Damaged Hair ?? DIY Hair Repair
Well…. ummm, I’m not a hair stylist, and no formal training, but I do know a little from my own experience. That counts for something, right ?? In my many attempts to color my hair myself, and my hairstylist trying to correct my mistakes, I’ve certainly done my share of damage, or rather… deep frying, lol. Since then, I’ve done a lot of research and have become quite educated in “Damage Control” and “Self-Repair”. So, if you have damaged hair, listen up !! Whether your hair is damaged from a medicine you’re taking, heat, environmental, or chemical, there are a few ways you can implement ” damaged hair ” care at home and save some yourself some money and a trip to the hair salon. Some would argue that it’s impossible to repair damaged hair, depending on who you ask, and they are partly right. However, there are some things that will truly help your hair’s suffering.
The key to understanding how to repair damaged hair lies in knowing how a hair strand is structured and what it is made of and I’m gonna make this short and simple for ya. Your hair is made up of 91% protein, called keratin (also known as chains of amino acids). Your hair has three layers – the medulla, the cortex, and the cuticle. Comprised of several round cells, the medulla is the innermost layer also known as the marrow or the pith. The cortex surrounds the medulla and is made up of fibrous proteins and cells bound together tightly. It is the strongest and most dense part of the hair strand. The outermost layer is the cuticle. It is made up of several overlapping cells that are designed to protect the others. A healthy compact cuticle layer is the hair’s primary defense against damage. So, what part of the hair structure do you think color is deposited into ?? You guessed it, the cuticle. So, it only makes sense that when our hair is depleted, or suffered a loss of these proteins, DAMAGE has occured, DOO DOO happens. Your hair shaft would now show under a microscope parts of missing cuticle, chips, cavities and cracks. Your hair then becomes very pourous and unable to hold in moisture. Therefore, it is unable to recover, so it gets dry, develops split-ends, and eventually starts to breaks off. Hair breakage is a result of an imbalance of important forces within the hair structure: moisture and protein levels. So, the treatment plan becomes more obvious, huh ? The trick is to try and correct the imbalance. Add back in the protein, and the moisture, then correct the hair’s ph level. Is this making any sense now ?? This is top secret stuff guys that no one wants you to know, including your stylist.
It is very imortant to find a protein reconstructor that has a specific tye of hydrolyzed protein with a small molecular weight so that it can truly penetrate the hair shaft. To be more specific, hydrolyzed human hair keratin is an exact match for your hair, is the most potent and benficial. Make sure hydrolyzed keratin is in the top 5 of the listed ingredients and please remember to always follow the manufacturer’s directions, as too much protein can also cause breakage !! The protein reconstructor acts as a temporary fill in for the missing cracks, chips, etc… so it will need to be repeated to help keep it filled in along the hair shaft and keep damaged hair feeling healthier.
You will also need a moisturizing conditioner. If you remember the lesson that I taught you above, you hair is unable to recover because it can’t retain moisture. Once you get the protein in, you need some moisture. The main purpose of using oil on the hair is to help it retain moisture, right ? If you use an oil that has too large of molecules to get inside the damaged hair shaft, this will “seal” the hair off and not allow moisture to get in. With damaged hair, this is NOT what you want to do !! So, be sure and use oils that penetrate.
AVOID petroleum-based or mineral oil products on your scalp or in your hair. Although they are easy to find and temptingly easy to use, as these have been proven to block pores and cause more problems than they solve, including infected hairs and impeded growth. Read the ingredients if you are not sure. Ingredients to avoid include isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, and polythylene glycol. These products — unlike their natural counterparts — leave a false shine on the hair and make the hair much more prone to damage and breakage, weakening the scalp’s ability to build the hair shaft properly by clogging the follicles. Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094
Stay away from silicone-based additives in conditioners, serums and oils. (“cones”) have great detangling properties, but on the down side, these ingredients (ending with -cone, -conol, or -xane) “glue” the ends of your hair together. Split ends are concealed. The damage is not eliminated, just hidden. In the short term, this may be a good thing. But eventually, the ‘cones form a waterproof barrier on your hair that locks out moisture and leaves your hair dry, particularly at the ends. There is only ONE reason to use them, and that is when you are using heated styling tools, as it acts as a heat barrier. Long-term silicone use is bad for your hair and prevents your conditioners and oils from penetrating correctly. Use only as a last resort. Better to just let your hair air dry.
Here are my very best product recomendations to use:
SLS-free moisturizing organic shampoo – Aubrey Organics – Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo
Everyday moisturizing shampoo - Alba Botanica Plumeria Hawaiian Shampoo Hair Wash
Organic everyday conditioner – Aubrey Organics – White Camellia Conditioner
Organic heavy conditioner – Aubrey Organics – Gpb Conditioner
Protein reconstructor – Mega-Tek Pet Rebuilder
*** I had done quite a bit of reading and came across this horse/pet product causing wonderful results on humans !! This conditioner is marketed as a regrowth/rebuilder/repairer for animals’ coats, skin, hoofs, paws. There are quite a few comparisons to a similar product, Ovation Cell Therapy that is purported to be more expensive w/ similar or same ingredients. I have not tried Ovation nor have I bothered to do an ingredient comparison, but I can tell you that Ovation’s manufacturer (DH Labs) = its parent company is EQyss – the company that makes Mega-Tek. Do NOT ever leave in hair overnight. It will break off !!
Simple inexpensive hair pH corrector -Bragg – Apple Cider Vinegar
Hair Steamer – Huetiful Hair Steamer
Hydrating hair mask for damaged hair to use with hair steamer – Huetiful Hydrating Hair Masque
Use a hair serum to help combat the appearance of breakage and split ends. Silicone hair oil – KÉRASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME
Vegetable gycerin – NOW Vegetable Glycerine
Here is the “Treatment Plan” for your damaged hair:
The first week:
1) Gently wash hair with shampoo, mix Apple Cider Vinegar in water (ratio 1:3) and pour on hair, let sit for 5 – 10 min and rinse.
2) Towel dry hair, apply hair masque. Do NOT comb or brush hair the first time until after hair masque has had a chance to detangle your damaged hair. Sit under steamer with hair masque on for 20 min, rinse hair.
3) Apply heavy conditioner (GBP) to throughly towel dried hair, and add a little warm water and gently comb through hair with a wide tooth comb. (warm water will allow you to comb through easier), sit under steamer again for another 20 min, rinse in cold water, this will hel your damaged hair by sealing the cuticle closed. Let hair air dry.
4) The next day, apply protein reconstructor, follow directions. Next, allow as many days to go by as you can without washing hair. Try to avoid tugging at your hair in order to prevent further breaking. When you absolutely have to wash your hair again, start at top again with #1.
Do NOT use protein reconstructor more than once a week. You may not need it more than once ? In most cases, once a week for 4 weeks does the job nicely. After week 4, you can begin to use hair oil and glycerin spray by applying after your cold water rinse. (Add glycerin to water, ratio 1:4 and put in a spray bottle. Spray on top of hair oil every night before bed.
You can also start using your split-ender using very small sections at a time on dry hair only. After split-ender, use your miracle silk. The Miracle silk works wonders on damaged hair. You should only use the split-ender on your hair after you have let it air dry before putting ANYTHING on your hair.
You are on your way now…. You will see a HUGE difference in that damaged hair, and I mean HUGE !! It will be as smooth as silk and you will see the pretty little wave or curl return. Your damaged hair has come back to life !!
If you have severly damaged hair, don’t risk it, see your stylist.
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