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6 Steps to Treat Heat Damaged Hair Without Cutting

You might have enjoyed the summer sun, but after months of exposure to UV rays, your hair is probably telling another story. Humidity, heat and styling tools can all play havoc, dehydrating strands and causing frizz.

Unfortunately, hair damage and heat styling also go hand in hand. That familiar hiss of the straighteners, a sleek glossy blow-dry, cascading waves. Heat, we can’t resist you. And we shouldn’t have to. Discover 6 steps to treat heat damaged hair (without cutting it!)…

Why heat damages hair

When you head outside, you’re concerned about UV rays, but do you protect your hair and scalp like your skin? The answer is probably no! A combo of saltwater and the hot sun can leave hair brittle and lead to breakage which means more frizz! If you combine this with those ultra-high levels of heat you apply to hair during blow-drying, straightening, and curling processes are often hot enough to cause severe trauma to the hair. But why does heat damage hair?

Well, these high temperatures that give the best results when it comes to styling actually result in cracks in the cuticle layer, bubbles in the cortex, frayed strands, split ends, faded colour and increased frizz. With some tools applying levels of heat at 200°C or more, the damage is caused by dehydration, rapid water loss and protein damage to name a few. This thermal damage from styling tools often softens the keratin in hair, as a result adversely affecting the protein structures, leaving your hair dull and dry.

6 steps to treat heat damaged hair without cutting it

If you’re concerned with the facts on what heat styling and sun exposure has done to your hair. We’ve got the 6 ultimate hair hacks to help treat damaged hair, meaning you can get gorgeous, healthier-looking hair.

1. Prevent further damage

The most important step when it comes to repairing damaged hair is to prevent further damage. If you can’t avoid heat tools, try keep the frequency of use to a minimum and always use heat protection.

2. Choose nourishing haircare products

Get serious with your haircare. Our Repair Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner duo are exactly what you need to return your hair to its former glory.

They restore and repair from within, getting inside the problem of hair damage and reinforcing strands. Rich in Cupuassu Butter, Amino Acids and Bamboo Extract to repair, protect and strengthen damaged strands. Use the two products together to;

  • Repair, protect and strengthen hair damaged by bleaching and excessive heat styling.
  • Reinforce hair fibres, increasing strength and elasticity so hair is resilient to breakage.
  • Intensely nourish and condition dry, weak strands to leave hair hydrated, smooth and soft.

3. Try a no-heat hairstyle

There’s plenty of on-trend looks you can try to beat the heat! Simple loose plaits, a half-up ponytail, or a natural wave all look great for those in-between wash days.

4. Cool it

Okay, this one is obvious. Heat causing you issues? Turn down the temperature. You can do this in a couple of ways. Firstly, don’t use your heat tools at the highest temperatures. If you have super thick hair that needs that extra heat for the desired results, move it through your hair as fast as it can. Most hair can handle 380 degrees, however, if your hair is bleached, relaxed or already suffering from damage you’ll need to look to lower settings (around 300 degrees)

Pre-heat styling you can also finish your shower off with a shot of cool water. This can help in closing the hair cuticle, resulting in shinier and smoother looking hair.

5. Stop towel-drying.

If hair is already a little damaged it’s important to try to reduce the amount of stress your hair undergoes. After you’ve washed your hair you need to avoid any vigorous towel-drying as this can cause extra damage to the hair cuticle. Instead, loosely wrap your hair in a towel and leave it to naturally dry. If you don’t have time to wait, try using a micro-fibre cloth or 100% cotton t-shirt to dry your hair instead. These tend to be more gentle on your strands.

6. Be gentle brushing

When hair is already a little damaged, it’s more fragile, therefore prone to further damage when it’s wet. Therefore, you need to make sure you use a soft-bristle brush and only brush hair when it’s dry. If you have to comb through wet strands, use a wide-toothed one to detangle whilst always remaining gentle. Your hair will thank you later!



Elise Parkes

Elise Parkes

Writer and expert

Whether it’s hair care, skincare, fashion or food I’ve always been obsessed with discovering the latest innovative trends. My weekends are spent with a gin cocktail in hand, planning my next trip abroad, and looking for some inspo for my latest online purchase.

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