How To Restore Damaged Hair

Although there are many causes and common signs of hair damage, it’s important to know that you can repair damaged hair all the same. Wondering how to fix damaged hair? Look no further!

Our guide will provide you with a variety of tips, tricks, and hair repair products you can use to visibly heal damaged hair. 


1. Look for products formulated with hair-healing ingredients.

Repairing damaged hair starts with finding the best ingredients that help to visibly heal and reduce those signs of distress. Reach for products labeled with reparative benefits; these usually containing ingredients that nourish, hydrate, and strengthen strands are essential. Consider our Healthy Hair Molecule, which instantly restores damaged hair cuticles and moisture levels to be more like that of healthier, undamaged hair. Additional ingredients to look for include protein and amino acids. Work these into your routine, and your hair will thank you. 

The first step? A hydrating shampoo. Next? A nourishing conditioner. Our Restore Shampoo and Conditioner help restore already damaged hair cuticles as well as help strengthen hair and protect it from future damage. Both products feature our Healthy Hair Molecule. Along with the Healthy Hair Molecule, Restore Shampoo includes conditioning agents and a mild amino acid-derived surfactant that cleanses hair and helps it stay cleaner longer, so you can wash it less. 

2. Hydration, hydration, hydration.

A critical step in how to heal damaged hair is to infuse it with hydration. When hair is properly hydrated, the cuticle layer, the outermost layer on a hair follicle, lies flat. When it lies flat, the cuticle protects the hair shaft and seals in moisture, which keeps the hair follicle strong. When hair is not properly hydrated, the hair’s cuticle layer lifts to try and pull moisture in. While necessary to obtain water molecules, when the hair cuticle lifts, it is more easily damaged because it can catch on other cuticles and break off. 

Hair can become dehydrated from weather, certain hair products, harsh chemicals, and over-washing. The key to consistently hydrated hair is a healthy hair care routine. Start with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner and work a deep conditioner into your routine once or twice a week.

For regular use, reach for Restore Conditioner, which is specifically formulated for dry, damaged hair and works to restore damaged cuticles to increase softness, manageability, and shine. For deep conditioning, reach for our Restore Repair Mask. After shampooing, apply the hair mask for damaged hair generously from roots to ends and leave on for five minutes before rinsing. It will repair dry, damaged hair by nourishing each strand, leaving your hair visibly healthier, stronger, and shinier.  

3. Limit the use of hot tools. 

We want you to experience healthy hair all of the time, which means taking careful steps to avoid hair damage in the first place. Albeit, easier said than done, but try to cut back on the use of hot tools and blow dryers as much as possible. 

When you do use heat, always apply heat protection before reaching for your blow dryer or curling iron. Heat wreaks havoc on our hair, but much of the damage can be avoided if you properly protect your strands before you dry, curl, or straighten. A good heat protectant acts as a barrier between the heat and your sensitive strands. Instant Protection provides this barrier, offering heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and added shine. Apply it prior to heat styling on damp or dry hair, and finish your look with a spritz all over for added weather protection and shine. 

When you are using heat styling tools, it’s also important to limit your hair’s exposure to heat. 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. This also goes for flat irons and curling irons; don’t go over your hair again and again, and keep the heat setting at the lowest possible setting that gets the job done. 

4. Invest in frequent trims.

Sometimes the best way to restore damaged hair is to rid it of damaged ends, so the strands can grow healthy and strong. Get trims regularly to say goodbye to split ends and encourage healthy hair growth. For more information on split ends, you can read up on this topic on our blog.


5. Limit color treatments. 

While you’re at the salon for a trim, don’t be tempted by other services. The chemicals used to color your hair, especially bleach, or those used in relaxing treatments, can be extremely harsh on your hair. When attempting to restore damaged strands, avoid coloring or relaxing your hair, or getting hair extensions, which can pull and break your natural strands. This doesn’t have to be forever, but an extended break from hair color and harsh chemicals will do your locks extremely good. If you do regularly color your hair, you will benefit from using the entire Restore collection, which is not only safe for color-treated hair but also will help fix damaged hair from color treatments. 

6. Protect your hair from the environment.

While getting outside is good for us and the sun gives us much-needed Vitamin D, it can actually dry out your hair and contribute to damage. Instead of avoiding the great outdoors, prevent damage from UV rays by spritzing your strands with a protective spray. When you enlist a hair product that protects and strengthens, you can safeguard your strands from further damage.

Try Restore Repair Leave-In. This conditioning leave-in hair treatment will protect your strands against the damaging effects of UV rays, but it doesn’t stop there. It also helps to prevent up to 93% of new split ends and strengthens hair, leaving it 15 times stronger after just one use and feeling soft, silky, and strong.  

7. Think about installing a showerhead filter.

Another preventative measure you can take to encourage the restoration of damaged hair is investing in a shower head filter that filters out harsh minerals such as chlorine and heavy metals. Unfortunately, a lot of shower water is “hard”, which means it contains these elements, which can do a number on your hair. In addition to damage, they also cause buildup and dullness. 

Hard water may be one of the most difficult-to-notice causes of hair breakage, but also one of the most easily preventable. Hair that is dry, dull, and breakage-prone due to hard water can be prevented by simply switching out the shower head. A shower head with a filter will filter out the harsh minerals to leave your hair healthier looking and less prone to damage.  

8. Be gentle when detangling strands.

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-protein bonds of dry hair. This means the hair can more easily stretch and break when it is wet, so it’s important to treat it with extra care. Instead of using the same towel you use to dry your body to dry your hair, reach for a microfiber towel that will be softer on your strands, and avoid rubbing your head and roughing up your strands. 

When it comes to detangling, being gentle is also the answer. After spraying damp hair with a leave-in conditioner, such as Restore Perfecting Spray, detangle gently using a wide-tooth comb and work from the ends of your hair upward. This leave-in uses a blend of a cationic detangler and a slip-enhancing polymer that work together to provide easier detangling and lasting conditioning, so hair stays 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 little bottle.

Considering drying and detangling hair is almost a daily occurrence, establishing a healthy, gentle routine around the process will help dramatically reduce damage. 

9. Eat a diet rich in the right nutrients.

Perhaps one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to learn how to fix damaged hair from the inside out. Diet plays an important role in the healthy functioning of hair. Just like the ingredients you put on your hair can help or hurt it, the ingredients you put in your body can help or hurt your hair too. Certain nutrients, in particular, are crucial to obtain to restore damaged hair and prevent further damage. 

These include:

  • Biotin
  • Zinc
  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein

Protein can be found in foods such as eggs, fish, animal protein, beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and berries, however, you don’t have to obtain these nutrients just from food. There are a variety of supplements available to safely consume the necessary amounts of harder-to-get nutrients such as biotin, zinc, and omega-3s. If you think you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients and have a feeling this could be the root of your hair damage, taking supplements could be the answer. Of course, always talk to your doctor before adding supplements to your routine. 

Now that you know how to restore damaged hair, take the first step by browsing our restorative hair products online today.