How to Repair Damaged Hair (Without Cutting It)

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We’ve all been there. After years of dying and bleaching, daily heat-styling and endless hair product usage, you have damaged hair. The results are dullness, split ends, breakage and shorter hair at the roots. But instead of chopping it all off into a pixie cut which is only suitable for very few people, you need a damaged hair action plan. Want your luster and shine back? I’m answering your damaged hair S.O.S to have you back to your old self in no time at all.

The below 10 treatment options will help you repair and revive your locks:

Get A Professional Smoothing Treatment

If you’re dealing with unmanageable, frizzy, fussy hair opt for a professional smoothing treatment like a Goldwell Kerasilk Treatment. Here’s an educational hair tutorial outlining the whole process. A smoothing treatment done by a licensed stylist can help de-frizz hair and add months of shine, without disrupting your hair’s natural texture. Another bonus of opting for a smoothing treatment versus a Brazilian blowout (which is a flat-ironed straightening treatment) is that your hair won’t appear flat and your natural curls and waves can shine through. The end result is long-lasting sleek, bouncy hair with loads of body and shine.

Get Fresh Cuts

Sometimes a fresh, clean start is the best route. Opt to get monthly haircuts as you allow new hair to grow in while chopping off dead ends. Your hair also grows in stronger and healthier once you’ve removed all of that “dead weight”. To avoid a drastic change, try scheduling a series of cuts throughout a quarter or a season or two to combat damaged hair. Another route is to also try long layers to avoid a blunt cut, if that’s not your thing. It’s amazing what a little trim will do to breathe new life to your strands.

Use A Restorative Clarifying Shampoo

Exchange your current shampooing for a sulfate-free, clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse the scalp, remove dulling residue, and eliminate buildup caused by environmental factors. A great smelling, repairative option is Pureology Purify Shampoo. I love this one becasue it provides a salon quality wash at-home.

Avoid Heat and/or Use A Heatspray

Avoid adding extra heat whenever possible. Try air drying your hair and wearing it in topknots during the week to give your hair a break from heat exposure and further damaging your ends. Be sure to use a protective heat spray like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray when straightening or curling is desired. This is a great multi-tasking spray because it protects and helps calm frizz for days–allowing many of us to work that styling for several days to eliminate continual heat exposure.

Mend With Masks

Make a habit of doing deep conditioning masks on a weekly basis. A great tip is to pick a day of the week (like Wednesdays or Sundays) to devote to masking. I like this Deep Conditioning Steam Hair Wrap by Kocostar because it’s a warming hair mask that you can DIY at home. This mask is a bit unique because it employs professional salon steam technology to thoroughly nourish and soothe your hair in about 20 minutes.

 

Give TLC To Those Ends

Minimize the look of fragile strands by adding sheen to dry, brittle ends. Use a serum like Kristin Ess’ Working Serum to impart weightless sheen and smooth hair cuticles. Illuminate strands and tame frizz by rubbing the product softly to your ends and working your way up towards the scalp. Remember to concentrate the serum at the ends.

 

Look Into Your Water

Bad hair can actually be caused by your water! I’m new to well water which can be quite harsh on your hair. A way to combat well water is to use water softeners and a hair treatment specifically designed for hard water. Try a treatment solution like Hard Water Wellness Hair Remedy by Malibu C. to properly remove hard water minerals or water softener exposure that might leave a dull residue on your hair. It is important to be diligent with remedies to restore movement and eliminate brittleness.

 

Get Regular Blow Outs

To instantly improve the look and feel of your hair, try getting regular blowouts. Blowouts nowadays can be easily maintained for days by placing your hair in a top knot while you sleep. Minimize daily heat and excessive drying by doing weekly blowouts and then maintaining the style for several days. Blowouts are honestly the busy mom’s best styling trick.

 

Use A Silk Pillowcase

Try a Slipsilk’ Pure Silk Pillowcase to eliminate harsh pillow lines on your face, and avoid hair static and hair pulling while you sleep. The reviews on this pillowcase are warranted because it helps smoothen strands and deters hair tangling while you sleep.