Everyone wants hair as we see in the glossy pages of magazines – ultra smooth and shiny, no kinks and definitely, no split ends! But the reality is that to get hair like that, one has to blow dry, straighten, primp and preen hair, which leads it to become dry and damaged. The heat from both the hair dryer and flat iron strips the hair of essential oils, lipids, and proteins that keep hair healthy, ultimately causing split ends and leaving your hair looking dry, frizzy and brittle.
There are, however, ways to reverse the effects of drying and damage to the hair and restore it back to its natural, glossy health. By changing bad habits, such as blow-drying or straightening hair every day, using good products that will improve the health of your hair, staying out of the sun, and looking after it well, your hair will soon repair itself and return to being shiny and healthy again.
Prevention is better than cure so by changing a few things you do, you can modify the state of your hair. Here are a few ways to prevent your hair from becoming dry and damaged in the first place, and a few tips and tricks for repairing hair that is already dry and damaged.
1. Lose the heat!
Heat causes untold damage to the hair, so the best thing to do to prevent dry and damaged hair is to stop the heat. Hold off on straightening your hair with a flat iron, or using other equipment such as hair dryers, curling tongs, or hot rollers. These items are the primary cause of all the damage, and as soon as you stop adding excess heat to your hair, you will notice a difference in its texture. While it may not produce the super-sleek straight look you require, air-drying your hair is far healthier, and it allows your hair to recover and restore the proteins, oils, and lipids lost from over-heating it.