By Khadeeja A.
If dealing with dry and damaged straight hair is difficult, treating damaged curly hair is also a herculean task. Curly hair already lacks moisture and hydration. After all the heat styling, colouring and exposure to pollution, curls lose their sheen and strength even more. It takes a lot of pampering to get your healthy, bouncy curls back. So today, I shall guide you through this journey of treating your dry and damaged curls. Read on to know more.
Trim the ends off
The first thing to do is to trim the damaged tips and split ends. Make sure to use sharp scissors or it will lead to even more damage. It is always a great idea to go to a professional because they will have the right tools.
Make it a routine to deeply condition your hair once every week. Deep conditioning restores the moisture and makes your hair healthier.
Wash your hair less often
Keeping your hair clean is very important, but if you have curly hair, do not wash your hair more than twice a week. On the rest of the days, dry shampoo is your best friend. You can also wash your hair with just a conditioner, because conditioners have mild cleansing properties, too.
Mask is a better option
Since curly hair needs a lot of moisture, replace your conditioner with a hair mask. There are a lot of masks available in the market, go for a very hydrating and moisturizing mask.
DIYs to the rescue
Use DIY hair packs to treat your hair. Ingredients like olive oil, eggs, avocado, banana, raw milk, yoghurt, honey and butter provide strength and moisture to your hair. Hot oil massage is also a must.
Your hair needs a high dose of protein. So get protein treatments done to your hair. Your hair will thank you for that. If you find salon treatments expensive, use products which contain proteins and biotin.
What you eat plays a very important role in how you look. So add a lot of protein-rich foods like dairy products, eggs, meat and hydrating foods like fresh fruits and juices to your diet.
Leave in conditioners help
Use leave-in conditioners and serums to protect your hair from further damage. There are special leave-in products and styling products for curly hair, always opt for them.
No hot water, please
Never wash your hair with hot water. It rips the moisture off your hair. Washing your hair with cold water locks in the moisture and adds a healthy sheen. If the weather’s really cold and you can’t avoid hot water, then have a last rinse with cold water.
Sulfates are really drying on hair and can also irritate your scalp. So remember to go through the ingredients when you buy hair products and opt for sulfate-free products.
Cover your hair
Whenever you step out of the house, cover your hair with a scarf or a hat to protect your hair from the sun, dust and pollution.
Using brushes on curly hair will pull the hair and cause damage and breakage. Also, you will will end up losing your beautiful curls. Instead, use a wide toothed comb and do not mess with your hair until it is at least 80% dry. This is a great way to maintain the shape and health of your curls.
Natural hair straightening
If you love straight hair and want to stay away from damage, follow the tips mentioned here – Natural Ways to Straighten Hair at Home, Without the Heat. These are all-natural ways to straighten your hair and won’t dry out or damage your hair.
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