Double time your moisture intake:

If your hair is desert dry and damaged you must moisturize it more often. Moisture escapes damaged hair easily due to splits, breaks and other trauma to the hair strand. Instead of adding moisture to your hair once per day add moisture before bed and in the morning. If your hair is severely damaged, apply moisture to your hair in the evening (4pm-5pm) when you get home from work or school as well.   Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream and LUSH R&B Revive & Balance Hair Moisturizer are great moisturizers. If your hair is anything like mine, moisturizers that are water-based causes your hair to matte and tangle when applied on dry hair. I can only use water-based moisturizers after I wash my hair and its still wet so I use penetrating oils like coconut, avocado and olive oils in between washes.

Clarify your hair:

There are certain products that  contain oils, pomades and conditioners that can build up and actually prevent your hair’s ability to hydrate. This is why it is  important to remove stubborn buildup these products can cause. Many  shampoos are sulfate-based but there are more sulfate-free products entering the market to accommodate sensitive scalps and hair. Clarifying shampoos like Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Shampoo washes away buildup from styling products without stripping away your natural moisture.

Search and destroy before every wash:

If you are consistently losing hair when you comb or style your hair it may be due to breakage caused by splitting ends. Split ends can break off on their own but you will be left with a damaged end. It is best to clip the end of the strand evenly yourself. The search and destroy method is simply examining the ends of your hair for split ends and clipping the strand individually. It is best to hold your ends in front of a white sheet of paper; the light, solid surface will aid you in finding the splits. Search and destroy at every wash until the number of split ends you have decrease dramatically. This will greatly contribute to your hair’s strength and health.

Use a reconstructor to deep condition:

A hair reconstructor is a specialized hair conditioner designed specifically to help severely damaged hair. What separates a hair reconstructor from a regular conditioner is its focus beyond simply moisturizing. Hair reconstructors fix breaks, cracks and weakened areas of the hair shaft with a combination of micro-proteins, macro-proteins and polymers. The ApHOGEE Treatment for Damaged Hair is an example of a hair reconstructor that must sit in the hair for a period of time to take effect. It then hardens and must be rinsed out according to directions. Giovanni’s Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor and As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner are also an excellent products that can help your hair regain its health.

Apply product from root to tip:

Sometimes when applying a product to my hair,  I will quickly rub it over my entire hair without focusing on each section. It is vital that  every strand is receiving the product. Don’t just apply it to the top of your hair; divide your tresses and apply the moisturizer in the middle, underneath and from the roots to tips of your hair.

Seal your hair:

This is one step you should never skip. Sealing with an oil or butter product locks in moisture. It smoothes out the cuticle and keeps your hair moisturized for a longer period. Always use sealant on slightly dampened or misted hair, or pair the product with a water-based moisturizer to maximize the benefits. Jojoba oil and aragan oil are fantastic sealants. If your hair is severely damaged, it is best to use thick oils like castor oil and butters.

Styling your hair protectively:

Protective styles don’t make your hair grow but they do make it possible to prevent breakage since your hair may be breaking off faster than it grows. What protective styles actually do is keep your ends “protected.” A few examples of protective styles are buns/chignon, two strands twists, braids and weaves. I know it can be hard to wear protective styles because you can’t really have “fun” with your air. If you don’t like wearing your hair in protective styles consistently try the “3-4 routine”. I wear my hair in a protective style for 3 days (after washing like twists) and then take them down and wear my hair “out” for 4 days. This way I am able to enjoy my hair but keep it protected for a good amount of time as well.

Take a deep breath:

Think positive and stay confident. Keep in mind that this process of restoring your hair might take a while but remember it’s a work in progress. It’s kind of like working out. The first few weeks you can’t see the results but with every squat and repetition you’re getting more and more toned…then one day Bam! you’ll have those Kelly Rowland abs. Just make sure you are consistent and focus on your hair’s health daily. Even on those days when you’re dog tired *John Coffe voice* and you just want to fall asleep in your clothes; take 5 minutes to give your hair a little TLC. It will pay off!