If you’ve ever started styling your hair in the morning and been shocked by how weak and dull it appears, or by the number of split ends, then you probably have damaged your hair with chemicals.
Unfortunately, many of the commercially available hair products contain an abundance of chemicals. They may help to clean your hair but they will also strip the protective layer and damage your hair.
Some of the most common chemicals that you should avoid are:
There are others but these are the ones you’ll most commonly find in hair products and they are likely to cause damage to your hair. That’s why it’s better to search for a natural product, such as one from the K18 range. It’s the first step in repairing chemically damaged hair: stop using the chemicals causing the damage.
Match Your Hair Type
There is a reason why there are so many different types of shampoo on the market, they’re designed for different types of hair. The shampoos that work best on oily hair are not effective on dry hair. You need to choose a shampoo that matches your hair type.
If you’ve already damaged your hair with chemicals then the last thing your hair needs is heat which dries it out more and potentially increases the damage. That means, turn down the water temperature in your shower and avoid using hairdryers and straighteners.
If you really need to use a hair dryer then use the cool setting, it will minimize damage and help your hair start the repairing process.
Stopping using the chemical-laden shampoo will help and your hair will gradually repair itself. But this takes a long time. One of the biggest issues with chemicals is that they strip the moisture from your hair.
You can replace this by using a hydrating hair mask. It is applied to your hair and left in place for 30-60 minutes. You’ll have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions but the effect should be noticeable almost instantly.
When you brush your hair you cause a strain on the roots, which can potentially pull your hair out or damage the hair further.
If possible, avoid brushing your hair for a few days as this will reduce the stress and help it to recover from chemical damage faster.
Check Your Diet
Your hair is predominantly water and protein. To help it heal and stay healthy you need to make sure you are drinking enough water daily and you have enough protein in your diet. It’s a good idea to avoid processed foods and boost your vitamin intake, as well as eating more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Keep Your hair Style Simple
Finally, hair styles that cause your hair to pull on the roots will cause further damage to already weakened hair. It’s best to let your hair hang loose for a few days and give it time to recover naturally.