How To Restore Damaged Hair

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 heal and reduce those signs of distress. You can key nutrients in our Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, which help repair already damaged hair cuticles 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.

2. Stay hydrated.

A critical step in understanding how to repair damaged hair? Finding the right amount of moisture. When hair is properly hydrated, 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, which keeps 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 hydrated hair is a healthy 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. 

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 reaching for your blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. A good heat protection spray acts as a barrier between the hot tool and your sensitive strands, offering heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and adding shine.

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 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 hair-strengthening routine.


5. Avoid certain treatments. 

Bad news: The chemicals used to color your hair, especially bleach, can be extremely harsh on your hair. If you’re actively trying to reverse damage, try to 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 can help restore hair’s health. Then, once you’re ready to get back to it, use the Restore collection to help offset damage from those treatments. (It’s safe for use on color-treated hair.)

6. Add protection.

Between UV exposure and air pollution, the great outdoors can, incidentally, dry out your hair and contribute to damage. Instead of avoiding it, you can learn how to help damaged hair from UV rays by spritzing your strands with a protective spray like Restore Repair Leave-In. 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, and significantly strengthen hair, leaving it 15 times stronger after just one use.

7. Consider filter.

Another preventative measure you can take to revive damaged hair 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. Fortunately, it’s easy to address—simply switching out the shower head. A shower head with a filter will filter out these minerals to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier.

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 leave-in conditioner, such as Restore Perfecting Spray, detangle gently using a wide-tooth comb and work upwards from the ends of your hair. This leave-in 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.

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