The Road to Recovery: Tips to Protect Your Hair
Posted by Casey Nicole on July 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM
Is your hair feeling a little brittle lately? With constant heat-styling and damaging chlorine from the pool, it's no wonder our hair is feeling less than beautiful right now. It's never too late to get back on track with hair care and if you follow these tips you'll be loving your locks in no time.
Go a Shade Darker
If you’re a hair dye addict like myself, you know just how damaging the constant coloring can be. One simple tip is to go a shade darker next time you dye. When you highlight or lighten your natural color, you’re stripping and weakening the hair. When you go a shade darker, you’re actually putting pigment back into your hair, strengthening it. This won’t change your look dramatically, but your hair will appear and feel a bit healthier.
Go Easy On Heat
We’ve all heard this one, but we might not understand the damage too much heat causes our hair. If you start drying your hair while it’s still sopping wet using maximum heat you’re risking “bubble hair.” Basically, the water that is in your hair doesn’t evaporate, but instead creates bubbles inside the hair shaft weakening its structure. Too much heat is definitely the cause for severely brittle hair. If you can, let your hair air dry completely or at least somewhat before grabbing the blow dryer. Then start with a low setting before gradually increasing the heat.
Over-shampooing has a negative effect on both your hair and budget. Too much shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and leaves it unbalanced. For best results, apply shampoo to your roots only and only slowly and sparingly to the ends of your hair. Do the opposite with conditioner. You only need it on your ends to keep them moisturized since they lack the natural oils found near your roots.
Wet Hair before Swimming
I remember seeing signs at my neighborhood swimming pool as a child that stated to shower before swimming. Honestly, I never followed them nor understood the reasoning behind them. Now, I understand the importance of at least wetting your hair before taking a dip. The chlorine and other chemicals in the water are damaging for your hair, but if you’re strands are pre-soaked they’ll soak up fewer chemicals.
Sleep on Silk
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is not only great for your skin, it prevents wrinkles, but it protects your hair, too. Every night your hair is getting tangled up as you toss and turn, but a silk pillowcase gives hair a smooth surface it won’t get bunched up on. Even better, pull hair back into a loose braid or pony; you’ll wake up with hair less like a lion’s mane and more like a beauty queen’s.
How do you protect your hair? Leave a comment and let us know!