How can I repair damaged hair? It’s a question we’ve all asked. Whether it was after a bad at home bleaching, an amazingly sunny (but hair hating) holiday or straightening hair whilst it’s still a little damp (please no), hair damage happens to even the most careful of us. If your hair’s reaching breaking point, see our guide below on how you can repair damaged hair and restore it to its former glory.
How to tell if I have damaged hair?
Before we get into how to repair the damage, let’s talk about how to identify it. It may seem obvious, but you’re anything like us it takes your hairdresser pointing out the damage before you really accept you’ve got a problem. However, if you notice a change in your hair early enough, it will be easier to repair the problem before it gets too extreme for help.
1. A lack of shine
Damaged hair lacks that beautiful shine we all desire, instead of having a brittle, straw-like appearance.
2. No shine even after a deep conditioning treatment.
The most obvious sign of damage is split ends. A quick test, take a bit of your hair and gently twist it. Take a look at the very end of the strands. If the ends are split in two (or more, eek!), your hair is damaged.
Dry hair isn’t always damaged, but damaged hair is always dry. Damaged cuticles are unable to hold in moisture, so if your hair looks dry no matter how many deep treatments you put it through, your suffering with damaged hair.
4. Lack of Elasticity
Every hair strand has a little stretch to it before it snaps. For those of you with damaged hair, your strands are a lot less than a healthy, therefore lack this elasticity. Meaning, if your hair snaps very easily, it is likely that it is damaged.
5. You’re tangled
Sleek, smooth and shiny hair has sleek, smooth and shiny cuticles. When your hair is damaged, these cuticles become rough, causing hair to tangle and knot. The dryness of damaged hair makes it hard to get these tangles out, leading to breakage…
This one is pretty obvious. If your hair snaps while you comb it or even just run your fingers through it, it’s damaged.
How Can I Repair Damaged Hair?
Okay, so you’ve identified that your hair is damaged, so how can you repair damaged hair when it seems as if it’s reached breaking point?
1. Get a Trim
If you’re anything like us a trim is something you try to put off for as long as possible. However, if you’ve got severely damaged hair with a lot of split ends a quick trim is your best bet. This doesn’t mean you have to go for the big chop but a light trim can do wonders for your hair, result in it growing longer and healthier and give the appearance of thicker strands, all whilst removing that unwanted damage.
2. Style carefully
Tight buns, super detailed fishtail braids or sleek ponytails can all cause damage to your hair. If you’re worried about damaged hair, it can be a good idea to give your hair a bit of a break. If you still want to keep your hair off of your face our favourite damage proof styles include messy buns, loose braids and chic chignons. These all work to give your gorgeous up-dos without the damage.
3. Choose the right products
It’s time to play cupid for your hair! If you have damaged hair, the hair products you choose and the ingredients in those products can make all the difference to repair damaged hair.
A popular ingredient in many haircare products, especially ‘repair’ products is SLES. SLES is short for sodium laureth sulphate and is essentially a foaming agent that makes all those little bubbles in a shampoo! However, science tells us SLES might not be that great for hair and scalp health! So that’s why at GG we have no foam-o! We remove the foam, so instead, we packed our repair shampoo with active ingredients to repair your hair from within!
Our Rescue & Repair Range inside the problem of hair damage and reinforcing stands instead of just masking the issue. Rich in Cupuassu Butter, Amino Acids and Bamboo Extract it repairs, protects and strengthens damaged strands!
4. Avoid heat
Is it getting hot in here? We like our straighteners, curlers and hair dryer as much as the next girl, but if you’re using them all on maximum heat, they will be contributing to hair damage. If you’re looking to really revive damaged strands, you’ll need to go au-naturel for a little while and try to only use heat tools for special occasions until your hair is in better condition.
If you are going to blow dry your hair, go for a cooler temperature and don’t blast the heat too close to the hair for too long and make sure to never pull the hair hard.
5. Use a silk pillowcase
If you’re prone to waking with super tangled tresses, your tossing and turning could be causing to friction damage to the hair shaft. Invest in a silk pillowcase to reduce the damage to your hair (plus they’ve been known to be an anti-ageing must!)
6. Eat well
Eat your way to healthy hair! We’ve said this before but it’s true, the health of your tresses is directly connected to your diet. To keep your hair in the very best condition you need to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits, veg, proteins and vitamins. Want details on the perfect diet to repair damaged hair? Take a read of our healthy hair diet!