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Managing Dry And Damaged Hair


Hair is composed primarily of proteins (88%). These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. Keratin protein is comprised of what we call “polypeptide chains.”

Damage to the hair is usually caused by heat (irons, blow drying, curlers, heat lamps, etc.), U.V. rays (Sun, lights, tanning beds), mechanical devices (combs, brushes, curling irons, etc.), chemicals (color, perms, relaxers, pool chemicals, the air, etc), or poor diet(specifically -lack of proteins and essential fatty acids). But there are steps you can take to restore your damaged hair and prevent it from going dry again.

Your hair is dry if:

  • it looks dull
  • it feels dry or rough
  • it tangles easily
  • it is difficult to comb or brush
  • it has been treated chemically (permed, bleached or colored)
  • it is liable to split ends
  • it is dry and frizzy.

Tips to Manage Dry hair

Mix three eggs, two tablespoons olive or safflower oil, and one teaspoon vinegar. Apply it to your hair, cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes and then shampoo it out.

A really good recipe is to take a shallow baking pan and mush a banana. Then stir in the honey along with one egg,2 tablespoons plain organic yogurt, and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil. Work the mask ingredients well while stirring to make sure they are well blended.

In the case of hair ruined by hot rollers or straightening, you may have a few inches of relatively undamaged hair on the scalp. Get a medium-severe haircut to get rid of the frizzled hair tips, or leave the damage right where it is and concentrate on protecting the good hair.

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