There are so many causes and common signs of hair damage—some obvious, some not—that can lead to a variety of concerns over time, be they frizz, hair breakage, or a dull or rough texture. As a result, it’s essential to know how, exactly, you can offset the hair damage to keep your hair at its healthiest; doing so can offer visible benefits in the long run. Want to learn how to fix damaged hair? Our guide will provide you with a variety of tips, tricks, and hair repair products you can use to visibly improve damaged hair.
1. Incorporate reparative ingredients
When it comes to how to repair damaged hair, it starts with finding ingredients that help to visibly reduce those signs of distress. You can rely on the key nutrients in our Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, which help repair the already damaged hair cuticle layers as well as help strengthen hair to protect it from future damage. Inside, you’ll also find conditioning agents and a mild amino acid-derived surfactant that gently cleanses hair and helps it stay cleaner longer—so you can wash it less. To take your haircare routine a step further, try using a bond builder to strengthen your hair strands from the inside out.
2. Stay hydrated
Finding the right amount of moisture is another critical step when it comes to understanding how to repair damaged hair. When hair is properly moisturized, the hair cuticle layer—that is, the outermost layer on a hair follicle—lies flat. When it lies flat, the cuticle protects the hair shaft and properly seals in moisture, keeping the hair follicle strong.
When hair is not properly hydrated, however, the hair’s cuticle layer lifts to pull moisture in. That lifted cuticle exposes hair to the elements and can lead to further moisture loss. Hair can become dehydrated from weather, certain haircare products, harsh chemicals, and over-washing, so it’s more common than one may think.Fortunately, the key to consistently moisturized and healthy hair is an effective haircare routine. Start with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner, then work a deep conditioner into your routine once or twice a week. The Restore Conditioner is specifically formulated for dry, damaged hair and works to increase softness, manageability, and shine. For deep conditioning, consider the Restore Repair Mask.
3. Limit hot tools
Curious about how to prevent heat damage on hair? It’s easier to prevent hair damage than to fix it, and there’s no better way to do so than by protecting hair from heat damage. Always apply a heat protectant before you do any heat styling, using a blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. A good heat protectant spray acts as a barrier between the hot tool and your sensitive strands, offering heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and adding shine. Just make sure you know how to use heat protectant spray so that you protect your strands while trying new hairstyles.
When you’re using a flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer, it’s also important to limit your hair’s exposure to heat. Don’t apply heat to the same section of hair repeatedly, and keep the temperature at the lowest possible setting. Cut back drying time by letting your hair air dry a bit before blow-drying, and use a powerful blow dryer that dries the hair quickly.
4. Invest in frequent trims
Split ends and brittle hair are a dead giveaway of hair damage, so snipping them off with regular trims will keep hair looking as healthy as possible while you’re incorporating a new haircare routine.
5. Avoid certain treatments
Bad news: The chemicals used in hair color products, especially bleach, can be extremely harsh on your hair. If you’re actively trying to reverse chemical damage, try to avoid coloring or relaxing your hair—or getting hair extensions, which can pull and break the bonds of your natural hair strand. This doesn’t have to be forever, but an extended break from hair dye and other harsh chemicals can help restore hair’s health. Then, once you’re ready to get back to it, use the Restore collection or a bond builder that helps repair all three types of hair bonds to help offset chemical damage from those treatments. (It’s safe for use on color-treated hair.) To give any of your damaged locks some extra love, use a hair repair treatment that will not only make your hair feel but look healthier after use.
6. Add protection
Between UV exposure and air pollution, the great outdoors can, incidentally, dry out your hair and contribute to heat damage. Instead of avoiding it, you can help prevent UV ray hair damage by moisturizing your strands with a nourishing product like our Restore Repair Leave-In conditioner. This conditioning leave-in hair treatment will defend hair against the damaging effects of UV rays, help prevent up to 93% of new split ends typically caused by styling, and significantly strengthen hair, leaving it 15 times stronger after just one use.
7. Consider a shower head filter
Another preventative measure you can take to revive your damaged strands is investing in a shower head filter that filters out minerals, such as chlorine and heavy metals. These can leave a film on hair as you rinse, which can prevent moisture from adequately penetrating the hair strand. Fortunately, it’s easy to address—simply switching out the shower head. A shower head with a filter can help remove these minerals to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier. Additionally, you can use a strong detox shampoo to help prevent buildup from hard water.
8. Detangle gently
Wet hair is particularly prone to damage because the bonds that form between the hydrogen from water molecules and the protein in your hair are weaker than the protein-to-protein bonds of dry hair. This means the hair can more easily stretch and break when it is wet.
Being gentle is key. Avoid rubbing your head and roughing up your strands when towel-drying hair. Then, after spraying damp hair with a nourishing product like the Restore Perfecting Spray, detangle gently using a wide-tooth comb and work upwards from the ends of your hair. This spray uses a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer to keep hair soft and smooth. The formula also includes plant- and marine-derived active ingredients that offer both UV and thermal protection—so you can receive almost everything your hair needs in one product.
9. Maintaining a healthy scalp
When it comes to hair repair, you may be curious about how you maintain a healthy scalp. After all, your scalp is the foundation at which your hair grows, and also needs love and care from time to time. If you notice dry flakes falling from your tresses, you’ll want to learn how to moisturize your scalp to make sure it can keep your hair healthy as it grows. Consider trying a dry scalp treatment that helps rebalance your scalp’s natural foundation and delivers instant and sustained hydration through its hyaluronic, acid-based makeup. You can also add a revitalizing hair scalp treatment to your haircare routine––after just a few uses, you’ll see and feel the difference of healthier hair.
Now that you know how to restore damaged hair, take the first step by browsing our restorative hair products online today.