There’s no worse feeling than having dry, damaged hair. Once your brittle hair starts to produce split ends, you know the problem is real. Despite what you may have heard, split ends are nearly impossible to repair without a good trim, but there are easy steps you can take to prevent them!
1. Wash Less
This can be hard for some people to train themselves to do. If you have particularly oily skin or hair, you may feel like unwashed hair is not an option. Invest in a high quality shampoo, and a few texturizing or dry shampoo products and you’ll feel confident letting your second-day hair shine!
2. Change your washing routine
If you pile on the shampoo and work up a rich lather that covers your hair from root to tip, you may want to consider backing down a bit. You only need about a quarter size dollop of shampoo and it only needs to be worked into your scalp. Over-shampooing will strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out. When you rinse the shampoo off your scalp, it will cascade down the shaft of your hair, giving it all the cleaning it needs. Always be sure to condition your ends. If your hair tends to dry out easily, let your conditioner sit on the lower 1/3 of your hair for a few minutes while you take care of other shower time routines.
3. Dry with care
Don’t scrub and rub your hair with a towel to dry it. Your hair is extra sensitive when wet, so the added stress will do more harm than good. Instead, gently squeeze the excess moisture from your hair and let it air dry before using styling tools. If you like to wrap it up in a towel, make sure you do it nice and loosely.
4. Protect from heat
You should always use a leave in styling or conditioning product if you suffer from dry hair. Especially if you plan to use a heated styling tool like a blow dryer or straightener. Find an everyday product that you like, we recommend Moroccan Oil or a leave in keratin conditioner, and work it into damp ends every day. This will help to close the hair shaft and protect it from your blow-dryer. If you like to use straightening or curling irons, invest in an additional heat protecting spray to add protection to hair once it’s been dried.
5. Regular trims
As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, regular trims are the best and most efficient way to fight split ends. Keeping your hair healthy and strong happens both at home and at the salon! Damaged hair will not grow as quickly or as evenly as healthy, well-maintained hair. If you’re avoiding a cut because you want to grow your hair out, a little trim could be just what you need!
Has the summer sun had a damaging effect on your hair? Make an appointment at the Urban Nirvana salon today, and we’ll help you come up with your ideal regimen for beautiful, healthy hair!