How can I repair damaged hair? It’s a question we’ve all asked. Whether it was after a bad at home bleaching, an amazingly sunny (but hair hating) holiday or straightening hair whilst it’s still a little damp (please no), hair damage happens to even the most careful of us. If your hair’s reaching breaking point, see our guide below on how you can repair damaged hair and restore it to its former glory.
How to tell I if I have damaged hair?
Before we get into how to repair the damage, let’s talk about how to identify it. It may seem obvious, but you’re anything like us it takes your hairdresser pointing out the damage before you really accept you’ve got a problem. However, if you notice a change in your hair early enough, it will be easier to repair problem before it gets too extreme for help.
A lack of shine
Damaged hair lacks that beautiful shine we all desire, instead having a brittle, straw like appearance. With damaged hair, you will notice that there is no shine even after a deep conditioning treatment.
The most obvious sign of damage, split ends. A quick test, take a bit of your hair and gently twist it. Take a look at the very end of the strands. If the ends are split in two (or more, eek!), your hair is damaged.
Dry hair isn’t always damaged, but damaged hair is always dry. Damaged cuticles are unable to hold in moisture, so if your hair looks dry no matter how many deep treatments you put it through, your suffering with damaged hair.
Lack of Elasticity
Every hair strand has a little stretch to it before it snaps. For those of you with damaged hair, your strands are a lot less than a healthy, therefore lack this elasticity. Meaning, if your hair snaps very easily, it is likely that it is damaged.
Sleek, smooth and shiny hair has sleek, smooth and shiny cuticles. When your hair is damaged, these cuticles become rough, causing hair to tangle and knot. The dryness of damaged hair makes it hard to get these tangles out, leading to breakage…
This one is pretty obvious. If your hair snaps while you comb it or even just run your fingers through it, it’s damaged.
Frizz, frizz, frizz
As the cuticle of your hair gets damaged it can lift, meaning that it is much easier for moisture to pass. If this moisture collects in the hair shaft, it starts to swell, making your hair frizzy.
How Can I Repair Damaged Hair?
Okay, so you’ve identified that you really do have a hair problem. So how can you repair damaged hair when it seems as if it’s reached breaking point?
Get a Trim
If you’re anything like us a trim is something you try to put off for as long as possible. However, if you’ve got severely damaged hair with a lot of split ends a quick trim is your best bet.
This doesn’t mean you have to go for the big chop, a light trim can do wonders for your hair, result in it growing longer and healthier and give the appearance of thicker strands, all whilst removing that unwanted damage.
Tight buns, super detailed fishtail braids or sleek pony tails can all cause damage to your hair. If you’re worried about damaged hair, it can be a good idea to give your hair a bit of a break.
If you still want to keep your hair off of your face our favourite damage proof styles include messy buns, loose braids and chic chignons. These all work to give your gorgeous up-dos without the damage.
Choose the right products
It’s time to play cupid for your hair! If you have damaged hair, the shampoo and conditioner you choose can make all the difference to repair damaged hair.
Our unique hair repair products restore and repair from within, getting inside the problem of hair damage and reinforcing stands instead of just masking issue. Our Rescue & Repair range is rich in Cupuassu Butter, Amino Acids and Bamboo Extract to repair, protect and strengthen damaged strands.