A quick lesson in hair repair 101

Damaged hair is something that we all deal with at some point in our lives. Spending too much time in the sun, brushing your hair when it’s wet, and the overuse of hot tools are just a few major factors that could be traumatizing your tresses. We’ve all experienced the pit in our stomachs while brushing our hair just to glance down and see all of the breakage in our bathroom sinks. Split ends and breakage may seem unavoidable, but I’m happy to say that there are ways to mend seemingly irreversible damage. If your locks are in need of a little TLC, keep scrolling for three simple ways to repair your hair the easy (and healthy!) way…

Weather the Elements

Believe it or not, exposing your hair to the elements during harsh seasons like winter and summer can do a number on your locks. Sun exposure not only affects your skin but can damage your hair as well. If you know that you’re going to be spending prolonged periods in the sun, spritz on hair sunscreen before leaving the house. Like summertime, the cold, windy and rainy months can be harsh on your hair as well. Do yourself a favor and pick up a nourishing leave-in conditioner or hair mask to help replace the moisture that your hair has been lacking.

You Are What You Eat

Just like the rest of your body, your hair thrives off proper nutrition. A well balanced diet does wonders for your mood, energy levels and you guessed it—your hair, too! For a complete list of foods and their nutritional value that contribute to heavenly hair, I recommend checking out this post.

Don’t Be A Tease

By now it should be known that putting heat on your hair can cause major damage. I’m not saying to nix the blow dryer and curling iron completely. Give your hair a break from time to time by letting it air dry before styling. If you have to use a blow dryer, I recommend letting your hair air dry about 80 percent of the way dry before turning your blow dryer on a cool setting to finish it off. Styling your hair with hot tools isn’t the only way to damage your locks, however. Constantly back combing your hair or wearing too tight of a ponytail can cause some serious breakage as well. So, let your hair down—literally!

For some more of my favorite tried and true tips to keeping your hair in tip top shape, be sure to check out this post.

Do you have any useful tips when it comes to preventing hair damage?

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!

XO Lauren

Photos: Steve Erle/Kohl’s
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