It’s inevitable that hair will become damaged to some degree, especially with all the stress and trauma caused by the sun, pollution, coloring, chemical processes, styling products and heatbased styling tools. Damaged hair can be dull, coarse and even hard to style. The easiest way to get rid of incurred damage is to cut off the affected portions—but you can reduce the extent of damage that your hair endures by keeping it protected and well moisturized.
In general, hair is strongest when it’s dry; when it’s wet it’s more vulnerable to damage. “When the hair is wet, the cuticles are open, making it weak and easier to break and become damaged,” says stylist Elena Quaglino. Once dry, it returns to its normal state of strength but while it’s wet, you need to take special care so that you don’t damage or break the hair. For starters, use an appropriate conditioner to give a dose of added strength. Also, avoid toweldrying your hair vigorously—try gently blotting it or using your fingers to lightly squeeze out extra water. “The friction of moving the towel around the hair can cause it to break,” adds Quaglino. Should you choose to use a blow-dryer, make sure to first comb your hair from the ends up and dry it until most of the water is out. Then, use a brush to smooth and style it.
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