Damaged hair can be a problem on multiple levels. It doesn't look as good because it lacks the shine and the vivid colour that healthy, undamaged hair has. It doesn't feel as nice, it can be tricky to style, and you might lose more of it when you go for a haircut because the hairdresser needs to get rid of the worst damage towards the end.
There are a number of steps you can take to help your hair repair itself and protect it from further harm. Some of the best ways to pull this off include:
A number of natural oils help to repair and protect your hair while nourishing it with a range of essential vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil is a very good example, as are argan oil and pomegranate seed oil. Grapeseed oil also falls into this group, and has the added bonus of protecting your hair from the effects of the sun which can be one of the key causes of damage and colour loss. Adding these products to your haircare regime, or even switching to products enriched with these oils, can make a world of difference.
Regular conditioning is essential for both repairing hair that is already damage and preventing damage from occurring in the first place. Use a good-quality conditioner, and make sure you use it every time you wash your hair. Consider using a deep conditioner around once a week as well, but make sure you choose one that is formulated for your hair type in order to get the full benefit.
A lot of women was their hair as often as they can – sometimes even every day – thinking that this will help it look good. It's easy to see why this can seem like a good idea; it keeps your hair nice and clean, and gives you the freshly-washed effect every single day. Unfortunately, things aren't really so simple. Too much washing removes the natural oils that your hair needs for nourishment and protection, causing damage and making it look far below its best. Every other day is about as often as you should wash, and consider skipping the shampoo for one wash per week.
Have your hair cut regularly, even if it's just trimming the ends once every two or three months. A lot of damage starts at the ends, and it's impossible to prevent all of it. A regular trim removes split ends before the damage has a chance to spread. Left unchecked, the problem could spread and go from simple split ends to more serious damage along the length of your hair. Even if you're trying to grow your hair out, it is worth having the very ends trimmed around every three months. This will be enough to prevent damage as a result of split ends, and will probably mean you lose less hair length than if you let the damage spread and had to have more hair trimmed in order to remove it.