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There’s nothing worse than slipping into the perfect outfit, then looking in the mirror only to see your damaged hair overshadows everything else. The thing is, damaged hair requires special care. So, if you find yourself with damaged hair, it’s important to make sure you’re caring for it properly. That includes doing everything from using a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for damaged hair as well as changing up the way you shower. Below are nine hair care tips for damaged hair.
If you have damaged hair, look for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for your hair type. Just like you probably wouldn’t use a facial cleanser for oily skin if you had dry skin, you shouldn’t use hair care products for a hair type other than your own. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. The Total Repair 5 system is formulated specifically for damaged hair. Massage the shampoo onto wet hair, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for one to three minutes before rinsing again. Use the hair mask once or twice a week after shampooing. Leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse out.
We don’t blame you if you like taking steamy, hot showers, but all that heat can do a number on your hair, especially if you have damaged hair. Super-hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which can make it feel even drier. So, turn the dial down and rinse your hair off in lukewarm water the next time you shower.
If you’re not already using a deep conditioner in your regular weekly hair care routine, you need to start STAT! That’s because deep conditioning treatments work to repair strands from the inside out, making them stronger in the long run and—you guessed it—less damaged. Also, today’s formulas take less time to use than you may think. The L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner works in just one minute to help condition, fortify, and repair hair! If you have damaged, colored hair, try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner instead—it also works its magic in one minute.
To help untangle any knots, you probably brush or comb your hair after washing it, right? But if you have damaged hair, try combing your hair before washing it. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), most people should handle wet hair as little as possible. That’s because hair is more fragile when it’s wet. The more you know!
Editor’s note: Need more in the way of knotty hair tips? Here’s How to Detangle Knotty Hair.
Don’t throw out that old, faded T-shirt just yet. When you hop out of the shower, instead of aggressively rubbing your hair dry with a towel, reach for a cotton T-shirt. Cotton T-shirts can be gentler—and remember, gentle is the name of the game when it comes to caring for damaged hair.
Before creating the perfect voluminous curls or a sleek blowout, apply a heat protectant to your hair. This should be the first step in the heat styling process if you have damaged hair (or any hair type, really)! Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Apply evenly to damp hair, holding the bottle six to eight inches away as you spritz.
Heat tools like blow-dryers, curling wands, and flat irons can get seriously hot, hot, hot. But when you have damaged hair, it’s a good idea to pay attention to just how hot they’re getting and see if you can use less heat to achieve the same style.
Texture is in. In fact, the here and now is the perfect time to rock what you’ve got—whether that’s straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, or anything in between. Put down that blow-dryer and let your damaged hair air dry for serious style. Here are three ways to air dry your hair:
1. Apply hair mousse. Use a hair mousse to help enhance your hair’s natural shape. Apply an egg-sized dollop of hair mousse to clean, damp hair, evenly distributing it from roots to ends. Scrunch your hair and you’re good to go.
2. Create effortless, beachy waves. Who says you have to spend time in the ocean to get this hairstyle? After you’ve gently patted your damaged hair dry post-shower, spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. If your hair is straight, braid it after using the hair spray to create soft waves.
3. Go for a natural-looking style. Try a hair cream, applying it evenly to wet hair from roots to ends. When your hair has dried, you can also apply a teeny bit of hair cream to ends for a little extra smoothness.
Fishtail braids, braided crowns, braided buns: Whatever type of braid hairstyle you choose, you’re bound to look oh-so-pretty! Braids happen to look gorgeous when they have a bit of texture, so this is the perfect style to create sans any heat. Let your hair air dry, then get to work!
One of our favorite styles of the moment happens to be the fishtail braid thanks to its beautiful herringbone pattern. It might look complicated, but it’s decidedly not. Here’s how to do it: Gather your hair to one side and divide it into two parts. Take a half-inch section from one side and cross it over the other, repeating this process until you reach the bottom of your hair. Secure your plait with a clear elastic. Yep, it’s that easy!
Editor’s note: Struggling to create your fishtail? Gather your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic before braiding. This gives you more control—which is much appreciated when you’re just a beginner at braiding. When you’re finished braiding, you can leave the elastic in your hair—or snip it away with a pair of scissors. That way, this styling tip can remain our little secret.
Why not use this opportunity for a fresh start? With so many cool haircuts—like layered bobs, lobs, and pixies, to name a few—gaining popularity, there’s never been a better time to experiment and try something new.
Too timid to make an extreme change? That’s OK! Sometimes, even getting a trim can make a world of difference in how damaged hair looks and feels. Plus, who doesn’t love spending some time at the salon—you get to sit back, relax, and be pampered for a couple of hours before leaving feeling super-confident. It’s a win-win!
That old saying about brushing your hair 100 strokes before bed? Yeah, it’s not true at all, and it will actually make your hair more damaged in the long run, according to the AAD. While your hair definitely does need brushing, it doesn’t need that much brushing! Just a few very gentle strokes will do.
We have more tips for damaged hair to share with you. Check out our article, 5 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair, next.