What to do if it’s too late? Restore Your Damaged Hair

On August 1, 2011 by Danyel Nicole

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Sun, wind, salt, and chlorine can have harsh effects on the beauty and health of your hair.  If too much unprotected summer fun has left you dried out and brittle, follow these 3 tips for restoration:

1. Shampooing.  Avoid regular and clarifying shampoos, only use those formulated to treat damaged and color-treated hair or provide intense moisturizing.  In the salon, I use Hydrate by Pureology for severely damaged hair.  Cutting back on cleansing is also important.  If you can’t stand the thought of going a day without washing, dry shampoo is a great investment.  Dry shampoo is a powder that absorbs excess oil and is then combed out, leaving hair looking and feeling clean without stripping hair.

2. Conditioning Treatments and Masks.  Minor damage can usually be healed with retail shelf hair products specifically formulated for treating sun, sea, and chlorine damage.  If your hair is not restored back to normal within a week then the damage is most likely greater damage than realized.  If this is the case, schedule an appointment for a professional deep conditioning treatment.  As a professional stylist, I can create a more effective remedy by assessing your hair

3. Leave in Conditioners and Thermal Protective Primers.  If you must blow dry or straighten, be sure to use a heat protective primer or leave in conditioner to minimize any further damage.  Before blow drying, I use Redken’s Anti-Snap leave-in to strengthen and detangle.  If you use flat irons or other hot tools, a protective primer creates a barrier between your hair and damage causing heat, as well as improve styling outcome.