Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Nikitha Terence (Beauty Expert) on 11th Nov 2020

How to overcome the challenge of protecting and repairing heat-damaged hair

How to overcome the heat-damaged hair

Having great hair in the 21st century is a long-cherished dream for so many women. Our bodies and hair need ultimate nourishment, care, and protection. Having dull skin and hair texture is a crystal clear reflection of the environment and the subtle habits we follow every day.

Millennials have an intense desire to experiment with any trendy skincare product or procedure in the market. It is how the insanely influential Korean skincare has been topping the charts.

When we delve into the topic of caring for your hair, then there is no less damage caused by fragrant shampoo and dehydrating conditioners. Also, there are some practices we have been following incorrectly to maintain our hair. So hair dryers and other heating tools for one's hair have always been both friends and foes.  

What kind of signs implies possible destruction to the hair?

Every day we are forced to deal with dull and dry hair texture. If the proper kind of nourishment is provided for a long duration, this scenario will become a rarity.

The UVA rays, unfortunately, have a vendetta against the skin and hair of humans. By the regular usage of sunscreen, you can keep these rays at bay.  

How do you define heat damage, and what causes it? 

Heat damage is defined by the excessive destruction caused to your hair, especially to the outer layer called the cuticle. It opens up as a result of overexposure to heat or contentious products that are not right for some hair conditions resulting in damage like dryness, brittle hair.

There are plenty of heating tools that make your hair look sleek and shiny, but the consequences of regular usage of these tools are only visible in the long run.

The devices found guilty of causing such harmful damage to our hair are hair irons, curlers, hairdryers. Many assume that the only solution to get rid of damaged hair is to go for a trim or polished haircut every three months.

While this might work out for some as the best solution, others may not take to this well. So it is important to learn what your hair wants and how to use what works best for it. 

Did you know:

Hair cells are one of the fastest growing cells in the body.

Signs that indicate hair damage 

Generally, too much exposure of heat to the hair can cause: 

  • Dryness and rough texture 
  • Split ends 
  • Frequent hair fall and more than average 
  • Dry scalp and hair loss 
  • Tangled hair that is too frizzy to handle  
  • Color of the hair changes even after the change of genuine products 

If the heat exposure is increased over a more extended period, it can reach severe stages like balding or thinning of hair. 

Ways to revitalize your hair 

Using technology to help you cook or how to fix up your tanned face is fine. But the over-usage of heating tools to get the best out of your hair is unfair. They, too, like any other organ in your body, need space and air to breathe.

But what is done is done. There always exists a perfect solution for every hair situation, and let us start with the basics!

All that glitters is not gold, ladies.

They say the more expensive a product is, the better is its quality. But sometimes, you can get betrayed by this quote when it is about haircare products we are talking about. So every hair type is unique in its way. Choose your hair products like your shampoos and conditioners that don't just solve all your damage issues and safeguard you from all harmful forces in the future.

A gentle, hydrating shampoo, along with a deep conditioner that leaves behind a glow and rids your hair of split ends and rough texture, must always be purchased. Avoid stocks that contain parabens, sulfates to diminish any serious problems. Even some genuine hair product brands can cause dermatitis, which is not easy to handle.  

Go for natural means, always! 

Many do not find sufficient time to dry their hair naturally in their busy schedules, and it is impossible to go by without using your blow dryer and topping it up with heated curlers. Experts suggest that women opt for heating methods to restore clean and soft hair. A great tip to dry your damp hair without the risk of it getting tangled is to use any old, clean t-shirt, which would avoid it from becoming frizzy.

Sometimes, many popular hair dryers have a convenient option of switching to a cold air setting for a while to avoid your hair's roughness.  

Protect the hair's barrier with all your might  

Sunlight is known to have some good benefits. It's a great source of Vitamin D, but overexposure to UVA rays can dehydrate the hair strands and make it dry. To avoid this kind of terrible reaction to your hair, try always to utilize products that retain moisture like keratin, argan oil, etc.

Maintain a proper food diet  

Beauty or wellness cannot be just achieved by the topical application of products or natural ingredients. Eating good healthy food can help you balance a good skincare routine along with the right sort of exercise too. Do not forget or regret including a nutritional intake of proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates in your daily nourishment. Do not forget to get your eight glasses of water regimen, which would help the blood cells to function very productively.  

Does coloring spoil the rhythm of your hair?

Coloring or bleaching your hair can seem like a fun experiment to try on, but to what extent? The materials involved should be taken into careful consideration. It will just turn out to be an added burden for your already damaged hair. So go ahead and choose a semi-permanent coloring treatment as that will cause less harm to your hair. Try opting for your next coloring session a little later than the previous one to resist the pain your hair goes through.   

Fun fact:

A strand of healthy hair can stretch up to a third of its length and can swell up to almost 20% of its diameter.

Preventive measures to remember in the future  

Styling your damped hair is a strict no-no. As our hair is weakest when it is wet, untangling it or brushing through it rigorously can make your hair roots more vulnerable to damage.

A study made by the Department of Dermatology and Institute of Hair and Cosmetic Medicine, Korea, has shown how a hairdryer can cause less damage to your hair when it is used at a distance of 15 cm. Using this tool in continuous motions could be helpful. Be careful about using it only once a week, as suggested by the professionals.

Using a good quality heat protectant serum or spray can decrease the elongation of the cracked cuticles in your hair as they are very much responsible for the heat damage.

You can always try DIY methods to get the perfect kind of beach waves without having to spoil the quality of your well-maintained hair.

One excellent ingredient found in every kitchen or each dressing table is coconut oil. When just a small amount is massaged into your scalp, dry hair receives the moisture it needs.   

Did you know:

We are born with almost 5 million hair follicles all over our body. But only a few of these develop over time.  

The Bottom Line  

Always be patient when it comes to treatments enacted for the healing process of skin or hair. It might take a few days or months for the hair condition to get back to its regular form.

But if the situation is not getting eased up, then schedule an immediate appointment with a dermatologist who can go through your symptoms and prescribe the appropriate methods to treat heat damaged hair.