How to Repair Damaged Hair

If your hair doesn't look and feel as silky and soft as it used to, it could be your own doing. Cheap shampoos and conditioners, coloring products and hot styling tools can leave your hair looking dull and feeling brittle. Learning how to repair damaged hair doesn't have to be complicated. You just might have to make a few adjustments to your hair-care routine.

Hair products

If you're washing your hair with a shampoo and a conditioner that you saw advertised on TV or in a magazine, consider throwing them out along with all the mousses, gels and serums that promised to repair your hair. Most of these products have an alcohol basis, and alcohol dries out hair.

Start from scratch by taking a trip to a health food store that stocks items for personal grooming. Look for an organic shampoo and conditioner especially designed for dry and damaged hair. If you don't have this type of store in your neighborhood, research organic hair products online. As soon as you make the switch, you'll notice a difference. Your hair will get better and better over time.

Once you've decided on a shampoo and a conditioner, buy a hair mask (a hair moisturizing treatment) from the same manufacturer. A hair mask will do wonders for your hair. To start, use the mask once a week. After about two or three weeks, switching to twice a month should keep your hair in good shape.

To combat frizzy hair, don't reach for a bottle that promises frizz control. All you need is a tiny bit of olive oil, or, even better, sweet almond oil. If you're not sure where to find almond oil, search online for the brand Solar Oil. Originally, this type of oil was meant to feed and repair dry nails and cuticles, but it also works wonders on hair. Two drops is enough to calm even the frizziest hair without giving it a greasy look.

Hair tools

Give all your hair styling tools a break. Stop blow-drying your hair, stop styling it with hot rollers and don't use a flat iron. All those heating tools rob your hair of its natural oils, leading to damage. If you feel you must blow-dry your hair, choose the coolest setting.

Your brush and your comb are equally important to the condition of your hair. Styling your hair with a ceramic brush is not the best thing to do. Using a brush made from boar's hair is a much kinder choice for your hair and will give you smoother results. When combing your hair, the wider the teeth of the comb, the better.

Hair nutrition

Give your hair an extra hand in staying in peak condition by watching your diet. Hair needs protein, vitamins and minerals, all of which can be found in nuts, meat, veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs and other healthy food choices.

Repairing damaged hair might also involve an appointment at the hair salon. Even though gentle care and a sensible diet will improve the condition of your hair, split ends unfortunately don't repair themselves. If you don't get the split ends snipped off, the hair will split further over time, ruining the look of your style.

Keep in mind that repairing damaged hair takes time. However, once you make a start and then manage to keep up the good work, it won't be too long before you can see and feel the difference.

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