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BEAUTY // Make Damaged Hair Happy


I am no stranger to damaged hair and find ways to try to fix it. I am a serial hair colourer - my hair has been dyed, bleached, and heat damaged continuously over the years so I am always very conscious of how to make it look and feel healthier.

Due to this constant hair abuse, I have tried many products that claim to save or repair your hair but found only a handful actually make any difference. I hate buying a load of products that claim to do the job but actually turn out to be total rubbish so I have put together my own top tips on how to rescue damaged hair from my personal experience!

Always use heat defence, even if you're not using heat
I had a friend that always delighted in telling me that I was using way too much product on my hair and it would fall out (this is obviously total rubbish) so at one point I tried using less and less products on my hair but it only made it get in a much worse condition. I was still styling it the same, but using less defence for my hair meaning it was getting frizzy and breaking more easily.
 I used to just save heat defence spray for when I knew I would be using a hot styling tool, such as straighteners or a curling wand. I didn't even think about other types of heat damage, mainly my hair dryer, which I use almost every day. Now I always make sure I give my hair a good spritz with a heat defence spray even if I don't think I'll be styling or hair drying it. I'm currently loving the TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray; it comes in a handy spray bottle that distributes an even amount of product on the hair. Better to be safe than sorry!

Use a hair mask/intensive conditioner once a week
I cannot stress enough what a difference hair masks make! I didn't start using them until a couple of years ago because my hair can get quite oily so I assumed it would create havoc but how wrong was I?! Masks are designed to treat specific hair care worries, in my case it's styling and colouring damage, so they leave your hair nourished and soft. My favourite mask is the Charles Worthington Longer & Strong Hair Masque and my favourite conditioner is Retread by Lush, but I only use these once a week as does tend to weigh my hair down (it's extremely moisturising).

If you're worried, try a natural approach
Like my friend I talked about earlier, a lot of people are wary of whacking a load of synthetic product into you hair and question whether it makes that much of a difference. Well, I have a solution. Try all natural hair care. Pop onto Pinterest (link here) and search for hair care remedies and I bet you that there will be hundreds of masks, treatments and hair products that you can make up from things that are probably in your kitchen cupboard! We rave about Argan oil and coconut oil for hair care and these are products you can pick up in it's raw form and use to treat the hair. Lots of fruits are great for hair care too but get left out of high street products as they require preservatives to keep them fresh (you won't need preservatives as you will use them fresh yourself!).

Cut it all off!
I'm a firm believer of getting your hair chopped off once it's past repair. There is only so much repair you can do to hair as it is essentially broken once heat damaged. Hair always grows back and, after a good hair cut, you will be able to use products to make sure it never gets too damaged again. Pop to your local hair dresser and see what they can do for you. You might not need it all hacked off, my hairdresser offers a great keratin repair treatment which meant I could keep most of the length as the split ends were treated in the salon.

I hope these tips are of some use to those with damaged hair. We all need to give some love to our locks so we don't end up with damaged and unmanageable hair! ;)

4 comments

  1. Great tips - I hardly use heat on my hair but when I do, I always forgot heat defence spray, oops!

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  2. I had a toss up between buying American Cream conditioner and Retread by Lush - wish I'd got Retread now it smells amazing! x

    Emily - thebelljarxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Fab post sweetie, I have noticed a difference since I chopped my hair the ends not only feel thicker but healthy also :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  4. Love this post! I've got the remnants of a bleached ombré at the bottom of my hair that is soooo dry, the argon oil shampoo bar from lush is doing wonders, I trim my hair too :)

    Nin
    http://prettypug.blogspot.co.uk/

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