13 Ways to Instantly Make Damaged Hair Look Healthier
Like taxes and eating too much Pana chocolate (just us?), hair damage is a part of life that can’t always be avoided. Whether you colour, heat style or just brush your strands, chances are your hair is sustaining damage in some way or another. Why does it matter? Damaged hair can look dull, dry, broken, faded, frizzy and split. (So, not really anyone’s idea of a good hair day.) As we know, hair is dead tissue, so once it’s damaged the only thing to do is chop it off…or find a way to make it look healthier. Ahead, you’ll find 13 foolproof tricks to transform damaged hair in minutes.
Keep scrolling for the how-to.
If your shampoo formula is overly drying it can result in frizz and dullness. Try a cleansing conditioner like Sachajuan’s Hair Cleansing Cream ($64) instead for healthier-looking hair in half the time.
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus ($36)
Nourishing treatments are crucial. Although their effects are temporary—nothing can truly “heal” damaged hair—they’re key in creating a healthy look. If you colour your hair and it’s porous, they’re even more important. We recommend using alternating a protein treatment with a moisturising masque to leave hair soft.
Garnier Fructis Goodbye Damage Split Ends Serum ($8)
Split ends = ratty hair. Fake a fresh cut with a sealing serum. Designed to temporarily bond split ends together (which is also thought to stop them from worsening), they’re a quick fix that makes a huge difference in the look of your hair. A good one to have on hand if you can’t manage a cut every 6 weeks.
Ghd Heat Protect Spray ($24)
When you wear your hair straight, everything is on show. Adding a curl can help disguise damage to the mid-lengths to ends. Mist hair with a heat protectant spray before you style, then muss up the curls with fingers for a disheveled finish that’ll also help your cause.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray ($26)
Updos aren’t just for formal occasions anymore. (Check these cool-girl celeb styles for inspo.) They’re the easiest—and fastest—way to disguise damaged strands. Whichever one you choose, finish off a light misting of gloss spray for very subtle, natural-looking sheen.
Evo Fabuloso Caramel ($40)
Blonde hair can be hard to care for; it shows up damage a lot more easily than its darker colour counterparts. If you can’t fathom dying your hair any other shade, consult your colourist on cutting down your highlights (say, a half-head of foils as opposed to a full-head), or weaving in a darker shade. You can also try a colour-depositing conditioner to temporarily darken strands.
Freestyle Professional Hair Cutting Scissors ($20)
Just as washing just your fringe creates the illusion that all your hair is clean, trimming your fringe draws the eye towards those clean and tidy ends (and not the split ones a bit further south). Invest in a pair of hairdressing shears, then watch a tutorial on how to DIY.
The Wet Brush The Wet Comb Styling Hair Comb ($10)
The most drastic on this list but by far the most effective (and long-lasting!) Snipping off even just a centimetre can turn rough strands into a healthy-looking head of hair. Ask your stylist for blunt ends for maximum impact—unlike textured ends they add weight and structure which helps hair look full and lush.