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    How To: Prevent and Repair Damaged Hair

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    Fall back in Love with your hair

    There comes a time in our lives where we all realize we have done damage to our hair and wonder if it’s fixable or not! Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. All textures have a breaking point, whether it’s from the blow-dryer, flat iron or chemical over processing. But by using the right products to protect your hair, most damages can be prevented that usually come from the overuse of heat, too much chlorine or chemical services.

    Start with a good shampoo and conditioner.

    To keep hair healthy and promote good hair growth, the hair and scalp needs to be kept clean. When the hair is too dirty, oil and skin cells build up which clog the pores, decrease hair growth and contribute to dandruff. Use the right shampoos and conditioners for you hair type. Redken is a product line I love and they carry a variety of lines for different hair textures. My favorite shampoo and conditioner now which I highly recommend is All Soft by Redken. It adds fabulous shine with olive oil and avocado oil, and it leaves even the driest hair feeling soft!

    Use a leave-in conditioner

    Using a leave-in conditioner can be really helpful for protecting hair. It’s a 10 Leave-in conditioner is another product that I highly recommend. A small bit hydrates the hair and leaves it feeling really soft and shiny! According to an old wives tale, some believe over using a product will help your hair grow longer and stronger . . . it’s hog wash, less is always more.

    Deep condition your hair

    Every 2-4 weeks a deep conditioning treatment should be considered, my favorite is Joico K-pak deep penetrating reconstructor for damaged hair and it’s great for all textures. Regular deep conditioning treatments are huge for helping repair damaged hair and strengthen it against future damage.

    Magnified Hair Shaft showing Hair Damage

    Don’t forget to trim it!

    Healthy hair should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks to maintain fresh ends. Don’t be fooled by advertising, split ends can never be repaired by a product. They can be made to look better temporarily with a product, but trimming the ends off is the only way to get rid of damaged hair. And, if damaged hair is not cut off, it will keep splitting up the hair shaft, making the hair weaker, promoting even more breakage.

    Magnified Hair Shaft repairing damaged hair

     Be gentle with wet hair

    Always be gentle and use a wide tooth comb or a detangler when combing through wet hair. Wet hair stretches and breaks easily so this will put less stress on the hair shaft and cuticle. I also like to use a blow dry cream by It’s a 10 products to thicken fine hair or relax wavy hair for a more straight appearance.

    Less alcohol is better

    When comparing products, always look for those with less alcohol or perfume in the ingredients list. Alcohol and perfumes are known to dry out the hair. Try changing over to shine serums like Super Skinny by Paul Mitchell for a great finishing product.

    After just a few weeks of good healthy hair habits and treatments, you should see noticeable results in your attempts to repair your dry, damaged hair. And from this point forward, maintaining healthy hair will be easier too!

    It’s guaranteed you will fall in love with your hair all over again!

    Hair Stylist Corrin Allen
    Guest author Corrin Allen is an up and coming independent hair artist who has been changing the art of hair for the past 5 years. Corrin was named 2011 Las Vegas Hair Artist of the year and is the lead hair stylist for several Las Vegas performers. She is also a freelance writer and you can find more or her work at and also connect with her on Facebook.


    1. […] too common hair tasks such as styling, blow-drying and straightening can result in damaged hair. Most of us know the common hair treatments such as getting a regular trim, using color protective […]

      Pingback by Natural Hair Treatment Tips — June 26, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    2. Thank you Shelby for the wonderful feedback!

      Today, many people believe that organic hair products are better for you. Check out the article Organic Hair Products: Are They Better for You? to find out the truth!

      Have a fantastic hair day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — June 19, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    3. Thx for thes great ideas!!!!

      Comment by Shelby — June 12, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    4. Hi Monique,

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback! Argan oil is generally comprised of organic ingredients.

      Learn more about organic products now by checking out the article Organic Hair Products: Are They Better for You? today. It’s full of useful information.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — June 3, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    5. thanks for the info, I use a great product that is helping me to repair my hair, it’s Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil which works really good, it makes the hair stronger, it protects the hair and it leaves my hair smooth, shiny and healthy. :D

      Comment by Monique — June 1, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    6. Thank you for sharing your secret hair care product with us! Argan oil is delightful as long as you don’t apply too much.

      Have a great hair day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — June 3, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    7. Thanks for the info! Argan oil is great for your hair, I use Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil and my hair is looking shiny, smooth and healthy :)

      Comment by askvivi — May 31, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

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