In the grand scheme of things, we can all acknowledge that damaged hair is not that big of a problem– but the issue sure can damage your confidence. Many of us feel that when our hair doesn’t look good, we don’t feel good; it’s hard to avoid the impact that our locks have on our feelings of self-esteem.
The Damaged State:
There are many reasons why hair can become damaged. The most common is improper heat applications; for example, using a hairdryer on a daily basis without using a heat protecting spray. Stress, ill health, bad shampoos, and always wearing your hair tightly pulled back can all have a serious impact on the health and viability of your hair.
How Hair Shows Signs Of Damage:
As a general rule, all of the below issues are a sign of hair that is damaged:
- An excess number of split ends
- Faded color
- Slow growth
- Hair loss; it is natural to lose roughly 100 hairs per day. Most of this loss occurs while brushing. If you notice loose hairs on your pillow or your hands after shampooing, then this is an indicator that you’re losing more hair than you should be.
- Hair feels dry to the touch and is prone to frizziness
If you recognize any of the above issues, then don’t worry – there are plenty of options that can help return your locks to their previous glory.
The Immediate Solutions:
You’re a busy person, and you don’t want to wait years for your hair to improve– so what are the snap solutions that can make a difference in the short term, buying you time to work on a long-term fix?
- If your hair is lacking in volume or is stubbornly refusing to grow, consider tape in hair extensions. Extensions are an instant confidence boost, and also offer a glimpse of what might be achievable naturally in future.
- A simple deep conditioning treatment can help restore your hair close to its former glory. You may also want to consider oiling your hair, which can be messy and laborious, but the results are 100 percent worth it.
The Long-Term Solutions:
The ideas above will help to buy you time to improve your hair for the future. Here are a few essential products and habits you’re going to want to add to your routine:
- Always use a heat protecting spray when using hairdryers, straighteners, curling irons etc.
- Use soft ties on your hair, rather than hard, unyielding elastics.
- Trim your split ends on a monthly basis to prevent the split moving up the hair shaft.
- Massage your scalp for ten minutes per day. This not only feels nice, but it encourages blood flow, which will boost the health of your hair.
Hopefully, the above provides a thorough overview of how you can improve your hair instantly, as well as invest in the future of your locks. If you take the advice to heart, you can be confident your hair will return to its former glory– and give your self-esteem an extra boost as well.
Do you have any tips for improving damaged hair? Let me know in the comments!