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How to care and maintain your hair health

Damaged hair can be caused by UV rays, wind, swimming, chemical treatments, incorrect washing and more. We all know it’s better to prevent hair from getting damaged in the first place, but life happens and so does hair damage. Don't stress. With the right products and a little TLC, you can restore health, shine and manageability to your hair pretty quickly.  

Our step- by-step guide to caring for damaged hair will help bring shine and health back to your locks, without breaking the budget.


Dry and flaky scalp

This type of hair damage relates more to your scalp, which is essentially skin. So while it’s the skin that’s acting up, it can also show up in the lengths of your hair as dandruff-like flakes. Also, in some cases, the scalp can become so dry that it affects new hair growth. If this happens, the lengths of your hair could become brittle and prone to damage.


The cause can be related to sunburn and dehydration, but it can sometimes be a skin condition like dandruff or psoriasis. If you are unsure, seek medical advice to help alleviate the condition. If it’s simply that your skin is too dry, you should think about treating your scalp as you would your skin - with lots of care! 

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Step by step guide on helping a dry and flaky scalp

Here’s a helpful guide:

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Firstly, sun protection for your hair and scalp is super important. Why not make a stylish statement with a hat to shield your hair and scalp from any further damage caused by the sun's rays? Or even a bold scarf. If you're at the beach or sunning by the pool, remember to apply your sunscreen to your partline, too. It is exposed to the sun as much as the skin on the rest of your body, so needs protection, too. 

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Use a great value shampoo and conditioner that’s especially formulated for a dry scalp, like Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Dry Scalp Care Conditioner.

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You could also try exfoliating your scalp. It’s easy. Simply massage an exfoliating hair product like Growth Bomb AHA Scalp Exfoliant into your scalp. It will help to remove any built up skin cells that might be causing the dryness and flakiness. An added bonus is that by removing these cells, you will improve the absorption of moisturising ingredients from your products.

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Few things beat the pampering of a hair treatment oil, especially when you take the time to massage it into your scalp. It will also relieve dryness and itchiness and support healing of your sun-stressed scalp. Apply a great value product like My Soda Hair Oil, at night. Massage it in well and leave it on overnight so your scalp soaks up all that moisture. Wash it out in the morning and don’t forget to condition your hair afterwards to ensure it’s detangled without the need for combing through knots.. Repeat this routine every night until your scalp feels better.

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Every couple of washes, try swapping your regular conditioner for a hydrating hair treatment mask like Garnier Fructis Hair Food Hydrating Aloe Vera. It will soothe and hydrate your scalp while nurturing your damaged hair.

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Stay well hydrated from the inside. Drink plenty of water each day and make sure you’re eating lots of Omega 3 rich foods like avocado and salmon.


Split and frayed ends

Split Ends are typically caused by sun exposure (even in winter), swimming and excessive use of heated styling tools. The only way to get rid of split ends is by trimming them off. You can prevent them from happening in the first place, which is your best plan of attack. 

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Step by step guide on treating split and frayed ends

Here are a few step-by-step tips:

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Schedule a trim every six weeks. We wouldn’t suggest trying this at home though. Book in with your hairdresser who will have a 360 degree view of your head and can snip it into shape in a balanced way. 

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Give your damaged hair some extra love with regular conditioning treatments. Choose one that hydrates as well as strengthens, like Maui Heal and Hydrate Mask for Damaged Hair. Apply the bulk of the product to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair as these sections are the most likely to split and fray. Remember to always be gentle with wet hair, as it’s more prone to splitting.

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Go easy on blow-drying, curling, or straightening. Heated styling is a major culprit when it comes to split ends.

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Don’t forget, whenever you style your hair, protect and nurture it with a leave-in heat protector like Schwarzkopf Keratin Heat Protecting Spray.


Dull and dry hair

Dull and dry hair can be caused by over-washing, not giving your hair enough hydration, sun exposure and environmental factors like pollution and mineral deposits from hard water or swimming in salt and chlorine. You can nurture this kind of damaged hair back to health though. Simply follow our guide below.

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Step by step guide for treating dull and dry hair

Here are a few step-by-step tips:

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Check your shampoo and conditioner. Use hydrating formulas that contain nurturing, shine-enhancing ingredients like Shea butter and Argan oil. Ogx Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair are great value buys.

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Nourish your hair at least once a week with a protein-based moisturising treatment like Grow Anti-Breakage Hair Mask. This will help replenish moisture and bring back your hair’s strength and elasticity. Apply the treatment to the mid-lengths and ends, and let it work its magic for one to three minutes. 

TIP: Give yourself a little head and scalp massage while the hair treatment is doing its thing.

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Use leave-in conditioners, even on the days you’re not heat-styling your hair. They’ll help prevent moisture from escaping, as well as encourage shine and manageability. Spray a quality product like Sukin Natural Balance Leave-in Conditioner through mid-lengths and ends and gently comb it through with a wide toothed comb.

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You could even incorporate a nourishing oil as part of a weekly hair health routine. Use a product that contains Argan oil, like Hask Argan Oil Repair Hair Oil. Massage it through wet or dry hair and pop on a shower cap. The heat from your scalp will become trapped in your shower cap and help the oil to penetrate the hair shaft. Shampoo it out after 30 minutes and follow with your regular conditioner. If you want even more benefits, you could even leave it on overnight.

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After styling your hair, simply spray a shine-enhancing spray like John Frieda Vibrant Shine 3-in-1 Shine Spray to mid-lengths and ends. It will help make your damaged hair gleam. Remember to go lightly! You want shine, not oil-slick. If you’re not super confident spraying the product, try spraying it into your hands first. Massage the palms and fingers of your hands together and then very lightly run your hands through your hair.


Environmental elements

Environmental elements including UV rays, wind, minerals from the ocean or a swimming pool, and pollution can cause damaged hair. Thankfully, you can easily protect your hair from environmental damage. Here’s our guide:

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Step by step guide to combat environmental elements

Here are a few step-by-step tips:

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Remember that the sun’s rays can damage your hair even on very cloudy days. So, it’s important to use a leave-in UV protectant all year round. Apply it before you style your hair and when possible, pop on a hat or a scarf for more protection. This also help reduce pollution build up on your hair. 

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Use clarifying shampoo once a month to remove buildup from pollution and mineral deposits. Wash twice with a great value product like Thanks to Nature Clarifying Shampoo, then follow with a good moisturising hair treatment.

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Are you a frequent swimmer? Consider wearing a swimming cap to protect yourself from buildup of salt and/or chlorine and other minerals. Wet your hair first using tap water, then apply a leave-in conditioner to further protect against any water that might sneak in under the cap.

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Keep your hair strong and healthy by using a moisturising leave-in conditioner every day. Simply apply it before styling and style your hair as usual.


Chemical Damage

Chemical hair treatments like colouring, perming and relaxing or straightening can really take their toll on your tresses, and can sometimes lead to irreparable hair damage. These treatments make the hair shaft change and leave it open to damage from the environment. Think: sun damage, pollution deposits and more.

If you regularly have these chemical hair treatments, you can protect your hair with these simple steps. 

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Step by step guide to help avoid chemical damage

Here are a few step-by-step tips:

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Use colour-safe shampoo and conditioner. These formulas help to preserve your hair colour for longer. This means that you can stretch out the time between colouring appointments, which will help lessen any damaging effects of chemical hair treatments. 

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A weekly protein mask will help keep your hair strong. It minimises damage, as well as helps to prevent colour fade. Many protein masks combine both strengthening hair repair benefits, as well as moisturising, which is great. If yours doesn’t focus on hydrating too, use a moisturising conditioner or hydrating hair treatment afterwards.

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If these hair treatments have left you with very damaged hair, you might want to chat to your hairdresser. The two of you can work together to come up with a hair repair strategy that suits your budget and lifestyle.


Last word

Before you start any hair repair strategy, you’ll want to identify the exact type of hair damage you have. Sometimes, your hair damage could be caused by more than one thing. Your hairdresser can help you ascertain the exact issue, but this guide is a great starting point.

Finally, be sure to read the ingredients of the products you use, to ensure the risk or irritation or allergies is minimised. Always follow the instructions on the packaging to avoid any potential mishaps.


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