Mechanical Hair Damage: How to Repair It
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broke—ie: dry, fuzzy, broken, dull, split and lifeless—your hair needs repair! Mechanical damage is caused by excess—excessive manipulation, excessive heat. In this case, you CAN have too much of a good thing! If your hair has become overworked, here’s how to repair the damage done.
1. Hands Off. Mindless tugging, twirling and pulling can put stress on strands that may already be at the breaking point. Find another nervous habit and leave your locks alone.
2. Assess Your Combs and Brushes. The wrong types of tools can cause hair to snag and break. Look for wide-tooth, seamless plastic combs and boar bristle brushes with rubber cushions to treat strands with optimal TLC. Metal bristles become too warm when used with a blow dryer and can scorch your hair.
3. Handle With Care. Brush your hair thoroughly to smooth strands before you step into the shower. Then, skip the brush when your hair is wet—instead, apply a lightweight formula like Biolage ExquisiteOil Strengthening Treatment, start at the bottom and gently work your way up your head with your comb until all tangles are tamed.
4. Beat the Heat. When blow-drying, give hair a little time to air dry before hitting it with heat—it’s less likely to be damaged if you don’t start drying when it’s sopping wet. Then apply a heat-protective formula like Biolage Thermal Active Repair Cream and “rough dry” with your hands. Wait until it’s nearly 90 percent dry before finishing it with a brush, and set the dryer temperature to medium.
5. Strength Training. Damaged hair requires reinforcement. The new Biolage Advanced fiberstrong Resurfacing Service, available at salons, contains bamboo—one of nature’s strongest yet most flexible materials—to restore compromised hair elasticity and resilience.
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