Repair and prevent dry, damaged hair with top hair care tips from the professionals.
If blow drying, heat styling, colouring (or even the weather) has left your hair dry, dull, and damaged, you might need to step up your hair care game.
A few small changes to your hair care routine may be all you need to visibly improve the health of your hair and prevent further damage.
We’ve rounded up 9 of the most recommended, professional tips to repair and prevent dry, damaged hair that we could find.
Get ready for the smoothest, shiniest, most beautiful hair of your life …
A major cause of dryness, washing too often strips your scalp and hair of natural oils. Wash your hair every other day at most, and rinse conditioner with cool water to lock in moisture (leave-in conditioners are also effective). Use a dry shampoo between washes if needed (or style hair up in a sleek ponytail, top knot, or bun).
The Wet Brush
A favourite of many beauty reviewers and celebrities, the Wet Brush is considered the best detangling brush you will ever own. Perfect for all hair types, it will never pull, tug, snag, or break your hair (a miracle for kids). It effortlessly detangles your hair (wet or dry) with its special bristles, preventing breakage and leaving you with healthier, stronger hair.
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Blow Dry Less
Blow drying is damaging. Allow your hair to air dry completely at least once a week. When you do use a blow dryer, air dry as much as possible first and use a heat protection spray. Blow dryers with temperature controls are best, always using the coolest setting for your needs (and for the shortest amount of time possible).
High temperatures and overuse of heat styling tools can burn and break your hair. Minimize risks when curling or straightening by using a strengthening heat protection spray and the lowest temperature setting needed to achieve your style. Use your iron on each section of hair only once, and avoid daily heat styling.
Appropriate Hair Products
Use hair care and styling products that are appropriate for your hair type, condition, and needs (e.g., moisturizing or extra hydrating products for dry hair). To prevent unnecessary shampoos, don’t overuse products and look for those that are multi-purpose (e.g., a root lifting or volumizing powder that also serves as a dry shampoo). Check out our post on five amazing benefits of shampoo bars and why you need to make the switch.
Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut oil is easy to use as a simple, restorative hair treatment. When used regularly before shampooing (once or twice a week), it can be very effective at visibly improving the health of your hair. Anyone can easily apply a coconut oil hair treatment at home in just a few minutes of time. Check out our post on exactly how to restore dry, damaged hair with coconut oil in six simple steps.
Manage split ends and care for new growth by visiting a stylist/hairdresser and having your hair trimmed regularly. How often to trim depends on your hair type, length, style, and condition (but a general guideline is every 6-12 weeks).
Prevent Breakage From Accessories & While Sleeping
Sleeping with elastics or clips in your hair can cause severe breakage. Always remove any hair accessories and gently brush your hair before going to bed. Wearing sunglasses on your head can also cause damage (nose pads can catch and break hair). Put sunglasses in a case when you take them off or tuck an arm into your collar instead.
Consider a Supplement
Biotin, a B-complex vitamin, is a popular supplement used to maintain hair health and support hair growth from within. Many hair health supplements also contain other nutrients and antioxidants beneficial to your skin, nails, and overall general health. Research and ask your doctor what vitamins or supplements may be best for you.