My hair has suffered from having children. After giving birth, I lost a lot and my hair has been frizzy and dry ever since. As I looked in the mirror, it became clear that my damaged hair needed some TLC. I wanted to share some tips with you to help restore my shiny locks.
8 Ways to Reduce Hair Damage
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1. Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
You strip your scalp and hair of essential oils every time you wash it. Hair that is dry is more susceptible to damage and breakage. To avoid hair damage, keep your hair’s washing time to a minimum. If you are one of those people who says “my hair gets so oily, I have to wash my hair every other day”, I recommend you invest in a dry shampoo (I love Refresh Care from Dove). This will give you more time between washes.
To avoid hair damage, I wash my hair every four to five days. To give my hair texture and hold, I will braid it or put it in a topknot if it feels oily. Ponydry is also a great hair product that allows you to wash your roots and keeps your ends dry.
2. Hair is easily damaged by water
Hair bonds are weakened when they get wet. It is important to be gentle with your hair during this stage in order to avoid damage. To comb through wet hair, use a wide-toothed brush and don’t pull or tear at tangles. Towel drying is a good idea. Instead of rubbing your hair in the towel, squeeze out any excess water. My hair was also allowed to air dry for at least 10 minutes before I began blow drying it. This allows the hair to dry naturally and strengthens itself. It also cuts down on drying time.
To avoid further tangling and tangles, brush your hair before you go to the shower.
3. Avoid SLS and Harsh Detergents
Shampoos and cleansers commonly contain sodium lauryl sulfurate (SLS) detergent, which is used to remove dirt and oil. The problem? Dry hair is more susceptible to damage, and can lead to hair loss. To avoid damaged hair, I use a good sulfate free shampoo. Although SLS-free shampoos may not foam as well, switching to gentler shampoos has made a big difference in my hair’s health. It feels softened and my hair loses less. My favorite SLS-free shampoo/conditioner combo is from the Avon Elastine Propolithera line. It makes my hair feel silky smooth and smells amazing!
4. Reduce heat styling
As a teenager, I never took the time to blow dry my hair or heat style it. Now that I don’t have much time to do my hair, I have learned how to style it without flat ironing or blow drying my hair. This saves me time and saves my hair. Braids or updos are great for avoiding heat styling. Use a heat protector spray if you must heat your hair. As an added bonus, some heat protectants can also reduce the drying time of hair.
5. Attention To Tight Ponytails
My mother was a strict woman growing up. She wanted me to have my hair down. My mother would put my hair in a ponytail, then tighten it with an elastic. This gave me a quick facelift at 9 years old. I still pull my hair in a ponytail, or topknot using an elastic to this day. These styles can be time-saving, but they can also cause hair breakage or hair loss. Your hair is constantly rubbing against the elastic and being pulled back tight.
Make sure to not pull your hair too tight when styling your hair in a ponytail, or any other style that requires you to tie it back. Instead of using an elastic to secure your ponytail, topknot or hairstyle, consider using bobby pins. You don’t have to use hair elastics if you aren’t averse to them. Hair can catch on the edge of the metal, rub it against it and then break. To reduce damage and tangling, you can opt for silk-covered scrunchies/hair cords. These Gummiband hair-cords for ponytails are my favorite – they are super soft on hair and adorable! You should also get rid of any broken brushes while you’re brushing your hair.
6. Avoid Too Much Colour-Treat
No matter how gentle or nourishing a dye claims to be, it can still cause hair damage. My gray hair is so long that it’s hard to avoid dying. I try to limit the amount of time between hair dye jobs, usually every 5-6 weeks. This helps prevent hair from getting damaged. You may feel the need to do a root touch-up more often than dying your entire hair. This ensures that you only treat the regrowth and not the ends or middle of your hair, which may have been damaged by previous dying.
You can also use root-covering sprays or powders to cover your roots for the day (I love Clairol’s root touch up powder!)
7. Hair Mask and Chill
Although I have been putting off these hair masks lately, it can be a great addition to your hair care routine. A hair mask that targets dry or damaged hair will moisturize and strengthen the hair for the coming week. My hair is now so dull that it shines less than it did before a hair mask.
Tip: Apply your hair mask evenly from root to tip with a wide-toothed brush.
My current hair mask comes from the Ouai haircare line. It was a sample that I received in an Ipsy bag and I absolutely love it!
8. Keep away from the Sun
Your hair can also be damaged by the UV rays. Even though I try to avoid the sun as much as possible, I recommend that you wear a hat if you plan on spending a day outdoors. Many brands offer SPF products to protect your hair from the sun, as sun protection is essential nowadays.