If you've ever suffered any kind of hair damage, we bet you've gone on the hunt for hair care products that promise to fix your strands and get you back to healthy hair. The problem is that while there are an infinite amount of hair products designed to disguise your damaged hair's flaws, using them regularly isn’t going to help you find a solution to your hair needs. When you rely on inferior products, not only are you doing your hair no favors, but you may also be causing more harm over the long term. It’s time to give your mane the TLC it needs, stop papering over the cracks, and snag these products that actually repair hair.
What Is Hair Damage, and How Does It Occur?
Do you suffer from split ends, brittle hair, dry hair, hair breakage, heat damage, chemical treatments, and other signs of stressed hair strands? Then you know what hair damage is all about. Hair is surprisingly fragile, and depends on an outer layer of hair cuticles that protect the inner hair shaft from damage. What causes your cuticles to break apart? Here are a few of the most common culprits.
- Heat Damage - One of the most common afflictions that women of all hair types and hair textures have experienced is heat damage. Those heat styling tools that make your hair behave the way you want it to can do some serious harm to your locks.
- Dryness - You can suffer from dry damaged hair even if you've never touched a curling iron. Dry weather and low humidity, and even hot water in the shower can lead to dryness.
- Over-washing - Applying shampoo and conditioner every day can cause hair damage, especially if you're not using the right products. Daily washes are fine if you have oily hair, but multiple washes per day are a definite no-no.
- Too many chemicals - This one seems like a no-brainer, but overly processed hair isn't typically healthy hair. Dyes, perms, straighteners, and other products can wreak havoc on your hair health.
- Stress - Stress is commonly associated with hair loss and thinning hair, but it can also lead to hair breakage. It turns out that managing your stress isn't just good for your overall well-being. It's also good for your hair!
- Diet - You are what you eat, and your hair will thrive with a steady diet of iron, vitamins, zinc, and protein.
With so many causes of damaged hair, you'll probably be happy to know that there are hair care products in the market that are designed to help repair damaged hair. Here are five that will be kind, nourishing, and healing to your tresses.
1. Lu Rescue Collection
The Lu Rescue Collection is designed to recover dry, damaged hair. Formulated with shatavari-infused glycerin, a member of the asparagus family found in India and Sri Lanka, this hair-saving collection of products can help even the most lifeless locks bounce back from the brink. Moisturizing shatavari contains phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that revives hair visibly and naturally, restoring it back to its best state. Lu’s Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner, and Intense Therapy Leave-In Cream all contain Impossible Keratin™️, a proprietary vegan keratin formula that has been proven to increase the hair's tensile strength (its ability to resist tearing), vegan collagen to increase the body’s hair-building proteins, and silk amino acids to strengthen hair. Check out our 5-star Amazon reviews of our Rescue Collection to learn how Lu has helped revitalize hair for real customers!
2. Hair-Cutting Scissors
Don’t worry, hairdressers, we’re not suggesting your clients boycott the salon and attempt to create the latest style in front of the mirror at home. One way to maintain your hair between cuts, promote hair growth, and prevent split ends is by carefully trimming the ends of your hair with a pair of scissors. But don’t even think about using your kitchen scissors for this vital job. It’s important to purchase professional hair cutting shears made with a special steel blade. These sharp products are designed to slice cleanly through your strands, whereas regular scissors will hack your hair and could cause further damage.
3. Derma Rolling
If you follow a strict skincare routine, you’re probably already familiar with derma rolling. This at-home equivalent to microneedling aims to reduce wrinkles and scarring on the face by gently pricking the skin with tiny needles on a rolling device, but did you know that derma rolling can be used to kickstart hair growth and repair hair, too? Sdara Skincare Derma Roller can be used on the face or scalp to promote an increased blood flow. When your scalp receives more blood flow, it can result in an increase in hair thickness and even hair growth. Watch this how-to video to see how to use a derma roller properly to avoid side effects like skin irritation.
4. Ultima 9 Classic LaserComb
Originally used by scientists in the '90s to help grow plants in outer space, red light therapy (RLT) has become one of the go-to treatments to safely and effectively promote hair growth and restoration. RLT works by applying concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your scalp without heat that stimulate mitochondria in your cells, increase circulation, and stimulate the dermal papilla cells that regulate the hair cycle and growth. Just like the plants in space, your body reacts to the light and kicks into gear. The Ultima 9 Classic LaserComb is an easy-to-use device that targets hair follicles to restore the hair growth cycle, increase density and fullness.
5. Silk Pillowcase
Switching your pillowcase could be the final step in your journey toward a healthier head of hair. When used in conjunction with Lu's Intense Therapy Leave-In Cream, a ZIMASILK Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase will have you telling all your friends you “woke up like this” in no time. Silk pillowcases help retain moisture from leave-in creams and other products, whereas cotton is known to absorb oils from your hair and leave it dry and damaged in the morning.
Which of these products will you use to help repair your hair?