We spend hours caring for our hair every day: washing it, brushing it, straightening it, braiding it, and so on. But with all of the pulling, prodding, and applying product, our hair can easily become damaged. Your hair can act as a mirror to your overall health; dry and damaged hair can often be a signifier of a deeper problem. Use the guide below to learn about the most common types of damaged hair, what causes them, and how you can treat them.
Dry and Coarse Hair
There are a number of things that can cause your hair to lose moisture and become coarse and brittle to the touch. One of the most common causes of dry hair is washing it too much. Shampoo is designed to remove dirt and product buildup from your hair, but it can also strip it of the oils that make it naturally shiny. To prevent this, consider washing your hair every other day instead of every day. Applying high heat to your hair by using a hair dryer can also dry it out. Protect your hair by wrapping it in a towel and allowing it to dry on its own. Lastly, using bleach and hair dye also can alter the texture of your hair. If your hair is very dry, refrain from coloring your hair, or, if you must color it, get it done by a professional.
Another common type of hair damage is frizz. Though it’s tempting to just cover up frizz with a hat or pull your hair back in a ponytail, to get rid of it you must address the underlying cause. One reason for frizzy hair is using the wrong type of hair product. Frizz is caused by a gradual loss of strength, which can occur because of harsh products or unbalanced nutrition. Switch to a natural shampoo that doesn’t have any sulfates like our Smooth Operator Conditioner, the best conditioner for damaged hair. Our product line, which also includes a shampoo and leave-in serum, contains shea butter, vitamin b6, and argan oil to naturally repair and strengthen damaged hair. Frizz can also mean it’s time for a haircut. If you don’t trim your hair regularly, split ends can form, which makes hair look frizzy.
If you begin to notice more hair than usual clogging up your shower drain, it’s likely that your hair is beginning to thin out. This type of damage usually occurs gradually and is triggered by some kind of internal imbalance. Stress is one of the most prominent causes of thinning hair. Anxiety causes cortisol in your body to spike, which can throw your hormones out of balance and cause your hair to thin. Incorporate stress-relief techniques like meditation, exercise, and writing in a journal into your everyday routine. Thinning hair can also result from eating a poor diet as you age. As women enter menopause, the hormone change can cause hair to thin. However, eating foods with high contents of selenium, protein, L-lysine, and copper can help to counteract this.
When the cuticles of your hair strands become damaged, they raise and intertwine with one another, causing knots and tangles. This occurs for a few different reasons, though it’s most commonly because of excessive heat. Using hair dryers, flat irons, and curlers too often harm the hair fibers and lead to knots. Only use these heat tools once a week and use a towel to dry your hair. Tangles also can be caused by brushing your hair too frequently or doing so too aggressively. Use a wide-tooth comb on your hair and only do so before you take a shower when your hair is still dry.