Find out Which Treatment Is Best For Damaged Hair? In winter in South Africa, our skin and hair suffer the most in the dry cold air. Don’t you hate it when your hair gets brittle and fizzes up when the air is damp? Here is something that works great for damaged hair;
Is your hair dry and brittle? Frizzy? Unmanageable? Broken? Maybe that Pinterest pic of rainbow-coloured hair inspired you, but all the bleaching has left your hair looking limp and frazzled. Damaged hair is a nightmare no one can escape because everything we do affects our hair: diet, styling, weather, colouring, and everyday life. So what damaged hair treatments are out there, and which one will save your hair?
Previously, it was believed that the only way damaged hair could be saved was by trimming the damaged ends, but we now have another option, thanks to advancements in science.
SPLIT ENDS REMEDIES
Split-end treatments typically temporarily glue frayed strands of hair back together. Using some pretty cool science, the hair is re-bonded, and the effect lasts for up to three washes. A split hair has a negative charge, and by combining two polymers, the serum creates a positive direction that helps the split ends cling together. Unfortunately, this treatment is temporary and doesn’t repair the damage.
Moisture masks focus on deep conditioning, infusing hair with extra nutrients and moisture. Different masks advertise beneficial ingredients like panthenol, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, etc. Hair masks penetrate past the hair’s cuticle into the inner layers, meaning that they are more effective at supplying the hair with nutrients than regular conditioners. Unfortunately, hair masks cannot repair damaged hair, no matter how much we wish they could.
Some hair masks may make your hair feel silky for a while, but that may be because some masks use silicone which coats your hair with gloss but leaves the inner fibres damaged. Effectively, these masks camouflage the damage, but the damage remains beneath the surface.
Silicone and paraben-free masks can benefit your hair’s health, supplying moisture and nutrients, but they do not repair damaged hair. Protein masks can even help prevent damage, but be careful of build-up. The same applies to Henna masks. Henna masks contain lawsone, an ingredient that helps seal cuticles to avoid split ends.
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We’ve all heard about functional Keratin, a new buzzword in the haircare community, so what’s the fuss about? To understand what Keratin treatments do, we need to look at hair anatomy. Each hair has an outer layer called the cuticle, constructed of Keratin protein cells that fit together like overlapping scales. This outer layer protects the inner layers of our hair (the cortex and medulla). Keratin treatments repair this outer layer.
Hair is damaged when these scales separate and split, exposing the inner layers to heat, chemicals, and friction. The cortex is also made up of Keratin proteins, so you’re effectively replacing the damaged Keratin proteins when you use this treatment. Unfortunately, this treatment has a weakness other protein treatments share: build-up. The use of formaldehyde in many Keratin treatments makes it a less attractive option.
And now for the miracle of the hair community. A revolutionary patented treatment that rebuilds your damaged hair. Yes, it exists! The one and only OLAPLEX. The only product that can repair your hair from the inside and leave you without build-up. In fact, during testing, they found that your hair’s quality keeps getting better and better! This is the secret celebs use to change hair colour so drastically without any damage. OLAPLEX rebuilds and repairs disulphide bonds in our hair; it contains no silicones to weigh down strands and leaves no build-up. A miracle in a bottle will make every day a good hair day.
Article by Joy Cronje
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