It won’t hold its style, it's got no volume and it's dry as a bone – damaged hair can be stubborn, unruly and a real pain to tame. But it's a mixture of environment, heat styling and just your regular hair regime that leads to brittle locks, which means there are ways to reverse those bad habits and help fix dry hair. See below for our favourite tips on how to repair damaged hair.
1. Defend against the elements
Your poor hair takes a daily beating from the elements. Excessive exposure to sunlight, wind and rain can result in dryness that, if left unchecked, may lead to breakage. So give your hair a little extra protection by conditioning it once a week with an intensive mask or oil treatment, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Treatment Masque. This will help nourish your strands from within for stronger-feeling, healthy-looking hair.
2. Protect from heat styling
Blow-dryers, flat irons, curling tongs – all must-have styling tools, right? But did you know they can reach up to 230°C? So, it's hardly surprising they can leave hair dry and damaged. That's where heat protection sprays come in: applied on damp hair before blow-drying and on dry tresses before heat styling, they create a barrier to help protect locks from harsh temperatures, to keep it looking soft and shiny.
3. Be gentle when combing
Did you know, hair is weakest when wet? Vigorous wet-hair-detangling can damage the hair's cuticle, which can cause split ends and breakage. Prevent this by gently combing your hair in sections after applying conditioner – it'll coat your strands and you’ll glide through knots and tangles. Plus, widely-spaced, plastic bristle brushes or wide tooth combs give strands more space to move through, making detangling effortless.
4. Care for coloured hair
Colouring your hair is a great way to change up your style, but as with any chemical treatment, it can cause damage and dryness – making it difficult to maintain shine and volume. Help replenish moisture and keep your hair colour vibrant, by using a wash and care system specially formulated for coloured locks. This will reinforce your hair’s natural protective layer, to nourish and keep coloured tresses looking healthy.
5. Avoid excessive washing
Nothing beats that freshly washed hair feeling, but repeated washing can strip your strands of moisture, causing dry, brittle hair. Try washing less frequently and use a dry shampoo between washes – it'll help absorb oils and eliminate odour, to instantly refresh. When cleansing, choose a shampoo which gently purifies and moisturises, like the TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner system: it targets dryness and helps moisturise where your hair needs it most.
So if you're constantly asking yourself "why is my hair so dry?", the answer's probably in your routine. Keep these simple tips in mind to know how to fix damaged hair and get ready to welcome strong-feeling, healthy-looking locks!