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

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  • I definitely needed to read this, my hair is awful at the moment 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lisa Autumn

    I love the tips! I absolutely agree with not blow drying your hair too much.. In the summer I like to let it dry by itself and in the winter I only use the blowdryer in the very end when my hair is almost dry 🙂

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  • I have found that washing it once a week is key. I use a blow dryer and velcro rollers once it’s about halfway dry to do a big blowout, which lasts for 3-4 days. Usually at that point I go in with my Paul Mitchell Neuro flat iron and add some curls. I always make sure to use a heat protect spray before using the flat iron to minimize damage.

    For the first time in my life, I went to get a haircut (it had been about 4 months) and the stylist said there was only a few pieces that had some damaged ends. Looking forward to growing it even longer and healthier!

  • Kari Guastella

    These are such good tips!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/

  • Leah Kauffman

    Great post

  • Love these tips! I never blow dry my hair but having a balayage for a few years has certainly done its damage (even despite olaplex).

    daydreamdancing

  • Caroline

    Do you apply any heat protector products before you blow dry or use a hot iron?

  • Virginia Tucker

    Air dry & throw in a little mouse!

  • Love these reminders! I tend to always want to put my hair in a bun, but now i’ll be reminded to just let it down!

    Tawni | http://www.tawnitamarra.com

  • Loving all of these great tips! <3 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing! I was wondering if you'd recommend vitamins for hair? I've heard so much about a variety of different brands, but I'm not exactly sure if they're really helpful or which ones are better.

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • I definitely think that diet has a lot to do with how our hair and skin look! I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I slather it on my hair before bed (I use an old pillowcase even though it doesn’t even soak up that much oil) then I wash my hair in the morning. The result is unbelievable; soft, silky hair – and not oily AT ALL!

  • Love these tips! I have noticed a huge improvement in my hair since I stopped blow drying it often. I still do occasionally (maybe once every few weeks), but for the most part I just air dry. I also don’t get highlights as often as I used to, and I can definitely tell my hair is healthier than ever.

    -Tristan

    http://www.thepolishedposy.com

  • These are great suggestions! I have fine hair so I struggle with breakage all the time. I’ve never tried hair sunscreen before. Oh and also, remember to start brushing your hair from the bottom and work your way up!