Make Your Dry, Damaged Hair Silky Smooth
Is your hair giving you problems because it is so damaged and dry? Daily habits and environmental conditions can really make hair dry, no matter what time of year it is. If you color, process, or do any chemical services to your hair, it will become dull, brittle and very hard to manage. You can easily change a few of the things you do with your hair and get the great head of shiny hair that you really want.
Things You’ll Need:
- shampoo and conditioner for YOUR hair type
- wide-tooth comb
SHAMPOO CAN DAMAGE DRY HAIR Think about your daily routine and what you are putting your hair through…some of these things don’t need to be done. A great example is washing your hair- most people wash their hair everyday. This is good, as it demonstrates good hygiene, however if you have colored, relaxed, or really long hair you cannot shampoo it everyday and expect perfectly shiny, manageable hair. Two things you can do instead: use dry shampoo and put a shower cap on your hair while you are showering, or rinse your hair with water in the shower, and add conditioner to the ends before rinsing it off. Then every other day, or 2-3 times a week, shampoo thoroughly and condition, using shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your hair type. Dry shampoo is a huge lifesaver for many models, and builds volume as well.
COMB CAREFULLY Don’t comb or brush hair while it’s soaking wet (unless its less than a couple of inches long). Gently towel-dry your hair until it is just a little damp, then use a wide-tooth comb, and start combing at the ends, working slowly up towards your scalp. When you quickly comb or brush your hair, you can be tearing off split ends and breaking hair off.
CONDITIONERS If you have colored, dry, long, or chemically processed hair you need to use a conditioner after you shampoo. You also will want to add a leave-in conditioner to your hair after you’ve towel dried most of the water out BUT BEFORE styling it.
HAIRDRYERS AND STYLING Many people start with the hair dryer right out of the shower. Don’t do this anymore- it doesn’t make it style any better and it damages the hair WAY more than necessary. The water that is still trapped in your hair needs to be blotted out with a towel; if you use heat to do this you can boil the water in the hair and create more dead ends and dryer hair that won’t cooperate with you. Simply put a towel around your hair to dry it, go about all your other little steps, and then when your hair is almost all the way dry, you can blow-dry and add styling gel and style it. Also, use a thermal styling product that will protect and condition hair while you are heat-styling.
TRIM HAIR EVERY 6-8 WEEKS This keeps your ends clean-looking and makes your hair more manageable. You will get split ends, especially if your hair is chemically treated, colored, long or damaged in some way, and trimming them off frequently is the only cure for split-ends! Everyone is afraid of trimming their hair too often, but this is the right amount of time, and if you let split ends go, they will break off where-ever they chose, or split on up! So it is definitely worth it to simply get a small trim, rather than jagged edges.
Tips & Warnings
- Look for conditioners with sunscreen in them- yes, even your hair needs it! Sunscreen will help your hair look its best and if you color it, your color will actually last longer.