The Ingredients Processed and Damaged Hair Needs to Look Its Best
No matter your individual hair type – its texture, length and color – damage is inevitable. It happens because of everything from regularly heat styling, highlighting or dyeing hair, to chemical treatments, such as a Brazilian blow dry or using bleach. Even overzealous brushing and the environment can damage your hair, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun or in salt water or a pool. That means, whatever your lifestyle or hair type, you need to take steps to protect your locks from damage.
Damage takes the form of split ends, overall dullness or hard-to-manage locks – but the easiest and most effective way to make sure hair always looks and feels shiny and healthy is to be vigilant about the products you’re using daily and weekly. And a good product is only as good as the ingredients it’s formulated with.
So what ingredients are the ones to look out for when it comes to protecting hair from damage? We’re talking about the ones that work best to both fix current hair issues – from dryness and frizz to lack of shine – and prevent future damage from occurring. Here are the very best ingredients for ensuring your hair always looks salon fresh and super shiny...
In simple terms, keratin is the protein that makes up more than 90% of hair (and skin and nails). However, the problem is, when hair is exposed to external aggressors – like bleaching, chemical treatments, heat styling – those proteins are damaged and start to deplete. Over time, hair becomes weak, fragile and prone to severe breakage. Luckily, you can restore those proteins.TheNexxus Keraphix range works to replenish and mend hair from within thanks to keratin protein. Use the Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner each time you shower as the scientifically-proven formulas are infused with hair healing ingredients that penetrate deep into the hair fiber to restore, nourish and smooth out imperfections.
A centuries-old ingredient hailing from a small Chinese village, black rice has traditionally been relied on to heal visible signs of severe hair damage. The women of the small Huangluo village go to great lengths to preserve their hair, often only needing it cut once in their lifetime – and that’s exactly why Nexxus harnessed the power of black rice in the Keraphix range. As a central ingredient in this healing haircare range, it helps create stronger hair that appears visibly healthier after just one use.
One of the things that causes breakage and general damage, especially in processed hair, is a lack of moisture. In order to thrive, hair needs to be hydrated; without hydration it becomes fragile and brittle. Treating hair with moisture-boosting ingredients is key for preventing and reversing dehydration – and green caviar is an extremely effective hydrator. Actually a type of seaweed, it got its name because it looks like caviar – it isn’t the expensive dish you find in fancy restaurants. But what green caviar does do is help to strengthen strands and enable hair to retain moisture while locking in shine. Found in Nexxus’s Therappe & Humectress ranges, we love the Ultimate Moisture Intensely Hydrating Masque for its ability to restore hydration and repair dry, damaged locks.
Elastin protein and collagen
Another duo of ingredients utilized in the Nexxus haircare collection, elastin protein and collagen are two wonder ingredients for dry, damaged and chemically processed hair. Like keratin, elastin and collagen are proteins, so they help make up the structure of hair, skin and nails and help keep it hydrated. Why is this important? Hydrated hair is more elastic, less likely to split and less prone to damage. But our natural levels deplete as we age, and this process can be sped up as a result of heat styling, chemical processes and coloring. However, using products that combine elastin and collagen – like Nexxus Keraphix Damage-Healing Shampoo and Keraphix Damage-Healing Conditioner – restores those essential nutrients within each and every strand. The result is hair that’s rehydrated, healthier, and smoother.