Your hair can have a major impact on your confidence levels. If your locks are dry, frizzy or showing signs of fragility, discover how to fix damaged hair with our top tips.
Inside a strand of hair is the cortex, which contains melanin (the hair’s colour). The cortex is protected by cuticles – tiny overlapping scales that, when healthy, lie flat and give hair its shiny, sleek look. When the cuticles are damaged, the scales no longer lie flat and can expose the cortex, leaving your locks frizzy, dull and vulnerable to snapping.
Heat exposure, chemical processing, bleaching and chlorine can all damage the cuticles and strip hair of its natural moisture, resulting in dry, hard-to-manage hair. Environmental factors such as pollution, the weather and the sun can also play a major role in the health of your hair. But all is not lost. Follow our tips and learn how to fix damaged hair and revive lack-lustre locks.
Check the temperature of your heat styling tools
While a great curling iron, straightener or tong can transform your look, one of the most common mistakes people make is setting the temperature too high. Lowering your tools’ temperatures can help prevent damage, whilst still allowing you to use your favourite hair tool. A recent study found that by holding your hairdryer just 15cm away from your head and by constantly moving it, you can help reduce damage.
One of the best things you can do is to skip heat styling altogether and embrace your natural locks. Allow hair to air dry or wear your hair up with our stylish messy buns and ponytails for a more polished look.
Regardless of your hair type, tugging, pulling and rubbing can exacerbate damage. When brushing your hair, start by brushing your hair from the ends up towards the root to remove tangles. Gentle brushing also helps distribute your hair’s natural oils, smoothing cuticles and promoting shiny, healthy hair.
When your hair is wet, it’s at its most vulnerable. Instead of ruffling your head with a towel to remove moisture, wrap your hair in a towel and gently blot the water out. Next, use a wide-tooth comb to start detangling your strands. These simple steps can prevent breakage and stop the acceleration of existing damage.
Revitalise damaged hair with the right shampoo and conditioner. Look out for shampoos specially formulated for damaged hair, which contain nourishing ingredients to help it appear more healthy.
If you are prone to scalp irritation, brittle and dry hair, sulphate free haircare is the perfect choice, as sulphates can strip the hair of its natural oils and be harsh on vulnerable locks.
When you’re trying to fix damaged hair, it’s also important to avoid washing your hair daily. Try to leave at least three days between hair washes and only clean your hair with warm or cool water to enjoy smoother, silkier-looking hair.
Hair masks and oils are a great way to help fix damaged hair. Look for a mask designed specifically for your hair type, whether that’s frizzy, coloured or dry. Start by using it once or twice a week and leave it in for as long as possible to maximise absorption and boost results.
Hair oils also make for a great strengthening hair treatment. They penetrate the hair deeply and are rich in vitamins and minerals, helping repair damage, boost moisture and promote a lustrous shine.
For round-the-clock protection for damaged hair, consider using a leave-in treatment. From heat-protection sprays to hydrating creams, a leave-in treatment coats your strands in a nourishing blend of ingredients that carry on working long after you’ve dried and styled your hair. Plus, remember to always use a heat protection spray when using hairdryers, straighteners and curlers!
To stop split ends from working their way up the hair shaft and getting out of control, head to your hairdresser for a good trim. Some salons will also offer professional bond-preserving treatments to seal the cuticle and fix damage caused by colouring and processing. These intensive treatments work to eliminate breakage, strengthen the cuticles and promote shine.
Any type of bleach will damage your hair. If you’re not willing to ditch your blonde ambitions just yet, consider limiting your hair colour treatments. Try to wait at least 10 weeks between colour appointments to maintain your hair’s natural moisture and stop further damage. Plus, remember that even if you’re not going blonde, a stylist may have to lighten your hair with bleach before applying another dye.
To fix damaged hair, you’ll need a little patience and a lot of TLC. In the meantime, you can create the illusion of thicker, fuller and healthy looking hair with our clip-in extensions – the perfect way to achieve gorgeous locks, whilst you work on restoring your natural hair.
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