Top 5 Ways People Can Say Bye-Bye to Damaged and Exhausted Hair!

Woman inspecting her hair up close

Have you ever had your hair colored? Is your blow dryer working hard enough? Do you use a hairbrush? You have “damaged” hair if you answered “yes” to any of those questions — yes, even the last one. Don’t give up, though. Because hair is dead tissue and cannot renew like skin, it is dependent on you to maintain its health. Here are the top five tips for doing so.

#1. Hair Coloring Can Do a Great Deal of Damage

Hair Coloring

No matter the coloring technique used — natural balayage or bright rainbow — strands will inevitably sustain some damage. The chemicals in hair dye must harm the hair for it to keep its color. The cuticle, the outer layer that protects a hair strand, is penetrated during the dyeing process, typically using ammonia. After bleaching the hair to remove its natural color, dye is applied to give the hair a new hue.

#2. Using Dry Shampoos Is Also Bad

Using Dry Shampoo

Although it works well in a pinch, sudsing up cannot entirely be replaced. You shouldn’t use dry shampoo for more than a few days at a time. And if you do decide to use dry shampoo, pick one that offers additional scalp advantages. Be warned, though, that no amount of dry shampoo will effectively cleanse or eliminate oil or grime. That is the purpose of a shower. Sorry!

#3. Daily Washing

Daily Washing

Your hair type is a major factor. While fine or oily hair may require daily washing, curly or thick hair may just require a weekly wash. If you don’t wash your hair often enough, residue can accumulate and potentially prevent new hair from growing. But, frequent washing, particularly with a shampoo that removes natural oils, can dry up hair and result in brittle strands.

#4. Brushing Way Too Often!

Brushing Hair

Some people still hold onto this old wives’ tale, including one of Kingsley’s patients who was using a very scratchy brush and vigorously brushing 100 times each day, resulting in significant breaking. She advises lightly combing or brushing hair twice — once in the morning and once more right before night. The key is to apply the right technique. Brushing your hair can put undue strain on it, causing your hair to break and snap off. Always begin at the bottom and gradually work your way up. Move slowly and deliberately. Never act violently when doing this. Treat your hair with the same care you would a pricey cloth.