February 3, 2022

How To Repair Heat Damaged Hair – 40 Beauty Experts Share Their Tips

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Many women unintentionally end up with heat-damaged hair, often due to excessive use of a curling iron or a hair straightener iron.

Although these tools help us enhance our beauty, albeit temporarily, the reality is, using them in the long term can cause serious damage to our hair. The results are usually fragile, thin, dry hair with a burned look.

Unfortunately, people aren’t usually aware or don’t take seriously the side effects that heat exposure has on hair.

Like most things in life, it’s only when you’re facing this issue do you start searching for a solution. To help you solve this problem we asked Minuca Elena to reach out to 40 beauty bloggers and hair specialists to ask them the following question:

How to Repair Heat-damaged Hair Due to Excessive Straightening?

Keep reading to see what they had to say.

Beth Shankle Anderson – The Style Bouquet

Heat-styled hair can become quite damaged by hair straighteners. This damage can possibly be reversed with a few techniques.

First, do not wash your hair every day because it strips hair of its natural oils.

Once every couple of days should suffice. However, do not use hair straighteners on hair with product buildup, debris, oil, and dirt because it would be searing the dirt and debris into the hair.

Next, use moisture-rich conditioners with coconut oil, avocado, or aloe vera all of which will absorb into the hair and help in its repair. Leave-in treatments with yogurt, honey, and olive oil can help get hair back to its glossy appearance.

Using a conditioning treatment containing keratin can also help to smooth broken hair. If you choose to blow dry your hair, make certain that your hair is damp, not wet.

Blow drying wet hair is akin to searing hair so avoid it while repairing your hair. Lowering the temperature of your flat iron will also help preserve your luscious locks.

Sandy Taylor – Foundation Fairy

Heat-damaged hair due to excessive straightening can be fixed temporarily using a DIY coconut oil hair mask.

Coconut oil works great for heat-damaged hair because it helps to reduce protein loss and replenishes moisture in the hair.

All you need is about five tablespoons of coconut oil (melted). Here’s how to use this mask:

1) Wash and towel dry your hair, make sure your hair is still damp.

2) If you have only a section of hair that is damaged, apply the melted coconut oil to that section only. Be generous with the coconut oil and ensure the damaged parts are covered with coconut oil.

3) If you have a lot of damaged hair, part and section your hair to expose the damaged parts, and then apply the coconut oil to the damaged sections. Pay attention to the roots and ends of the hair as these are usually the trouble areas.

4) Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the oil in your hair for about 2 – 3 hours.

5) Rinse out the coconut oil and wash your hair again with shampoo. Apply your regular conditioner.

Note: If you find that you didn’t get the results you were expecting after your first treatment. Simply repeat these steps but leave the coconut oil in your hair overnight to allow the oil more time to soak into your hair.

Desireé Delia

This can be a tricky one because every time we straighten our hair we know we run the risk of potentially causing heat damage. Not just with straightening but anytime we use a hot tool or blow dryer on our hair.

Because heat damage can make the hair appear dry and brittle, the first thing we want to do is start by cutting back on the amount of heat we are applying to the hair and in some cases cutting heat out altogether for an extended period of time.

Secondly, trim your hair. Trimming your hair or chopping your locks depending on the amount of damage is important because it removes split ends and hair damage which encourages new growth of healthy non damaged hair.

Think of it as getting rid of the “dead weight” holding onto it isn’t doing anything good for you. From this point, start to incorporate leave-in conditioners, hair masks, sulfate-free shampoo & conditioners into your routine.

And, when you are ready to add heat back to your hair remember to always use a heat-protective spray or product to make hair more resistant to heat damage.

Ghanima Abdullah – The Right Hairstyles

Most people relate hair bonding treatments to hair color and their potentially damaging after-effects. However, the same types of treatments can also be used for heat damage.

With heat damage, the hair is usually limp because the protein within the hair structure has been stretched to capacity and the bonds that hold the protein in place have broken leading to damage and breakage.

With chemical treatments, the protein within the hair is suffering from dissolution and broken bonds.

So in both of the cases, there is a change to the state of the protein along with broken bonds.

Bond repair treatments attempt to connect the protein back to the bonds, so while the heat-treated hair might not completely revert, it can still do a lot of good and stop you from having to cut your hair off.

They also provide protein building blocks, amino acids, which can help the health of the hair by creating new protein to substitute for some of it that has been stretched beyond repair.

Gabrielle Richens – The Rich Skin Club

As with all health and wellness, repair starts at the root. Therefore, the first step to repairing heat-damaged hair is by treating your scalp.

Ayurvedic remedies such as olive oil and cayenne pepper can help to stimulate the scalp which nourishes the hair follicles by increasing blood flow.

Rice water is another popular DIY treatment for damaged hair because rice proteins have been reported to strengthen hair strands by enhancing hydration, flexibility, and sealing split ends.

Deep conditioning your hair weekly can put the gloss back in your locks too! Try to choose a fragrance-free and silicone-free conditioner that contains plant oils and butter that replenish dry, brittle hair.

A trick I recently learnt from my hairstylist is to apply a deep conditioner to dry —not wet, hair. This means the product doesn’t have to fight with water to get into and penetrate the hair cuticle.

Finally, once your hair is repaired avoid straightening your hair with heated appliances so often. Save it for special occasions and invest in a good thermal heat-protective spray!

Molly Thompson-Tubridy

Molly Thompson-Tubridy

You can easily restore your hair back to its former glory without having to go at it with scissors!

My main tip is to approach your hair with care and be gentle! After a shower, your hair is prone to breakage more easily, so I recommend wrapping it up in a cotton T-shirt rather than rubbing it with a towel.

Since the T-shirt is thin, it will soak up the moisture much quicker and prevent any further breakage that would come from towel drying.

Next up I would recommend having treatments at home ready, after a shower I like to apply some No.7 Olaplex oil throughout my hair.

This is a weightless repairing and styling oil that helps to restore the natural bonds in your hair, giving it a healthy shine without stripping the natural oils.

I would also recommend getting a conditioning hair spray, one with keratin, this will help smooth out your broken hair especially if it is heat-damaged.

Karisa Karmali – Self-Love and Fitness

Depending on the extent of the damage, trimming split ends to ensure that the entire hair strand does not break would be the ideal first step.

Other than that, try an oil hair mask at least once a week, be it Argan, castor, or coconut oil and use a high quality heat protector spray before straightening or blow drying.

There are many affordable options that create a barrier between the hair and the heat.

Tiffany Young – Thin Hair Thick

You’re addicted to your flat iron, and it shows. Heat-damaged hair is a real problem. Fortunately, it is possible to coax your cuticle back into shape after you’ve mistreated it. Tightly aligned cuticles have a natural luster and reflective quality.

Heat-damaged hair is a problem at the cuticle layer and disrupts how the hair behaves. Don’t reach for that smoothing serum that has silicones, instead, you’ll want to fix the problem by strengthening the cuticle hair bonds.

Olaplex Bond Building products are designed to repair damage—either from heat or overbleaching. Their system, specifically the “Number 3,” encourages your cuticles to play nice and get along.

As a result, you’ll have manageable, soft hair that you’d swear had never been straightened a day of its’ life.

Looking for a similar effect but need a more wallet-friendly option? Consider L’oreal’s Elvive 8 Wonder Water.

Bottom line, both of these calm your cuticles and strengthen the hair shaft. Skip the silicones that may offer a temporary faux fix by making your hair shiny. Silicones don’t work on the same scientific level as the two products mentioned above.

Shanise – Styles by Shanise

Once the hair has been damaged with heat excessively it can be nearly impossible to repair without cutting, due to the loss of elasticity in the hair strands. Elasticity in hair care is the ability of the hair strand to stretch and revert back without any breakage.

Depending on your hair texture, excessive straightening can permanently damage your curls or coils.

To reverse this process as much as possible, I would suggest no direct heat for at least 60 days, weekly deep conditioning treatments, and styling hair while it is still wet.

I would suggest using hooded dryers on low heat for moisture treatments to prep your hairstyles and you will notice a difference in the look and feel of the hair.

Remember direct heat whether in chemical form or handheld tool can cause damage, so I would suggest using sparingly or not at all.

Natural hair thrives off of moisture and excessive straightening will dry your hair out while causing more breakage. I would also suggest using a leave-in conditioner to help strengthen your hair.

Jazmin Alvarez – Pretty Well Beauty

I think it goes without saying that the first step is to lay off the heat styling tools for a minimum of 3 months.

But if you do decide to resume using them in the future, be sure to prep the hair beforehand to protect the hair from heat and do not use settings that are excessively high. Investing in a high-quality heat styling tool will eliminate that need.

Now to repair the damage that has been done, there are a few ways.

1. Protein treatments to strengthen the hair. There are several products one can buy on the market for this but you can also crack an egg and mix it with some olive oil and leave it in the hair for 20 minutes after washing.

Then rinse with cool water ( NEVER use warm or Hot water as the egg will scramble). Doing this monthly will help strengthen the strands with current damage as well as prevent future damage.

2. Introduce a pre-cleanse to your routine. This is something you do before using shampoo which will protect the hair from hard water damage and not only strengthen the strands but also hydrate them.

Damaged hair NEEDS hydration and protein in order to thrive.

3. Finally, keep your hands out of your hair. Too much manipulation can cause breakage so be patient and do less, not more.

Rachel Roff – Urban Skin Rx

No store-bought product will completely repair heat-damaged hair, but there are some great natural options that you can include in your daily self-care regime.

To begin treating your dry, brittle, and dull hair you will want to trim the damage first, then use a simple coconut oil hair treatment either daily as a moisturizer and detangler or as a weekly deep-conditioning treatment.

Coconut oil is perhaps one of the most effective hair treatments that you can use for heat-damaged or over-processed hair due to the presence of vitamin E, capric acid, and lauric acid that work together to repair your hair from the inside out and prevent future damage.

You can also prevent future heat damage by limiting your use of heated haircare tools and incorporating coconut oil into your daily hair care routine.

Note from Editor: I tried this treatment when I was washing my human hair wigs and curly hair extensions, it worked really well on them!

Avni Parekh – Luvly Long Locks

Beautiful, straight hair can come at a cost, especially when you use heated straightening tools to achieve your look. In fact, the more you use these tools, the more they will damage your hair, indefinitely.

Therefore, in order to repair heat-damaged hair, you’ll have to follow a new, strict routine if you want to restore luster back to your magnificent mane.

First, it’s crucial to stop using heated hair tools. My recommendation is to stop using them for at least six months to a year if you’re able to.

Second, invest in hair products known to repair damaged hair. The best way to verify that these products actually work is to read their reviews on Amazon.

Third, find alternative methods to achieve your classic look without using heated straightening tools.

For instance, if you continuously comb wet hair while it’s in the process of air-drying, you’ll be able to naturally straighten your hair. I did this for years after damaging my hair by excessively straightening it, and it worked like a charm!

Aparna Barthwal – Reequil

Dry and damaged hair is usually a result of heat damage. Whether you are using styling tools at home or doing chemical treatment in a parlor, both can damage your cuticles and make them prone to breakage.

Therefore, it is important to take a day off from your styling tool and follow numerous ways to repair heat damage for those thick and healthy manes.

1. Start from the basic form of a haircare routine that contains a mild shampoo and conditioner to maintain a healthy and clean scalp.

2. Weekly head massage is always a great addition when it comes to restoring your hair health. Various studies show that the combination of scalp exercise with warm oil helps in repairing damage by penetrating deep inside the hair cuticle and nourishing your hair deeply.

3. Strengthen your hair with a protein-based hair mask that contains ingredients such as pea protein, ceramide, and omega-3 to promote healthy and shiny hair.

4. Avoid using harsh ingredients such as sulfate and paraben in your hair care product as it dries your hair and makes it breakage-prone.

Valerie Barnett – Pleasing Care

Yes, banana isn’t just a fruit full of healthy contents that’s good for our body, turns out it’s an effective home remedy for fuzzy and dry hair due to excessive straightening.

Banana is rich in potassium and moisture which are great factors to keep our hair healthy, soft, and shiny.

All you need to do is mash one ripe banana, apply it on the hair, leave for at least an hour, and rinse with warm water.

This process is ideally done at least twice a week for faster results. This will not only eliminate dryness of the hair, but it can also minimize split ends and improve the elasticity of the hair for a bouncier look.

Michele Scott-Lynch – Bouclème

If your hair has become damaged from using heat stylers like straighteners, the best thing you can do is stop and give your hair a break. Think of it as your hair giving you a sign to embrace your natural texture.

Treat your hair to weekly deep conditioning this will help to infuse your hair with moisture and to maintain optimum hydration levels. Regular protein treatments will help to strengthen your strands and restructure the surface of your hair.

How much protein your hair needs is really individual (depends on the level of damage and porosity) but be careful to not overload your hair as it can become hard and brittle. Start with a monthly treatment and then increase to bi-weekly depending on the results.

Book yourself in with your hairstylist for a much-needed trim. You can’t really repair split ends so getting them snipped off will give you a better foundation to build upon.

If you don’t want to stop using straighteners altogether then try instead to reduce the frequency. Make sure you prep your hair before exposure to heat by using a thermal protector like our Revive 5 on your hair before heat styling.

Suzi – Gurl Gone Green

Hair that is constantly exposed to heat can become dry and brittle. Follow these tips to repair damaged hair and get back the shine.

First, cut back on heat styling altogether. Air dry your hair instead of blow-drying, skip the flat iron or curling iron and try braids or invest in some fun hair accessories. This will help minimize further heat damage.

Get some regular trims. Getting your hair trimmed consistently can help keep it healthy. It stops the ends from splitting more and gives your hair a fresh look overall.

Wash your hair every other day, or longer if possible. Excessive washing can damage hair even further and dry it out. Invest in a good dry shampoo and skip the daily hair wash.

Get a good leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners can help replenish moisture loss, protect hair from further heat damage and strengthen hair follicles with essential vitamins. They’re lighter, not weighing hair down as much.

Get a deep conditioning treatment at a salon or invest in a hair mask you can do at home. This will nourish the hair follicle from the inside out.

Laura Roncagli – My Beautik

Hair damages deriving from excessive heat are very difficult to take care of, as once the hair is seriously damaged and broken, it is extremely hard to repair it.

The products I use and recommend, to help hair restoration and prevent further damages, are:

  • Masks
  • Oils
  • Heat-protectants
  • Bonding treatments

Hair masks are essential cosmetics for a professional like me; high-quality masks can be expensive, but you can also go for homemade ones. I normally use quick masks, but if you have time I recommend you to let them sit, wrapping your hair in a towel or cap.

Hair oils are also very useful and effective against the typical breakage deriving from regular straightening. Hair oils have a lot of nourishing additives, like vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins, that strengthen your hair and increase its elasticity.

Oils are usually leave-in treatments, to be applied on damp or dry hair, avoiding the roots to prevent a greasy look.

Heat-protectants are fundamental cosmetics I could not work without. They don’t have any effect in terms of repairing your hair, but they preserve and protect it when using straighteners, curlers, and hair dryers.

Finally, the so-called bonding treatments are the most effective ones, as they can partially reverse the damages deriving from excessive heat and re-build the hair structure.

One of the most famous and appreciated ones is Olaplex, a system capable to restore broken disulfide bonds. These types of hair cosmetics have a more complex chemical formula, that allows a much more effective and long-lasting treatment of damaged hair.

I used Olaplex on hundreds of clients and it really makes miracles. It can be bought also for home-DYI-treatment, while the professional kit can be purchased only by salons and hair specialists.

Last but not least: don’t forget to stay hydrated and to feed your body, and your hair, with a balanced diet!

Eliza Pineda – Mayraki

Regular protein and hydrating treatments

Depending on how damaged hair is, frequent nourishing treatments will have to be done. They can be done at home or professionally. This usually involves hair masks, oils, and keratin (protein) treatments to build the hair’s strength back up and restore moisture.

Get a salon treatment

Alternatively, getting a professional salon treatment can also be beneficial. Your hairstylist will be able to tell exactly what treatment you will need to get.

Use a good heat protectant

To prevent further damage, use a heat protectant when heat styling hair or even just going out in the sun.

Take a break from heat styling

Of course, hair needs time to heal. Taking a longer break between heat-styling hair will give the hair time to repair itself. Try no-heat styling alternatives or go au naturel for a little while.

Ayanna Denise

The best way to repair heat-damaged hair from straightening is to withdraw from heat set styles and incorporate good fats into your scalp and hair. Here is how to get in those good fats:

Deep Conditioning with the support of avocado.

Apply Aloe Vera to your scalp and hair shaft.

Use conditioning techniques and leave on hair covered with a treatment cap for at least 2 hours for best results.

End your use of products containing alcohol, such as holding spray, setting spray, mouse, gel, and permanent color.

Don’t let shampoos slip through the cracks. Most of them, especially the ones claiming dandruff control, are loaded with alcohol. This contributes to overall dry hair, resulting in breakage.

There are stylists who specialize in healthy hair to support you in this. Many times, heat damage leads to breakage. A regular trim will keep this under control as well.

Lastly, protective styles, especially during the cold months, are great for hair ends. Don’t forget to trim your ends regularly.

Dr. Anna Chacon – My Psoriasis Team

The reparation of heat-damaged hair due to excessive straightening is slightly challenging. It is important to note that it is very difficult to repair split ends or chemically burned or treated hair.

Usually, it is best to cease the damaging motion. This is also true of habits such as straightening or chemically or heat processing of the hair.

It is best to give your hair a clean slate and avoid doing damaging behavior in the future.

And what also sometimes helps includes using a hydrating and moisturizing oil on the distal portion of the hair follicles themselves.

It also helps to avoid the scalp which may cause oiliness and greasing us to this area.

Ayana Aden – The Curl Market

Heat damage due to excessive straightening can occur due to several reasons. Common reasons include not using a heat protectant, straightening on hair that is not sufficiently dry, and using your heat tools on a high-temperature setting.

Those with fine hair strands, low density, and/or tightly coiled textures are more susceptible to heat damage.

If someone has heat damage, the first thing one should do is stop using heat. Continuing using the heat will accelerate heat damage (given that the hair is already impacted) and may damage new growth.

The second thing to do would be to invest in a protein-based product system, such as Olaplex that aims at repairing and replenishing broken protein bonds.

Olaplex uses a patented protein molecule that mimics the protein in our hair and can alleviate and repair some of the damage, depending on severity.

Lastly, always speak to a local hairstylist who can assess the level of damage. A stylist may recommend getting a trim or haircut, depending on the severity. Even trimming an inch will significantly minimize the look of the damage.

Delilah Orpi – The Holistic Enchilada

Lay off the heat. Stop using heat altogether if you can, or use low heat. Straighten a lot less often or try heatless methods.

Consider embracing your natural texture if your hair is wavy or curly. Over time, it gets healthier and the texture will improve and be easier to manage.

Use strengthening treatments. Incorporate hair masks and deep conditioners designed to strengthen and repair hair on a weekly basis. Bond building treatments are also great if you color your hair too.

Use styling products that strengthen the hair and help it retain moisture. Leave ins and creams with protein are a great choice for this.

Cut back on other processes and products that cause damage to your hair. Coloring, relaxing, and incorrect brushing can cause more damage so take extra caution with these as your hair is already in a weakened state.

Consider doing these less often or modifying them a bit. For example, consider less lightening of your hair or highlighting less often.

Maintain your hair. Make sure you’re doing all these steps for as long as you need to. It’s not an overnight process so don’t expect your hair to magically change after a week of care.

Vanessa Thomas – Freelance Formulations

Excessive use of heating tools can contribute to weakening the hair and eventual damage of the follicle. Heating tools will burn and break the bonds in the hair follicle, and excessive heat styling without protection and follow-up care will result in damaged hair.

The only way to completely prevent the over-processing effects on hair is to either cut down on the things that cause over-processed hair damage or completely stop these processes.

To help with the damage and improve texture, using a hair mask, products, and relaxers that infuse the hair with keratin and proteins, using a heat protectant spray, can help to minimize the damage that occurs.

I recommend using coconut oil or using a hair mask that contains coconut oil. Coconut oil has been shown to actually be able to penetrate into the hair follicles, allowing it to moisturize more effectively with time.

I would also recommend washing hair no more than 2-3 times per week and opt for conditioning that hair only during those no-shampoo days.

If you are planning to get your hair relaxed or colored, it is best to see a licensed hair professional rather than trying to DIY with box color/bleaches.

Kash Lalka – Best Expert Reviews

Are you always on the go and want to keep your hair straightened but worried about the damage caused by heating tools? Here is a solution for you:

The following 3-step process will repair heat-damaged hair due to excessive straightening.

Step 1:

  • Vitamin E & Olive Oil Hair Mask
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Olive Oil

Step 2:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar & Egg Hair Mask
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Eggs (2 pieces)

Step 3:

  • Banana Hair Mask
  • Banana (ripe with black spots)

Step 1. Vitamin E and olive oil hair mask.

Mix the Vitamin E oil and olive oil together. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing it off.

Step 2. Apple cider vinegar and egg hair mask.

Mix the apple cider vinegar with eggs (two pieces). Apply this mixture to your hair cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash your hair afterward with shampoo.

Step 3. Banana hair mask.

Mix the ripe bananas (with black spots) with eggs (two pieces). Apply it to your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.

Now you’ve repaired the damage caused by straightening! It is advisable to do this once or twice a week for short-term damages, or every day for long-term damages.

After washing your hair, you’ll notice how soft and smooth your hair is after the repairing process. These three masks are inexpensive and easy to get, so feel free to try them out!

Katie Emery – Katie Goes Platinum

Heat is gray hair’s worst enemy. When gray hair gets heat-damaged, it turns yellow. Unfortunately, yellowing caused by heat is impossible to repair.

Instead, you have two choices: You can either cut off the damaged hair and wait for your new growth to come in, or you can use a purple shampoo once a week to tone down the yellow. (Purple is the opposite of yellow on the color wheel, so it reduces the yellow tones).

Just make sure not to use purple shampoo more than once a week as it is very drying, and can leave a purplish tint on your hair if used too often. Follow it up with a deep conditioner, and your gray hair will look and feel great!

Stefani Sankelova – Fantastic Hairdressing

Invest in good quality hair care products – masks, oils, etc. You need to take care of your hair. Take note to provide the proper products for your hair type.

Reduce heat treatment to a minimum.

If your hair is badly damaged even with hair products and heat-resistant sprays is a no-no. This is still stress and unnecessary dryness for your hair. There are a lot of heatless methods to style your locks.

To naturally grow it if you don’t have the genes it’s more difficult but not impossible. There are again products that promote hair growth and thickening.

You can also try old natural recipes like the ones our grandmothers used to do, for example, do a regular mask with egg yolks or check out the wonderful effects or olive oil/castor oil, avocados, etc.

And yes they can improve the state of your hair but it’s not magic.

Dee Poulsen – Loved By Curls

Repairing heat-damaged hair due to excessive straightening will take time but it’s absolutely possible. The key is to replenish lost moisture back into your hair on a regular basis.

You will need:

  • Sulfate and silicone-free conditioner
  • Hairclip
  • Rotating roller brush (Babyliss big hair or similar)

Instructions:

  1. Wash your hair as normal.
  2. Wrap a microfiber towel around your hair. Do not dry but leave hair fairly wet.
  3. Section the top of your hair using the hair clip. Let the inner parts of your hair hang down.
  4. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to the lower parts of the hair strands. Do not get product on your scalp.
  5. Use the rotating brush on small sections until hair is dry.
  6. Continue with the next section of hair – remember to apply conditioner to each chunk of hair before using the brush.

This method uses heat to open up your hair cuticles, allowing product to penetrate the hair strands. The result is silky, replenished hair.

Pro tip: If you’re still experiencing some frizz after following this method, tie up your hair in a low bun for 15 minutes. This will get rid of most of the static and your hair will feel soft and healthy.

Melissa Eboli – Via Melissa

There are a few ways one can repair their damaged hair from excessive straightening, both internally and externally. Internally, you can fix this by eating a diet of healthy fats and oils such as avocado and coconut oil.

Eating healthy fats helps to lubricate your skin and will also help with giving you a shinier coat. You can also obtain this by taking fat-soluble supplements like omega 3 and vitamin e.

As for external suggestions for damaged hair repair, you can use shampoo and conditioner that have CBD and or hemp oil in them.

These are very lubricating for the hair and help build moisture back up. I also recommend using a natural leave-in conditioner to re-hydrate your damaged hair.

Mariyam Abid – The Beautyholic

If you’re like most people, you probably straighten your hair regularly. And while straightening your hair is a great way to achieve a sleek and polished look, over-straightening can damage your hair, causing it to become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.

One of the most common signs of heat damage is excessive frizziness. If your hair is feeling extra frizzy and unmanageable, it may be a sign that it’s been damaged by too much heat.

There are a few things that you can do in order to repair heat-damaged hair:

  1. Use a deep conditioner or hair mask on a regular basis. This will help to add moisture back into your hair and seal in the cuticles.
  2. Products that contain thermal protection can help to shield your hair from the damaging effects of heat. Look for a product that contains ingredients like cationic polymers, which help to seal in moisture and protect your hair from heat damage.
  3. Try to avoid straightening your hair every day.
  4. Avoid flat ironing wet hair as this can cause even more damage. Instead, wait until your hair is completely dry before styling.
  5. Be sure to use a good quality hair serum or oil to seal in moisture and protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat.

If you have already done a lot of damage to your hair, you may need to see a hair specialist in order to get it repaired. They will be able to tell you what steps you need to take in order to repair your hair and get it feeling healthy again.

You can also use a combination of these treatments.

For example, if the tips of your hair are particularly damaged, try using a deep conditioner on them alone and not on the rest of your hair. This will help to seal in the moisture and will help to improve the appearance of your hair.

If you are having trouble finding a deep conditioner or hair mask that works well for you, try using a natural remedy instead.

There are many different types of natural remedies that can be used to repair heat-damaged hair, such as coconut oil or olive oil. These will help to add moisture back into your hair and will promote healthy, shiny hair.

No matter what steps you decide to take, be sure to be patient. It will take some time for your hair to recover from the damage that has been done, but with patience and proper care, it can be restored to its former glory.

Jane Wilson – Modern Housewives

If your hair is suffering from heat damage you have to stop straightening it.

You may need to have your hair trimmed if you have split ends.

Pay attention to how often you wash your hair. You should wash your hair about twice a week. Washing daily affects your hair because wet hair is more fragile and breaks easier.

Whenever you wash your hair you should use a conditioner to hydrate your hair. This will also help you untangle it and make it easier to brush.

Once a week, apply castor oil and coconut oil on your hair and leave it for a few hours before washing it.

If you must use heat to dry it or to straighten it and it’s something that you can’t avoid, then use a heat protectant.

Austen Tosone – Keep Calm And Chiffon

First things first, put the straightener down! It can be hard to let go once you’re in the habit of straightening your hair, but if you’re experiencing excessive damage from straightening it’s not worth it.

Commit to doing a heat detox until your hair is in a better spot.

Next, if you’re able to I’d recommend going in to see your hairstylist and getting a trim. The ends of your hair are likely the most damaged part, so think about getting at least an inch or two cut off of the bottom of your hair.

Your hair is probably very dehydrated from all of the heat so it’s important to add back in as much moisture as possible.

Garnier has a 1 Minute Papaya Extract Hair Mask you can do in the shower 2-3x a week, depending on the damage. You can also look for similar deep conditioning or hydrating masks.

Finally, consider looking for a new shampoo and conditioner duo that has coconut oil or aloe vera in them.

Both of these ingredients will help with conditioning and strengthening your hair to help prevent breakage and also enhance your hair’s natural texture, which may have been damaged by excessive heat.

Dr. Paula Morgan – Better Goods

Excessive use of heat tools is one of the leading causes of long-term damage to the hair. When hair is heated excessively, the proteins that make up the hair shaft are damaged, leading to dry, brittle and frizzy hair.

The hair may even be broken off at the shaft itself in extreme cases.

First and foremost, it is essential to discontinue the use of any heat tools on the hair. This will allow the hair shafts time to heal and rebuild.

Use a deep conditioner or hair mask on the hair at least once a week. A good deep conditioner will help to nourish and rebuild the damaged hair shafts.

In the future, use a heat protector on the hair before using any heat tools. This will help to protect the hair shafts from further damage.

Avoid using harsh chemicals on the hair, such as hair dye and bleach. These chemicals can further damage the hair shafts, making them more prone to breakage.

Try to avoid using hot water on the hair. Hot water can further damage the hair shafts and make them more prone to breakage.

Trim the hair regularly. This will help to remove any dead and split ends, which can make the hair more prone to breakage.

Yovanka Loria

Damaged hair repair isn’t always possible because the protein bonds and cuticles have been permanently altered. Instead, the focus should be on maintaining hair to prevent further damage.

Tip

Before straightening your hair, make sure it is dry and has been brushed thoroughly. Wet hair is more prone to damage.

Apply a thermal protector product, such as a conditioner, cream or spray, before beginning to straighten your hair. This will protect your hair from heat damage.

Warning

Do not straighten your hair every day. This is too much stress and damage for your hair and make sure you use the lowest heat setting possible when straightening your hair. This will reduce the amount of damage.

Make sure the heat setting never exceeds 180 degrees celsius.

Krysia McDonald – Plaine Products

Many of the tools that we use to make our hair look the way that we want it to can also cause damage. Overuse of hot tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and straighteners are the main cause of heat damage.

Luckily, there are many ways to protect your hair from excessive heat damage. You can use hot tools with your hair’s health in mind. When using, remember to set it on the lowest heat setting possible to avoid damaging your hair.

Keep your hair healthy and encourage hair growth by getting a trim every 6-8 weeks. The products that you use are an important tool to protect your hair from heat damage.

Give yourself a deep conditioning treatment by leaving a conditioner in your hair for 10 minutes before rinsing. Then, try spritzing damp hair ends with a leave-in product before blow-drying.

Let your hair air dry instead of blow-drying or straightening and try a new style like a braid or bun instead.

Ellen Bigs – Pretty Home

Every woman knows how to take care of their hair. But what to do when you want to straighten your hair, but the result is not at all that would like? It does not matter whether you use a flat iron or curling iron.

Heat styling tools affect the structure and cohesion of the cuticle scales of each strand of hair. They can be damaged or split. If you continue to use such tools, hair loss begins.

In the case of heat damage, it is necessary to restore hair as soon as possible! Do not use a curling iron or flat iron.

Use cooling shampoo and conditioner. They work by closing the cuticle scales. That is why your hair will appear shiny and beautiful!

With damaged hair, I recommend you to use a mask, for example, a mask with a protein conditioner. Apply it on your hair while they are still damp and leave the product on the head for 10 minutes.

After that, rinse with warm water.

In addition, use keratin or argan oil on dry hair right after washing them! Leave the product on your head for 2-3 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Remember! Try to avoid the use of hairdryer and curling iron as much as you can!

Tommy Vekhayn

One of the best ways to repair heat-damaged hair due to excessive straightening is to stop using heating devices on your hair immediately. You may need to cut your split ends because that part of your hair can’t be fixed.

In addition to shampoo, use a hair conditioner and a hair mask to hydrate your hair. Choose products with natural ingredients.

When your hair becomes heat-damaged, it becomes way more susceptible to the chemicals that are already irritating your hair.

Having a diet with lots of nutrients will also assist in the repair process, your body uses tons of vitamins and minerals like Zinc and Vitamin A, C, and Biotin. These are all critical in repairing damaged hair cells. Keep a good healthy diet, and keep the chemicals out!

Madison Dufour – The Exquisite Find

Unfortunately, once the cuticle has been damaged enough by excessive heat, or even too hot of temperatures, the cuticle is too cracked and frayed to repair.

But you can prevent further damage by consistently using a heat protectant as well as regularly using hydrating masks and a leave-in conditioner.

Once the cuticle is dry and cracked, all of the moisture from inside the hair strand can leak out. So a hydrating conditioner and a leave-in conditioner are imperative at this point.

The only way to fully repair heat damage is to cut the hair. But oftentimes it is difficult to let go of length, especially if the wearer has been straightening the hair to keep it longer.

Simply using a heat protectant, using a lower temperature setting on the tool, and keeping the hair hydrated are the best ways to prevent the damage.

Usama Azam – Useful Essential Oils

Well, there are many ways you can repair the damage but here I am going to tell you the masterpiece and is very effective.

But, before that, stop doing further damage to hair by any means (styling, heat, any products, etc.) for at least a couple of months to give proper time to the tip to work that I am about to mention.

Take yogurt (2-3 tablespoons), full raw egg, and mustard oil (3-4 tablespoons) according to the length of your hair. Mix them properly and keep them in the sunlight for about 5-10 minutes.

Gently massage the mixture on your hair and leave for at least 30 minutes (1-2 hours would be great if you can). After that, rinse it off using a mild shampoo (baby shampoos are the best).

Repeat it every alternate day for about 2 weeks and you will be amazed by the results.

Gina Calloway – Fear No Beauty

Heat-damaged hair is damaged because it lost all of its protein due to exposure to heat. This means that if you want to repair hair that’s been exposed to heat, you have to restore the protein in the hair.

Treatments for your hair that have yogurt and olive oil can greatly help in restoring the bonds in your hair.

Not only that, but it can also help give back your hair’s shine. This is because they have important ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft to bring back moisture to it.

Keratin also helps in smoothing broken hair, so look for it in the hair products that you use.

Ria Templer – Utama Spice

Repairing heat damage needs some diligence and a combination of natural oils work like a charm. The best option is essential oils like Cananga, vetivert, fennel with a coconut oil base.

Avoid using products with colors, parabens, and other harmful compounds.

Also, keep in mind that you will not repair damaged hair overnight. It takes some time but with the right approach, you can repair the damage effectively.

Try to use natural ingredients every single time so that you make the repair time shorter.

Be gentle with hair and use a mild shampoo that does not have chemical additives.

You can consult an expert but make sure they are using the right products for natural growth. It is not an overnight affair but with persistence, you are definitely going to see some changes in the weeks and months that follow.

With the right nutrition/treatment, hair does a great job at repairing itself.

Do you Have Heat-damaged Hair?

Heat-damaged hair is easy to spot, and here are the signs:

  • Your hair becomes very fragile and easy to break off.
  • Split ends.
  • Your hair is easily tangled or knotted.
  • Hair texture becomes very dry and rough.

Additional Tips and Info

Here are more practical tips to repair your heat-damaged hair:

Deep conditioning your heat-damaged hair every 5 to 7 days, and apply a leave-in conditioner on your hair every day.

Use lightweight hair oil instead of styling gel to get a wet look. Avoid blow-drying your hair and let them air dry.

Use wigs and hair extensions as a protection hairstyle. Heat style your wigs and extensions instead of your natural hair.

If you choose to wear a wig, make sure no chemicals (such as wig glue or adhesives) are applied to your natural hair or edges.

If you choose to wear extensions, go for extensions that add the least weight to your hair. Sew-ins and tape-ins are great for long-term use, while clip-ins are great for temporary use.


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