How to Fix Heat Damaged Hair
Hair comes into contact with many potential sources of damage each day and much of it includes heat. Too much heat can cause damage on all types of hair, so no one is safe. Knowing how to avoid and treat heat damaged hair can save you a lot of trouble. Well kept hair can help keep you looking and feeling good.
There are two major types of heat damage that can happen to hair. The first type of heat damage involves a variety of elements over a long period of time. For instance, being out in the sun for long periods of time and using heated tools such as curling irons and straighteners, will eventually cause heat damage to hair. This type of heat damage is usually not extreme and can be dealt with more easily. The other type of heat damage happens quickly and can be highly damaging to hair. For instance, if someone holds a curling iron in one spot for too long that part of the hair may become dry, hard, and look horrible. With this type of heat damage, more extreme measures must be taken.
There are a ton of deep conditioners on the market; and if you are suffering from heat damaged hair, why not take advantage of these products? Deep conditioners differ in strength and some can work on even the more extreme cases. One can easily find a deep conditioner that gives excellent results for as little as ten dollars; however, splurging on deep conditioners and buying a product that is top shelf will help your hair recover more quickly.
Hot oil treatments are easy to make at home and it only takes a few minutes to do: all you need is extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil or avocado oil. Pour the oil into a small bowl and heat it up so it is warm to touch, but not hot enough to burn you. Apply the oil to the hair and keep it on using a hair cap, for about an hour, massaging the scalp every so often. Finally, remove the cap, wash out the oil, and style your hair like normal.
Last but not least you may try a hair mask. There are several different hair masks that can be created at home using products from your kitchen, or you can purchase a mask in a store. One of the simplest masks that works wonders is the milk and honey mask. Simply mix a teaspoon of honey into a glass of whole milk and massage that into the hair. Leave it on your hair for 15 minutes and then rinse out the mask with lukewarm water.
If all else fails just cut it off
If nothing you try works, then you will want to get a good haircut as soon as possible. A haircut can revive hair almost instantly, and your hairdresser will know exactly how much to cut off. Most of the time, only a few inches needs to get cut; however, if you have damaged just one area but have done significant damage, you might have to have a complete new style to cover it up. Getting your hair cut regularly is a great way to prevent hair damage and keep long, healthy locks going.
One easy way to maintain healthier hair and prevent heat damage in the future is to stop using hot tools on your hair. If this is simply not an option, try using hot tools rarely and for short periods of time. It may also help to buy a product that you apply to the hair before you use hot tools to help you protect your hair. Also, when it comes to blow drying, try using the blow dryer on the lowest heat setting. It takes longer, but your hair will still get dry.