What’s one of the most common misconceptions about hair? That your locks are living—or can somehow be repaired.
If that comes as a surprise, don’t fret! Beauty brands have long used terms that imply their products can fix up damaged strands and split ends for good. However, that’s just not the case.
When your hair is damaged, either by chemical processing (dyes) or heat styling, the dead proteins that make up each don’t heal themselves. Instead, exposure to excessive chemicals or heat strips away the protective layer of lipid fat that keeps hair so shiny—which is why damaged tresses often look dehydrated and dull.
You’re probably asking, “Is there any way to help damaged hair?” And the answer is yes—a Brazilian Split End Treatment uses the same proteins that make up each hair to help patch up breaks and splits, helping damaged hair look luscious and full of life.
However, the results don’t last forever, generally 4-6 weeks, at which point your stylist will want to give you a trim.
Since it’s so much easier to keep hair healthy in the first place, here’s our three go-to tips:
First, always use a heat protectant spray! Our fave? The holy grail of H-Line products is still Elixir 11. A little bit of it each day protects your hair from heat, sun, moisture loss, and a ton more.
Next up, don’t forget your regular trims. It’s not just that your fave stylist misses you (they do!), but because damage and splits will work their way up each strand over time. That’s why it’s so important to come in for a bit of upkeep often—anywhere from 10-12 weeks if you’re maintaining a longer length or 6-8 weeks for more detailed styles.
Finally, speaking of styles, it’s important to extend yours to give hair a break. We’ve perfected the art of the Monday morning blowout, and can sometimes get it to last all week.
Want to learn how to let your favorite style set for more than a day? Check out “Make Your Blowout Last For Perfect Hair All Week Long” for hints that make it easier to look great and sleep in.
Interested in having your split ends repaired? Call Shades Color Bar at (916) 960-5929 for an appointment.