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5 Ways to Reduce Damage to your Curls

Breakage and frizz doesn't need to be an ongoing issue in your hair care routine. Shedding is normal and a little frizz is to be expected but if you follow these great hair habits you will see a dramatic change in the condition of your curls. 

Heat

We all know that heat styling causes damage, and this is down to the heat pulling moisture out and damaging the cuticle in the process. This will lead to frizz due to your curls not holding enough moisture. Heat causes breakage and weakens the hair shaft which is why your curls can break.

How to help: Limit your heat styling. This will give your curls time to recover and the cuticle to heal fully. If you really can’t limit your usage perhaps use your diffuser on a cooler setting.  Sealing your curls with an oil like our Trepadora Inca Radiance Smoothing Elixir will create a natural barrier. Also finish your style with the Inca Radiance for enhanced shine. 

Permanent Dyes

Permanent hair dye involves significant amounts of peroxide and ammonia. This can cause significant amounts of damage to your curls. The most potentially damaging colour transition is in lightening darker hair, which requires two separate processes, the removal of the original color and the depositing of the new color.

How to help: Use a non-permanent dye. Since they don’t contain chemicals that allow the colour molecules to penetrate the hair shaft and interact with the hair’s natural pigments. They simply sit on top of the strands until they wash away, in about six to ten shampoos. If you really can't do without a permanent colour then prep your hair with numerous treatments like the Trepadora Quinoa Repair Deep Conditioner before your appointment to the salon.  

For this reason we use OWAY colour system at the Trepadora Salon.
A vegan colour range with less chemicals than your standard salon dyes. Boosted with lots of natural botanicals to minimise causing any damage to your curls.

Too Many Ponytails & Braids

Unnatural bends in your curls and the way your elastic is tied can cause breakage. The tighter you style your curls and the more often you wear it, the more damage it can cause. Be especially careful tying your hair up when it’s wet. Wet hair is even more fragile and will break more easily due to accentuated elasticity. 

How to help: If you like to have your hair out of your face, try pinning it back with a claw that doesn’t pinch strands as tightly, and use a softer elastic. Air dry your curls before styling in this way. 

Teasing

Teasing or backcombing scrapes the cuticles of your strands backwards. This damages the cuticle, the protective barrier of the stand. This will lead to unwanted breakage and split ends. The cuticle being lifted makes the strands rough in texture leading to frizz.

How to help: If you want that extra volume, try gently pinning your roots with clips when drying instead. Once fully dry remove clips to see your enhanced volume.  

Trim Regularly

Trimming your ends is the best way to maintain healthy curls. Trimming will oxygenate the ends to enable your strands take in the moisture you are giving it. A regular trim will stop any split ends spreading up the hair shaft that leads to breakage. So book that hair appointment here.

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