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There’s nothing worse than slipping into the perfect outfit and then looking in the mirror only to see your damaged hair overshadow 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 you wouldn’t use a facial cleanser for oily skin if you had dry skin, you shouldn’t use hair care products for another hair type if you have damaged hair. 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 into wet hair, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out. Use the hair mask once or twice a week after shampooing. Leave it on for 3-5 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. Turn the dial down and rinse your hair off in lukewarm water the next time you shower instead.
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!
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 6-8 inches away.
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, there’s been no better 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 hair style 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, since it has such a 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 tip: 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 in popularity, there’s never been a better time to experiment and try something new if you have damaged hair.
Too timid to make an extreme change? That’s OK! Sometimes, even getting a trim can make a world of difference in how your 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 and you leave feeling super-confident. It’s a win-win!
We have more tips for damaged hair to share with you. Check out our article, 5 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair, next.