Raise your hand if (like me) you’ve ever had a dreaded setback. Whether it’s due to a bad dye job, too much heat, or over-manipulation, a setback can take inches off your hair—not too mention that it can also leave your hair damaged and uneven. There are plenty of resources out there telling us how to avoid setbacks, but what if you’re already there and need to get back on track?
Step 1—Determine the Cause of your Setback
If I’m flat ironing my hair and all of a sudden a smoking wisp of hair falls to the floor, I know what I’m dealing with. However, not all setbacks have obvious culprits. It helps to keep track of products you’ve been using and what’s inside them. I once tried using a shikakai-based shampoo without knowing that shakakai can be very drying to hair. Big mistake, right? Knowing what your hair may be sensitive to and what types of effects a certain product could have on your tresses are important things to know. This will aid in the process of repairing your hair.
Step 2—Stop the Wear and Tear
If you’ve just had a set back, you don’t want to risk further damage by manipulating your hair. Handling your hair gently when washing and styling goes a long way. Heat should be avoided during this time, and it’s best to use tried and true products that you know will be gentle on your hair and nourish it.
Step 3—Back to the Moisture Protein Balance
Remember that when you experience dryness and have little elasticity that your hair needs moisture. This is important because properly moisturized hair will be able to stretch and bend without breaking. If your hair is breaking and feels mushy when wet, then it’s probably weak and would need protein. If your setback has upset the balance, then get back on track by listening to your hair and what it needs.
A setback isn’t the end of the world, but it can definitely be a challenge. Sometimes in the worst cases a major trim may be needed, but at other times all you need is just the three steps listed above to set you back on the right path. Although it’s easy to dismiss, don’t forget that patience is also key, because there isn’t an overnight fix for a setback. It’ll take time for your hair to bounce back, and when it does you want it to be shiny, healthy and strong.Show
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