Is your Curly Hair Damaged? Here’s how to FIX it!

Jul. 15, 2020
Damaged curly hair can sneak up over time, or it can happen with one bad experience with a flat iron or a blow dryer. Either way, damage and dryness can completely ruin your curls. If your hair feels brittle and lifeless or will no longer hold its curl pattern, then you may be dealing with damaged hair.
Sometimes, dryness can be the cause of these symptoms, but if you wash and moisturize your hair and you’re still having the same problems, then you may be dealing with a bigger issue. In a lot of cases, fixing your hair care routine can reverse the damage done to it and prevent your hair from getting damaged in the future. 
There are many things that can cause damage to your curly hair. Here are a few of the top culprits: 
  • Too much heat. The most common cause for dry or damaged curly hair is using too much heat. If your blow-drying your hair every morning and straightening it regularly, then it will come to no surprise that your hair may lose its curl pattern and become weak and brittle.
  • Shampooing too frequently. Shampooing too often or with the wrong type of shampoo can also cause damage to your hair. Curly hair doesn’t need to be washed as often as other types of hair, and it does best with a sulfate-free shampoo. 
  • Not protecting your hair at night. Curly hair can easily get trapped in the fibers of other natural fibers, such as cotton, which is usually used for bedding and pillowcases. Because of this, your hair can suffer from dryness, breakage, and frizziness if you don’t protect it adequately while you’re sleeping.
  • Rough styling. The last major way we damaged our hair regularly is by harsh styling. Styling your hair too tightly or changing your hairstyle too often can cause dryness and damage. 
If you’ve committed some of these curly-hair sins, don’t panic! No one’s perfect, but it’s important that you end your bad habits and get on the path to having healthy curly hair ASAP. Here five ways to fix your damaged or dry curls:
  • Use gentle shampoos. The first step to fixing dry or damaged hair is to make sure you use the right products. Make sure your shampoo is sulfate-free and designed for curly hair, and make sure you have a deep conditioner and quality post-shampoo conditioner to make sure your hair is getting all the nutrients it needs.
  • Select low-maintenance or protective styles. It’s fun to play with our hair, especially when it feels hydrated and healthy, but it’s important to keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible. Your hands are dirty, and they can contribute to breakage and dryness if you spend too much time manipulating your hair. The best way to keep your hair looking and feeling great is by sticking to protective styles or low maintenance styles. 
  • Keep your hair hydrated. Your hair needs regular maintenance, so if you feel like it’s been getting too dry before your wash day, consider rehydrating it through the week. You can do this by spritzing your hair with water and then adding a protective sealant, such as coconut oil or avocado oil, or you can rehydrate it with your leave-in conditioner. 
  • Deep condition your hair regularly. If your hair is healing from a lot of damage or extreme dryness, then make sure you deep condition regularly. You can deep condition your hair before or after you shampoo it, and it should be done at least monthly. However, it’s best to deep condition your hair weekly. You can deep condition your hair with a special curly hair product designed for dry and damaged hair, or you can use your regular post-shampoo conditioner and let it sit in your hair for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it out.
  • Consider a “big chop”. Lastly, if you are still struggling with dry and damaged hair, or you don’t have the patience to nurse your hair back to life, then you can do a big chop. A “big chop” refers to cutting off a significant amount of damaged hair so you can start fresh with the healthy parts of your hair. Cutting off the damaged ends can do wonders for your hair. It can get rid of split ends, make your hair look and feel thicker, and it will be easier to establish a new hair care routine on healthy hair as opposed to damaged hair.
  • If you’re dealing with damaged or dry curly hair, it’s important to first evaluate your habits to make sure you aren’t unnecessarily causing damage to your hair. It’s possible to heal damaged or dry hair with a strict hair-care routine, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed or you want a fresh start, you can always cut your hair and start over again!
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