How to Care for Dry Damaged Hair

Serena Norr | 21 May 2016

Begone, annoying dry and damaged hair!

We all do our best to take care of our hair, or at least we think we do. But when you factor in heat, pulling, tugging and applying dyes and chemicals, it’s no wonder we have dry damaged hair. Rest assured, though: Having dry or damaged hair isn’t a hopeless case. There are tons of products and insider tips to help revive and treat your distressed locks. Read on to learn more about how to give your tresses some much-needed love and attention.

Caring for Dry Damaged Hair

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Learning the causes of dry and damaged hair can help you find a solution

1. Get a trim.

This is really the first step to getting your hair healthy and on the right track again. We know how much of a bummer it can be if you’re trying to grow out your locks to keep snipping at your “progress,” but it’s a step that must be done to get rid of gnarly split ends. Consider around two inches every six to eight weeks, depending on the scope of the damage.

2. Find the right wash and care system.

One common offender for causing dry and damaged hair is not using the right wash and care products. Look for shampoos and conditioners that specifically treat dry and damaged hair, which can work to provide your locks with moisture and hydration. Try the Nexxus New York Salon Care Rebalancing Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Care Emergencee Conditioner 

3. Condition properly.

When you do condition your locks, make sure to focus on the ends. This part is the “oldest” part of your hair and thus has undergone the most number of damaging processes and needs as much love as it can get. Plus, using too much conditioner on your roots will weigh down your hair and make your strands look greasy.

4. Use a weekly mask.

Hair masks have so many restorative properties that can replenish and revive your dry hair. Try the Dove Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask whose formula works to hydrate your hair.

5. Treat your ends daily.

In addition to your weekly mask, you’ll also need to treat your locks daily with some serious (and consistent) TLC. Look for a serum like the Suave Split End Rescue Serum or a leave-in formula that can work to help soothe while also making it shiny and manageable.

6. Protect your hair from unnatural and natural heat.

Sure, abstaining from heat is your best bet for your dry locks, but we all know how hard it is to forego your blowdryer or flat-iron. If you have to heat style, make sure that you protect your locks by using a heat protectant like the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. These products work to add shine to your hair as they lock out some of the damaging heat. And since we’re on the topic, you’ll also need to protect your locks from natural heat from the sun. Just like you would protect your skin, you have to shield your hair from potential UV damage. An easy fix is to wear a big, floppy sun hat or head scarf where you can show off a fabulous new look sans damaged locks.

7. Let those locks go.

If a messy bun is your signature style, you’re going to have to break free and let your locks hang loose. Hair ties, ponytails and rough clips are bad news for your hair and impart friction on your strands. Like anything in life, hair ties should be used in moderation—sucks, we know! The constant pulling and tugging can’t be beneficial to your strands and might cause them to become weak and break. Start slowly by wearing your hair down every other day, until you build up to five straight days of no hair ties. You can do this!

8. Brush a little better.

Even though this is a grooming technique, harsh brushing can cause your strands to split and break. To protect hair, never brush your locks when they are wet, as this is when they are the most susceptible to breakage. Prep your strands by spraying it with a detangling product like the Dove Quench Absolute Leave-in Detangler to help with any knots or tangles. Then, use a soft brush, like a boar-bristle brush, working in sections and brushing at the ends.

How do you protect your locks from dryness and damage?