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7 Steps to Treat Heat Damaged Hair at Home Without Cutting

If you’re on the hunt for at-home hair hacks to help keep your strands looking gorgeous and healthy-looking, GG is on hand to help! Spring has officially Sprung, but after months of harsh cold weather and central heating, your hair is probably telling another story. Heat and styling tools can all play havoc too, causing dehydration frizz and split ends.

While we have some extra time for self care, there is no better time than now to take care of your hair as part of your beauty regime and give it the TLC it deserves. So check out our 7 steps to treat heat damaged hair at home without cutting it – and there’s no salon needed!

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 UV rays, a change in outside temperatures and blustery winds all combined with central heating means the scalp is more prone to dehydration. Often leaving hair brittle and prone 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. Panic over, we’ve here to bring you our top 7 hair hacks to treat damaged hair at home without cutting.

7 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 7 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, work conference calls and Facetime catch ups!

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. Try a Treatment!

Treatments can work wonders for your hair health! Simply add into your routine once or twice a week for healthier, radiant strands. Our expertly formulated at-home treatments are perfect for all hair types, concerns and lifestyles. Here are our top picks:

Suffer from split ends? Try our Balance Fibre Sealing Split Ends Treatment: The fourth step in our Balance Routine, this works to help smooth and rebuild broken strands. Our top tip: Pay close attention to ends, to seal cuticles. Less split ends = less frizz!

93% of women agree it improved the appearance of split ends!*

Suffer from product build-up? Or if you’re in need of a detox, try our Defence Detoxifying Scalp Scrub! AHA Enzymes from pomegranate and grapefruit help to remove dead skin cells for a more purified scalp. 91% agree their hair and scalp felt deeply cleansed!*

Suffer from frizz? The secret to defined, frizz-free curls is our Curl Defining Leave-In Butter!  you might have seen it pop up on Huda Beauty round up of their hair goals! Here’s why: it intensely moisturises and holds shape thanks to its specially formulated Curl Technology. The perfect solution for a defined wash and go, or used as a pre-styling step, this rich, sumptuous butter locks in moisture with Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Oil and Cocoa Butter.

Click to discover all of our treatments.

6. 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.

7. 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!


*Based on independent user trial.

Meghann Thorp

Meghann Thorp

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