Parched Or Fried - How To Detect Damaged Hair
20 March 2019
Damaged hair is all too easy to manifest, and it often goes unnoticed. Heat, pollution and the sun can all be damaging for your hair and very difficult to avoid. Add in pre-lightening, lack of trims and over-shampooing to the mix, and you have a hair recipe for disaster! Fortunately, Paul Edmonds, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Styling Ambassador is here to save the day with his pro tips on how to crack down on dried out, damaged hair.
How To Detect Damaged Hair
It may seem obvious to some where our hair is damaged or not, the crispy ends to the constant bleaching but this can something be confused with dry hair. Diagnosing your hair type can really help to improve hair health and ensure you are using the right products for you. There are differences between dry hair and damaged hair so we asked Paul how we can determine if we do in fact suffer with locks that have reached ‘damaged’ status or not.
“The hair cuticles are normally raised - which are the scales on the outside of the hair shaft – resulting in dull lifeless, and normally hard to hold style.”
So, if you’re running your fingers through your hair and its feeling a little rough on the strands, it could well be a sign of damage. Look out for split ends at the end of your strands too, if your hair splits into crossroads, its time to pop into your salon for a good chop!
3 Causes Of Damaged Hair
“Sun, colour, wind, heated styling and oxidated stress can all contribute to damaging hair”
To be ready equipped to help treat your damaged hair, let’s looks into just a few reasons why we get damaged hair;
Blonde is a vibe. We all lust for that platinum hair glow but to what cost is this to our hair? Hair bleaching involves removing the pigment from your hair, which can cause damage to the cuticles, making the hair weak and more prone to breakage. Without moisture being locked-in, hair can become porous, resulting in locks that look lifeless and feel dry and lacklustre. Not ideal!
Did you know that over cleansing your hair and scalp can actually be damaging?
Related article: Find out how often you should be washing you hair.
Shampooing cleanses your hair by removing buildup of dirt and excess oil. But like most things, overdoing the shampoo can be too much of a good thing. Washing your hair everyday can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to hair that is dry and brittle. Where possible, leave more time in-between shampoos.
3. Too Much Heat
Heat opens up the cuticle, leaving your strands weak. Heat damage can come from styling tools and of course from the sun, the most powerful heat of them all, leaving your hair looking dull and thirsty for hydration.
“To prevent damaged hair cut down on your heated appliances for example instead of using tongs every day, use them a couple of times a week.”
How To Fix Damaged Hair
Heat tool junkie? Sun-worshipper? Bleach blonde addict? We are all guilty as charged but how can we still go about our lives without the unnecessary damage to our hair? What is important when it comes to how to fix damaged hair is to take action ASAP. Why? Because if you don’t address the damage, the problem can spread up the strand, and you may well lose length to get your hair into better shape again. However, you’ll be relieved to know that with just the right amount of TLC, you can bring your hair back to optimal hair health once more!
Paul Edmond’s Top Tips To Happier Days For Damaged Hair
Tip 1: Wooden It Be Nice
Can’t help but neeeed your hairdryer to perfect that bouncy ‘do? We hear you, hun. It’s a good idea to team yourself up with a heat protector as well as the right brush.
“use a wooden hairbrush when blow-drying, rather than a mental one, this prevents any extra heat being applied to the hair.”
Tip 2: Stay Trim
Keep fitness of your hair up with by staying trim and visiting your salon a regular basis for a good chop.
“You can opt for a good haircut, this will take away a lot of the damage, leaving you with a fresh canvas to look after. If you would like to keep your locks visit your stylist for a consultation to discuss in salon and at home treatment plans to recover damaged hair.”
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Tip 3: Product Party
“Using a couple of really good products will also help prevent damaged hair.” Says Paul and we’re intrigued to know more. “To prevent blow dry heat use Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Serum on towel dried hair, another great product is Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, this gives the hair a protective top coat to prevent damage occurring.”
Once you’ve been for your regular trip to see your fave stylist, it’s important to keep the treatments going at home. For a more diagnostic product match, Paul suggests;
Coloured Hair - “For over processed hair that's damaged from colour use the Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Collection”
Damaged Hair - “If your hair is damaged from external aggressors (pollution etc) Shu Uemura Urban Moisture is the perfect collection and if your hair is feeling dry the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom collection works by repairing the structure of the hair fibre.”
*Books into fave salon for a trim, fills basket with hair goodies and thanks Paul telepathically*
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