So you’ve got damaged hair? Don’t worry ARROJO stylists, AKA the New York City hair guru’s, have some advice for you to bring shape, body & texture back into your locks.
A Little Trim Never Hurt Nobody
If you find your hair texture resembles that of straw, the first thing you can do to make it look better and restore body is to get a trim. Hair tends to be most damaged towards the tips— they’ve been around the longest and have had more time to be affected by styling products, processing, and other damage causing elements.
If you are bold enough to chop it all off, a short bob or cut pixie can undo most of the damage in one clean sweep. However if you don’t want to go this extreme, a healthy trim with layers is a good start, followed by a health care regimen for damaged hair.
Fresh & Clean New Hair Washing Routine
Now that you have a fresh cut, you will need to switch up your hair cleansing & conditioning routines.
Over washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it drier and more prone to breakage. Most hairstylists recommend shampooing your hair around 3 times a week. However some with finer hair have the tendency to wash everyday. So if you must wash everyday, instead of shampooing your entire head, just concentrate on the hair two inches closest to the scalp (thats where the sebum collects). Then rinse with COLD water (this will smooth the cuticle so frayed ends aren’t as obvious). Using a gentle shampoo and conditioner is also a must.
Another option is using a co-wash instead of shampoo/conditioner. A co-wash is a non-foaming cleansing conditioner with no harsh sulfates, detergents, or silicones. So if you swap out your shampoo for co-wash once or twice a week, you will be replenishing dry, damaged, and dehydrated hair.
Prevent & Protect Yo’ Self
Now that you are on the road to total hair repair, you have to adjust some of your habits. Lay off coloring your hair for a while, especially bleaching it (sorry blonde & balayage babes). Try to limit heat tools usage, but when you do use them make sure to use a heat protectant like protective thickening lotion on your hair first. Also, try doing a weekly hair repair masque to restore vitality.
With a trim & a new hair care routine, you will be on your way to healthy & vibrant hair in no time!