If you are following this website, you probably have this goal on your mind – healthy, fabulously looking hair. However, the current condition of your hair might not be as good as you wish. If you have damaged brittle hair, you are at the right place. Treated hair usually means brittle hair prone to split-ends and breakage. Many things can cause damage – hair dye, bleach, hair dryer, hair straightener, even brush and external influences such as the cold and the sun.
Since our goal is to help you grow long hair, we will not recommend cutting it. However, if it is extremely damaged and brittle – do visit a hairdresser, but be sure that you find one who will listen to you and who will not cut off too much of your hair.
But, it is actually possible to actually repair damaged brittle hair. By following these instructions, you will repair hair breakage in just one month. This might seem like an impossible task, but it’s really not that hard.
Just remember – be persistent, and results are going to be more than great in just one month.
WEEK 1 – Choosing the products for brittle hair
Shampoo – The best way to start the first week of your healing month is to give a special gift to your hair. Start by changing your shampoo to mild sulfate free shampoo. Mild shampoos are usually shampoos that don’t contain sulfates – which are aggressive surfactants, better-said detergents.
So, begin this week with washing your hair with a sulfate free shampoo, such as Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo or Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo. These shampoos are extremely gentle, so they will not cause any further damage to your hair.
They will clean your hair well, without drying it out. Do not be worried if you don’t feel there’s enough foam as there used to be when you washed your hair with harsh shampoos. It is because they don’t contain soap that is responsible for creating the foam.
Conditioning – Brittle hair that is damaged is prone to losing keratin. Keratin is a basic substance that hair is made of. It is a protein that protects the hair from stress.
In order to maintain an optimal protein level in your hair – you should use protein treatments. You will recognize them by having proteins at the beginning of their ingredient lists.
Very good protein masks are Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak and L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque. Both of these masks are filled with good proteins, but they also have moisturizing ingredients. Since they are very strong and potent, you will not have to use big amounts of the products. Use no more than 10 ml when you wash your hair. How long will you leave them on your hair depends on the hair condition itself. Usually, it is enough to leave them between 5 and 15 minutes.
Since protein masks can sometimes stiffen your hair, making it look lifeless and hard to comb, we recommend that in this period you use a moisturizing conditioner afterward. You don’t have to use extremely strong products, and you don’t have to do a deep conditioning treatment at this point. Just use a small amount of your regular moisturizing mask. I always use AlfaParf Semi Di Lino Moisture Nutritive Mask for Dry Hair, that’s my go-to cheap version of a good hydrating mask. Leave it for 5 minutes, and your hair will look great.
Leave-in products – Leave-in products are very underrated when you want to prevent hair breakage and repair brittle hair. However, they are extremely important and have many benefits. Carefully chosen leave-in product will bring additional moisture to your hair. It will also protect your hair from external influences.
There are different kinds of leave in treatments – oils, creams, sprays. You can determine which one is best for your hair type. Keep in mind that it’s best that this product contains silicones because they will help you protect hair tips. Some leave-in products that we recommend to use after your protein treatment are Macadamia nourishing leave-in cream, Amika Leave-in Cream, and of course Moroccanoil styling hydrating cream.
Extras – At the beginning of this one month project, treat yourself with a good hairbrush. Aggressive brushing is probably one of the reason your got brittle hair in first place. Forget about a myth that says you should comb your hair over 100 times a day – brush it just do detangle it or style it. Best brushes to buy are Macadamia No Tangle Brush or Tangle teezer brush.
WEEK 2 – How to restore hair by co-wash routine
Shampoo – The next step in this project is going to be co-washing. Since our goal is to prevent further damage, and not just fixing what is already broken, at this stage, we advise you to avoid even those mild shampoos. The biggest myths out there is that co-wash is meant only for coarse natural hair. This is not true, and I will explain this in detail on some other occasion.
What is co-wash? To put it in simple words, using your conditioner instead of the shampoo. Choose a silicone-free conditioner, because you don’t want silicones your scalp causing clogged follicles and whatnot.
When it comes to choosing a co-wash product, follow the rule „Less is more“. Choose a conditioner with a simple ingredient list. For this purpose, your conditioner should not be rich and nourishing, but the simple hydrating conditioner that won’t grease up your scalp.
The result of having a co-wash routine is soft, silky and shiny hair.
Also, If you are afraid that this method won’t clean your hair, you can try the half co-wash half shampoo method. Mix a hazelnut size amount of sulfate-free shampoo with a mixture of conditioner and water. This is better than to just use a shampoo, and it will give you a secure sense of clean hair.
Conditioning after a co-wash routine
Since the co-wash technique is a good way to restore dry and brittle hair, in this week, after co-washing, you should continue in the same manner – moisturize your hair as much as possible.
A very good hair conditioner for dry hair is ArtNaturals Argan Oil Hair Mask – Deep Conditioner. Another recommendable hair moisturizer for dry brittle hair is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Detangler Treatment.
These steps will result in extremely soft and amazingly hydrated hair. Also, your hair will be so manageable when humidity strikes. You won’t even have the need for extreme styling as you would usually do.
This works well for both – straight and curly hair because it’s meant for damaged and brittle hair no matter the type. It will define your curls and leave them light and without frizz. You will be able to style them. On the other hand, if you have straight hair, it will be straight, sleek without being weighed down.
Leave-in products– It might seem like this is a bit too much – actually, it is not. You can use a light silicone serum or oil in order to keep the moisture inside your hair. Use a small amount and only on the very ends of your hair. If you are afraid that this step will make your hair look greasy or weigh it down, try with some lighter leave in products.
Many companies even have „light“ versions of their products. For example Goldwell Moisture Definition Detangler Spray Light. It is also a good idea to use Sexy Hair Concepts Healthy Sexy Hair Soy-Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner since it has milk proteins which are extremely desirable since they will make your hair stronger. Following this and the previous step will result in shiny, moisturized, and healthy looking hair.
Extras – If your hair is thin and you are not used to the co-wash routine, you may find your hair looking lifeless and weighed down. So the question appears – can your hair actually look good through this healing process? The answer is, luckily, it can.
This is the right time to try different hairstyles, such as varieties of fish bones, different kind of hair buns, ponytails and so on. These hairstyles also have a protective role – they will protect your hair from external influences. Also, in this period you should experiment with different ways to get straight, wavy or curly hair, without using heat.
If you get tired of this look, you are welcome to half conditioner-half shampoo wash and get more from this week.
WEEK 3 – First results – less hair breakage
At this point, you should already see some results on your previously damaged and brittle hair. It should look healthier, and be silkier and have more shine. However, if you have dyed or bleached hair, this might be the time to refresh your hair color.
This might be a problem because we want to avoid any damage in this process, but we also understand that hair should look good at all times. Luckily, there is a solution to this.
So, the answer the question – if you want to refresh your hair color through the recovery period, and without using a hair dye is simple – for blondes – use purple shampoo. They contain purple pigment which will neutralize orange and yellow tones. They usually contain sulphates, so they are a bit strong, but they will still cause less damage than hair dye. Also, since they are strong, just use richest hair treatment in your collection.
If you find that usage of a purple shampoo wasn’t enough, or you don’t find it useful, there are more ways to refresh your hair color without being too aggressive. One of the best ways is to use a colored hair conditioner. These products will add fresh color and shine to your hair, and since they are pigmented, they will refresh your hair color as well. So, they will extend the longevity of your hair color. You can do these treatments in a salon, but you can also do it on your own if you want to save some money. Although they have pigments, and color will stay on your hair for a few washes only, since they are not as pigmented or as permanent as a regular hair dye.
The third option would be using demi-permanent hair color to refresh your current tone and get some gloss. Demi-permanent hair colors are used with low volume hydrogen so it doesn’t damage your hair at all.
Conditioning – Since you washed your hair with a shampoo that might be a bit too strong, now it is the time to give it some extra boost. One of the best treatments for dry brittle hair is the so-called „deep conditioning treatment“. This is a way to get the best from your hair treatment or conditioner, and it is actually a very simple procedure.
After washing your hair, just apply the hair mask as you would usually do, just in a greater quantity. Be sure to get a good soak of the product on your hair. Put a shower cap over it, and use a hair dryer to heat up the product, then wrap a towel around to keep it warm. If you’re a complete beginner in this, read this detailed guide on how to restore brittle hair using deep conditioning.
LOC method – how to fix dry ends
Another way to nourish your damaged and brittle hair is LOC method. LOC is short from of a phrase „liquid spray – oil – creamy leave-in“. L – O – C determine the order in which you should put your leave-in products. Layering products will give you extra protection and amazingly good hydration. This will help you keep moisture in your hair.
So, as the name suggests, first step is a liquid spray. For example, you can use HSI PROFESSIONAL Thermal Protector. Afterwards, put some oil serum, such as Marrakesh Oil or Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment. Oil will preserve the moisture gained from spray leave-in product. At the end, put a creamy leave-in. You can continue with Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Leave-In Cream. Although this may seem like you are using too many products – you are not. Just be careful with the number of products, avoid putting them on your scalp.
WEEK 4 – final tips how to restore hair
Shampoo – We are entering the final week of this little project. If you chose to use a harsh sulfate shampoo in the previous week, this week you’ll have one not so nice task – skipping or postponing hair washing for a few days.
Does this mean that you should go out with dirty, greasy hair? Of course not. To avoid the greasy look, but also to avoid hair washing as well – use dry shampoo. The purpose of dry shampoos is to soak up oil, grease, and any other dirt from your scalp. They will also leave a nice smell in your hair. Of course, dry shampoo is not an alternative for a regular shampoo, and it cannot replace it. Avoid using it too often, since if you don’t wash your hair, you might provoke scalp problems. Some of the best dry shampoos are Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle or just great cheaper version – Batiste dry shampoo.
If you decided to wash your hair with a regular shampoo, we preach once again – be sure to use a mild sulphate free shampoo. And don’t forget about the whole hair care routine afterwards.
Mixing up different hair care products – the best recipe to repair your hair
At this point you should know how to get the best from your products, and when to use which one in order to get best results from your hair care routine for repairing brittle hair. You can even mix different hair care products together to get special, extra potent, extra nourishing hair treatment.
This means that you could combine different hair products, mix them together, and use like regular treatment or a conditioner. This simple procedure will leave you with fabulous hair and it will bring out the best from hair care products you are using. It will make your hair look like never before. Oh, and you’re going to have so much fun while figuring out the mixing recipes!
Get rid of split ends
It’s time to visit your hairdresser! Now that your hair is in much better shape, and you’ve repaired your damaged brittle hair, the hairdresser will be more than happy not to cut of more than needed. Be sure to find a hairdresser who knows their job, who understands the basics of hair care and only then you can give them the privilege to cut your hair. It took me years to find somebody who knows what I’m talking about when I mention sulfates, moisturizers, deep conditioning etc.
Since we spent one month repairing the damage that is already there, it is crucial further on to keep our hair healthy. This means that you should avoid excessive styling. If possible, forget about curling irons, hot rollers, and flat irons. There are ways and products that will help you get look you want but without heat.
For example, Nexxus Hydra-Light Leave-In Conditioning Foam, for straightening; or amika Curl Defining Cream for defining your curls.
I actually don’t recommend avoiding hair dryers completely, since not using it can cause some damage but more importantly health issues, and we wouldn’t want that. Just be sure to use it properly. Do not dry hair that is completely wet. Wait for it to dry around 20 percent, then use your hair dryer set on low temperature. Hold it several inches away from the hair. Also, keep in mind that you should protect your hair with leave-in product, every time you use any kind of heat on it.
Finally, we got to the end of this month. We are aware that repairing dry, damaged and brittle hair is not an easy process. But, right now, your hair should look much, much better than at the beginning of this process. I’m positive that your hair is now better hydrated and your hair care routine is on point for the future. That’s all you need!
Of course, don’t forget that hair care is a lifelong process. You should not stop with hair care now, you should use what you learned to take care of it in the future.