4 Common Types of Hair Damage – What to Look for and How to Repair Your Hair

If you could treat your hair perfectly – give it all the nutrients it needs to grow, protect it from all the elements, and always handle it gently – it would be well... perfect.

But, let's face it, life happens, and that means sometimes, you're going to damage your hair without meaning to. 

Maybe you won't get enough hair-growing nutrients into your diet, or you'll use the curling iron a little too often, or you'll brush your hair a little too hard...

Whatever the damage might look like, the answer isn't trying to avoid every single hair hurdle life throws at you – that's just not realistic.

The answer is faithfully taking action to repair and rejuvenate you hair!

So, let's dive into four common types of hair damage, what causes them, how they manifest, and most importantly, how to restore your hair to its full, lustrous glory 🤍

Heat damage

Heat styling tools are your best friend when it comes to achieving that perfect hairdo. But the truth is, they're also one of the leading culprits behind hair damage. Heat can scorch your hair and strip away its natural moisture, leaving it dry, dull, and more susceptible to breakage.

Signs of Heat Damage
If your hair has lost its natural shine, feels excessively dry, brittle, or has split ends, you're likely dealing with heat damage.

How to Repair
The key to repairing heat damage is to replenish your hair's moisture. Start by taking a break from heat styling when you can. Next, incorporate a deep conditioning treatment (like Nourish + Repair Serum) into your hair care routine. Don't forget to nourish from the inside out with a hair health supplement like HAIRLOVE Growth Complex, which is rich in vitamins like B5, which helps to moisturize and strengthen hair. If your ends are particularly bad, consider booking yourself in for a trim. This will stop your ends from splitting further up the hair shaft.

Chemical damage

From bleaching and coloring to perms and relaxers, chemical treatments give you the freedom to transform your hair into new expressions of your identity. However, as wonderful as they are, these processes are intense and can weaken your hair's integrity.

Signs of Chemical Damage
Chemically damaged hair can raise your hair’s cuticles, making it feel rough, porous, and prone to break easily. Color-treated hair may also fade quickly if it's damaged.

How to Repair
For chemically damaged hair, protein treatments can help rebuild your hair's strength. Remember to use gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to protect your color and prevent further damage. Again, a hair health supplement like HAIRLOVE Growth Complex can provide essential nutrients to support healthy hair repair.

Mechanical damage

Mechanical damage comes from everyday hair handling like brushing, towel drying, or tying hair into tight hairstyles. Over time, these actions can lead to a weakening of the hair shaft, which means more breakage and split ends.

Signs of Mechanical Damage
If your hair has a lot of split ends, breaks easily, or lacks elasticity, it may be suffering from mechanical damage.

How to Repair
Be gentle with your hair! Avoid brushing your hair when it's wet and vulnerable. Use a microfiber towel or a soft t-shirt to dry your hair, and avoid tight hairstyles. To get rid of those split ends, and stop the splitting, book yourself in for a trim. Keep your hair well-moisturized with leave-in conditioners and hair oils like Nourish + Repair Serum, and don't forget your daily dose of HAIRLOVE Growth Complex to promote stronger hair growth!

Environmental damage

Environmental damage is caused by external factors such as sun exposure, cold weather, wind, and pollution (free radicals). These elements can strip your hair of moisture, fade your color, and leave your hair looking dull and lifeless.

Signs of Environmental Damage
This damage typically shows up as dry, dull, and brittle hair that lacks shine and vitality.

How to Repair
Protect your hair from the elements by wearing hats or using hair products with UV protection. Regular deep conditioning treatments with natural oils like Argan can also help restore moisture and elasticity. As always, maintaining a healthy diet and supplementing with natural products like HAIRLOVE Growth Complex ensure your hair is getting all the nutrients it needs to repair and rejuvenate.