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How You’re Damaging Your Hair… and What To Do About It

Split ends, breakages, dull dry ends, greasy roots and flyaway hair all add up to a head of hair that’s well… less than satisfactory. Let’s look first at the main factors contributing to problem hair and the remedies we suggest here at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton Salons. Remember, although prevention is better than cure, there are some fantastic products to help you restore your hairs full glory.

What’s going on up there?

Every one of your hairs has its own cycle of growth which are divided into 3 stages. Active growth outwards from the follicle, maturity and the resting phase. At the resting phase the follicle softens it’s grip on the hair shaft making is susceptible to falling out or is easily pulled out. About 15% of the hairs on your head are in their resting phase which is why we lose our hair in activities like brushing and washing. During the ageing process, more of our hairs will be in the resting phase, which means we shed more hair, but it won’t grow back as quickly. So the older we get, the more important it is to take good care of our hair – especially the percentage that’s in active growth and maturity.. after all, if we treat it well, it will genuinely shine back in reply.

The culprits

Chemical damage

Aveda Damage Remedy Hair RepairAveda’s global artistic director Ricardo Dinis claims that anything that changes the natural bonds in your hair is what contributes to its break down. All chemicals from treatments (even ones containing Keratin), to straightening and perming are damaging to the hair shaft. If you’re bleaching and lightening, you can expect the hair to suffer.

The fix:
Deep conditioning treatments that you leave in are recommended – at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda, we recommend Damage Remedy daily hair repair to help solve this problem. Packed with the goodness of quinoa, split ends can be instantly mended.

Heat damage

Damage from blow dryingHeat from artificial sources like hair tongs, straightening irons and hair dryers will almost always lead to breakages and splitting ends, caused by brittle and fragile hair.

The fix:
Using protective shampoos and conditioners, as well as pre-styling products really helps to keep your hair safe.

Environmental Damage

Environmental damageSun damage is real causing the hair to dry out and frazzle, along with the issue of daily pollution; dust and debris from traffic to dirty city air can settle on the hair and dull it down.

The fix:
Wearing a hat or scarf can help protect your hair from the elements, so step out in style and look after your tresses in one hit. Alternatively, use a damage control shampoo like Avedas Damage Remedy Reconstruction Shampoo or conditioner, available to buy from Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford or Walton.


Chia seeds for hair healthAs with all body tissues, healthy hair is a marker for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Since hair is made of protein, it’s important to include protein in your diet that allows us to repair and replace our hair (as well as other key bodily features like bones and muscles!). Poor quality, easily breakable hair can be attributed to an imbalance in the diet, so if you’re suffering with your barnet, consider what’s on your plate!

The fix:
Omega-3s, B vitamins, protein, magnesium and zinc are the answer for shiny healthy hair. Try filling your diet with foods like Spinach, prawns, flaxseeds, peanuts, garlic, eggs, salmon, chia seeds, chickpeas, dark chocolate, peas and mushrooms!

Physical Damage

Aveda Damage RemedyThe old myth of brushing your hair 100 times a day is long gone. Being too rough with combing or brushing causes yet more breakage and damage. Even tying your hair back in a tight pony can make the cuticle weaken and eventually cause thinning and snapping.

The fix
Distribute conditioner through your hair with a wide-tooth comb, only brush hair once it’s dry, and handle strands gently. Blot, don’t rub hair dry, and massage, don’t scrub shampoo into your scalp. The bottom line? When you treat your hair nicely, it responds in kind. Alternatively, Avedas Damage remedy split end repair. This leave in treatment is formulated with nangai oil, a powerful ingredient that smooths and seals the hair fibres by attracting the separated ends back together. The treatment lasts through the next wash and a little goes a long way.

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