As much as we hate it, dry, damaged, lacklustre hair is a problem most people face. And the most heartbreaking thing is hair that’s beyond repair. After all, no one wants to go chop-chop after painstakingly growing out their mane over a long period of time. So if you’re struggling with damaged locks, then let us put you out of your misery. Turns out, there are ways to undo that damage.

Hair damage is usually caused by pollution, stress, sun damage and heat styling, but a few simple steps can help you nurse your strands back to life. Here’s a look at what they are...

Use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner
 

Use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner

Using a shampoo that is free of chemicals like sulphates and parabens will be gentle on your hair and prevent damage. Additionally, pick a shampoo that is enriched with natural oils and herbs to further repair hair damage. Remember that over-washing your hair tends to strip it off its natural protecting oils making it dry and brittle. If your hair needs a pick-me-up, use a dry shampoo in between washes.

Indulge in a deep conditioning treatment
 

Indulge in a deep conditioning treatment

Deep conditioning your hair means leaving a conditioner on your hair for longer to help it penetrate better and repair damage. A deep conditioner helps add shine and lustre to damaged hair as well as improves elasticity.

Use a hair mask
 

Use a hair mask

Indulging your tresses in a hair mask is a great way to restore damaged hair. Look for masks that are especially meant to revive and restore damaged hair, as these masks will provide targeted action. Twice a week, apply the hair mask and leave it on for a full hour, using a plastic shower cap to help the product penetrate better.

Reduce heat-styling
 

Reduce heat-styling

If you are looking to restore dry and damaged hair, then it is a great idea to keep hairstyles simple and heat-styling to the minimum. Stick to hairstyles that don’t require a lot of products and hair sprays. Also, should you feel the need to use heat on damaged hair, prevent further damage by using a heat protectant spray or a damage control hair serum.