What your hair looks and feels like is a direct reflection of how you treat or care for it. The things you do to your hair can take a major toll on its health and appearance. Heat styling, mechanical stress, and exposure to certain chemicals are three common culprits that often lead to hair damage. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the intricacies of each type of damage and provide effective solutions to restore the health and luster of your hair.
While blow dryers, flat irons, and curling wands are now staples in our hair styling regimens, excessive use of these heat tools on your hair can cause serious damage. Heat damage occurs when the high temperatures from heat tools strip the hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry, brittle, and much more prone to breakage.
Reduce heat exposure
Mechanical damage occurs when our hair undergoes excessive stress from various sources, like aggressive brushing and combing, tight hairstyles, or friction from some accessories that tug onto the hair strands, like rubber bands and certain hair ties. Friction with cotton bedding can also cause mechanical hair damage.
Silk or satin accessories
Protect your hair at night
Moving on to the third, and probably the worst kind, chemical hair damage. Chemical damage can result from the use of harsh hair treatments, such as relaxing (chemical straightening), bleaching, coloring, or perming. These processes can significantly weaken the hair structure, leading to dryness, frizz, and breakage.
How to Deal With Chemical Damage
Avoid overlapping treatments
Consider a trim or the big chop
Knowing the specific causes and treatments for heat, mechanical, and chemical hair damage is essential to having healthy, beautiful hair. You can effectively reverse the effects of damage and bring your mane back to its former glory by taking preventative measures and giving your hair the care it needs. For hair that’s severely damaged, some of these measures may not be effective, and unfortunately, a trim may be due.
Always remember that a little extra love and attention goes a long way toward nourishing your hair back to health. Remember, you are a gem. Treat your hair as such.