5 Ways to Fix Your Bad Hair Day
We all have bad hair days. Some of us more often than others, but the causes are almost always the same. If your hair isn’t behaving properly, it is probably a matter of genetic predisposition and environmental damage. There are five typical reasons our hair causes us to despair, and we’ve got expert advice for fixing each of them, making bad hair days a thing of the past. If your hair is prone to split ends, dull color, flyaways, dryness, or thinness, help is on the way.
Bad Hair Day Cause #1 – Split Ends
There are lots of causes of split ends, but the biggest offender is over processing. Our favorite heat reliant tools, like blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons, all cause split ends when they’re overused and most of us put our hair through these rigors on a daily basis. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so limiting your exposure to these things as much as possible will help keep your ends in the best possible condition. Other than that, the best way to deal with split ends is to make sure you’re not going too long in between trims. Depending on the condition of your hair and how quickly it grows, you need to plan on getting to the salon at least every six to eight weeks to keep your ends in great condition. At home, treat your hair to a weekly conditioning session. Apply coconut oil from mid-shaft to the tips of your hair and leave it on for an hour. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner, and your hair will be sleek, soft, and less prone to splitting.
Bad Hair Day Cause #2 – Split Ends Dull Color
Ironically, the number one cause of dull looking hair color is overdyeing. Less frequent dye jobs and switching from permanent to semi-permanent colors can help restore vibrancy. At home, make sure that you’re only using hydrating, sulfate free shampoos. Every two weeks, treat your hair to some yogurt. Slather clean hair in a thick, plain yogurt. Leave it on for an hour, then wash and condition normally.
Bad Hair Day Cause #3 – Flyaways
If you’re prone to flyaway hair, over washing it could be contributing to the problem. You should only wash your hair every other day at the most, and less often if you can get comfortable with infrequent shampooing. We hear so much about fighting greasy, oily hair that sometimes it is easy to forget that our hair does actually need some of its natural oils. Without them, you get dry, static-prone hair that results in flyways. Make sure that your shampoos and conditioners are moisture-rich. Once a week, you can do a half hour hair mask treatment that will help in the battle against flyaways. Simply whip one egg yolk into some olive oil and coat your hair with it. After thirty minutes, wash and condition as usual.
Bad Hair Day Cause #4 – Dry hair
Some people are born with hair that is more prone to dryness, but we all do a lot of things to our hair on a daily basis that exacerbate the situation. If you’re shampooing daily, using heat styling tools on a regular basis, or chemically processing your hair, you’re drying it out. You probably already know about these culprits and are choosing to use them anyway, but there’s one more cause that you might have overlooked. Are you aware that your diet can be a cause?
If you’ve got dry hair, make sure you’re taking a high quality multi-vitamin each day. You should also check your water consumption, as dehydration affects both skin and hair, so make sure you’re getting plenty. Your hair is comprised entirely of protein, so you’ll also want to make sure that your diet has enough iron and protein rich foods to support healthy hair growth. While you’re addressing any underlying dietary issues, there’s also a very simply home conditioning treatment that will help the surface problem. Shea butter works wonders on dry hair. Just make sure you’ve got the real deal. Shea butter lotions may contain very little in the way of actual shea butter, and might even have drying ingredients like alcohol and artificial fragrances. These will do more harm than good. Apply a quarter sized amount of pure shea butter to your hair. Start at mid-shaft and work it all the way down to the ends. Leave it on for at least fifteen minutes, then wash it out with a gentle, hydrating shampoo. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, and your hair will feel softer and healthier than ever before.
Bad Hair Day Cause #5 – Thin Hair
Combat thin hair with a great cut. The right shape and texture will boost volume and leave your hair looking thicker and healthier. At home, use volumizing shampoo and conditioner, and follow up by applying a volumizing mousse to wet hair.