We all want great hair, but at what price? You might find that years of blow-drying, dyeing, straightening, or curling your hair has taken its toll and your hair doesn’t feel as great as it used to. Signs of hair damage include dullness, split ends, tangles, breakage, or brittleness. If you have noticed any of these signs of damage, don’t panic! There are ways to treat existing damage and prevent further damage before it even happens. Here are our favorite tips for repairing your hair.
- Load up on protein.
Your hair is made up of protein and amino acid chains. When your hair becomes over-processed (by bleaching, chemical straightening, coloring, or perming), these chains can break, leading to damaged, brittle hair. Restoring protein to your hair will help repair its structure and improve manageability. Try applying a weekly protein treatment, like Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Masque, which will infuse your hair with essential proteins and amino acids and bring it back to life.
- Balance out moisture.
Damaged hair can often feel dry and crunchy, especially at the ends. Since hair can’t repair itself, it is essential that you add any lost moisture back into your strands. You can do this by using a hydrating mask one or two times a week. Look for a mask that will infuse your strands with moisture and keep your hair shiny, soft, and manageable, like Vichy Decros Nutri Repair Mask for Dry Hair. The nourishing ingredients in this mask will transform the driest hair into silky, shiny strands.
- Watch out for the sun.
Just like your skin, your hair is also susceptible to ultra violet damage. Anyone who has ever had their hair color wrecked by a day at the beach knows how important it is to protect your hair from the sun. The sun can damage the cuticle of the hair, which can lead to dryness, frizz, broken strands or even split ends. Keep your locks protected by generously applying a sun protectant like SachaJuan Hair in the Sun, a styling cream that protects your hair from the sun, even after you take a shower.
- Switch to a nourishing shampoo.
Some shampoos can be a little stripping, which can be even more dangerous on already damaged hair. Start treating your hair from the beginning by switching to a nourishing shampoo that will gently cleanse your scalp and hair without over-drying them. A color-safe shampoo will also ensure that your color stays vibrant for longer. Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is a great option; it will gently cleanse your hair while enhancing your hair color.
- Pre-treat your hair.
If you thought that your hair care routine started with shampoo, think again. Pre-shampoo treatments have been popping up all over the place, with users reporting softer, shinier and stronger locks after adding the treatments to their routines. Try a pre-shampoo treatment like Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence. This intensive hair mask can be left in for twenty minutes before you shampoo and contains rare oils that will hydrate strands and repair damage.