Damaged hair: what to do and what to avoid. All the most effective remedies!

Unfortunately, damaged hair is a rather common problem: prolonged use of straighteners, hairdryers, aggressive products (from dyes to fixers), or simply prolonged exposure to the sun, stress is enough to make them fragile and dry. , poor diet, pollution ... the aggressions that our hair can suffer every day are innumerable!

Damaged hair is hair that has lost its health, brilliance and softness that naturally belongs to it, and there is nothing left to do but restore it with a set of remedies that we propose below: starting from the preparation of a natural mask to the use of compresses to restore strength and nourishment to your hair, passing through a series of truly indispensable precautions.

For example, in the video below, you find a simple and effective remedy for dry ends and split ends!

Before discovering in detail the remedies for damaged hair, however, let's understand more closely what the types of damage are and their main causes.

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Types of damaged hair and their causes

Damaged hair is immediately recognizable when compared with healthy hair: the latter, in fact, is characterized by an intact cuticle, adherent scales, shine and elasticity. A healthy hair is easy to comb and also its tips are always intact, just look at them. !

On the contrary, damaged hair will be visibly damaged, and in different ways, also based on the causes that caused them to become damaged.

Some damaged hair is rough to the touch, dull, difficult to comb and with absent cuticle scales. This type is generally linked to dryness and photo-oxidation, i.e. loss of color and luster.

Damaged hair, on the other hand, are those in which the protein structure itself is modified, consequently making the hair more sensitive to external aggressions. This type is often due to stress reasons, in which it is a psychological problem that causes physical decompensation.

Another of the most frequent causes of damaged hair is the use of the hairdryer: if used too frequently and too intensely, it leads to dehydration of the hair, which loses its balance, shrinks in the shaft and becomes electrified.
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But among the most common types of damaged hair there is that of split ends. In these cases the tips of the hair are so dry that they break and the formation of a split that can stretch for several centimeters.

Remedies for damaged hair: what to do and what not!

To cause damaged hair are, in most cases, aggressive treatments that dehydrate it and damage the shaft. The first thing to do, then, if your hair is damaged, is to stop treatments of this kind. So stop with chemical dyes (both at home and at the hairdresser), bleaching (which causes dehydration of the hair and makes it really fragile and prone to breaking), straightening or curling treatments (straightening and permanent). Start enjoying your natural hair, at least until it is back in shape as before!

Damaged hair should be treated gently. Be careful when washing them: wet hair is more fragile than dry hair and you will have to try to rub and dry it carefully and without violence. Avoid rubbing them hard while shampooing, but focus on massaging the skin. Then pat them dry with a towel, but I recommend: don't squeeze them!

Shampoo should not be done more than twice a week if you don't want damaged hair, and this is because the scalp must have time to produce sebum, an oily substance that coats the hair and protects it. Washing them too often will not allow them to perform their function, exposing the hair to greater brittleness.
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The use of a conditioner is equally important: it guarantees hydration and softness to the hair. It should be applied very carefully especially on the ends, which dry out more easily, until they break or split. Be careful, however, not to use too much!

The hairdryer, as you will have understood, it would be better to avoid it totally, letting the hair dry naturally. If you really can't do without it, perhaps because it's cold, always try to adjust it to a temperature that is not too high: you will avoid the heat from damaging your hair.

The situation of damaged hair can only be worsened by the use of brushes with plastic bristles: they pull the hair and break it, causing serious damage. Then replace it with a wide-toothed comb and comb it without pulling or trying to untangle the knots. with strength: remember that "sweetness" is the key word! Always start from the bottom and then go upwards. If, on the other hand, you really don't want to give up the brush, choose the one with boar bristles: its natural fibers distribute the sebum and give shine to the entire length of the hair. Try it with a wooden brush and 100% natural and made in Italy bristles, for about 12 euros on Amazon.

Often damaged hair is caused by the hairstyles we do: a too tight elastic is enough to damage it! Not to mention the extensions, completely to be avoided. Try to leave them as "free" as possible.

Damaged hair: natural remedies

Among the most effective remedies to heal your damaged hair is the good habit of giving it a nice nourishing treatment, at least every 2 weeks. To do this, you just need to use 100% natural products, which you probably already have at home.

Ideal for damaged hair is shea butter: it has the power to repair the hair in depth, helping the shaft to recompose and rehydrate, especially if it has undergone rather aggressive treatments. If you have dry hair, this is the product for you. Just apply a small amount on the tips.
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Aloe vera can also be used for damaged hair: it has a very powerful soothing and moisturizing power and will be useful if you have subjected your hair to dyes or bleaches. It will immediately make them more shiny and shiny.

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The same goes for apple cider vinegar: rinsing with vinegar will help your hair regain strength and sturdiness. It is ideal for those with oily skin, because it also helps eliminate dandruff.

As my grandmother always said, nothing is better for damaged hair than a little exquisite mayonnaise! Its ingredients are basically nothing but egg, vinegar and oil: all excellent in moisturizing and fortifying your hair.

Then try coconut oil: it has a recognized emollient power and nourishes the hair without weighing it down. It should be applied over the entire length of the hair and it will be immediately full of life! Buy now the cold pressed coconut oil at 8.70 €!

Among the other natural remedies for damaged hair we should not forget the avocado: this food is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and minerals that help to give shine to your hair! Try to mix it with an egg and apply it on wet hair: you will see what results!

Another delicious "ingredient" for damaged hair is butter, which is particularly suitable for dry and brittle hair. Massage it on dry lengths and leave on for half an hour before rinsing.

A last recommended natural remedy? Tea, great for giving your hair back its shine. A rinse with a liter of hot tea after shampooing is a real cure-all, and also helps to improve your natural color: chamomile is recommended for blondes, black tea is recommended for brunettes.

DIY mask for damaged hair

If your hair is brittle and dry, there is nothing better than a do-it-yourself, completely natural mask to heal it! The ingredients you will need are: linseed oil, white clay, vinegar apple, cinnamon essential oil.

Take a container and mix a tablespoon of white clay by wetting it with apple cider vinegar until it forms a soft but not liquid mixture. At that point, add a few drops of linseed oil, very nourishing for the hair. Finally add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and mix everything.

Once the mixture is ready, rinse your hair. The mask should be applied to wet hair. Spread the product over the entire length, leave it on and then rinse.

This mask should be done at least once a week for good results. And if your hair is very dry, even twice. Find out all about how to best prepare it in our video:

Damaged hair: the most suitable packs

The packs that can be prepared for damaged hair are numerous. Let's find out together a couple that will be very easy for you to prepare at home!

To eliminate frizz and dryness, bet everything on a pack with olive oil and rosemary. Take 30 ml of extra virgin olive oil (rich in nutrients that are excellent for revitalizing the hair) and add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil (rich in minerals and with a strengthening effect). Mix everything and distribute the liquid on damp hair. or wet. Leave on for an hour and then proceed with normal shampooing. Repeat the treatment at least once a week.

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For brittle hair, instead, try a honey and flaxseed pack. The latter is particularly nourishing and has a restructuring function, while honey has the ability to soften and repair the hair. Preparing the compress is simple: pour 20 ml of linseed oil into a bowl and add a tablespoon of honey. Then spread the mixture on damp or wet hair and let it act for half an hour. Proceed with the normal shampoo. This treatment should also be done at least once a week.

And to have healthy hair, remember to give it a cut every now and then! Here are the trendiest cuts for the summer:

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