Between styling and coloring, hair can go through a lot of stress. Over time hair can become damaged and start to break, feel dry, or look dull and lifeless. Damaged hair can be caused by a number of things including poor diet, overuse of hot styling tools, and chemical treatments.
In most cases, damaged hair is not permanent and can be reversed. Treating dry and damaged hair can be relatively easy when the right hair care products are used.
Trimming the split ends off of hair will prevent them from continuing to split upwards, causing more damage. This hair care step is often neglected until the hair is so damaged that a stylist has no other choice than to chop a lot off into a short haircut. It would be much easier and less traumatic to just get a regular trim every 6 - 8 weeks.
When hair is dry and damaged, it's usually a sign that something is missing. Sometimes treating damaged hair can mean just adding a few key nutrients that have been lacking in your diet. Biotin, Vitamin B, Niacin, and Amino Acids are all essential nutrients needed for healthy hair growth.
Without a daily dose of these ingredients, hair can grow out slow and brittle. Most foods do not contain nearly enough of these essential nutrients. Hair supplements are a great way to ensure that the body is getting enough of the required vitamins and proteins needed for healthy hair growth. Water is also very important in making sure hair stays moisturized. Drinking 6 - 8 glasses of water a day is recommended.
There are also certain products that can be beneficial for damaged hair. Moisturizing shampoos, leave-in conditioners, and split end repair serums nourish and seal hair cuticles, protecting them from further breakage. Using thermal protectant sprays before blow drying or straightening hair can also shield it from the damaging effects of hot styling tools. Shampoos and conditioners for color treated hair are especially good to use after a recent coloring and can leave hair looking sleek and healthy.