How to Recover Heat Damaged Hair: A Step-By-Step Guide

Heat damaged hair isn't pretty, but there are steps you can take to recover your hair.

Almost everyone experiences heat damaged hair at one point, but severe damage requires intense treatment.

Here is our step-by-step guide for how to treat heat damaged hair and getting your hair back on the right path. 

Heat Damaged Hair Symptoms 

The signs of heat damaged hair are loud and clear. Damaged hair is dry, brittle, won't hold it's natural curl, and it loses its lustrous shine. 

Here are some other symptoms of heat damaged hair:

  • Split ends
  • Breakage
  • White ends at the end of your hair shaft
  • Dryness
  • Roughness
  • String strands
  • Frizz
  • Difficulty styling
  • Hair tangles easily

It's impossible to reverse the damage that's been done, but there are steps you can take to recover your hair. Here's our step-by-step guide to recover your heat damaged hair! 

1. Avoid heat

Avoid applying any kind of heat for a while! This is a must. Try only air drying your hair or using a microfiber hair towel for faster and curly-safe drying. If you really feel like you cannot get the same results without a hairdryer, try to use only cold air and slow speed to avoid further damage.

2. Gentle Cleanse

Step number one to damage reduction is to wash your hair and scalp. We recommend using a sulfate-free and non-drying gentle cleansing shampoo

Be careful not to use a clarifying shampoo on heavily damaged hair.

What makes a clarifying shampoo different is the high level of heavy surfactants. Surfactants get rid of the grease and built-up residue in your hair strands and on your scalp. A cleansing shampoo removes the buildup without stripping your hair of its natural oils. 

Once the buildup is gone, the hair shaft can be penetrated to help restore its natural texture.

3. Moisturizing Conditioner 

To prevent frizz and lock in moisture, use a conditioner with natural, nourishing ingredients. 

Conditioner smooths your hair to reduce the amount of friction between strands. If you looked at a hair follicle under a microscope, a damaged strand is easy to identify. Healthy hair is smooth while a damaged cuticle is flaky and scaly. 

When your hair cuticles are healthy and smooth, light reflects off your hair giving it a healthy shine that we all know and love. Conditioner won't permanently repair your hair, but it makes it stronger and more resistant to additional damage. 


4. Hair Mask

Deep condition your mane with a nourishing hair mask. 

Dampen your hair and apply the mask to your hair. Pull your hair into a loose bun and let the product sit for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Use a mask once or twice a week for better results.

5. Hair Oil

Hair oils contain fatty acids that coat and seal the hair follicles to make them healthy and strong. Hair oils are light and tame frizz. If you want to re-balance your dry, irritated scalp, our Fortune Scalp Oil mimics the skin's natural oils to bring your scalp relief. 

Use hair oil as a mask for damaged hair. Apply the oil to your scalp on wet, washed hair. Once you've worked the oil in, wrap your hair in a warm towel. Leave it for an hour or overnight and wash it out. 

6. Get a Trim 

Last but not least, breakage and split ends need to be trimmed.

The ends of your hair are the oldest and most damaged, which cannot be reversed. A trip to the stylist and a trim might be necessary. 

Protect Your Heat Damaged Hair

Do you have heat damaged hair? Bring life back into your hair by following our step-by-step guide.

If you have any questions, leave a comment in our comment section below!


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