10 simple ways to repair damaged hair.

Are good hair days a thing of the past? Is your hair dry and dull, and do you have countless split ends and frizz? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Are you starting to think that you’re hair is past being repaired, well it’s never too late to begin the healing process.

Read on to see what salon owner Emily recommends you do to get them luscious locks back.

A good trim.

The first thing I recommend is that you get a good trim, this will help get rid of that straw like texture and restore body. You don’t have to have it extremely short, just get rid of the worst part, the stuff that’s been knocking around for years! You can leave some length, with some shorter layers, and treat the rest. OR if you’re feeling brave, you could have the chop and go for a cute bob or a stylish pixie. This will get rid of all the damage in one go.

Restorative shampoo & conditioner

Invest in a good quality shampoo and conditioner that will hydrate and restore the hair. We recommend Moroccanoil ‘repair’ shampoo and conditioner, they are rich in antioxidant argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids. Both products restore elasticity, moisture and manageability. When choosing your shampoo, look for something that is parabin, sulfate and phosphate free.

Heat styling tools

Where possible, if you’re hair is damaged I recommend that you lay off the heated tools. However, I know this isn’t always possible or pretty! So when using them, make sure you use a cooler setting on your hairdryer, or even better, leave to air dry about 70% and then finish off with a hairdryer on a cool setting.

I get it, you have a big night out, or a hot date, and your hair just needs to be super smooth, or rocking that beachy wave! I hear ya! So, in this case turn your heating tool down to a cooler temperature. For this I recommend the Cloud nine range. All of their heating tools have a heat setting on them.

And remember… ALWAYS use a heat protector. I love the Moroccanoil perfect defense spray, it’s a weightless, dry aerosol spray which means no singeing of the hair, which often happens when you put your irons or wand over a wet spray.

Have a break from colour and chemicals

This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have a colour again or you’ve got to have the worse roots EVER! I just recommend that you’re mindful of how often you’re having it done. Could you maybe go an extra few weeks between appointments? Or miss one colour appointment and replace it for an in-salon treatment and cut and blowdry, and spend the next few weeks maintaining your hair condition before rebooking for your next colour?

I really rate hair bond restructuring treatments such as Olaplex and L’Oreal smartbond, so maybe treat yourself to something like this in replacement of your colour.

If you really can’t imagine skipping your regular colour appointment, I recommend you speak to your stylist about some gentler options, or talk about adding one of the above reconstructive treatments to your colour. Or maybe just have a Demi colour on your hair, such as a toner to freshen up your colour, this is a much gentler option.

Hair masks

Use a hair mask twice a week, for an hour at a time and use a plastic shower cap over the top to help the product penetrate. When looking for a mask look for products that have restorative and moisturising ingredients such as protein and amino acids. I recommend the Moroccanoil intense hydrating mask

Styling products

During times when your hair is feeling damaged and in need of some extra care, I recommend keeping your styling products as simple as possible. Use a detangling spray to avoid putting tension on the hair, and also an oil such as Moroccanoil treatment oil to keep the hair conditioned and add shine. It also cuts blowdry time which means less heat!!

Stay away from styling products that contain a high level of alcohol!

Use luke warm or cool water when washing

Hot water can damage hair, so wash your hair with lukewarm or cool water, and finish the shampoo process with a shot of cool water. Cool or cold water can help damaged hair by closing the hair cuticle and causing the hair shafts to lie flat, resulting in shinier, smoother hair.

Use a clarifying shampoo

If your hair has damage due to build-up from product, hard water deposits and minerals, a good clarifying shampoo can help. How frequently you need to remove build-up depends on how hard the water is that comes from your tap, and the products you use on your hair. Build-up is a serious issue and can cause damaged hair to be limp and lifeless and cause the ends to split and feel brittle. Typically, a clarifying shampoo and treatment should be used just once or twice a month. I recommend L’Oreal pure resource shampoo, which can also be used daily if you’re using a lot of product.

Sun and chlorine care

Are you a sun worshipper or regular swimmer? Then please bare this in mind when you’re caring for your hair. Wear a swimming cap, wash hair straight after swimming with a shampoo that is designed for this, I can highly recommend the Loreal solar sublime range. It helps counteract the drying effect of salt, sun and chlorine.

Remember, don’t sit in the sun after swimming unless you’ve rinsed your hair, and always use a sun cream on your parting to avoid scalp damage.

Body health leads to hair health

Maintaining good overall health can definitely contribute to healthy hair. I am a huge believer in the fact that your hair is affected by what you eat and drink. So make sure you consume lots of water, vitamins and essential nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for hair and can be found in salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds. Fruits and veg such as spinach, kale, carrots and avocado also target hair health.

For further information on this I recommend you seek professional advise from a registered nutritionist. Rhiannon Lambert is a firm favourite of mine to learn all about health and nutrition. You can find more about her here, on the Rhitrition website. She also has an awesome podcast called ‘food for thought’ which you can find here.

I hope some of this has been helpful.

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Emily xxx

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