Your hair, like your body and mind, can also go through stress. There are several manifestations of stress and when they do appear, it means that your hair has had enough! It can be a combination of too much work, lack of sleep, or overuse of heat styling products that can build up damage over time until your hair breaks down. Do not wait until your tresses go through major stress before you act on it!
There are two important guidelines for dealing with stressed hair: undergo hair detox or prevention. Obviously, the latter is a more efficient approach but in the case of most women these days, what with the explosion of hair care products in the market, this is easier said than done. Make sure you know how to subject your hair in a detox treatment to ensure that you can revitalise its health.
Stressed or toxic hair can be hard to deal with. But if you know the right steps, you can make it easy to restore fully vibrant hair in no time. Take note of the steps below:
• Comb your hair before washing it. This will benefit your hair in two ways: 1) it can get rid of any tangles or knots, and 2) it will distribute the natural oils in your hair to make it easier to wash and effectively get rid of dirt.
• Wash hair with shampoo. Although this is not recommended to be done daily, make the most of every wash by choosing the right shampoo for your hair type and cleansing the scalp and the shaft of each strand. Start by drenching the hair and adding a small amount of shampoo. Don’t forget to massage the scalp as you go along. A good rinse should be able to nourish your hair with every wash.
• Conditioning is an essential step in the hair detox process of stressed locks. Go for conditioners designed to repair and nourish hair. Aside from nourishing the strands, conditioner acts to protect the hair cuticles and minimise damage caused by various elements like heat and sun damage. Thus, it is effective in preventing stress on hair, more than anything else.
• In addition to conditioning hair as part of your daily washing routine, it is also recommended that you undergo deep conditioning treatment bi-weekly or monthly for more effective detox.
• Minimise hair styling, or be more responsible when using hot tools. Curling irons and blow dryers might be helpful in achieving glamorous hairstyles but they should be kept at a minimum when trying to restore stressed or toxic hair. There are several styling alternatives that are not as damaging as the use of hot tools.
Prevention is STILL Better Than Cure
You need to treat your hair the way you would your skin – nourish it with essential vitamins and nutrients while adapting a healthy lifestyle. That means that you need to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays and other overly powerful hair care products. If you can, limit your use of hot styling tools because your hair strands can reach a breaking point, too.
Developing a diet that is intended to promote healthier, more vibrant hair is also a must. Foods that are recommended for stress-free hair include eggs, avocado, and oily fish (which also contain essential omega 3 fatty acids).
How do you deal with stressed hair?