I straighten my hair to make it silky and straight. It looks gorgeous with straight hair and is even effortless to maintain. But straightening hair frequently makes my hair dry and brittle and I think it happens to most of you. Thus, in this post, I will discuss the method that I used to repair my damaged hair.
How To Repair Damaged Hair From Straightening? The primitive and the most effective method to repair damaged hair is to wash it. Because washing hair with shampoo and conditioner provides essential nutrients necessary to put your hair healthy.
So, can you repair your damaged hair only by washing it? Of course, Not! It depends upon the damage and while the damage being severest; you need to treat it critically. You need to use protein, deep-conditioning treatment… and while the condition being worst, you even need to visit hair specialist.
But before we discuss the repairing method, let’s check how you can determine the condition of your damaged hair?
Your hair condition is worst
- If your hair gets greasy like chewing gum while wet & seems brittle while dry
- Dulled shine
- Lack of Moisture
- Your hair tends to lose elasticity
- Split Ends as usual
- The texture doesn’t seem smooth
These are the fundamental factors with the help of which you can determine the level of damage to your hair.
What happens when your hair gets damaged?
When your hair is damaged, you will visualize its changing nature like vanishing silkiness, dryness, rough texture…And above the fold, there is something else more happening to your hair
1. Hair shaft falls out
The hair shaft is the part of hair seen above the skin. Hair shaft comprises three layers – medulla, cortex, and cuticle, which carry out a critical role to prevent dry hair.
If you straighten your hair frequently, it causes the loss of hair shaft. As a result of losing hair shaft, it will expose the inside hair which causes water to evaporate instantly. And as a consequence, it makes your hair dry.
2. Hydrolipidic film vanished
Hydrolipid is a combination of water and lipids which creates thick emulsion between hair and skin. It hydrates your hair. Unfortunately, straightening hair at an intense heat depletes it. As a result, your hair suffers dryness & may also lose its elasticity.
Hydrolipidic film act as a protective barrier. Thus, you must retain it to make your hair healthy.
3. Keratin is all destroyed
Keratin is the protein found naturally at hair strands. It nourishes your hair and provides structure to it.
Excessive use of chemical and high heat depletes it. The consequence of less or no keratin makes your hair dull and dry.
Tips for straightening your hair without damaging it
Straightening damages your hair but it can be minimized. Let’s check it out:
1. Don’t use the straightener on wet hair
If you are straightening your hair consequently after washing it, please stop it. You need to wait for it until it gets dried. You are more likely to damage your hair while straightening on it being wet.
2. Choose the right brush
You need to avoid plastic brushes and use a boar bristle brush. It smoothens your straightening process and provides the best polish.
3. Use heat protectant
Before straightening your hair, you need to use heat protectant moisturizers. These moisturizers protect your hair and prevent frizziness.
Straightening damp hair with moisturizer is more effective.
4. Don’t use high heat
Straightening hair at high heat literally damages it which depletes essential nutrients and lipids necessary for your hair. You will eventually find your hair in the worst case.
You need to straighten your hair with mild heat. Thus, your hair looks healthy even after straightening it.
How To Repair Damaged Hair From Straightening?
You have identified that your hair is damaged. And you must treat it before its too late. Isn’t it?
Unfortunately, the worst damaged hair can’t be completely repaired. But the ultimate solution is that you can improve the damage to make it look appealing.
You can treat your hair by following ways:
1. Cut the dry end
Dry end of damaged hair is always frizzy. Sometimes you might also notice the split end. Frizzy and Split end degrade the shape and condition of hair.
It can be treated by trimming its end. Trimming the end rejuvenates new hair making it look hydrated and healthy.
2. Use Moisturizing protein
Once, your hair lacks protein; it looks dull and dry. For that to overcome, you must use moisturizing protein. You can find moisturizing protein in deep conditioner, shampoo, hair mask, and treatment. You can use any product, but the best is the one that contains more herbal ingredients.
These moisturizers hydrate your hair and provide necessary nutrients to make it look hydrated.
3. Hair mask
You can use the hair mask to prevent further damages. It has a great hold to your hair to make it look shiny and hydrated.
This is one of the DIY to repair your damaged hair at home. For this DIY, you will need apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and egg.
- Firstly, you need to mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Add the white part of an egg to it. Roughly, you can add up to 3 eggs to it
- Mix it well
- Now apply it to your head
- Cover your head for about 3o minutes
- Finally, rinse your hair
This mask will surely make your hair softer and provides some glow to it.
4. Repair damaged hair with avocado and other essential Oils
Avocado essentially moisturizes your scalp and promotes hair growth.
You can also use an avocado mask to repair your damaged hair. For this mask, you will need one ripe avocado, a few drops of olive and lavender oil, and honey.
- Firstly, peel ripe avocado and remove the pit. Make a juice of it by grinding it.
- Make a paste by adding a few drops of water
- Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil and honey. Olive oil prevents further damage while honey makes your hair stronger
- Add a few drops of lavender oil which provides a nice fragrance
- Make a good paste and apply to your damaged part of your hair
- Cover it with a shower cap for about 30 minutes
- Rinse it
5. Healthy food
Indeed, food also helps to repair your damaged hair. You need to intake protein and vitamin-enriched foods. Some foods that help to repair hair are:
Some Related Questions
Can fried hair be repaired?
Sometimes, you need to shave the damaged part of the hair to rejuvenate it, and it is almost impossible. Thus, the possible solution is to use treatments and conditioner to prevent further damages.
Heat Damaged Hair Symptoms?
Some of the symptoms of heat damaged hair are:
- Dry hair
- Brittle hair
- Split end
- Hair fall
Will Keratin Treatment repair damaged hair?
Keratin treatment repairs damaged hair. It provides essential nutrients to your hair. But it is not as effective as natural keratin present in your hair strands.
You can repair damaged hair by using deep conditioners, shampoo, treatment and hair mask. But these are the temporary solution. Once, your hair is damaged, it is kind of impossible to get back to it in its original form unless you shave your hair. Thus, you must take precautions before straightening it.
As a precaution, you need to decrease the hair straightening frequency, use thermal protection, moisturizers…
This the best way I can explain to repair your damaged hair.
Hope you like it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!