How to fix heat damaged hair without breaking the bank

Feb 26, 2024

How to fix heat damaged hair without breaking the bank

Your ultimate guide to identifying and restoring heat damaged hair


There’s nothing like the confidence created by mastering shiny, smooth locks that comes with nailing those perfect hair days, but let's be real—behind those stylish looks often lies the harsh truth of heat styling: damaged, thirsty hair.

Keeping your hair healthy and vibrant can feel like a challenge at the best of times, but piling on heat damage can lead to a full-on battle. So, if you’re ready to begin the restoration journey, it starts with gaining knowledge and care tips to combat heat damage. 

Learn how to recognize the signs of heat damage, understand the causes, and equip yourself to breathe life back into your locks. Let’s dive in and reclaim your hair’s natural radiance.

Understanding the severity of heat damage

Let's explore the impact of heat styling on your hair's health to uncover signs of heat damaged hair and why they are crucial indicators.

Your hair's natural resilience relies on its own oils for strength, smoothness, and shine. But when unprotected heat meets your strands, it strips away these oils, leaving your hair exposed and vulnerable to damage.

Your hair loses its shine, becoming dry and lackluster. It feels brittle, lacking the suppleness it once had, leading to frayed ends and breakage—the telltale marks of distress along the length of your strands.

The damage extends deeper over time, and your hair's ability to retain color weakens. The protective gaps created by excessive heat allow your hair color to fade prematurely or take on an unwanted brassy tone.

This damage alters your hair's fundamental structure, making it more porous. While your hair eagerly absorbs moisture, it struggles to retain it, diminishing the effectiveness of nourishing products and leaving it more dry and frizzy. These signs aren’t mere surface-level problems—they reveal an essential need for repair.

Recognizing the signs of heat damage is vital so you can get on top of it and stop it in its tracks. Once you know how heat affects your hair and ‌causes harm, you can take proactive steps toward restoring and protecting your hair from further damage.

How long does it take for your hair to recover from heat damage?

The timeline for recovery largely depends on the extent of the damage and how you care for your hair moving forward. For minor damage, you might see improvements within a few weeks of implementing a healthier hair routine. 

However, in more severe cases, it can take several months, even up to a year, to fully restore your hair's health. Your best bet is to be consistent, patient, and use the right products to set your hair up for a comeback better than Britney’s.

Will hair breakage grow back?

Hair breakage, fortunately, is not the end of the story. While the broken strands themselves won’t reattach, new, healthy hair will continue to grow. This growth, coupled with proper care, will eventually replace the damaged strands. To support this growth, focus on a nutrient-rich diet and consider supplements if needed after consulting a healthcare professional.

Healing your heat damage

When it comes to recovering from heat damage, the journey is as unique as your hair. While you can repair heat damage, it's a gradual process that requires ongoing attention and care. The first step is to stop or significantly reduce the use of heat styling tools. Incorporating nourishing treatments, like deep conditioning and using heat protectants, can dramatically aid in the repair process. Regular trims to remove split ends also help prevent further breakage.

Just remember that recovering from heat damage is a journey, not a race, but with a bit of patience and persistence, you'll see extraordinary results. So don't worry—keep nurturing your hair with the proper care and trust the process—you got this!

How to to fix heat damaged hair, step by step

Recovering from heat damage requires a dedicated approach, combining the right techniques with effective products. Here's detailed instructions to help you nurture your hair back to health.

1. Hydrate and protect

Begin your journey by rehydrating your hair and protecting it against further damage. Hydration and protection work in tandem to breathe life back into your stressed strands.

Hydration is the essence of hair rejuvenation because when hair is exposed to heat, it loses its natural moisture, leading to brittleness and breakage. Hydration restores the hair's elasticity and strength by reintroducing moisture, making it less prone to damage. It also improves the hair's texture, leaving it smoother, shinier, and more manageable. 

This is where products like The Lauren Ashtyn Collection’s Moisture Repair Spray become invaluable––offering instant moisture to thirsty locks. It not only hydrates your hair but also helps in detangling and adding a smooth finish. Simply spray it on your damp hair for an instant moisture boost.

Protection, on the other hand, serves as a bodyguard against direct heat. Heat styling, even when necessary, can be detrimental over time. Using a heat protectant, such as the Moisture, Hydrate & Heat Protectant Spray, forms a protective barrier around the hair shaft. Before using any heat tools, shield your hair with this versatile spray. It serves as a barrier against heat while also providing hydration. 

This step is crucial to prevent exacerbating existing damage. This barrier is vital for minimizing heat's impact, helping preserve the hair's natural oils and moisture. Moreover, regular use of protective products prevents damage accumulation, ensuring that as your hair heals, it remains strong and less susceptible to future harm.

Together, hydration and protection form a robust defense against the rigors of heat styling, setting the stage for healthier, more resilient hair in your journey to recovery.

2. Use deep conditioning treatments

Deep conditioning might feel like a luxury, but it plays a pivotal role in the recovery process of heat-damaged hair. 

When your hair has had one too many run-ins with a straightener or curling iron, it loses not only moisture but also essential proteins and lipids. The result? Dull, weakened strands, prone to breakage (the opposite of those shiny, smooth locks we all covet).  

Deep conditioning treatments work by penetrating deeper into the hair shaft than regular conditioners, replenishing these lost nutrients, and restoring the internal structure of each strand. Your secret weapon is using a good deep conditioning treatment, like The Lauren Ashtyn Collection’s Repair Mask, which intensely moisturizes the hair, reviving its elasticity and preventing breakage. Even better—it smooths the cuticle to reduce frizz and enhance shine, so you won’t have to deal with those pesky flyaways. 

Over time, regular deep conditioning sessions can transform your hair from brittle and lifeless to soft, strong, and vibrant. So, add a deep conditioning mask to your hair self-care routine to get a jump on repairing the past damage while fortifying your hair against future stressors.

3. Strengthen your hair

You likely know that strengthening your muscles helps you perform better and prevents injuries. Likewise, strengthening your hair gives it the best chance of withstanding future damage. Healthy hair relies on a strong internal structure to maintain its shape, elasticity, and shine. When heat weakens your hair,  it becomes more susceptible to breakage, split ends, and further damage. 

Strengthening treatments work at a molecular level to reinforce the hair’s protein structure, effectively rebuilding and fortifying each strand from the inside out. This process not only helps repair existing damage but also makes the hair more resilient against future styling stress (like a good therapy session for your strands). 

Try The Lauren Ashtyn Collection’s Strength Shampoo and Conditioner, specifically formulated to enhance this strengthening process, ensuring your hair remains robust, vibrant, and healthy in the face of daily challenges.

4. Turn down the heat

Let's talk about a simple yet game-changing tip for your hair care routine: turning down the heat. Yes, it's tempting to crank up that styling tool to the max for quicker results, but did you know that high heat can be overkill, especially for certain hair types? It's time to dial it back a bit and give your hair the gentle treatment it deserves.

If your hair is on the thinner or finer side, it’s like a delicate silk scarf—treat it kindly. The ideal temperature for styling these hair types is between 250°F - 300°F (120°C - 150°C). This range is enough to achieve those dreamy styles without pushing your hair over the edge. 

For those with thick or coarse hair, think of it as a robust denim fabric—it can handle a bit more heat. In this case, you can safely turn up the dial to 350°F - 450°F (180°C - 230°C). This higher temperature range is effective for styling yet still within the bounds of hair health.

And here's a pro tip: choose a blow dryer or styling tool that lets you adjust the temperature. This way, you're in total control, ensuring you apply just the right amount of heat for your hair type. By embracing lower or medium heat settings, you're not just styling your hair; you're showing it love and preventing unnecessary damage.

5. Regular trims 

Don't underestimate the power of a good trim. Regularly trimming your ends can prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft, which is crucial in maintaining the overall health of your hair. Weak ends can gradually break off, and by avoiding dead ends through regular trims, you can maintain almost all of the length grown from the scalp.

6. Take some time off 

Lastly, give your hair a much-needed heat styling vacay to allow your hair some time off from withstanding the pressures of hot tools. Embrace your natural texture and explore heatless styling methods, giving your hair the time it needs to recover.

Styling your hair without heat opens up a world of creativity while keeping your locks healthy and damage-free. Embrace techniques like braiding damp hair overnight for natural, beachy waves or using rollers for volume and curls. Try pin curls or twist-outs for defined curls without the heat stress. For a sleek look, opt for wrapping your hair in a silk scarf while it dries. And don't forget the power of good hair accessories—headbands, clips, and scarves can add flair to any style. These methods not only give your hair a break from heat but also enhance its health and shine over time.

Gorgeous, healthy hair is in your future

And there you have it! Stepping out of the heat damage blues and into the world of luscious, healthy hair is more than just a dream—it's totally doable. 

Remember, it's all about giving your hair some TLC and a bit of patience. Hydrating, protecting, deep conditioning, and strengthening (these aren't just fancy terms––they're your hair's new best friends). Think of each step as a high-five to your hair, cheering it on to become stronger, shinier, and oh-so-gorgeous, just like you.

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