Split Ends Treatment
- One of the most common types of hair damage is split ends. As the hair grows the ends may split naturally over time, especially hair that is particularly fine. Other factors like drying with a hot blower and too much styling or brushing may speed up the process. The best treatment for split ends is to trim them off. Trimming them regularly helps avoid spreading of the split up the hair shaft. Use a daily conditioner to moisturize hair and add extra at the tips to prevent further splitting.
Polymer Treatment Products
- Damaged hair from a normal distance may look frumpy, but, up close it's a bigger mess. The appearance is due to tiny tears in the hair, caused by heat, chemicals and abuse. Many products made for damaged hair, including conditioners, gels, thermal protectors and hairspray, contain a substance called polymer. This ingredient is a silicone material that attaches to the hair and fills in the tears, smoothing out the entire shaft of hair. Keep in mind, the polymer product has not eliminated the damage, but it does a good job of covering and protecting the damage so that the hair appears healthy. Look for products that contain Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-11, Polyquaternium-7 and Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride.
- Deep conditioners are a must for restoring dry hair. For seriously damaged hair, you should deep condition as often as once a week. Normal hair only needs a deep conditioning once a month. A deep conditioner usually needs to be left on the hair for at least 5 minutes and some up to 20 minutes. Some require a shower cap to be placed over the hair while it is conditioning. Some deep conditioners contain anti-oxidants like cranberry oil which help repair damage caused by pollution. Cranberry oil contains vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6. The fatty acids in these essential oils balance the moisture on the scalp and lead to a more moisturized head of hair. Cranberry oil can also prevent dandruff and reduce itching and redness caused by overly dry skin. Other effective deep-conditioning ingredients are avocado oil, jojoba and coconut oil.