the ones who can fix this and prevent it from happening.
Reasons Behind Damaged Hair
After finding out that you are directly responsible for your split and broken hair, you will probably get curious about what you are doing to cause this. Figuring out the cause is the first step towards changing some harmful habits and preventing further damage. This is the right way to think, and you should be proud of yourself for stepping up, taking responsibility, and looking for ways to change the situation for the better.
To be able to change the situation for the better, you will need to learn about the reasons behind your damaged hair. As we have already determined, your very own actions are the most significant cause. Now it’s time to see which specific actions cause the not-so-nice-looking splits and breaks on your strand. Determining the actions is the first step towards prevention.
#1 Wrong Brushing Routine
One of the biggest reasons for your hair getting damaged is the wrong brushing routine you might have. I bet you have probably heard that you should brush your hair often and, frankly, sometimes you need to do that because it gets all tangled up and untidy. The harsh truth is, though, that too much brushing can do you more harm than good. I recommend brushing only when you have to and make sure to learn how to do it the right way, i.e., start from the ends and slowly progress towards the roots.
The same goes for brushing your hair while it is wet. I don’t know if you were aware of it, but this is a huge no-no. Your wet strands are highly elastic, which means that they are most likely to split and break. I’m sure you have noticed that brushing can get difficult while your hair is wet, and that should be your first sign to stop. Why would you do something that’s obviously harmful and also difficult, when you can wait for a while and brush when your strands get drier?
The key is to be gentle to your hair, and you are not exactly gentle while tucking and pulling your wet strands, trying to detangle them only to find one side getting all tangled up again while you are brushing the other side. I’m sure that you can see the futility behind this endeavor. If you think that something is causing the damage, you should check out some more possible reasons for your hair loss.
#2 Using Heat On Dirty Hair
I bet we have all had our fair share of not knowing how to style our dirty hair. Sometimes, you are simply in a rush, you don’t have time to wash it, but you need to do something to look presentable. I get it, I do. We have all been there, and we have all done one thing or another to style it as quickly as possible. Most likely, curling iron or a similar heat-based tool is your go-to option in these cases.
While these tools do allow you to style your hair perfectly even if it isn’t exactly clean, I have some terrible news. This is among the biggest reasons why you see so many damaged strands on your head. If you cannot stop doing this for good, you should at least try to bring this activity to a minimum. Plus, make sure to use a heat protectant in the process, so that you also try and bring the damage to a minimum.
#3 Using Harsh, Cotton Towels
Let’s be completely honest here. You have probably never even thought of not using a towel after washing your hair. You need something to dry it with, and a towel seems like the most logical choice because, well, it’s one of its primary purposes. Believe it or not, it’s also one of the best ways to break your strands, and I’m pretty sure that you don’t want that.
Your mane is most vulnerable when wet, and those harsh, cotton towels can easily break it. I know that this might sound unusual to you, but you would be much better off ditching those towels and replacing them with something softer. You can, for example, use a plain, old cotton T-shirt, because it will be much more pleasant while also being able to dry your strands. Of course, you could also always go shopping for a microfiber towel if you want to give your hair the “royalty” treatment.
How To Fix This
I have given you some tips above on how to prevent your strands from splitting and breaking, but that probably didn’t address all your issues. For example, you are probably curious about what to do when your hair is already damaged? The truth is that we are bound to make one mistake or another that leads to splits and breaks, and sometimes we simply cannot avoid those mistakes. Is there a way, however, to get this fixed without cutting your damaged ends? Luckily, the answer to the above question is the one that you will definitely like. There is a way to repair damaged hair fast without going to your stylist and cutting the ends. There are more ways to do it, but you’ll need to be somewhat determined and willing to solve it. If you aren’t determined, all you will be doing is waste your money on specific products without seeing any improvement whatsoever.
So, the first thing you need to do is build up willingness and determination. After you have done that, you will need to do some research on what can help repair your damaged strands. You will find many products out there claiming to be able to fix this in no time, but I suggest you think twice before buying one of those. Not all products can be that good, and remember to look for something with natural ingredients. Let us take a look at some of the ingredients and products that can help.
#1 Olive Oil
Unsurprisingly, olive oil is the first on this list of ingredients that can help repair your broken strands. The best part is, this product works in two different ways towards the same goal. For starters, you can apply it topically by warming it up just a little bit and rubbing it in your scalp and all over your hair. Make sure not to overdo it with the warming up, though. We don’t want you screaming and getting burns on your scalp.
As I have mentioned, olive oil works another way too. We all know that it is healthy, but we all tend to neglect it for some reason. It’s time to stop neglecting it, if not for your general health, then for your hair’s health. Start replacing the traditional oil you use when preparing your food with olive oil, and you will see an improvement in the health of your mane. Remember, beauty comes from the inside.
Now, here’s something you might be surprised with because telling you to put eggs on your mane can sound weird. It will only sound strange if you aren’t familiar with one crucial fact regarding your hair. One of the reasons it gets damaged is because it lacks protein. Surprise, surprise – eggs are full of proteins!
You can whip some eggs, add some shampoo to it to improve the texture (and the smell) and get a highly powerful hair mask. Rub it into your mane and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes before washing it. Do this a couple of times a week, and you are sure to see some improvement. Of course, don’t also forget to include eggs in your diet routine since it can influence the level of proteins in your body, which, in turn, has a positive effect on your hair.
There are so many things that you can do to repair your dry, damaged mane, including the list of the ones at WebMD, that you can have no excuse for those splits and breaks. Butter is one of the ingredients that do wonders for this type of strands, and if you haven’t heard about it before, it’s time to get acquainted with the fact that butter can repair splits and breaks. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is amazing.
Here’s what you have to do. Simply melt a spoonful or two of butter depending on your mane’s length and apply it. You should cover your head with something to prevent this from dripping and stay that way for around half an hour before washing the butter off. As I have previously mentioned, a determination is a key to repairing your mane, so you’ll need to repeat this weekly if you want to see results.
#4 Repair And Growth Products
If you are not that inclined to use things like eggs and butter on your mane, you have probably already started thinking about buying certain products to do the trick. This is also a great idea, but I have to warn you to be careful about which products you are using. There are so many good ones on the market, but there are also those designed only to sell and sell fast, without your best interest at heart.
Plus, you might not exactly be sure what kinds of products to search for when you want to fix your damaged strands. Let me teach you what to do. Search for repair and growth products, because those will not only affect your damaged strands and try to restore them but also stimulate the growth of new strands, making your hair thicker in the process. I’m pretty sure that you have nothing against that, do you?
As mentioned, you will need to be cautious when shopping for these products because, unsurprisingly, you want what’s best for your hair. That’s why you will need to make sure that you are buying the repair and growth products from reliable and trustworthy suppliers who aren’t just looking to sell their goods, but who are also looking to help you with the issues you are having. Make sure to do some more thorough research on the different manufacturers and suppliers and their specific products, and you’ll be able to find the perfect one.