What is Damaged Hair?
If you have damaged hair, the key indicator is that your hair strands are fragile, prone to breakage, and have difficulty holding color. It could also mean that the outside layer of your hair, the cuticle, is not closed. The cuticle acts as a protective layer for each of your hair strands; when it is closed, your hair is shinier and holds color, protein, and moisture inside. Once the cuticle is damaged, this leaves the inside of each strand vulnerable. The hair then dries out and becomes coarse, frizzy, and weak. However, there is no need to worry.
Damaged hair is common and fixable by taking the right actions.
What Causes Damaged Hair?
Sometimes damaged hair can be caused by things outside your control… Fortunately, there are also MANY ways that you can eventually reverse the damage to your hair by paying attention to these four factors.
Uncontrollable environmental factors can cause damage to the hair without you even noticing them. Sun, wind, temperature changes, changes in humidity, and pollution can all take a toll on our strands. Wear a hat or other hair covering to protect it from harsh weather conditions. Ideally, if it’s extremely hot or cold outside, it is better for your hair if you stay indoors, but we all know that that’s not reality, so during those times, if it’s at all possible, try and limit the exposure and give your hair a break by going inside.
Changing the color of your hair.
Regularly coloring or highlighting your hair can damage it over time. Hair dye contains chemicals called amines, which weaken your hair's protective layer. As a result, the hair becomes porous and fragile. Most color and lightening products contain ammonia or ammonia derivatives, which dries out hair and makes it prone to split ends. Over time, the weakened hair can break, fall out and become unmanageable.
Heat styling is a standard method of taming unruly locks. However, these methods have been proven to damage hair strands and follicles. Using heat-powered tools for blow-drying, curling, or straightening leaves hair dry and can cause it to lose elasticity over time which results in hair that is weakened. In addition, the heat causes the bonds between keratin protein molecules to break apart.
Apart from using heat styling, combing your hair too much can also cause damage. This unnecessary friction wears down the cuticle and causes breakage and split ends. The cuticle is the outside layer of the strand and protects it and keeps your hair smooth.
Also, note that brushing your hair when it is still wet is also a bad idea. Wet hair is weak and can easily snap, leading to flyaways and damage.
Stress, diet, and medication can damage your hair. For example, cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar and fight off infections, and it’s produced when stressed. Unfortunately, high cortisol levels can make your hair fall out.
If you have a poor diet, you’ll be left feeling tired and sluggish, which means your body doesn't have the energy to produce protein, so it starts breaking down your hair instead. Lastly, some medications can cause dry skin and hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be taking something that could be affecting your hair.
How Does Damaged Hair Look and Feel?
Damaged hair feels brittle, and an audible “crunch” can often be heard when you touch it. You could also see split ends, which are caused by damage to the cuticle layer of your hair. A split end occurs when the outer layers of your hair start to break down.
Run your hands through your hair and feel the individual strands. How does your hair feel? If the strands feel bumpy as you run your fingers down them, this likely means there's damage. Does your hair break easily, and do you have many uneven strands from this breakage? Your hair should be smooth, and the strands should be uniform from the scalp to the ends. There shouldn’t be any split ends, and your hair should be easy to manage.
KERATINFIXX For Damaged Hair
Use a quality shampoo and conditioner to heal damaged hair and restore shiny, strong strands gradually. In addition, you can also implement a leave-in treatment once or twice per week to speed up the healing process. KeratinFixx Repair Shampoo, KeratinFixx Repair Conditioner, and the KeratinFixx 20-in-1 Leave-In treatment are the best options.
The KeratinFixx Repair Shampoo and Conditioner includes quality ingredients for hydration and added antioxidants with caviar extract and argan oil. As a result, your hair will become soft, smooth, hydrated, and shiny with every use.
A leave-in treatment is an area many people choose to ignore, but this is often the best choice to get your hair back in shape. KeratinFixx 20-in-1 Leave-In treatment delivers 20 benefits in one bottle. With ingredients such as botanicals, keratin, argan oil, and caviar extract, the leave-in treatment softens, smooths, detangles, restores, boosts shine, increases volume, balances moisture, and much more.
Make The Choice For The Future Of Your Hair
Reducing as many hair-damaging factors as possible, making the right decisions for your health, and choosing the right products to fix damaged hair are the best ways to ensure your hair is looking great and healthy.
Other brands mask major issues by coating the hair and giving you a false sense of instant smoothness. Keratherapy products are dedicated to reinforcing the health of your hair from the inside out. We truly get to the root of the problem and strengthen the strands by infusing them with keratin (the building block of hair). They also work to heal the cuticle on the outside of each hair strand. The high-quality ingredients leave your hair rejuvenated, strong, and beautiful.