No one wants weak and brittle hair, so how can you strengthen your locks?
There are a few tricks to getting strong hair, thanks to Matrix here are a few ways:
1. Use the Right Products to Avoid Further Damage to Weak Hair
A good stylist can help you detect and diagnose weak hair, and make recommendations on appropriate product usage. Using the best products for weak hair is essential to restoring troubled tresses. For weak, delicate hair, use a shampoo, conditioner and styling products that will reinforce the hair by infusing protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties.
Don’t use a shampoo that will dry out hair, and when using a reinforcing conditioner, start at the roots and work the conditioner through to the ends. You can enhance conditioning by wrapping a hot towel or shower cap over your head to allow it to penetrate deeply into the hair follicles and shafts. A protein mask or deep conditioning treatment can also be beneficial to locks that have lost their strength.
Keep in mind, however, that the products we use on our hair can be overdone. You can have too much of a good thing, and excessive product usage over time causes damaged and weak hair. When hair is already damaged, compensating with more product can weigh it down, making weak hair look dull and rough. Avoid styling products that contain alcohol, for example, which can be drying to hair; and try to limit shampooing to every other day or even less frequently if your scalp doesn’t produce too much oil.
2. Take Care of Weak Hair by Limiting Chemical Use
Abusing and over-processing hair can lead to weak tresses. Ongoing use of strong chemicals through colouring, bleaching, straightening or permanents can damage hair fibre and make hair weak. When used too frequently or in too strong a dose, these chemicals can cause permanent damage, making weak hair dry and frizzy, with split ends and breakage the result. Counteract chemical warfare by using a shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair and intensive conditioning treatments. Look for styling products containing stearyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol that helps strengthen and soften weak hair.
For severely weakened hair, use a deep-conditioning protein treatment once a week or so. Apply the treatment all over hair that has been cleansed with a hydrating shampoo and leave it on overnight (wrap hair into a bun and sleep with a towel on your pillow). Rinse the treatment out in the morning. When you do opt for hair colour, ask your stylist about conditioner-rich and ammonia-free professional formulas.
3. Weak Hair Hates Heat: Don’t Play With Fire
Excessive heat from blow-dryers, hot curlers, curling irons and flat irons can cause weak hair and breakage. Using a too-hot blow-dryer on wet hair heats the water remaining under the hair’s cuticle and causes it to expand inside the hair, leaving spaces—or blisters —inside fibres, which weakens hair. These parched strands soak up moisture from the air, causing frizz.
Rather than fighting your natural texture, work with what you’ve got. For straight hair, enhance its health and shine by using cleansing and conditioning products specifically designed to create shine. For curly hair, use products created for wavy texture and scrunch the hair with your fingers to reduce frizz.
To nurse fried strands back to optimum health, use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, then fortify with a strengthening product prior to styling. Keep styling tools set on low temps, apply heat protection products before styling with dryers or irons to protect from thermal damage and follow with finishing products that are infused with protective oils.
4. Strengthen Weak Hair by Switching Up Your Style
Change how you wear your hair every day: Wearing your hair down day after day can result in tangles and split ends. But ponytails, tight braids and dreadlocks can also stress tresses and cause weakening. Switch styles every day to avoid strain on weak hair and give your look a pick-me-up. When wearing hair down, use a strengthening shampoo, conditioner and styling products to protect weak hair. When wearing it up, use fortifying gel or mousse and hair-protecting elastics with no metal on them.
The friction of over brushing and wearing tight-fitting hats can also cause hair to weaken. Don’t get too zealous when brushing, and never brush wet hair. It’s best to use padded brushes and those with animal hair bristles on delicate locks. A good detangling spray will help defend weak hair while brushing. Spritz it on before combing through wet hair to ease strand stress.
5. The Frizz Factor, and How To Prevent Frizz
When frizziness is apparent, keeping hair trimmed can help prevent further damage and stop the splits from travelling up the hair shaft.
Using a keratin shampoo and conditioner can help restore protein to weak, damaged hair and help bring it back to good health. But remember, this won’t happen overnight; you’ll need to use it regularly to notice a difference.
After shampooing, there are a variety of weak hair serums and leave-in conditioners available to help tame frizz. When using oil-based serums, avoid putting them directly on your scalp, as it can become greasy and make the roots look oily.
When styling, choose finishing products that enhance smoothness and shine like La Biosthetique Shampoo Volume Protection Couleur — Strengthening Shampoo is a colour protection volumising shampoo which gently cleanses fine and particularly sun-sensitive hair, protects it from colour and moisture loss and powerful active ingredients restore energy and volume to the hair. The hair structure is immediately strengthened, the hair becomes more resistant to UV radiation and is given new power and vitality.
Evenly distribute Shampoo Volume Protection Couleur into your hair and on the scalp. Lather with a little water, lightly massage the scalp and carefully knead the hair with the fingers. Then rinse thoroughly with water. Make sure you avoid vigorous rubbing dry.
- Sugar beet betaine and sugar surfactant: cleanse gently and thoroughly.
- Sunflower extract strengthens the resistance.
- Basic surfactant on the basis of coconut oil: cleanses gently.