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Is your hair dry and dull? You have split ends or your hair is frizzy? Hair is easily damaged and it takes a lot of time to repair it. The good news is that there are many simple ways you can take care of your hair and then keep it healthy.

Method 1: Rescue damaged hair

1. Cut off the broken tips. 

The best way to combat split ends is to cut them off. While many products claim they can fix the tips, that’s not true – they just have to come off. Getting your hair trimmed a bit will instantly make it look fresher and fuller. It’s best to go to the hairdresser every 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the length and texture of your hair and your hairstyle.

  • Make sure your barber uses extremely sharp scissors. Ask him to snip a wet paper towel and examine the cut – if you can see frayed fibers, the scissors weren’t sharp enough. Then maybe you should look for another hairdresser.
  • Cut off as much as you dare. The further up you cut, the more damage you cut from heat, chlorine, and other hardships.
  • Ask the stylist not to blow dry or heat style your hair as this will damage the hair further.

2. Be gentle with your hair when it’s wet. 

Hair is particularly prone to damage when wet. When washing your hair, don’t scrub your hair too hard, and don’t rub your hair dry with a towel. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently de-tangle, starting from the bottom and working up to the roots. You can do this while it’s still wet, but apply a special care product first.

3. Say goodbye to your styling tools that work with heat.

Heat can leave your hair looking dull and damaged, so try to avoid it as much as possible. Allow your hair to air dry and style without heat, such as rollers or wraps.

  • Only attack your hair with a blow dryer, curling iron or straightening iron if you have previously applied a special heat protection product. Also, instead of cranking them all the way, set your tools to the lowest setting for extra protection of your hair.
  • Ceramic ionic styling tools combined with keratin and argan oil are the best combo to minimize heat damage.

4. Avoid coloring or otherwise chemically treating your hair.

If you strip it of its natural color pigments only to then dye it a different color, you will cause it extreme damage. The consequences can be hair breakage, hair loss and even bald spots. Perms and chemical straightening are also stress for the hair, which you should better spare them.

Method 2: Rebuild your hair with the right care products

1. Opt for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.

Hair care products with sulfates can irritate the scalp, dry out the hair, cause frizz and fade colored hair. Check bottle labels and skip anything that contains sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate . These industrial cleaning agents strip your hair of its protective natural oils.

When you switch to sulfate-free products, your hair may seem a little greasy at first as your body has become accustomed to producing large amounts of the protective oils that are designed to keep your hair healthy. Don’t worry, after a few weeks the scalp should have adjusted and produce less oil.

2. Use natural styling products.

Most hairsprays, gels, mousses and other styling products contain harmful chemicals. Instead, look for other options with as few natural ingredients as possible, such as rosemary, seaweed, honey, olive oil, or avocado oil.

  • You can make amazing natural hairsprays with citrus fruits.
  • You can also make your own hair gel using a mixture of water and gelatin, or use water and Flax Seed or fresh Aloe Vera gel as a vegetarian alternative.

3. Treat your hair with oil.

No matter what hair type, oil moisturizes your hair and makes it look soft and shiny. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil , argan oil, almond oil, or egg oil. Simply massage the oil into your hair, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

  • Put on a shower cap so you don’t make too much of a mess during the exposure time.
  • You can also sit under a hooded dryer or heat your hair with a hair dryer so the oil can work even better.

Method 3: Take care of your hair for the long term

1. Only wash your hair two or three times a week.

If you wash it every day, it dries out because your scalp doesn’t have a chance to replenish the oils your hair needs to stay healthy. Washing your hair less often can visibly improve its condition.

  • Just rinse your hair in the shower without shampooing it.
  • Use dry shampoo on roots to absorb excess oil between washes.
2. Rinse your hair with lukewarm or cold water.
Hot water damages the hair, but cold water closes the cuticle and sets the hair cuticles. Rinsing out shampoo and conditioner with cold water will make your hair look shinier and livelier.
3.Wear a swim cap when you go swimming.
Chlorine can cause damage that only gets worse over time. Always wear a swim cap in the pool to protect your hair, especially if it’s dyed. 

  • If you go swimming without a swim cap, be sure to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo afterwards.
  • Don’t sit in the sun without a hat after your swim, as the sun’s rays will compound the damage done by the chlorine.
  • Be sure to wash your hair before you go out in the sun.

4. Eat healthy to strengthen your hair.

healthy food

Like every other part of your body, your hair is affected by your diet. Consume plenty of water, vitamins and important nutrients. Eat as healthy as possible, with lots of protein, iron and biotin.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are good for hair and skin. Eat salmon, walnuts, flax seed, and other foods that contain these good fatty acids.
  • Spinach, kale, carrots, and avocados can also improve hair health.

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