How damaged is your hair? Yes, I’m talking to you. Let’s be honest. I have some idea...
You had a venti latte, and got on a YouTube bender. You decided to save some money by coloring/relaxing/installing your own extensions, cutting your bangs with kitchen shears.
I get it. I’ve been there myself, but how do you protect your textured hair from the hazards and damage of DIY?
- Use a protectant before you heat style. It helps seal the cuticle, helping protect moisture from evaporating.
- Try to give your hair frequent breaks from constant heat styling.
- Use the best tools you can afford and work with the lowest temperature that gets the job done.
- Air-drying is best and finding ways to work that into your daily routine will keep your hair from getting damaged
- Apply a hair oil as often as needed to help infuse hydration back into heat damaged hair
Free Your Mane's Restorative Hair Oil is the best-reviewed hydrating heat protectant for all textured hair types.
- If your hair is textured its likely to be more fragile then others types of hair. Even if you do plunge in, don’t go it alone… there are professional ways to protect your hair.
- Apply a deep conditioner after every chemical treatment—including hair color, perming, relaxing, keratin straightening! If it’s got chemicals, you’ve got damage. Your hairdresser knows it. Now you know it, too.
- Be gentle when handling your hair. Detangling should be done carefully with a wide toothed comb and understand that wet hair is at it most delicate; use a detangling conditioner.
- When drying use a tee shirt or a flat weave towel instead of a rough terry towel. Squeeze the moisture out of your hair in the direction of the growth instead of tousling.
So the damage is done. What now?
- Deep conditioning treatments are great. Choose one made especially for your hair type and boost its effect with heat, steam or a cap.
- Apply conditioner to damp hair at night, braid it and go to sleep. Wash it out in the morning, and hair will feel so much better!
- Use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo that won’t strip your hair of natural oils.
- Get a trim. Your hair will be and look so much healthier after you have those damaged ends trimmed off that you wont even miss the length.
Get Professional Help!
Hair dressers are called ‘professionals’ for a reason. They have training that can help you make the right decisions about your hair. Please consult with one you trust next time you’re over-caffeinated. It’ll cost you less in the long run if you don’t have to repair a lot of damage.
Lastly remember, we’re often our own worst critics. Other people probably don’t see your split ends the way you do – they’re thinking about your winning smile and your charming personality.
So until your gorgeous locks are back, go out into the world with confidence and love and it will be reflected back to you.