It’s crazy how many women suffer from damaged hair. Whether it’s heat damage, chemical damage, or breakage from not taking care of their hair. There are a million products that say they help but I am going to give you the best road map for fixing your damaged hair.
You might be wondering how the heck do I know how to heal your hair? Well for one, I have fixed my own damaged bleached hair. I also graduated from Gene Juarez Academy & have been a licensed cosmetologist since 2013. I have done extensive research now that I am a partner with Monat Haircare.
*Meagan Diemert is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.*
10 Step Plan to Heal Damaged Hair
There are lots of small changes that will help you get big results. A few switches in the products you use on your hair including your hair ties and pillow case can make all the difference.
1. Get a Trim
To start your healthy hair journey you want to start off with a clean slate. Get a trim because it will actually help your hair grow! Lots of women do not realize that getting a trim is a vital part in hair growth!
Getting rid of split ends helps your hair growth because if you have split ends your hair will just keep breaking instead of getting longer. Make sure you get a recommendation from someone you trust on a good hairstylist. There are plenty of hairstylists who really won’t cut too much off!
If you are in Snohomish County, WA reach out and I can recommend plenty of amazing hair stylists who I personally use!
2. No Damage Hair Ties
Switching the type of hair ties you use will stop hair breakage right away! Especially if you are like me and rock the messy bun look six days out of the week! It’s rare you will see me with my hair down. Especially when I am focused at work.
Be aware of how you take your pony tails out too. Avoid ripping ponytail holders out. You want to be as gentle as possible and make sure to not pull on your hair.
3. Get a New Brush
Not all brushes are created equal! My absolute favorite brand of brush is the “Wet Brush”. They are super gentle on all types of hair. They are great on wet and dry hair. When your hair is wet it is the most fragile so having a good comb or brush is very important.
It is also important to change out your brushes every so often. Whenever there starts to be build up on them or they are hard to clean. You want a nice clean brush to ensure no damage to your hair.
When brushing your hair avoid brushing too harshly. You want to brush gentle and start at your ends to detangle the hair. Then slowly make your way to the top of your head. Never rip tangles out! A good detangler can go a long way! I’ll talk about products later in this post.
4. Stop Using Any Old Towel
Bath towels can be very damaging to your hair. If you are really trying to fix your hair and avoid damage do not use a towel on your hair. You can either use an old t-shirt to wrap up your hair or a gentle micro-fiber towel.
Also, when drying your hair with a towel (or shirt) do not rub or cause any friction. I just gently wrap up my hair until I am ready to blow dry or air dry.
5. Turn Down the Heat
Turn down for what? To save your hair! You should never have your heat on the highest setting! I repeat… NEVER! Make sure you have your heat tools are around 300 degrees. This includes your curling iron and straightener. A little higher if you have coarse hair is fine. If you have fine hair you might want to be in the 200’s range.
For blow dryers I suggest using one that has different heat settings. I would not use the highest setting on the blow dryer. All tools should be professional grade products. There is a huge difference in how they work and how damaging they are.
If any of your heat tools pull on your hair you will want to replace them. They should all easily glide through your hair. There should be no smoke, pulls, breaks, or anything else like that!
6. Switch to a Silk Pillowcase
I recently learned about silk pillowcases and how much of a difference they can make on your hair! If you are battling hair breakage and damage you defiantly want to make sure you sleep with a non abrasive pillowcase. Silk pillowcases keep you from waking up with frizzy bead head.
I personally toss and turn all night which is hard on my hair. These can really help limit breakage from moving around in my sleep. You just want to make sure that whatever pillowcase you use has a smooth texture.
I have heard silk pillow cases are also great for acne, dry skin, anti-aging, people with allergies (resistance to dust, mold, & fungus), and overall better skin and hair health.
8. Always Use a Heat Protectant
It is so so so important to use a heat protectant! Every time you wash your hair you want to make sure you apply a heat protectant after your hair has been towel dried (with a microfiber towel mentioned above). Heat protection forms a protective layer over the hair cuticle, which prevents heat damage.
My personal favorite heat protectants are Monat’s Studio One Thermal Protect Styling Shield (great for heat over 350 degrees) and the Blow Out Cream (great for lower heat protection). They are both non-toxic, anti-aging, gluten free, and vegan. I also love that they are leaping bunny approved which means they are not tested on animals!
Both of those make my hair super soft and shiny. These products do not leave any product build up on the hair which is extremely important for healing damaged hair. Even if you don’y use heat all the time it’s great to still have the protective layer on your hair.
Even the UV rays from the sun can be harsh on your hair. The sun can actually be responsible for some of your hair damage. It also makes color fade faster.
9. Overnight Oil Treatments
Overnight Oil treatments have played a huge part in my healthy hair journey! Rejuvenique Oil is the oil that I personally use. It is a blend of over 13 Natural Plant and Essential Oils that are rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients highly compatible with the skin and hair. It is the only oil in the haircare industry that can penetrate into the hair to heal it from the inside out.
To do an overnight treatment, apply the Rejuvenique oil to your fingertips and massage into scalp. I like to bring the oil down to the ends as well. Then put your hair into a bun using a scrunchie or non damaging hair tie. Leave in overnight. Wash with a MONAT shampoo and conditioner the next morning. Since this oil soaks all the way into your hair, it will not get your pillowcase oily.
10. Use the Right Haircare Products for Damaged Hair
Using the right haircare products plays one of the biggest parts in healing damaged hair. The best haircare line in my opinion is Monat because they focus on the health of your hair by not putting anything bad in their products. My absolute favorite haircare line for fixing damaged hair is the Restructuring Haircare Collection.
This haircare line offers a 360 approach to rebuild, re-strengthen, and resurface hair structure. It’s different than any other haircare system out there!
Restructuring Pre-wash Conditioner– A lightweight pre-shampoo conditioner that shields strands from friction and further damage during washing, leaving hair luscious and healthy.
Restructuring Shampoo– A mild and creamy, sulfate-free corrective cleanser that rebuilds, re-hydrates and fortifies tresses.
Hair Transformation Masque– Fixes breakage, strengthens, softens and transforms the look of damaged, brittle, over-processed hair within minutes.
Inner Force Restructuring Serum– Dual treatment serum that reconstructs hair at its core, restoring strands to a healthier, pre-damaged state in just one treatment.
This right here was the BIGGEST game changer for my hair! Even with the first wash I felt a difference! I use the pre-wash conditioner twice, once before shampooing and once after. You can get samples of it to try for yourself too!
Well, those are my 10 tips to help you fix your damaged hair. They have all helped my hair in a huge way so I thought sharing might help you too!