My guide to: reviving damaged hair.
I’ve had a lot of questions lately on how to revive damaged hair after coloring or extensions or just thicken up naturally thin hair so heres everything i know! Try one or try them all..
A lot of drug store hair ties now have some kind of rubber on them to improve the grip, while this will keep your pony tail in place, every time you remove it you’re dragging against your hair and most likely damaging it.
I definitely noticed a different in how healthy my bangs seemed after switching to softer ties.
Although they probably will let your pony sag, i really like the soft ribbon ties from sephora. They barely leave a kink in your hair.. its the next best thing to a scrunchy. Never thought i’d say that.
If you have to comb through your hair wet, definitely use a wide tooth comb. If your hair is extremely damaged from bleaching, i would recommend not combing your hair wet at all but, if you must: thoroughly detangle your hair with moroccan oil or a leave in conditioner.
Here are a couple of great wide tooth comb options but you can also pick them up at any drug store/walmart for cheap! The moroccan oil comb is infused with the oil, i’ve never tried it but it sounds pretty damn awesome.
Particularly for people with extensions i’d recommend a soft, bristle brush to prevent snagging. I can really be as rough as i want when brushing through my extensions with my fekkai brush and it never snags or pulls.
I like Denman or sephora for paddle brushes.
Amazon has a great selection of Monroe round brushes that are great for blow outs. Their shape means you can get closer to the scalp when drying.
After coloring, extension damage or even if you just have very dry brittle hair: a non-lathering, conditioning shampoo could be your new best friend!
My sister had mentioned to me that she’d bought a l’occitane shampoo to try in hopes of helping dry scalp which got me thinking about the infamous sulphates in traditional, lathering shampoos.
Sulphates in your shampoos are said to strip color, dry your hair and scalp and wreak havoc with curly hair. Since i’m not a chemist, i can’t say whether this is totally true or not but i am definitely a sulphate-free convert.
Initially i tried Macadamia Flawless after taking out my extensions and feeling like my hair needed a boost and i was so impressed! It left my scalp feeling clean and gave me the perfect day-old hair. You put it in dry hair and rinse it off in the shower and you’re done.
Since then Rachael gave me a Wen set that she’d been given and i think i might prefer it slightly. I only tried the shampoo, not the other styling products but my hair has felt great!
I rinsed my hair in the shower and applied the product to my roots and really massaged it in then pulled it through the ends with my fingers. The bottle tells you to use some ludicrous amount of product every shampoo but don’t listen to it, you don’t need a lot and you can always add another pump if needed. I leave it in a while then rinse it out. If my hair is feeling particularly crappy i run a second helping through the ends and let it sit for as long as i can, finishing with a rinse of cool water to close the follicle.
- Argan oil
I probably don’t even need to say more but i love the stuff.
When i have extensions in i run it through the ends every night and put my hair up in a bun, the next morning my hair feels wonderful and keeps my extensions soft for ages.
I also run it through clean, damp hair and let it air dry as often as i can which really seems to help the frizz and pouffiness.
As if this product couldn’t be any more of a beauty essential… it also doubles up as a great skin treatment. If i’m fancying myself some shiny legs on a night out i run a couple pumps down the fronts of my legs and rub it in. So shiny and soft.
Moroccan Oil also make a “light” version for those lucky things with naturally shiny hair.
I also love the brands Josie Maran and Macadamia for argan oil products.
I find if i get too hot in my sleep, the back of my hair turns into a big curly frizz ball.
To remedy this i rub moroccan oil through my hair and put it up in a loose bun on top of my head. That way my hair is still super soft and sleep in the mornings.
There are all sorts of these and i’m not sure if they work but i’ve heard lots of good things about Phyto scalp stimulants.
Always use a heat protecting spray when you’re going to use any heat stylers. S Factor make a great one but it can get a little greasy if you use too much, its great for VERY bleach damaged hair though.. you’ll get your shine back!
Oscar blandi is great for every day use and doesn’t leave your hair greasy. You can also apply it before you even blow dry your hair… just to be sure :)