Repairing Damaged Hair
From trying one too many styling products to overdoing it with the curling or flat iron, sometimes our hair becomes brittle and damaged. But before you accept defeat, we’re here to help with 5 tips for repairing stressed-out strands.
Tip 1: Go Easy on the Heat
While your favorite styling tools work wonders for date night or dinner with friends, high heat is one of the main reasons hair gets damaged. Rather than cranking your tools up to the highest setting, turn down the heat to a mid-range temperature setting. Even better? Consider embracing your natural hair or try styles that don’t always involve heat.
Tip 2: Brush with Care
Wherever you stand on the morning/evening shower debate, sometimes we’re running late or just want to crawl into bed, leaving us to quickly run a brush through our wet hair rather than brushing with care. This is really not good for your hair, as it’s at its most vulnerable when wet. Give yourself the time to detangle with a wide-tooth comb, and then slowly brush through, starting at the ends as you work your way up. After you’re done brushing, let your hair air dry naturally.
Tip 3: Schedule Regular Trims
While it’s easy to put off getting a haircut, regular trims help prevent damage and take care of split ends. Every 8-12 weeks (the longer your hair, the longer you can wait), schedule an appointment with your stylist to keep your strands happy and healthy.
Tip 4: Use a Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner
It’s time to take a look at the ingredients in your hair care products, especially your shampoo and conditioner. Synthetic ingredients like silicones and sulfates can actually contribute to damage, so swap for a gentle, nourishing option with plant-based ingredients. This set from Grown Alchemist is one of our top picks!
Tip 5: Repair with a Mask
A hair mask can help repair and condition your hair, returning it to its healthy, lustrous shine. This one from Act + Acre is a team must-have (our Content Producer, Jordan, even packed it on a recent trip to the Grand Canyon). Featuring a host of proteins, vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants, it helps hydrate and balance hair to target dryness, frizz, and damage while promoting a healthy scalp.
If you’re feeling discouraged due to damaged hair, don’t give up! Learning to care for your hair is a journey, and, in no time, you’ll know exactly what to do to keep yours at its best.