The more damaged your hair is, the more bad hair days you will have. Damaged hair, with its frizz and lifelessness, is not going to look good, no matter what you try to do with it. You have to treat the damaged hair and get it back into shape before you try to style it. You could always cut off the damaged hair and start over, but that is extreme. You can help your hair in many ways before resorting to getting a crew cut.
Styling Tool Tips
You can attribute much of the damage to your hair to your blow dryer, straightener, hot rollers or curling iron. Before using any kind of appliance with heat, protect your hair by applying a thermal protector, a product that products hair from heat. Thermal protectors work by using heat-absorbing polymers that will evenly distribute the heat, so that one area does not get overly damaged, according to the Salon Web website.
When you blow dry your hair, direct the air down from the roots to the ends. This means holding the nozzle of the blow dryer above your head. Sometimes, sitting down will make this easier on your arms, says Barbara Lhotan, a Paul Mitchell premiere educator, on the Hair Boutique website. Another blow-drying tip is to divide your hair into sections that are 2-to-4 inches wide and coordinate your blow-drying with a brush. Use a paddle brush to get straight hair, a round brush for volume or use a diffuser attachment for curls. Take your time, because a rushed job can lead to frizz. If you want curly hair, do not finger scrunch it until it is dry to avoid frizz.
You can buy deep conditioning hot oil products at the drugstore that you can use weekly. Start with damp hair, apply the product and leave it on overnight. Wash it with a gentle shampoo the next day. If you shampoo your hair right after the hot oil treatment, you will not receive much benefit, according to the Free Beauty Tips website. You can also use ingredients you may have at home to condition your hair, such as mayonnaise, avocado and egg. You can also use coconut suntan oil on your damp hair. After applying, wrap your head in a towel or some plastic cling wrap and wear it for as long as you can. Wash out with a moisturizing shampoo. Jojoba oil is also good to use to condition your hair.
Wet Hair Tips
Try not to shampoo your hair every day, because this strips your hair of its natural oils, according to the Target Woman website. When you do shampoo, do not pile all your hair on top of your head, because this causes tangles. Pat your hair dry; do not wring it or rub or it vigorously because this could cause breakage. Use a wide-tooth, good-quality plastic comb (one without seams) to comb your wet hair. Let your hair dry naturally when you can.
Going Out In the Sun
Wear a hat if you will be out in the sun. You can also apply a conditioner that has SPF protection in it or use a protecting spray.
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