How To Restore Damaged Hair

Here’s a great Q & A from a reader about restoring damaged hair:

Hi Erika,

I was wondering if you have any tips on how to restore my damaged hair.

I usually get it done every 8 weeks by a professional.

My natural hair color is a dark brown, but in May I went blonde and now just do touch ups on the roots and also get a trim. I’ve been doing some deep conditioning treatments and haven’t been using any flat irons as much . When i do use my flat iron I use a heat protection spray .

My hair has gotten a little better but still really frizzy and dry and the texture feels straw like . Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you !


Here’s my response:


Do you use any other products after the shower? I think you should swap the heat protection spray for a smoothing lotion(will also protect from heat).

I’ve never been a fan of flat ironing sprays. Yes, they may protect your hair from heat but most of them lack in the moisture/revitalizing category. I only use those sprays when I’m doing a special occasion style, curling hair that needs to hold for a long time, or ironing hair that is difficult to straighten. Think of it as the starch when you iron clothes, that’s how I see it.

I use a smoothing balm and a thermal shine spray. The balm goes all over before you blow-dry and the thermal shine spray should be used on the ends. You may be using that type of spray already, but I couldn’t tell which type you were referring to. A good thermal shine spray should have a light oiliness to it. The smoothing balm will moisturize and protect your hair as well!

Here are a few suggestions:
Pureology Anti-Split Blow-Dry Styling Cream
Alterna Bamboo Dry Oil Mist

Alterna Rapid Repair Spray

*It will get rid of frizz, smooth your ends, protect your hair, repair your hair, and it smells great!

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8 Responses to How To Restore Damaged Hair

  1. Natalie says:

    Hey so my hair is damaged from going platinum white blonde from my
    Naturally dark brown hair. Now My professional hair stylist is toning it down slowly while also putting in some lowlights through my hair and highlights near my roots to blend in my natural hair. I use all great products and hair masks and all sulfate free and my hair is still breaking off, lots of dandruff, dry and brittle, and has been way over lightened. I want my hair to be back to healthy and long so bad I have only been straightening or curling it once a week and I haven’t been to the salon in at least 2 months so my roots are bad . I also use different oils everyday to saturate my hair such as argon, morrocan, jojoba, grapeseed, black seed, avacado, olive, and coconut oil. I don’t want to wear clip in extensions again I’m trying to grow my hair out. I was wondering if you could recommend some tips to get my hair growing and healthy again?

    • Erika says:

      First of all, you should definitely give you hair a break from EVERYTHING! No heat or coloring. You should also use It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner after each time you shampoo & condition your hair. Spray it in after your hair has been towel-dried.

      When my hair was damaged like yours I just found a way to style it pulled back and forgot about it. That’s the best way because if you struggle with your hair daily and focus on the problem then you’ll get antsy and do something that you shouldn’t.

      Also…if you are using repair products that contain proteins….they MUST be balanced with moisturizing products. Too much protein for an extended period of time can make the hair brittle and break easily. So, if you’re using them now stop immediately and use something moisturizing for a few weeks. Then use the protein shampoo/conditioner only a few times per week(if you wash your hair daily).

  2. amy t says:

    I am willing to pay to get my hair colored at a salon and use professional brand shampoo/conditioner. But that pretty much eats up my hair budget. I have bought over-the-counter deep conditioners, but they don’t seem to do much. Is there a professional brand deep conditioner that I can do at home?

    • Erika says:

      It depends on what you need to reverse with the deep conditioner. If you just want something basic to keep your hair in good health, then I love It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Mask. If you have breakage, hair that has been over-lightened, dry hair, etc. then I could give you a more specific suggestion to help.

      So, unless you have some hair problems, then do the It’s a 10 Mask! If you do have some issues please let me know what they are and I’ll help you with which deep conditioner is best!

      • sabrina says:

        i have over processed hair cause i use walamrt box dyes and its been 6 months since i colored it so dyed it again auburn box dye want it natural black n not ever mess with it its dry and really bad but wen wet its ok jus wen i dry it its very ugly like gum i want healthy hair its to short to cut its like bob hair cut or pixie

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