How to Fix Damaged Hair

Nourish damaged locks with these simple techniques.

By: Sarah James

After heat styling, manipulating and all-around torture, sometimes our hair needs a break. Here’s how to recover and get your hair back into tip-top shape in no time at all.

1. Use a Clarifying Shampoo
If you regularly use sprays, creams and gels, sometimes a good cleaning is in order.

By washing with a clarifying shampoo, you can remove all residual gunk that can weigh your hair down and keep it from looking bouncy and fresh. Once a week is certainly enough — you don’t want to strip your hair of essential oils.

2. Go Au Naturel for a Week
Using heat tools such as curling irons and blow dryers can zap the moisture right out of your hair. Why not give your hair a mini vacation from all things heat?

If air-dried hair isn’t your thing, throw it up into a fun top knot or tie it back with a fishtail braid. In fact, if you sleep in a few braids overnight, you’ll wake up with pretty, beach-inspired waves.

3. Deep Conditioning Treatment
One of the best ways to bring hair back to life is actually more product! A deep conditioning treatment revitalizes hair and does more than simply clean your locks.

Pantene Damage Detox Weekly Rehab Crème is the perfect product to help reduce protein loss, so your hair can stay strong against damage. It removes buildup from chemically treated hair to promote natural shine.

4. Minimize Hair Washing
Believe it or not, washing your hair every day isn’t mandatory. Too-frequent washing can actually strip the hair of essential oils and lead to chronic dryness.

Why not give your hair a break and rock some second- (or third-) day hair? A sprinkle of Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo, and your hair will thank you for it. Also, you’ll be surprised at how your hair accommodates a less frequent schedule — you’ll notice much less oil as your hair adjusts.

Or, you can try one of these awesome hairstyles that transition into something equally chic the second day.

5. Use a Wide-tooth Comb
When dealing with damaged hair, handle it with care. Using a rat-tail comb or a brush on damp hair can cause all sorts of snags and breakage. After showering, be sure to comb your hair out gently and thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb to ensure healthy, strong hair.

Do you know of any remedies for nourishing damaged hair? Tell us in the comments.

Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” ABC’s “Nightlineand in The New York Times.


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