What Causes Damaged Hair? – And How to Repair it
Hair is often referred to as a crown, which is why it is important to do what we can to have strong and healthy hair.
Hair usually grows up to 15cm per year, which is about 1.25cm per month. The speed at which it grows depends on many things, from your health, your diet, your age to your genetics.
Several factors come into play when it comes to preventing hair damage. That’s why it’s important to know why your hair is unhealthy and not growing.
In this article you will find solutions to all your hair problems.
What causes your hair to be damaged?
There are many things that can cause your hair to be damaged. We will help you prevent that from happening:
Your diet has a lot of influence on your body’s health but also your hair’s health. The saying “you are what you eat” represents that fact perfectly. Your hair growth depends on the nutriments that you eat. Certain nutrients promote hair growth and prevent hair breakage.
Repair tip: It is important that your daily diet contains enough zinc, iron and folic acid. Sufficient protein and antioxidants can also help prevent damage to your hair. The best foods for strong hair include: eggs (protein and biotin), berries and oranges (vitamin C), spinach (folate, iron, and vitamins A and C), fatty fish (great source of protein, selenium, vitamin D3 and B vitamins) and of course avocados (an excellent source of vitamin E). These are easy options to include in your daily diet.
Stress is one of the factors also know to lead to hair breakage. Excessive stress can trigger and eventually worsen a form of temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is the form of stress most commonly associated with hair damage. This phenomenon affects your hair growth and health. This form of stress causes your follicles to become dormant, which means that hair that is in the middle of a growth cycle can break.
Repair tip: Make sure to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. You will get a lot of benefits from exercising; it will boost your endorphins, reduce the negative effects of stress on your body and improve your mood. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night so that your body has enough time throughout the night to refresh and repair. You can also practice meditation, yoga, go to a spa, listen to music or watch a movie to relax.
Dry hair develops when your hair is not sufficiently moisturized. When your hair is dry, the outer layer decomposes, resulting in a dull, unhealthy appearance. One of the main mistakes people make is putting too high a temperature on their hair when styling, which dries it out more quickly. Dry hair can also be caused by dry weather, low humidity which is unfortunately out of our control.
Repair tip: Don’t wash your hair with water that’s too hot, put more shampoo on your scalp than your hair throughout the day. Protect your hair before you apply heat and favour ceramic straighteners.
4. Lack of hair trims
Cutting your hair regularly helps keep it healthy and without split ends. You need to eliminate old cells to help new ones grow because when you have split ends, these cracks can run the rest of the length of your hair and cause breakage.
Repair tip: To avoid split ends, the first step is to keep your hair supple and strong with strengthening shampoos, conditioners and leave-in conditioners. Secondly, you should trim your hair every 2-4 months. Very important: Choose a hairdresser you trust so that they don’t cut more hair than necessary (which happens a lot).
5. Dye & bleach
If you colour your hair at home the chemicals can have negative effects that last longer than the colour like removing your hair’s natural moisture and making your hair dry and rough to the touch. Bleaching is used to remove the natural colour from your hair, dissolving the melanin that gives it its pigment. This can make hair dry, porous, brittle and fragile.
Repair tip: It is recommended that you go to a professional, who will use the right products for your hair type to minimize damage. But if you can’t, use a dye within three shades of your natural colour and opt for shades that are darker rather than lighter to limit damage. Bleach your hair less often, although it is always best not to bleach at all. Pay extra attention to moisturizing your hair and use a UV spray to protect your hair from the sun giving the fact that bleached hair is especially susceptible to UV damage.
Use these tips for at least 6 months, enjoy the process and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, all hair types are different, your hair may take longer to repair. The most important thing is to love it. And remember… ALL HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL!
What do you think about these tips? Let us know if you have used any of them and which one worked for your hair. Share and recommend other tips that have worked for you in the comment section, we’d love to hear from you!
We recommend using these products to help your hair stay healthy; they will do wonders to repair and prevent further hair breakage: