Damage Control: How to Repair Your Hair

What’s the Damage?

You know your tresses have undergone some wear and tear when they appear, limp, lifeless, dull or even straw-like. Damage to the hair occurs when the protein structure has been compromised, preventing its ability to hold moisture.

Excessive chemical treatments and over-processing can change the natural chemistry of your hair. In addition, daily heat styling may open up the shaft, leaving strands susceptible to damage.

One sure way to see if your hair’s cuticle has been damaged is to do a strand test. Start near your scalp and move your forefinger and thumb down the length of the hair. If you start to feel a change in texture from smooth to rough, your hair is beginning to show signs of damage. Follow our damaged hair rescue plan to revitalize your mane.

Secret Formula

The first step in restoring injured locks is to use the right regimen. Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner boast a reparative formula with Ceramide that helps reduce visible signs of damage (weakness, roughness, dullness, dehydration and split ends). These penetrate into the hair cuticle to help reinforce weakened areas without weighing down your ‘do.

Massage the shampoo into the scalp with the hair oriented downwards in a low ponytail position—never pile the hair on top of the head during the wash. Condition the hair starting about 3 inches from the roots, thoroughly working the formula into the strands with your fingers, then rinse with cool water.

Balmshell Beauty

Next, try a rinse-out reconstructing formula that works in tandem with the Total Repair line. Advanced Haircare Damage-Erasing Balm improves weakened fibers from root to core to tip, and when used with the Total Repair shampoo, helps repair up to one year of damage in one use*.

This mask can get the job done in just 1 minute*, but it’s never a bad idea to take advantage of downtime at the beach or around the house with a longer deep conditioning treatment. Apply the creamy balm to damp hair, wrap it in a bun on top of your head, and rinse with cool water whenever you’re ready. To dry soaked hair, dab—don’t rub—it with a microfiber towel to avoid injuring the cuticle layer.

*Reverses damage to hair’s smoothness with daily use when using system of shampoo & balm.


Top off your hair therapy with a leave-in treatment for luminous, sealed-in shine. Advanced Haircare Multi-Restorative Oil is a dry oil that is potent enough to weightlessly tame flyaways and leave hair silky smooth. The non-greasy formula is instantly absorbed into the fibers of the hair, and as its name suggests, is a great solve for multiple hair woes. Spray few drops in the palm of your hand, rub together for warmth, and run through wet tresses from mid-shaft to the ends. Turn to oil to resolve knots or static, and apply a light layer to dry hair before bed to protect the surface from tosses and turns.

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