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how to repair damaged hair with a little TLC

The best way to repair damaged hair is to give your strands a little TLC

How To: Repair Damaged Hair

There are varying degrees of hair damage, from brittle ends to general coarseness. But no matter where you fall on the spectrum, your hair could probably benefit from a little extra TLC. We've outlined a plan of action for common concerns about how to repair damaged hair — as always, feel free to mix and match.

Breakage from Heat Styling

Whether you blow dry every day or can’t live without your straightening iron, you're subjecting your hair to excessive heat. To alleviate damage already done and prevent further breakage, start incorporating a heat styling spray into your routine. We’re partial to Blow’s Heat is On Protective Styling Mist, which uses aloe to strengthen hair plus rice, milk, and sweet almond proteins to add a silky feel.

Overall Dullness

If your once-shiny hair has lost its luster (or your gleaming highlights have faded), there is plenty you can do. Invest in a restorative product like Oscar Blandi’s Salon Glaze, which uses olive and macadamia oils to brighten hair and panthenol, proteins, and xylitol (a natural moisturizing agent) to add strength and moisture. Plus, it’s formulated with sun inhibitors and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to help protect from environmental damage.

Dry Ends and/or Frizzies

Generally speaking, your overall hair health is fine, but your ends are brittle or you can’t seem to style your hair without a million flyaways. This doesn’t call for drastic measures but you should try using a serum that makes your hair more manageable. Amika’s Obliphica Hair Treatment uses a high concentration of natural obliphica oil to nourish the hair follicle and restore moisture. Just a few drops will calm frizzies and make hair noticeably sleeker.

Generally Worn Out

No serum or styling aid is enough to save seriously overworked, overcooked, or over-processed hair. It’s time to call in the big guns. Your best bet is to apply a deep conditioning mask once a week. Carol’s Daughter’s Monoi Repairing Hair Mask uses Tahitian monoi oil, hydrolyzed silk, and bamboo water to fortify hair and prevent future damage (this is a particularly good option for anyone with problematic breakages). No. 4’s Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Mask repairs hair with a heavy dose of soy protein and then conditions it with shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. Both treatments can be done in just five minutes in the shower.

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