Hair SOS: Causes of Dry and Damaged Hair

Serena Norr | 22 April 2016

Get rid of dry and damaged hair by understanding what causes it. 

Dry and damaged hair needs some extra love to treat any breakage.

You see it and you can feel it – those dry and damaged tresses are with you all day, everyday. They’re annoying and embarrassing, which if left untreated, can lead to even more breakage and damage that’s not only unsightly, but also falls in the category of being beyond repair a.k.a time for an emergency haircut. But before you go and chop it all off, it is crucial to understand the causes of dry and damaged hair that actually involves looking into your daily hair habits that you may not be realizing is causing some serious havoc to your locks. While it might not be pretty, understanding what you are doing will help you to treat dry and damaged hair as well as help you to break the cycle. Read on to better understand the causes of your damaged locks, and learn more about how to treat them.

Common Causes of Dry and Damaged Hair

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Dry and damaged hair can happen to everyone.

1. Lack of moisture.

We all know that hair is dead, however, hair does contain around 12% of water where it needs daily moisture to fight against dryness. This doesn’t mean actually adding water back to your hair; but rather providing moisture that will help it to look and feel smooth, soft and shiny. An easy product that you can use is a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as the TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo and the TRESemmé Moisture Rich Conditioner that can work to revitalize your strands as it infuses your hair with moisture that can help make dry and damaged hair soft and manageable.

2. Avoid using too much heat.

Blow-outs, flat irons, curling irons – it’s no wonder your tresses look fried when doing excessive heat styling. While we love the stylized look that these tools can create, these coveted styles usually result in damage and dryness. To help your strands, compromise with your routine by giving yourself off days (weekends are great for this) where you simply air-dry and style your hair naturally. When you do apply heat to your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant like Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Step 3 Heat Protecting Mist, which can work to form a protective layer around the cuticle as it guards against heat and friction.

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3. Sun damage.

Heat damage to your hair is not just from tools. By now we all know about the harmful effects of sun’s rays, which also applies to damage to the hair. The heat from the sun can zap your cuticles of moisture. The cuticles serve as a protective layer, however, with extreme heat this layer separates – making it’s ability to hold onto moisture lessen – causing breakage and damage. To help avoid sun damage to hair, we suggest to protect your head with a hat or a scarf. This also helps protect your scalp skin!

4. Chemical treatment overload.

If you are a diehard platinum blonde fan, you most-likely have damaged hair. This also applies to women who get any sort of chemical treatments such as coloring, bleaching, highlighting, perms, chemical straighteners and relaxers. To treat your tresses, use regular hair mask like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Replenishing Masque that can work to provide your hair with deep moisture and hydration.

5. Try not to over-brush.

That old-wives tale of brushing 100 strokes a day is actually causing havoc to your hair. Your tresses just need a brush through in the morning to get out any knots and to set product throughout your head. Anything else is too much where that tugging and pulling is actually causing your hair to break and may result in split ends. This is especially true if hair is not well conditioned

6. Break free from the ponytail madness.

We love get-up-and-go styles like the next gal, but the constant tugging and pulling from a ponytail can cause damage to your hair, especially if you use tight hair ties and rubber bands. We suggest using a fabric hair tie that’s a lot looser. Take a break every other day, and experiment with your style – you might be surprised how fun it is to wear something other than your beloved ponytail.

There you have it – dry and damaged hair can be resolved by taking small steps everyday to treat and nourish it. Before you know it, you’ll have some seriously nourished and healthy strands.

Looking for more tips for your dry and damaged hair? Check out our feature on some of the common dry and damaged solutions.

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