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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.

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How to Repair Damaged Hair

How to Repair Damaged Hair

The Smart Girl’s Guide on How to Repair Damaged Hair

We have all been there. As we look down at the counter and see little hairs covering the counter top and we have lost count of the hairs we have pulled out of our hair brush, we find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror wondering, “Is my hair dry or damaged?” Today’s tale is about how to repair damaged hair. There are three major types of damage when it comes to your lovely locks.


Mechanical Damage

Your hair looks and feels dull ( like the hair of your favorite childhood doll) little pieces of hair fall onto your clothes. In some cases the hair looks singed, kinked and fuzzy.

  • The Cause –  brushing and teasing the hair in excess (picture a 1950’s beehive), and using thermal styling tools without the proper products.
  • The Solution – Use a good conditioning treatment once a week such as Joico Kpak Intense Hydrator, or Uans Crema. Also use a thermal protection spray such as, Bain de Terre Magnolia Thermal Iron Protector, or Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press, each time you use a flat iron or curling iron.


Environmental Damage

Your color fades and your hair doesn’t feel clean;  it feels like product build up is on your hair.

  • The Cause – Sun exposure and pollution.
  • The Solution – Most professional hair care lines have U.V. protectants in their products and there are many leave-in conditioners that have U.V. protectants as well, such as Matrix Biolage Daily Leave In Tonic and Sebastian Potion 9 Lite. A good clarifying shampoo like SOMA Clarifying Shampoo, once or twice a month (depending on how much product you use) will help as well.


Chemical Damage

Your hair looks and feels fuzzy, it will not hold a style, looks like frayed cloth. It breaks off , inches at a time.

  • The Cause – over use of chemical services such as hair color, lightening, perming or chemical straightening.
  • The Solution – Stop whatever chemical process you are doing right now. Give your hair a break for a while – hats are in this season. You need to get a good deep conditioning treatment done with your stylist ASAP. If you can’t get to the salon – I highly recommend JOICO Kpak Revitaluxe. The newest addition to the Kpak family – this treatment is restorative and strengthens the hair with each use. For a leave in, Redken’s Extreme Anti Snap is terrific, just as it’s name states – it will help your hair from breaking or snapping off.

I highly recommend that you use Professional Salon products. Many of the other brands on the shelves have too many sulfates, detergents, silicone’s and alcohol which defeats the purpose.  Your hair may feel good but some of those products don’t penetrate the hair – they just coat the hair, which leads to further damage.




Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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