Friday, 30 May 2014

How to: Rescue Damaged Hair

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'A woman's hair is her crowning glory' is a phrase we should all remember, so if you don't want the rest of your life to be as emotionally devastating as Britney's 2007, take heed and look after your hair! If I look unduly furious in that photo, it's probably because I was thinking of how much money I've spent on products trying to fix my hair after being really mean to it and bleaching it within an inch of its life for a while. If you've also put your mane through excessive bleaching, colouring or heat styling, don't go shaving it off just yet... there may be hope if you stick to the following:

  • Nourish your hair from the inside. If trying to get your 5-a day feels like a full time job, there's a supplement for that! Any of the ‘skin, hair & nails’ vitamins are a great place to start and the cheaper options often work as well as their pricier counterparts. If you fancy something more specific, give Holland & Barrett Vitamins for the Hair or Fountain The Hair Molecule a go.
  • Cut your losses. It sucks, and no one wants to hear it, but unless you cut off your split ends, the little devils will continue to split up the hair shaft and ruin more of your hair! This is actually where the myth that trimming hair encourages it to grow comes from - trims mean less breakage which means hair gets longer!
  • If you're trying to repair heavily bleached hair, consider using a semi-permanent dye to take you as close as you can to your natural colour and leave it alone, you bully. If you want to stay blonde, only apply bleach to the virgin hair at your roots and never to previously bleached hair.
  • Wash your hair as few times a week as you can. It’s amazing what a difference this can make to the condition! Keep the dry shampoo on hand so as to not disgust your friends and family. Batiste Strength & Shine is great for giving dry hair a boost.
  • Keep heat styling to a minimum and safeguard hair from further damage when styling with a good quality heat protectant. Kérastase Ciment Thermique is my absoulte favourite and has been a staple for years.
  • Condition, condition, condition! Condition like it's going out of style. Condition like the conditioner just killed your entire family and the only way to get revenge is to condition your hair more. Use two conditioners! Try leaving Kérastase Masque Force Architecte on for 10 minutes, rinsing, then following with a quick dose of Pureology Strength Cure.
  • If you’ve never tried hair oil, now is the time to start - these special blends of exotic oils have magical hair moisturising properties. I use the term magical because when I showed my hairdresser the results on my hair, she looked like she'd just seen a wizard. Kérastase Elixir Ultime (which I reviewed here), or Ojon Oil work absolute miracles.
  • If your hair is so messed up and feels like straw and you want to cry then buy this, use it every day for a month (no need to repeat), thank me later - Bumble & Bumble Mending Complex.

Photo - Nathen Atia
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