Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Does damaged hair grow back healthy

Does damaged hair grow back healthy

A popular question many people who have hair damage might ask is does damaged hair grow back healthy? Can you regrow damaged hair? And the short answer is yes, it does. However, this is not always the case if you are suffering from a medical hair condition. If you damaged your hair by over-styling, too much heat or over coloring with too harsh chemicals the good news is yes your will will grow back healthy. The big question is what to do in the meantime? Keep reading to find answers.


How to restore damaged hair

How to restore damaged hair

Before I can talk about restoring damaged hair let's get a better understanding and take a quick look at hair, what is it and is it really made up of dead cells? According to Matthew Hoffman, MD,
hair is made up of keratin.

Keratin is a protein that is the main structural material making up hair, nails and in animals horns, feathers, claws and hooves. So it's not just in humans. And since it's a protein it's not alive. There are no nerve cells in hair. so when you get a hair cut you feel no pain.


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Hair has it's roots in the skin. the base of the hair in the skin is alive and is composed of living cells that grow and divide thus building the hair shaft. The root or hair follicle as Dr. Matthew Hoffman says
The hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle. In the hair bulb, living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. Blood vessels nourish the cells in the hair bulb, and deliver hormones that modify hair growth and structure at different times of life.
Now you know hair is dead so there is no magical treatment that is going to make your hair repair itself. One common cause of hair damage is over chemical processing which takes place while coloring your hair. During the coloring process your hair is broken down to allow for the dye to enter. According to Ramona Mulligan, a salon owner in Los Angeles California,
Unfortunately, you really can't undo damage to hair. Once the hair shaft has been broken down with bleach, it can't rebuild itself. You can, however, strengthen it some, and with a good conditioner, temporarily bond the ends together to avoid further breakage. If your hair feels stretchy and gummy when its wet, or is actually breaking off, you are going to have to cut some of that off, if you want your hair to get back to healthy status. Depending on the length, it can take anywhere from 4 months to a year to grow out.

How to make your damaged hair look better?

How to make your damaged hair look better
So there are some things you can do to make damaged hair look better but once you hair is damaged there is no way to really restore it. The best thing to do is let it grow out. Give it time to get healthy and strong. Ramona recommends the following treatment,
Get a deep conditioning and reconstructing treatment as soon as possible, and a shampoo, and conditioner for color treated, damaged hair. Do NOT get a hot oil treatment to use as a reconstruction, and do not get Pantene, etc. for shampoo. If money is an issue, buy some coconut oil as a deep conditioner for now. In addition to that, a leave in conditioner with a heat protectant for after the shower and some Argan oil will be very helpful with building your hair back up. 1-2/week, put the conditioning treatment or coconut oil all over your hair, and wrap it in a bun or an old t shirt and leave it on over night. Try not to shampoo your hair more than 3/week. After shampoo and conditioner, use a leave in conditioner and some Argan oil on the ends.

1. Deep condition to help with damaged hair

After every shampoo use a deep conditioner like coconut oil. And consider using a leave in conditioner. There are tons of products out there on the market that can help. Here are 2 of my top product recommendations and don't' forget to read my other article "Damaged hair men" for even more ideas to help with damaged hair:
Deep condition to help with damaged hair

Amplixin Hydrating Hair Mask - Deep Conditioner Hair Treatment With Coconut & Argan Oil - Sulfate Free Hair Repair Conditioner For Men & Women With Dry, Damaged Hair, 8Oz - $25.50

Watch the video you might be surprised at what you might learn about Amplixin


The cost is $3.319 per FL Oz. What I like is it contains NO sulfates and parabens which can cause scalp inflammation and in some cases increase hair shedding by suffocating the follicles.

Amplixin hydrating hair mask contains Argan and Coconut oil. Argan and Coconut oil contains vitamin E and fatty acids good for your hair. What I like is both oils help treat split ends and can tame frizzy hair.

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Split-End Bandage 4.2 Ounce (124ml) (2 Pack) - $14.89

Damaged hair help with Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser

I like this product because it's a leave in product that contains phyto-keratin a plant based keratin. The lipids works to strengthen your hair and help prevent further split-ends. It conditions your hair without leaving it oily.

If you can find this product in stores I would advise to buy there instead of ordering online. The reason why is sometimes the cap can come loose and the product can spill out of the bottle during shipment. And at $1.78 per Oz it's not something you want to spill.

What products do you use to deep condition? What do you like about them?

2. To help with damaged hair use natural products

If you have damaged hair the one thing you don't want is even more damage. So stop using products that could potentially further damage your hair. Stop using harsh chemicals. Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and silicone for example. These ingredients are in most products like laundry detergent to regular hand soap. And you don't need them when there are better natural alternatives available.

Instead of using sulfate look for natural ingredients, sulfate free shampoos. Instead of using silicone look for a silicone free conditioner. The main reason silicone is added to conditioners is to make your hair shine. But after continued use the silicone tends to build up in your hair. For example you could use a product with Coconut oil. The oil will give your hair that shine and from a protective barrier that you want to protect your hair form further damage.

My top 2 favorite shampoo and conditioner products to help with damaged hair
  1. WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Hair Conditioner Set - (2 x 16.9 Fl Oz / 500mL) - Increase Gloss, Hydration, Shine - Reduce Itchy Scalp, Dandruff & Frizz - No Parabens or Sulfates - All Hair Types - $29.94
  2. PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo Clinically Tested, Infused with Argan Oil, Biotin & Natural Ingredients, Sulfate Free, All Hair Types, Men and Women, 16 Fl Oz - $29.99
What are your favorite shampoos and conditioners?

3. Stop using tools that can cause damage to your hair

Many people do not realize you can easily ruin you hair by over-doing-it. Too much heat, too much styling and too much brushing. If you already have damaged hair this is just going to make your problem even worse. By over doing it, you hair can become, frizzy, dull, and limp. The simple answer is to start wearing you hair in a more natural style. And start using hydrating products. Stay away from heat. But if you must use heat then consider using a good heat protectant spray.

My top recommendation for heat protectant and UV protections are
  1. HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector | Protect up to 450ยบ F from Flat Irons & Hot Blow Dry | Sulfate Free, Prevents Damage & Breakage | Made in the USA | 8 Ounce - $14.89
  2. It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In product, 10 fl. oz. - $23.25
What heat protectant products works for you?

4. Stop further damage your hair by stopping coloring your hair

Well for some people that is going to be a tall order but if you can, it's worth considering especially when you find out just how damaging it can be. There are some alternatives out there that use natural ingredients like Tea for example. But if you must color your hair then al least look for products that are ammonia free. The down side is that the color sill wash out faster. To read more click on the link, "Broken hair on top of head". In this article I go into more details about ammonia and how coloring actually damages your hair.

How long does it take to repair extremely damaged hair? 

How long does it take to repair extremely damaged hair
Hair is going to grow at different rates for different people but the average rate of growth is half an inch per month. So for the average person in 6 months your hair will have grown three inches. And in one year it's now about six inches. This is for the average healthy person who has no medical hair or scalp conditions.

Does cutting off damaged hair help it grow?

Does cutting off damaged hair help it grow
No, cutting your hair has nothing to do with hair growth. Your hair is dead and it's growth is formed in the hair follicle in your skin not at the ends of the hair shaft. Now that being said, if you are suffering from split ends then getting a trim will definitely improve the look of your hair and will help. Once your split ends are cut off your hair will have that healthy appearance again.

Conclusion for growing back damaged hair

Now you know why it's not possible to repair damaged hair. Once your hair is damaged that's it, there is no mending it since it's dead. It will not grow back together if you have split-ends for example. The best option is to get a trim and to cover it up by using treatments.

As you now know is not permanent solution but can get you by till your next trim. The only real solution is to let your hair grow out and protect it from further damage. Your hair should be healthier again in about 6 months. During this time it should have grown about 3 inches in length.

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