Our hair endures some serious damage every day, from environmental, nutritional, and habitual factors. That’s why it’s so important to take care of, and repair, any substantial damage, and help our hair restore to its healthiest condition.
Hair is made up of proteins, the main one being Keratin. They form the hair strand, while the follicle keeps the hair in place. Proteins are susceptible to being damaged, so we often need to replace the proteins, and protect them where we can. Here are some easy ways to protect your locks and repair damaged hair:
1. Wash Your Hair Less!
It sounds silly, but more often than not, we find that people are washing their hair far too frequently, and with the wrong products. You shouldn’t need to wash your hair more than 3 times a week unless you have particularly greasy hair.
Greasy hair is caused by overactivity of the sebaceous glands, which are located on the scalp, forming a natural oil called sebum. Everyone produces sebum, but for some, it’s in larger quantities. For those that do have overactive sebaceous glands, more regular washing could be necessary.
It’s important to wash hair regularly enough to prevent the buildup of sebum and bacteria because that can damage your hair and scalp. So what’s the problem?
You see, when you wash your hair, you’re stripping it of these natural oils, and if you wash your hair more than necessary, the glands go into overdrive. When you’re stripping away the natural oils so often, they try to replace it. This can, in turn, make your hair greasier in the long term! Trichologists suggest that 2 to 3 washes a week is all we need to keep our hair at its best quality.
2. The Right Shampoo
There’s an abundance of shampoos and conditioners on the shelves in stores, but how do you decide which one to choose? The right answer should be the one that has the best ingredients, that don’t only make hair look shiny and healthy, but are actually effective at repairing damaged hair and supporting the hair’s proteins.
A lot of shampoos contain chemicals that dry out the hair, leaving it prone to damage. Here at Cel, we know which ingredients optimize hair health and hair growth, which is why we’ve included them in our best-selling Shampoo & Conditioner. This duo pack promises to strengthen and hydrate hair, giving you thicker, stronger hair that's less susceptible to breakage!
3. Protein, In And Out
The protein, Keratin, is what gives your hair its strength and shape. Without it, hair can become weak, limp, and lifeless, which makes it prone to damage. You can get protein from certain foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, lentils, almonds, milk, and broccoli. Or, you can use protein treatments on your hair, to nourish it from the outside.
But, you need a balance of protein and moisture! Too much protein and not enough moisture can leave hair feeling dry and brittle, which itself can make hair vulnerable to breakages. If you do apply protein-rich products to your hair, make sure you’re giving it moisture at the same time!
You can find serums and hair masks that give you an at-home protein treatment, or you can go to a salon for protein treatments. Or simply add more protein to your diet – every part of your body will benefit from a diet with more protein!
4. Try Oils And Masks
To protect hair from damage, we need to maintain a balance between protein and moisture. We like to take care of our skin with some extra products, so we should do the same for our hair! Hair masks can provide your hair with the extra moisture it needs to stay strong and look shiny.
Cel’s Microstem Hair Thickening Mask is specially formulated to provide nourishment, moisture, and protect against day-to-day damage. Using Ginseng and Keratin to strengthen each and every hair strand, it will undoubtedly provide your locks with the protection it needs!
The ends of our hair are susceptible to breaking, which is why you find split ends there. Brushing, drying, styling, and just playing with your hair leaves the ends of our hair open to damage, and can often make them feel dry.
Hair oils are created to moisturize and protect the most vulnerable part of our mane, so apply them to the ends of your hair after washes and before brushes. They’ll make them feel softer and appear shinier and protect them from developing so many split ends.
5. Biotin Does Wonders
This vitamin is the key to strong, healthy hair. It’s otherwise known as vitamin H or B7, and it boosts cell renewal and cell growth, which keeps hair thick and strong! Biotin is actually important for a lot of functions in the body, so it’s important to have enough of it in our diets.
Although people may be consuming Biotin in their food, they might not be getting enough. Biotin deficiency has been linked to damaged hair and hair thinning. There are supplements that contain Biotin, which helps to improve the condition of hair, nails, and skin, such as Cel’s Advanced Hair Supplement. Or, some Biotin-rich foods include eggs, salmon and sunflower seeds – try including more in your diet to help keep your locks strong!
6. Don’t Rush The Brush
Brushing and combing your hair is good for getting tangles out and for keeping hair neat. But, there’s a certain way to do it! You should actually be brushing from the bottom, working your way up to the top.
Start on the ends to remove the knots, then brush from the middle to the end, and finally from the top to the bottom. When you brush from the top straight away, you’re likely to pull the hairs from the follicles, and break the hairs rather than untangle them. This also creates those dreaded split ends, which in turn cause hair to tangle more easily.
Tip: Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet. Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakages, so at hair wash times, it’s best to comb through it before you wash it, or after it’s dried!
7. Protect It From The Sun
We all know that the sun is responsible for skin damage, but do you ever think about what it’s doing to your hair?
Your scalp, although mostly covered by hair, is exposed to the sun. Once the scalp is burned, it can be seen in your parting, and it can begin to flake, which could be mistaken for dandruff! Plus, sun exposure to your scalp also puts you at risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
Sunburn to the scalp damages the follicles that the hairs grow from. This discourages hairs from growing, making the hair appear thin and lackluster. Protecting the scalp is particularly important in the sunnier climates, so don’t neglect it! Apply SPF sprays and wear hats when you’re in direct sunlight.
Sun exposure can also cause hair itself to appear damaged and dull. The same way that the sun can affect the coloring of your skin, it also causes a change in color to hair. The UV rays reduce the amount of melanin your hair produces, so hair actually fades in color! Plus, the oxidative stress from sun exposure and heat causes hair to feel dehydrated and brittle. Protect and moisturize your skin when you can!
Neglecting your hair can leave it looking and feeling sad, but protecting it shouldn’t be that hard! Follow these easy steps to protect your hair and repair the damaged ones is important because the more damaged it remains, the harder it is to grow. If you’re looking at your hair right now in dismay, get a trim, and start over. Protect it from damage, and let your locks grow and flow freely!