You’ve been reading several posts about taking care of your hair to prevent damage, but what do you do if your hair is already damaged? Sometimes we have bad luck with a hair stylist, or a curling iron, and our hair gets fried. Here are some things you can do to help restore your hair’s health after it’s already damaged.
1. Be gentle with it.
As I mentioned before, damaged hair is extra fragile. Avoid ripping through it when you shampoo and condition it. Be gentle as you brush out tangles and blow dry. Try to keep it brushed out and soft throughout the day. Babying it a little will make a big difference.
2. Get a treatment.
If you feel like your hair products aren’t doing the trick, take it to the next level and ask for a hair treatment next time you get your hair done. The two most common treatments for damaged hair are protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments. Both of these are essential to restoring health to your hair. Ask your stylist to recommend which would be best for you. These treatments penetrate deep into the cuticle and add moisture and protein back into your hair.
3. Get a haircut.
Some hair is so damaged that it’s beyond repair. Hopefully yours isn’t at this point, but if it is, the best thing to do is cut some of it off. Leaving those dead, broken ends will only encourage more splitting and breakage in your hair, not to mention make your hair look extra dry and brittle. Even a small haircut will help your hair feel softer and healthier.
4. Leave it alone.
The best thing I’ve found for damaged hair is just to leave it alone. Style it and apply heat to it as little as possible. Experiment with your natural texture, wear a lot of head wraps and hats, put it in a braid, do anything you can to give it a break and let it recover.