Technically speaking, all hair is dead hair. But for the sake of argument (and this article), we’ll address the intent of that statement and consider dead hair to mean strands that are damaged, rough, and majorly unruly.
Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to do some major, almost irreparable damage to your hair than you may think. Anything from hair dye, heated hair tools to even the weather can lead to damaged “dead hair.”
But just because your hair seems like it has hit the point of no return doesn’t mean that you can’t give it some vitality. Believe it or not, there are steps you can take to revive and replenish your damaged locks and transform them into silky smooth tresses.
What causes dead and damaged hair?
There are actually many things you may be doing your hair that you don’t even realize are the cause of damage. Keep scrolling to learn about common causes of dead hair, so you can repair your strands faster.
1. Daily Heat
Do you find yourself blow-drying, straightening, or curling your hair every day or a majority of the week? This can make your hair dry and brittle, leading to hair breakage and split ends. To avoid this, only use heat on your hair when you have to and use a heat protectant spray when you do!
2. Dyeing or Bleaching Often
Each time you dye or bleach your hair, the hair cuticle is broken and exposed, which causes a bit of damage. If you’re regularly keeping up with your color, your strands can become very dry and damaged over time, ultimately leading to breakage or even hair loss.
3. Not Moisturizing Your Strands Enough
Simply moisturizing your hair with a mask one to two times per week can do wonders for your hair. If your hair is too dry, this can also cause breakage and damage.
4. Hair Treatments
Hair treatments like relaxers, permanent straighteners, and keratin treatments work wonders at the time. However, treatments like these break the bonds in your hair, which is why you’re able to achieve smooth, straight strands. If you regularly get these treatments, over time, your hair can become weak and experience increased breakage.
5. Not Getting Trims Often Enough
We get it, if you’re growing your hair out it may seem counterproductive to trim your strands, but going too long without a haircut can actually do more harm than good. It’s important to get a trim every few months to get rid of split ends and keep your hair healthy. In the long run, this will lead to healthy hair growth which is ultimately what you’d want to achieve after all!
How to Fix and Repair Dead Hair
Just follow these tips and your unruly locks will turn into healthy and vibrant hair in no time. Just because your hair feels dry and dead doesn’t mean it’ll stay like that forever. You can hydrate and moisturize your hair simply by following these tips and tricks
1. Trim dead ends
A quick trim is always a great way to revive your hair. If you notice that the ends of your hair are split and have a dry, straw-like texture, then it’s time to head to the salon and chop those tips off. You don’t have to cut all of your hair off; just an inch or two is enough to get rid of those dreaded splayed-out ends. However, if you’re feeling bold, a bob or pixie cut is a great way to get rid of all the damage and to start anew with a sexy and edgy style.
When styling, opt for finishing with a hair serum like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum which can also act as a barrier and prevent split ends down the line.
2. Nix the hot tools
As much as it kills you to do so, avoid your straighteners and heated curling wands as much as possible, or use them sparingly. Heated tools can damage and fry your hair, especially if you use them on a daily basis. Always use a heat protectant, such as TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray before exposure to heat tools.
3. Avoid over-bleaching.
Avoid overexposure to bleach, as doing so can really do a number on your strands’ health. Color-processing can damage your hair, and if your locks are already seriously weakened, hair dye and bleach can lead to breakage, and in severe cases, even irritation and burning of the scalp. Just sayin’.
4. Wash your hair with damage-repairing systems.
Something as simple as switching up your daily shampoo and conditioner to a more nourishing version can help replenish your dead hair. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to help repair damaged locks. One of our favorite duos is Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner which repairs hair and prevents further damage.
Thinking about trying out some of these hair hacks? Be sure to share your results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!