Is your hair sending out SOS messages? Dry and dull? Is it frizzy and acting out worse than a rebellious teenager? If so, you may have damaged hair, but worry not, it is not too late to start the healing process and repair dry and thin hair. There are different techniques and treatments such as shampoos, conditioners and various styling products that can bring back some life to your hair. So starting with these habits will help you and your hair in the long run and restore the shine and fullness that it lost.
Trim it Like You Mean it
If your damaged hair has a straw-like texture you know you are probably to late with the trim. So do not wait any longer – book an appointment at the nearest hair dresser and let them do the magic. But remember, you do not have to chop it all off – you can leave some length and treat the remaining damaged hair.
Sayonara to Chemicals Equals Sayonara to Dry and Thin Hair
You do not have to be a genius to understand the logic in not using chemicals if your hair is too damaged. So give your hair a break – so it does not break. Certain types of hair color such as bleaches can do some real damage to your hair, like drying it out and even making it appear thinner. Talk to your hair dresser about the ammonia-free and demi-permanent options.
Treat it with treats and treatments
Damaged hair needs a lot of hydration. A lot. So look for products that have restorative, moisturizing ingredients, such as olive oil, keratin, protein or shea butter. Keep in mind that avoiding products that contain silicone or parabens will do wonders to your hair. At least twice a week, apply a treatment or mask and leave it on for a full hour. And if you can, use a plastic shower cap to help the product penetrate your hair better.
Oil treatments are another option to repair dry and damaged hair. It will boost up the hair with a lot of moist and shine. Apply the oil of your choice to clean, towel-dried hair. Cover it with a shower cap and use the blow dryer to apply some heat. After heating the oil, let your hair cool down and then rinse with cold water.
Body health equals hair health
Eating well and maintaining your body also helps prevent your dry and thin hair. You are what you eat, and that also applies to your hair. Drink a lot of water, consume vitamins and other essential nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be good for hair and skin and can be found in salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds. Spinach, kale, carrots and avocados is good for your hair health as well. Nutrafol’s own supplement is proven to strengthen thinning hair from within so adding that to your everyday diet might be a good idea.
Get your zen on
It is good to keep in mind that any prolonged physical stressor – whether it is sudden, sustained uptick in exercise, a major illness or even certain prescription medicine – can shift more of your scalp’s follicles into a resting phase, closing off the roots from their blood supply, so that those strands eventually shed. So do not forget to breath and meditate from time to time.
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