Ways To Repair Damaged Black Hair
Hair, be it long or short, is a woman’s crowning glory. Your hair is a statement and to keep it beautiful and natural, one surely needs to handle it with care. Beautiful, shiny, black hair can turn the plainest Jane into a beauty.
So if your tresses are getting damaged because of various reasons, it can give you a lot of stress. Causes of damage are many; such as dryness, loss of moisture due to styling or chemical treatments, dyeing, dandruff, split-ends, winter dryness, summer heat, etc. Let’s see what can be done to repair these damages.
Hot Oil Massage
Damaged hair is usually dry and coarse-looking. A good hot oil massage can repair the damage to your hair. Heat the oil and apply liberally to the hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and apply heat using a hot towel or the hairdryer or sit out in the sun on a warm day.
Allow your hair to cool to room temperature and then rinse it with cold water. Hot oil treatment can be done once to thrice a month depending on the level of damage to your hair. Care should be taken on not oiling it too often as this would make the hair greasy which can lead to other problems.
Using Hair Masks
This is one of the ways to restore the shine and luster to dry and damaged hair. There are various hair masks available in the market. You can also make your own masks at home and give your hair a natural treatment which is more effective in most cases.
Some such masks are Olive Oil, Honey and Rosemary masks, Avocado masks, Milk and Honey masks, Protein Treatment, and Wheatgerm Treatment. This will deeply condition your hair and bring back the shine and bounce to a large extend.
Change Your Pillow Case
Can you imagine that the cotton cloth known to be the best and most favored by many especially during summer months can actually deplete your hair of moisture? Well, the truth is it does. It can snag your hair and increase breakage.
If you want to take extra care to keep your hair extra soft then treat yourself to silk or satin pillowcases. Silk is a natural fiber hence it is softer and this gives your hair that extra softness and it will leave your hair less tangled in the mornings.
Fried hair is the most damaging but it is not irreversible. You need a deep conditioner and that too stat. A product with keratin and meant for dry hair should do. Run the product through your hair and leave it on for about ten minutes.
This will definitely help to soften the straw effect. Using a conditioner containing cetyl alcohol works wonders with damaged hair. This is an ultra-rich fatty acid that helps in retaining moisture in the hair. Comb the conditioner through the hair and then use a hairdryer on your hair for 15 minutes. Then rinse.
Trim Or Chop Off Damaged Hair
If your hair has been damaged beyond repair then it is better to cut it off. This is the only way to help your hair regain its former glory. Trim your hair every three weeks and swear off flat irons and other styling tools and chemicals while your hair is trying to regain its former health.
Once your hair has regained its former health you can either take serious care of it from now on or go mad on chemicals and styling tools and damage it again. The choice is of course yours.