Dryness and damage are two very common haircare woes. You’ll know it when you see (and feel) it - split ends, frizz, breakage, dullness. Unfortunately, it is not possible to “repair” damaged hair as it is not a living tissue, so it can’t heal itself.
However, you can certainly help ease the signs of dryness and prevent further damage or breakage. Here are our top tips to help you bring your hair back to life.
7 tips to repair and prevent dry and damaged hair
1. Take care of your scalp
At Gisou, we believe healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. If your scalp is not cared for, your hair growth will be slowed, and the hair that does grow may be more fragile and prone to breakage. This is because the natural bacteria and diverse microorganisms that live on your scalp also live in the hair follicle, which has a direct effect on the strands that grow.
2. Get regular trims
Nothing will keep your hair looking and feeling healthy like regular trims. Unfortunately, once a hair has split or broken, you can’t put it back together. Regular haircuts remove these damaged ends, making your hair look thicker, and also preventing the hair from further splitting or breaking. Opt for a trim every 2 to 3 months.
3. Upgrade your washing routine
Using a harsh shampoo can dry out your scalp and hair by stripping it of its natural oils, putting your hair at risk of further breakage. This can be made worse by over-washing your hair, we recommend getting your washes down to 1 to 3 times a week. To give your washing routine a new lease on life, try our Honey Infused Hair Wash. It works to gently and effectively cleanse your scalp, and keep your hair ultra-hydrated.
Unlike regular shampoos, our 92% naturally-derived, honey-infused nourishing shampoo not only gently cleanses, removing all residue, but packs in supercharged hydration, leaving hair touchably soft, shiny, and more manageable after each use.
Washing routine tips
- Make sure you wash your hair using warm (not hot) water, this will also help maintain moisture levels and prevent damage.
- You can opt to rinse your hair using cold water as this may be good for sealing the cuticle (closed cuticles make your hair appear smoother and shinier - maybe the cold shower is worth it!).
- Always follow your shampoo with a conditioner. This helps to strengthen the hair with a protective coating, prevent breakage, and provide moisture. This is key to keeping your hair healthy and preventing damage. We recommend following our hair wash with our Honey Infused Conditioner for the best results.
4. Add nourishment into your daily routine
We can’t talk about repairing dryness and damage without mentioning three of our all-time favorites - the Honey Infused Hair mask, Leave-in Conditioner and Hair Oil. These three products will give your hair a deep hydration boost, and help maintain moisture throughout the week (the more you moisturise - the less you’ll be prone to dryness) Here’s how:
Hair Mask Treatment Routine
Treat your hair weekly to a deeply nourishing treatment using the Honey Infused Hair Mask. This intensive nourishing mask is enriched with our Mirsalehi Honey, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and panthenol. These ingredients are lifesavers for dry or highly pourous hair. Overall, it will help to hydrate and replenish hair while improving its elasticity, shine, and health. Apply a generous amount to damp or dry hair from mid-lengths to ends. Leave on for 5-7 minutes (or as long as possible!), then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
To give your hair even more nourishment, you can also treat your hair to Negin’s signature deep treatment by adding a few drops of Honey Infused Hair Oil into your dosage of Honey Infused Hair Mask.
Lightweight Leave-In Treatment
Our Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner is a lightweight, multi-tasking hair conditioning spray enriched with Mirsalehi Honey to hydrate, smooth, detangle and protect hair from heat damage, pollution, and breakage. Use the Leave-In Conditioner between washes on damp or dry hair, to give your hair a lightweight hydration boost. Simply spray evenly from mid-lengths to ends and leave it in.
Honey Infused Hair Oil
Finally, use our Honey Infused Hair Oil to seal in moisture to help your hair feel softer. Formulated to rebuild and repair hair to the core, the key ingredient - the Mirsalehi Honey is a natural humectant that maintains the hair’s natural moisture balance, resulting in healthy, soft, and stronger locks with a silky shine. Simple warm 1 to 3 drops of the oil in the palms of your hands, before applying it to the mid-lengths of your hair.
5. Heat & UV protection
Protecting your hair from sun damage
Breaking news: Sun protection is not just for the skin. Unfortunately, UV rays can be damaging to the hair, drying it out and making it more prone to breakage. The best defense is to wear a hat whenever you're out in the sun, or you can use our Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray which contains a UV filter. This will help keep your hair protected when you’re out and about. Just like you would with sunscreen - be sure to re-apply if you’re out for a long time!
Protecting your hair from heat damage
This is also the perfect product to use before applying any heat to your hair. Heat tools are one of the leading causes of dryness and breakage (we’re looking at you blow dryer, straightened, curling tool). Exposure to high heat can permanently change the shape of your hair’s keratin strands (result = dry/brittle hair). Heat also strips the natural oils and moisture from your hair, causing the cuticle layers to crack, making it more vulnerable to further damage. Try to limit exposure to heat, but if you can’t go without it, always use your heat-protecting spray as the last product you apply before using heat to protect your hair from damage and dryness.
6. Protect from the elements
Sometimes it feels like everything is out to get our hair, whether it’s the sun, wind, rain, pollution, you name it. You can keep one step ahead of these day-to-day stressors by using a leave-in conditioner.
The Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect leave-in treatment to protect the hair from environmental stress i.e. heat & UV and it helps damage recovery. If your hair has been through a lot (e.g. bleaching, coloring, relaxing, and frequent heated styling), The Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner will protect from further damage and breakage by strengthening, nourishing, and conditioning so that with regular use hair is stronger, flexible and more resilient to any further stress it is put through.
7. Brush with care
Be gentle with your tresses. Aggressively tugging at your hair can aggravate breakage or dry texture, resulting in even worse damage than before.
Avoid brushing wet hair, as water can weaken the bonds between proteins in your hair, making it more fragile. The best ways to detangle without causing breakage are:
Detangle wet hair with a wide-tooth comb after applying conditioner
Use a leave-in conditioner before brushing to help effortlessly detangle the hair
It can be a mission to help your hair recover from dryness and damage. Set realistic goals and embrace the stage you’re in - we’ve all been there! With time and patience (and a little honey) your hair will be healthier than ever.