How to Rescue Your Damaged Hair

Time to get a hair pep-talk.


We ask a lot of our hair.  We brush it, heat it, die it, pack it full of icky products, you name it.  Hair damage is something that happens to the best of us, and can be seriously frustrating to remedy.  It's not going to happen over night, but there are definitely tips and tricks that you can try to help stay on top of tending to your locks.  Because you're worth it. *Hair flip*

Give it a Trim
You cannot revive unhealthy hair without a little snip. Get a fresh trim (even a little one) and it will instantly set you on the right track.  Getting a trim also inhibits breakage and will reduce flyaways.  Bam.

Avo, Baby
In addition to being our OG snack, avocadoes are also packed with hair-healthy vitamins, like Vitamin B, which encourages hair growth, and Vitamin E, which can contribute to a healthier scalp.  Try mashing one ripe avocado in a bowl with an egg and applying to hair for 20-30 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly and repeat once every two weeks.  The result?  Hair that is softer and might even grow more quickly as well.

To Wash Or Not To Wash
How often do you wash your hair? Washing your hair everyday strips it from its natural oils and could be keeping you from reaching your #HairGoals. Skip a couple of days and let the oils nurture your scalp and lengths. Braids, buns and ponytails are a good way to help extend wash days.

Au Naturel
When you do wash your hair, try to use natural, deep conditioning products. We recommend Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner ($40 at Sephora) - it's a 5-in-1 and it's also sulphate free! Also avoid styling products with alcohol in them, as it strips your hair and does a lot of damage.  Be mindful of ingredients.

Heat Be Gone
Don’t let the heat get to your head! Heat is no joke and healthy, happy hair can be achieved simply by letting your natural lengths be who they want to be! If you are growing out your hair, avoiding heat can even make your hair grow faster! Embracing your natural texture is a hot topic right now - why not get in on the conversation?

Oil = Essential
Most often, damaged hair is in serious need of moisture, but sometimes all of the conditioners, serums, and masks can weigh your tresses down and contribute to even more damage.  Reach for  a hair oil instead - we like the lightweight formula and all natural DNA of Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist ($25 at Beauty.com).  


Need more hair tips?  We've got your cures to the common hair struggle over here - from flyaways to thinness, and everything in between.  Now that you're looking amazing and feel ready to take on the world, find 8 ways to kickstart your fashion career this way.  

Main Image: Backstage at the Fall/Winter 2016 runway show, c/o DKNY


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
WHO: Ariel, Beauty Contributor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH:   Blue Hues
CAN BE FOUND AT: @ariebea

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

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