How to Care for Damaged Hair

Are you looking for ways to repair your dry, damaged hair? Maybe you have tried multiple treatments only to keep getting the same results? No matter how far gone you think your hair is, these tips will help get it on the path to healing.

Switch to a Co-Wash

A co-wash is essentially a cleansing conditioner designed to gently remove dirt and buildup from your hair without the lather effect of shampoo. Co-washes are free of ingredients like sulfates that are harsh on hair and strip away color. You can also condition after co-washing if you hair is very damaged, but it’s not 100% necessary. Try As I am Coconut Co-Wash, ($7.22, shop here).

Detangle Carefully In The Shower

When your hair is wet, the hair shaft expands and contracts to accommodate the circumstances, making it more vulnerable and prone to breakage. When you have damaged hair, the breakage can be even worse.

To gently detangle, make sure there is enough conditioner to really coat the hair, then carefully section it into small sections. Then, take your comb or brush and work from the ends up.

Don’t have the patience in the shower? No problem! After gently towel drying, spritz on some tried and true Pantene Conditioning Hair Mist, ($5.99, shop here).

Use Less Heat

The heat from blow-dryers and curling irons can cause hair to lose its natural texture – and the effects of the damage can be permanent. Heat can also make hair lose moisture and essential proteins.

If you have a natural texture to your hair, try to let it air dry as much as possible. You can also use a curl cream to tame any frizz. Try Wave Hello Curl Taming Cream ($9.99, shop here). 

Incorporate Hair Masks Into Your Regimen

A hair mask can work its way inside the hair cuticles to repair damage from the inside out. Look for masks that contain ingredients like avocado, coconut, and olive oil, which lock in moisture and give hair that shiny look. Our pick? Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment ($16, shop here)

Damaged hair can be challenging to save, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Try these tips to get your hair back to its old self once and for all.

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