As we nearer further and further into the summer, many of us experience damaged hair. Hair damage can take various forms including split ends, single strand knots, hair thinning, frizz and even traction alopecia.
Hair damage can also be particularly frustrating for those of us with curly, kinky and afro textured hair because our hair is dryer and therefore tends to be more prone to breakage.
However, most types of hair damage can be cured. Here are 4 of the best ways to cure your damaged curls.
Use the best conditioner for your hair type and texture. You know your hair best and you therefore know what products on your hair. In order to find the best conditioner you do have to experiment a little by testing different products on your hair. Once you find a great conditioner that really nourishes your hair, hold onto it and make it your go-to co-washing product.
Focus on protection. If you have split ends, lots of single strand knots or hair breakage then there’s a possibility that you’ve been over-manipulating your hair. To reverse the damage done it’s best to keep your hair protected. That might mean parting with your favourite hairstyles (like braids or weaves) and instead, focus on wearing your hair in simple styles that elevate the hair away from the shoulders. Good options for protective styling are ponytails, high buns and twists. Wear your hair in protective styles until it’s in better condition.
Don’t towel dry your hair. Towels and curly/afro hair don’t mix. If you need to dry your hair use a cotton t-shirt because it’s softer, reduces frizz levels and won’t cause your hair to rip or tear. Put simply, cotton t-shirts are amazing for drying natural hair.
Get your hair back to tip top shape. The best way to do this is to make sure you are deep conditioning your hair at least once every 2 weeks until your hair is restored to good health. Make sure you use a good deep conditioning treatment or hair mask that contains natural ingredients, is silicone free and contains good proteins.
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Hair breakage hase to be one of the most common hair complaints that women from all walks of life have!
In order to get rid of hair breakage, it’s important to do three things:
1. Figure out what’s causing it. Are you using too much heat on your hair? Remember that putting your hair straightener at heats above 150C can lead to permanent damage.
2. Once you’ve figured out the causes of your hair breakage, you need to make a commitment to take consistent actionable steps to reduce breakage forever. In other words, you need to be committed to following these steps:
Limit heat to once a month (or even less!)
I used to be heat obsessed! I would literally apply heat to my hair daily, whether through using a blow dryer or by straightening it frequently. As a result, my hair was in bad condition. In order to overcome my hair woes, I had to become acquainted with styling my hair differently. It took some time, but eventually I got into the habit of only using heat once every three months. (What a change!)
Get Regular Protein Treatments
In order to have stronger hair, it’s advisable to do approximately one or two protein treatments a month. Protein treatments don’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Simply use kitchen cupboard ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise. Protein treatments often have an immediate impact on your hair and should help to increase its’ strength and reduce damage.
Trim Those Ends!
Holding onto damaged ends is one of the most common causes of breakage. Make sure you commit to having your ends trimmed roughly once every 6-8 weeks (depending on how frequently it grows). Although a professional hair cut isn’t compulsory, a good hair dresser will have the skill to trim your hair without making it look much shorter. Always be specific with your hair stylist and be clear about how you’d like your hair to look.
If you have any questions about your curly hair simply tell us in the comments section below!