None of us want it but many
of us have it. One of the main reasons for this is that on the
whole, we have done so much to our hair that it can't cope.
Ending up with out of condition
hair, is rarely about having done something bad once, it's about
having done it over and over again, gradually depleting your hair
of its life.
To help stop yourself getting
dry damaged hair in the first place, or to prevent it getting
any worse we need to understand the possible causes:
- Too many
chemical processes. Yes, that's all those colour changes. You
know, brown one week blonde the next, or too many perms and
relaxing treatments. None of these are bad on a one off basis
or even regularly (if only the new hair is coloured for example).
They become "bad" if you do the lot to the same head
of hair time and time again!
- Too much
heat. This means the hairdryer, tongs, hot brushes, flat irons,
heated rollers etc. Again, use all in moderation, and direct-heat
appliances like tongs should be used no more than once a week!
All electrical appliances have thermostats that control the
temperature and these tend to go bang way before the appliance
stops working, resulting in you using something that literally
has the potential to burn your hair off. Change appliances regularly
and if you think it is hotter than it used to be, trust your
nerve endings: it is! If you have ever had the experience of
"your new hairdryer just doesn't dry your hair as fast
as the old one" you will know what I mean!
- Too many
elements. Not the scientific kind but the weather kind. Yes,
sun, sea, wind etc. Just as our skin suffers in extreme weather
so does our hair. Start seeing your hair as something that needs
moisturising like your skin does and you will be well on the
way to solving many dry damaged problems.
As you can
tell the causes are vast but so are the cures. I've never actually
tallied up the amount of hair products in this sector, but this
would be by far the largest haircare area, this says a lot about
how we treat our hair really! To cure a specific problem you will
have to do a little more research through the site as to your
exact problem and needs. All the links I can think of to help
are listed below: