Did you know regular blow drying or heat-styling your hair can lead to a lot of damage? In fact, repeated application of heat can lead to physical and chemical alteration in your hair. What happens is the heat leads to cracking of hair’s surface followed by rapid dehydration. It also raises the cuticle layer of your hair, which leads to damage and roughness when you comb over it. Scary, right?
While the best way to avoid heat damage hair is to reduce heat-styling and of course, use a good heat protectant when styling, there are steps you can take at home to help manage heat-damaged hair too. Combining natural remedies with good hair practices and some TLC, here are 5 ways to manage heat-damaged hair at home...
- 01. Be consistent with your oiling routine
- 02. Indulge in a decadent hair mask once a week
- 03.Switch to a frizz-fighting formula for your regular wash
- 04. Choose aloe as an ally
- 05. Deep condition your hair at least once a week
01. Be consistent with your oiling routine
Coconut oil is an excellent remedy for heat-damaged hair. Rich in lauric acid, capric acid, vitamin E, and a number of fatty acids, coconut oil can help reinforce broken hair bonds and inhibit protein loss. It also has a small molecular structure, meaning it can penetrate deep into the hair shaft and help recondition your hair. Use a lightweight formula like the Clinic Plus Non Sticky Nourishing Hair Oil on just the damaged ends an hour before washing your hair.
02. Indulge in a decadent hair mask once a week
When it comes to natural hair masks for damaged hair, nothing beats the decadent combination of banana and honey! Bananas are capable of deeply nourishing your roots and ends, improving hair elasticity and preventing breakage. Combined with the natural humectant properties of honey, this hair mask will act as a dose of nutrients and hydration to reset damaged hair. Mix ripe bananas and honey in a blender and apply to your damaged hair lengths for 15-20 minutes; wash off with cold water and mild shampoo.
03.Switch to a frizz-fighting formula for your regular wash
When choosing a shampoo and conditioner for your heat-damaged hair, look for formulas that help hydrate dry tresses, fight frizz and have some calming ingredients in them. One of our top picks for dry, frizzy, damaged hair is the Love Beauty & Planet Argan Oil and Lavender Aroma Smooth and Serene Shampoo and Conditioner. Argan oil is known to be a potent hair moisturiser that can counter everyday damage and lavender is known for its calming properties. P.S. Making your heat-damaged hair more manageable never smelled this good.
04. Choose aloe as an ally
Fresh aloe vera gel can be a good addition to your damaged hair care routine. Rich in vitamins C, E and B-12, folic acid and choline, aloe can help strengthen your hair lengths and hydrate them deeply. Apply fresh aloe gel or juice to your damaged hair lengths for 10-15 minutes and wash off with cold water and a mild shampoo for tresses that feel healthy and hydrated for the day.
05. Deep condition your hair at least once a week
While you should never skip your regular conditioner every time you wash your hair, it may not be sufficient to help manage that heat damage. Pick a nutrient-rich and repairing formula like the Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask to deep condition your hair at least once a week. The keratin-rich formula of the mask helps revive dull damaged hair, and being formulated with ¼ moisturising cream, you can be sure to soften even the most porous and rough hair types with this mask!
Written by Sumona Bose on Jun 10, 2021
Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!