5 tips for treating damaged hair
On a daily basis, hair is subjected to numerous attacks such as pollution, the sun, or the use of heating appliances and harmful products. Dietary deficiencies, pathologies, stress disorders can also be the cause of damaged hair.
The hair fiber does not have a natural defense mechanism; when it is weakened, the hair loses its vitality and resistance. The scales lift and the hair becomes dry and brittle. This is what we call the “split ends” phenomenon, the hair splits or a white spot generally appears at the tip of the hair. The hair fiber is exposed, worthy of a tree that has lost its bark.
When the hair is too damaged, it is best to make an appointment with your hairdresser to cut all the damaged lengths. Otherwise, split ends can spread further and cause greater, irreversible damage to the hair.
Here are the best tips to apply to find healthy, healthy hair:
1 - Do not wash your hair too often
It is not recommended to wash your hair too often because the limescale present in the water damages it. The ideal is to wash them once or twice a week, with a gentle shampoo without aggressive chemical ingredients. Products composed of surfactants (sulphates), silicones, quartenary ammonia, PEG, denatured alcohols, synthetic perfumes and preservatives are chemical and toxic to the hair. In the long term, they cause harmful consequences for the hair such as dryness, dull color or abundant loss.
Also, you should avoid washing them with hot water because it irritates and promotes hair breakage.
When rinsing, do not leave any residue of shampoo or care. This may suffocate the hair fiber, create itching or make the hair greasy. You must therefore rinse them with clean water several times and finish with a jet of cold water to tighten the hair scales.
2 - Make treatments and masks to moisturize the hair
When your hair is damaged, it is essential to use nourishing and moisturizing treatments to coat and protect the hair fiber. They must be natural, preferably from organic farming, unlike certain treatments sold in supermarkets which have a chemical composition that can seriously damage the hair rather than treating it.
An oil bath is damaged hair's best friend. Indeed, vegetable oils (castor, coconut, avocado, argan, jojoba, etc.) contain good fatty acids and ceramides to nourish and coat the hair fiber.
Masks with plant butters (shea, coconut, almond) are also very effective in repairing damaged hair.
Ideally, doing an oil bath or mask once a week over several months is recommended to restore shine and strength to your hair. Their exposure time can range from 30 minutes to several hours, or even a full night.
Furthermore, to accelerate hair growth and therefore regain a healthy hair base, you can perform cranial massages with your fingertips. This allows you to relax and promote blood circulation to the scalp.
3 - Use good, non-aggressive everyday products
Hair care products such as serums, hairsprays, waxes, gels, sprays and even styling mousses must also, as mentioned previously, not contain chemicals. There is an application called “Clean Beauty”, free, which allows you to scan the barcode of beauty products (for hair, skin or nails) to determine whether they are good or bad for your health.
To avoid further damaging your hair, it is advisable to use a soft bristle brush to style it, sleep on a satin/evening pillowcase to avoid friction, use satin/evening scrunchies to wear it. attach smoothly and avoid too tight hairstyles.
4 – Reduce or even stop the use of heating devices
Heat sources, hair dryers, heated brushes, straighteners and curling irons damage hair. The heat will denature the molecules of the hair and thus cause it to break. Their use should therefore be limited, especially when you already have weakened hair.
It is best to use your hair dryer in a cold environment, or if possible, leave your hair out in the open air.
5 - Improve your diet and take food supplements to nourish your hair
To maintain beautiful hair, the secret is to have a varied and balanced diet. You should favor a diet rich in proteins, vitamins (A, C, E, B6, B8, B9, B12) and minerals (zinc, iron, etc.). It promotes the production of keratin, the structural strengthening of the hair fiber as well as hair growth.
The foods to consume are meat (particularly chicken), fatty fish, whole grains, dried fruits as well as fruits and vegetables in moderation.
In addition, drinking enough water (between 1.5L and 2L) helps maintain a healthy scalp thanks to better blood circulation and therefore promotes good hair growth.
Sometimes, a healthy and balanced diet is not enough to deeply nourish and repair your hair, so food supplements come into play. They can be consumed in different forms: powder, oral solution, capsules, tablets, ampoules or gummies.
To maintain beautiful hair, Délicure offers a new “ Hair Gummies ” range, gummies based on blueberry (which activates hair microcirculation), vitamins (B6, B8, B9, B12 E) and minerals (zinc and selenium). The recommended daily dose is 2 gummies per day.
These products are to be used as part of a healthy lifestyle. In the event of excessive hair loss, it is advisable to go to a doctor who will prescribe a complete blood test to identify if there are any deficiencies or pathology affecting the health of the hair.
Continue to maintain healthy hair
Once hair has regained its shine and strength, it must continue to be maintained to prevent the appearance of split ends or hair loss. There are other tips to adopt to ensure better care of your hair.