The Top Five Ways to Prevent Damaged Hair

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Admit it – you’ve been hard on your hair. As if the wind, snow, rain, and city air wasn’t bad enough, all the styling tools, color, blow dryers and blog-inspired styles have most certainly done a number on your ‘do. But thankfully for us style junkies, damaged hair isn’t a life sentence -- check out our picks for the top five ways to prevent damaged hair without sacrificing style.

1. Stop Brushing So Hard! Your Brush Isnt a Weapon

Aggressively brushing your hair can cause some serious mechanical damage and broken strands, which translate to frizz and unmanageability. Instead of brushing out knots like a maniac, we recommend consistently using a conditioner and detangling with a wide-toothed comb when your hair is wet. The wide tooth will reduce pull on each individual strand, leaving your locks knot-free and causing way less mechanical damage than the alternative. But be careful! Hair is far more prone to breakage and damage when its wet, so remember to be gentle. Also, working knots out from the ends upwards (rather than the top down) will help reduce all sorts of damage.

2. Give Your Hair a Break: Try the Air Dry/Blow Dry Combo

Heres a tip: instead of blow drying soaking wet hair, wait until your hair is around 80% dry, then hit it with the heat. That way youll minimize the amount of time youre applying heat, and still get the perfect blow out.

3. Teasing is Not Your Friend

Backcombing or teasing is a sure fire way to get some instant volume, but the damage its doing to your hair is definitely not worth it. Every time you backcomb, youre rubbing strands together, causing breakage, which translates to damaged-looking hair. Instead of teasing, try a volumizer and blow dry your hair upside down. These tricks will add space between the individual hair shafts, giving you that voluminous look and some added oomph without the damage.

4. Protect Your Skin & Hair From Summer Sun

As with skin, the suns UV rays will cause damage to your hair. Darker has a bit more built-in UV protection, but lighter blond hair is really vulnerable to the suns damaging rays. Pro tip: out in the sun this summer? Dont forget to wear a hat!

5. Try a Damage-Blocking, Anti-Oxidant Shampoo

Try a shampoo with damage-blocking antioxidant technology. Certain minerals in your shower water can actually lead to oxidative damage, which weakens your hair. The damage-blocking antioxidants in your shampoo can help protect your hair from future damage, while the conditioners ingredients smooth micro-cracks and rough edges along the outside of the hair strand.