Heat Damaged Hair Symptoms and Treatment

Heat Damaged Hair

Today’s hairstyles demand heat. Whether it is from blow drying with a fat, round brush or a scorching flat iron, heat treated hair styles are all the rage. While people with fine, thin hair tend to see the effects of heat damaged hair sooner than their thick locked counterparts, nobody is immune to the ravaging toasting provided by our bathroom plug ins. So what are the symptoms of heat damaged hair? Dry, frizzy, split ends and the consistency of hay or straw immediately spring to mind. Additionally, your hair may seem like a sponge when wet. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you probably are suffering from heat damaged hair.

Damaged hair treatment varies and while you may think that a trip to the shampoo aisle is all you need, think again. Even the best shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair will do little to combat seriously scorched locks. Your first line of defense is a good haircut. You don’t have to go with a pixie cut to remove a serious amount of damage, and even a good trim will do wonders for your hair. Removing the ends that are robbing the healthy hair of nutrients is a good starting point. However, unless you’re going for the Sinead O’Connor look, you are going to have to have a few more tools in your arsenal. For starters, use damaged hair home remedies that you likely already have in your fridge or pantry. Use vegetable oil alone or combined with mayonnaise, egg, avocado or coconut oil to form a paste and apply to the hair overnight with a plastic wrap headdress. In the morning, wash out with a gentle or baby shampoo.

If you don’t want to use groceries on your heat damaged hair, there are hot oil treatments and deep conditioners that are available to provide the same effects as at home conditioning treatments. And, although you may shirk the idea initially, don’t over wash your hair. A couple of times a week is all you need. Any more than that and you are literally stripping the repairing oils from doing their jobs on your tresses. If you feel dirty, plain water is pretty effective at removing gunk from your hair or give dry shampoo a try.

No matter which method you choose for fixing your burned out do, remember that consistently reapplying heat will keep damaging your hair. Try to limit the amount of heat exposure to your mane by letting your hair air dry and only using a blow dryer for straightening or styling when it’s just slightly damp. Use a spray designed for flat iron use before using the tool to put a barrier between the lava stick and your hair, and remember that every day that you opt for a classy ponytail is one that your hair will thank you for.