07 Nov 5 Ways to Repair Damaged Hair

Whether it’s self-inflicted or just bad luck, we all experience fragile, brittle hair from time to time. Too much heat styling, colouring, extensive brushing, hormones, environmental factors and using the wrong products, are the most common causes of damaged hair.

Unfortunately, the more we try to make our hair look good, the worse our natural hair essentially looks. It’s a vicious cycle.

So what do you do when your hair snaps more than Kylie Jenner? Thankfully there are a number of ways to fix damaged hair and maintain healthy locks for good.

Here are our top 5 tips for bringing your hair back to life.

1. Wash your hair less
When you wash your hair you remove the natural oils and proteins that accumulate on your scalp. Yes, this is the point of washing your hair but those oils are actually healthy and help to nourish our hair. Over washing hair strips the oils, leaving you with frizz and dryness. Try to stretch out the time between how often you wash your hair. Start by washing every other day, then every two days… the less you wash it the better.

Since you’re washing your hair less often, you can invest in a good quality shampoo and conditioner. Choose products that help the repairing process. We recommend Kevin.Murphy Repair Me Wash and Kevin.Murphy Repair Me Rinse.

2. Brushing
NEVER brush wet hair. When your hair is wet the cuticle is swollen and it’s more susceptible to breakage. Unless you’re using a wide tooth comb, don’t touch it.

Once your hair is dry, you’re still not in the clear. Fragile hair snaps easily and brushing can make matter worse. The Wet Brush is a genius hairbrush with flexible bristles that eliminate all tearing and pulling. The bristles have soft tips that massage your scalp as you brush, stimulating circulation, which in turn encourages hair growth.

3. Treat your self
Treatments are non-negotiable for damaged hair. At least once a week you should use a hair mask that helps to strengthen your hair. Olaplex No.3 is a lifesaver. Unlike other hair masks, Olaplex is proven to reverse damage by re-bonding broken hair.

Lazy girl (or genius) hair hack: Apply your treatment, slick hair back into a low ponytail or bun and let it work its magic while you’re out at dinner, at the gym or sleeping.

4. Use heat sparingly
You’ve heard it before, heat tools are the devil. But ditching them is easier said than done. Sure, there are some products made to help air dried hair look presentable (aka. Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It), but sometimes you just need a good blow-dry.

Try saving heat tools for the weekend and make a loose low ponytail or sleek low bun a part of your week day uniform. When you do use heat, always use protection. We love Kerastase Serum Therapiste Dual Treatment, which helps to repair hair whilst also protecting from heat up to 230 degrees Celsius.

5. Oils
A good quality oil is your hair’s best friend. It brings shine and softness to your locks, whilst conditioning and treating damage. MorrocanOil Original Oil Treatment is great for adding a glossy finish to your hair before you leave the house.

If bleaching is your vice, try sleeping in a generous amount of coconut oil as a hair mask the night before your head to the salon. This helps to protect both your hair and scalp from the repercussions of bleach.

Written by Sophie Howe.