damaged hair tips

Hands up who’s guilty of over-styling and overheating your hair over the festive period? You’re not alone. All that hair tugging and blasting of heat takes its toll, which is why come January your hair feels dry, looks dull and lacklustre and is much harder to manage – all tell-tale signs that your hair is in desperate need of a detox. We asked celebrity hairdresser, Michael Douglas to share the five damaged hair tips to help repair post party hair and undo the damage.

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Five damaged hair tips to bring your hair back to life

  1. Start the New Year with a haircut. Even if it’s just 1cm, a little trim will instantly eradicate dry ends. The ends of your hair are the most vulnerable as they’re open and exposed, and sometimes no amount of product will help those split ends.
  2. Keep styling to a minimum. Excessive heat styling, teasing, backcombing and tight ponytails over the festive period can have repercussions on your hair health. Using less heat (2-3 days per week minimum) and opting for low-maintenance hairstyles such as a messy bun, as well as dry shampoo on the days that you don’t use heat can help the hair to build up its resilience. A silk or cashmere scrunchie can also help to avoid tying the hair too tight, which causes breakage.
  3. Use a nourishing hair mask once a week. As the temperatures continue to drop, so too do the moisture levels in the air. Lack of moisture causes friction to the hair follicle, resulting in dry, brittle hair and flyaways. Applying a hair mask once a week will put tiny molecules of moisture back into the hair, relieving it from friction – but it’s important to be consistent for it to have any benefits. Surfactants found in conditioning treatments attach themselves to the hair, but after five washes the hair goes back to its original state. So, in being consistent, your hair will reap the cumulative effects.
  4. Choose microfiber materials. A lack of lubrication over the winter months means that hair strands rub together more. When you combine this with high-fashion headgear such as beanies and woolly hats, plus high-neck clothing, the material rubs against your hair which often results in hair starting to feel rough as a result of the artificial heat. Where possible, wear microfibre materials to help protect the hair from breakage.
  5. Upgrade your hairdryer. Invest in a quality hairdryer, fast and efficient drying equals less damage to your hair, and don’t forget a cool blast to give your blow-dry some extra staying power.


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