What to Do for Dry Damaged Hair

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What Causes Damage to Your Hair?

The first thing you need to figure out is what is damaging your hair in the first place. I didn't realize I had hair breakage until I went with a straight style. I couldn't believe the damage that was there. The cause was from using a curling iron without using a heat protectant. Fine hair can't take a lot of heat and I have fine hair.

Another cause can be from having a perm or having your hair colored. Most hair can take these processes, but you can't do them often. If your hair can be damaged easily, never let your beautician put you under a dryer to process a perm.

It is important to have your hair trimmed for split ends on a regular basis. The hair can split and break quite a distance up the length.It takes a long time to grow out if this happens.

The sun and wind will damage hair and dry it out. It is hard on your hair. If you are outdoors a lot in wind, cold or sun, you need to protect your hair.

Treatment for Damaged Hair

  1. First head right to the beautician and get a good cut. Get the hair cut as short as you are comfortable with. Mine wanted to layer my hair. I wouldn't let her, because my hair is just too fine and thin for that sort of cut. You know yourself what you like - stick to your guns.
  2. Purchase a good conditioner. Your stylist will recommend one, but you can find one at your local discount store cheaper. Don't purchase the cheapest one on the shelf. Unless you have oily hair, purchase one for dry damaged hair. It should also have added protein.Use it after every shampoo. Leaving the conditioner on your hair for several minutes helps it absorb more. Rinse it out after that.
  3. Comb your hair carefully. Start combing at the bottom first to remove tangles and work your way to the scalp. Quit using a brush when the hair is wet. It can cause more damage than just a comb.
  4. Once the tangles are all removed, spray on a leave-in moisturizer.
  5. Don't use styling products that contain alcohol. These can dry out the hair. You should check labels before purchasing them. This includes hairspray.
  6. If you are going to use a styling appliance like a curling iron or blow dryer, read below.

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Treatment for Heat Damaged Hair

My beautician told me that hair can burn at any heat over 100 degrees. The average curling iron can reach temperatures up to 500 degrees. I identified one of the causes of my hair damage right away. Blow dryers can get hot too. If you use one, you should follow the advice also.

There are special heat protectants that can be purchased from your beautician or at your local strore. I purchased Redken Extreme Anti-Snap. This works well, but isn't inexpensive. I paid around $16 for a 8.5 ounce bottle. I noticed later that Pantene and many other brands are available. A product that you leave in your hair is best. Look for one that has added protein too, as that will help heal your hair also.

For now, I'm not styling my hair with heat. The sun can damage your hair too, so I'm still using the product when I know I'll be outside for long periods of time. I am also using a conditioner and a spray-on anti-frizz product to keep my hair moisturized.

Preventing Weather Damage

If you've been out on a hot sunny day, your head can get hot and your skin can sunburn. If the sun can burn your skin, think about what it is doing to your hair. Besides drying it out and damaging it, it can bleach your hair too. You should use a heat protector just like you would with heat styling appliances. Wearing sun hats is a good idea or a scarf. The sun hat will protect your face at the same time, and help to prevent aging later on.

Wind can damage hair and dry it out too. .A friend of mine rode on a motorcycle with the love of her life all summer. By the end of the summer, she had to get her hair cut short, because it was ruined by the wind. Wear a scarf when it is windy. A helmet is a must when riding a motorcycle for your protection and your hair's. Wear a ponytail or a style where you can put the hair inside the helmet.

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Monthly Treatments for Damaged Hair

A hot oil treatment is a good idea until you get your hair back into shape. These can be purchased at any discount store. Clairol sells one.

Don't use hair coloring or a perm on your hair unless you feel it is an absolute must. Both of these products dry the hair. At least try putting them off longer than usual if you feel you just can't do without them.

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missolive 3 years ago from Texas

Hi Barbara Kay, great tips! I was blessed with thick hair and I've tried every trick in the book to keep my ends free of damage. Hey, I went to high school in the 80's and this mane has seen its fair share of color, perms and chemicals...LOL Isn't it amazing how hot some of those irons get? One of the things I do (on the days I know I won't be leaving the house) is I shampoo and condition my hair first thing in the morning but I don't rinse out my conditioner. I will comb it through my hair and pull my hair up into a loose bun or a braid for the day. I'll end my evening with another shampoo, a light conditioning and let my hair air dry - works wonders! Your tips on a good cut and conditioner are truly important. Thanks for sharing your insight, I love beauty tips!

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bloomsandbugs 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

great hub. Very useful!

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

missovlive, I wish I had nice thick hair. I could never leave the conditioner in my hair though. It is so fine it would weigh it down too much. Sometimes I think a wig would be easier. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

bloomsandbugs, Thanks for reading and commenting on the hub. I'm going to check out your profile. It sounds right up my alley.

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hi, Barbara!

Wish I had the hair I once did...but I guess my pillow and sink need it more! LOL! This is great information, however, that I can pass on to my wife and daughter. Thank you for sharing!



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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Joe for reading. My sink gets a lot of my hair too.

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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi Barbara Kay,

My hair does have its dry moments and I do deep condition it so that it will not look quite so 'thirsty'. I never thought of wearing a heat protector to go out in the sun before but that makes a lot of sense. Recently, I have been treating my hair with Vitamin E oil. I really have to wait and see how that affects it. I will be more careful about blow-drying my hair but it is something I have to do otherwise my sinuses will begin to act up and I will get tonsillitis! Your tips are ones I will use. Thanks.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

North Wind, Yes, in the north you need to dry your hair in the winter. The dry hair from the furnace running can dry out your hair too. That may be part of my hair damage. Let me know how the Vitamin E oil works. It sounds like a winner.

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Very informative- living in the desert, inexpensive conditioners don't seem to help. I am a big fan of Redkin, but like you said, it is not inexpensive, however, it does last a while. Thanks for this hub!Voted up.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

epbooks, I was told to use just a dime size amount. I'll see how long the Redkin lasts. The bottle is already almost 1/4 gone, so I'm guessing about 4 months. I'm desperate, so I'm using a conditioner on my hair plus the Redkin spray. It is probably overkill, but I don't want anymore of my hair snapping. I also quit using coloring and a curling iron.

Thanks for your comments.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

I never had a problem with dry hair until recently. My beautician told me it was because I was using a certain shapoo. She told me not to buy the mainstream products because they will damage my hair more. She suggested to use sulfate free shampoo. Of course she had products on hand for me to buy. But you can buy sulfate free shampoo at the drug store cheaper.

Great hub. It is important to use the correct products for our hair. And each of our hair is different.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Carly, Thanks for commenting. I think I messed up my hair with coloring. I've quit and slowly my hair is returning back to the way it was. I am using a lot of conditioning products though.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Excellent tips here for taking care of ones hair, I never once had dry hair, but you have a well thought of hub about this issue which can be helpful to many readers

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

DDE, For some people, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Mine is also fine and easily damaged. Thanks for commenting.

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zanaworld 3 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks for a very useful hub. Marking up as useful.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

zanaworld, Thanks for reading the hub.

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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I find that using too much conditioner can weight down fine hair. There are also shampoos and conditioners for adding volume, which fine hair needs. (My veterinarian thinks I'm nuts to worry about such things, but foxes in the public eye need to care about their appearance.)

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Writer Fox, I have trouble with some conditioners too. I use mousse to get a little more body. Right now I am more worried about preventing breaking than anything. Thanks for commenting.

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Hi Barbara, thank you for the info on repairing damaged hair. I will give this a shot.

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Shvon, I did a lot of research and asked a lot of beauticians since mine became so bad. Mine is much better. I hope the ideas work for you. Thanks for commenting.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Barbara Kay - Thanks for sharing this information. My hair is breaking from age and gray hair, I believe. I now have my hair done weekly, as it is also very dry from the low humidity. I will definitely try your recommendations. Your hub is great, and easy to follow directions help, while the pics add to the readership. My daughter is young but already has gray hair and dryness. It may be from her curling iron. I think this is my first time to read one of your articles, so I plan to read more. It is a pleasure to meet you. Pinning article. Blessings. Audrey

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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

brakwl2, The gray might be my problem too. It is a pleasure to find you here to. Thanks for pinning the article.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

These are good tips. I don't use a hair dryer for this very reason. My hair becomes dried out. I let it air dry. I use pantene on my hair. I've tried expensive salon conditioners as well as cheap store ones. The only one that has ever worked is pantene. The tangles slide right out and I'm able to comb through it. My hair is really long now though. It was much easier when I kept my hair shorter.

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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

CraftytotheCore, Thanks for your tips. I don't use a blow dryer or curling iron anymore either. I haven't tried Pantene. I should give it a try.

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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Barbara Kay: voted up, useful and interesting. THANK YOU. My hair is very fine with ZERO natural curl. My hairdresser, Bob, colors it, - he does a great job, and he does trim it to prevent the split ends. You gave excellent advice, and I personally don't believe one has to spend a lot of money on hair products, but, as you stated, I, too, do not purchase the cheapest one on the shelf. I believe you truly get what you pay for.

You picked a great topic that EVERYONE can relate to, because who doesn't have hair? :) Blessings, Sparklea :)

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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Sparklea, Thanks for reading. My son is getting married in August and I really need to do something different with my hair. I just wear it straight and long. I'm terrified a perm will make it break terrible. I don't know what I am going to do about that.

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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Barbara, I suggest you get your hairdresser's opinion. A good hairdresser will be honest...if not, they would lose their customers. Congratulations on your son's marriage and your gaining a daughter in law. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Sparklea, That is what I should do. Thanks for the congratulations.

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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Barbara Kay - What a great hub about dry damaged hair. The winters do havoc on hair where I live. I do have hair breakage but often have a lot of hair, so that doesn't bother me. I use good products but have hair done a lot at beauty parlor. Your suggestions are super and thank you for sharing your expertise. Sharing hub. Blessings, Audrey

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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Audrey, Thanks so much for reading the hub. I've finally gotten my breakage under control. Winters here dry out the hair terrible. Blessings to you too.

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aesta1 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

These are really useful tips. For oil treatment, I have used olive oil and coconut oil and both worked well. I put oil on my scalp and hair and leave it there for several hours and then I wash my hair with baby shampoo. I seldom use hair dryer or curling iron.

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Barbara Kay 23 months ago from USA Author

aesta, I quit using a curling iron and blow dryer and my hair is so much better. There are times, that I need to do more than leave it straight though, since it is fine and just doesn't look real good without it. The olive oil does seem to do the trick. Thanks for commenting.

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