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So, you have damaged hair. It happens to the best of us. One too many dips in a chlorinated pool, a few too many steamy showers, a couple of extreme hair color changes, or extensive heat styling sessions—there are a number of potential culprits. But we’re not here to play the blame game. The question is, what can you do once you’ve damaged your mane? The good news is: Hair grows. Eventually your hair will grow out again and give you the chance to start fresh. Of course, that takes time. While you wait to gain new length, a hair care routine that’s devoted to damaged hair is exactly what you (and your strands) need. Ready to get back to having hair that looks healthy? Follow this three-step hair care routine for damaged hair, complete with shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask. Consider the below your guide on how to fix damaged hair.
Whether your hair is damaged or not, washing it the right way is extremely important. That means you can’t hop into the shower, crank up the dial, and create lots of suds with any old shampoo. Trust us, your hair won’t like that. First things first, you’ll need to turn down the temperature. Super-hot showers may be relaxing, but they aren’t doing your hair any favors. The hot water can actually cause dryness. Lukewarm water doesn’t feel quite as cozy, but it’s better for your hair. After saturating your hair with (lukewarm) water, reach for a shampoo that’s formulated for damaged hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo. Gently massage the sulfate-free formula into your hair, focusing on your roots. Build up a thick lather, then rinse out the shampoo with more lukewarm H2O.
First comes shampoo, then comes conditioner. Rather than mixing and matching random products, stick with a conditioner that coordinates with your shampoo. Paired with the above shampoo, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner deeply conditions and strengthens fragile hair, at the same time protecting from environmental damage and daily color aggressors. The system helps make hair stronger, more resistant, and helps color stay pure. To use, apply to wet hair and massage gently, focusing on the ends of your hair. Let the conditioner sit for 1-2 minutes, working it’s magic while you carry on with your shower. Once time is up, rinse out with lukewarm water.
Sometimes, our best shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair alone won't cut it. A few days a week, you’ll want to swap out your conditioner for a hair mask. Once you’ve washed with the above shampoo as per usual, pick up the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm instead of conditioner. Formulated with acai palm, the rich hair treatment instantly penetrates to restore strength and brilliance strand by strand. When you’re ready to apply, squeeze excess water out of your hair, then massage a generous amount into damp hair from roots to ends. Give the hair mask time to work, leaving it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse out with lukewarm water.
Want another hair mask option? If you’d prefer your hair treatment to come in another form, you’re in luck. There’s a new type of hair mask on the market—the hair sheet mask. Inspired by skin care, sheet masks for your hair are a convenient way to take care of your locks. For damaged hair, use the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask. All you need to do it twist and wrap your (freshly cleansed) hair into the cap and seal it with the sticker. Then, gently massage the cap to coat your hair with the mask and let it sit for five minutes. After that, you’re free to remove the mask and rinse.
Editor’s tip: Finished with your shower? Don’t dry off with a towel. Use a soft cotton T-shirt to dry your hair more gently.
Once you’re finished taking care of your tresses in the shower, you’ll need to settle on a hairstyle to sport. Of course, not any hairstyle will do—some can damage hair further—so, be sure to read our article on 5 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair.