10 Ways to Reverse Hair Damage You’ve Caused From Over-Styling

If we could have a conversation with our hair, I think we would (more often then not) find that our strands are exhausted, thirsty, or in need of a day off for spa treatment. They would probably give us a strong word or two about how we've been overworking them lately — pleading with us to cut them some slack and reverse the hair damage caused from over-styling. Can we blame them? After all, most of us are guilty of using flat irons or curlers on the reg, putting harsh chemicals into our hair, and exposing our mane to harmful UV rays for way too many hours during the summer. 

So, okay, we hear you, hair strands. We'll respond to the desperate SOS call for help with some game-changing products that will feel like a 10-day vacation to an exotic luxury spa. For certain manes, the exact thing that's necessary to bring dry tresses some life is a smoothing overnight serum. For others who have forced their hair to be victim to the sun's intense damage, a frizz-reducing shine spray will restore locks and give you soft hair that won't break off. 

In other words, to answer your question, Bieber, it is certainly not too late to say sorry now. These 10 tips are the best ways to make amends with your previously distressed head of hair. 

Revive Strands With A Strengthening Hair Mask Infused With Argon Oil

Aria Starr Argon Oil Restorative Mask Repair Hair Treatment, $12, Amazon

 Bring your hair back from the dead by applying this deep-conditioning mask that supplies your hair with both argon oil and keravis protein to repair past damage and give you strong strands. Bonus: This mask works on all hair types and can be used as an everyday conditioner. You've put your hair through the ringer lately between dye appointments and constant heat styling and now you're left with coarse and unmanageable locks. Hey, it happens to the best of us! This mask and conditioner solves it all.


Combat Brittle Strands With A Placenta Hot Oil Treatment (Yes, Really)


Queen Helene Placenta Hot Oil Treatment, $9, Amazon

It sounds strange — but it works. Placenta hair treatments contain bioactive components, such as growth factors and hormones, that help damaged hair to heal and grow. Using this deeply penetrating hot oil treatment will reverse chemical damage and revive your mane's moisture. Users praise this product for leaving their hair incredibly soft after each use. 

Embrace Your Natural Texture With Moroccan Oil Hair Mousse

Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse, $22, Amazon

Cut your hair a break and give up your hot tools for a week. Apply a flexible hold foaming mousse to your strands — this one is enriched with antioxidant Moroccan oil that will protect your hair from any further damage while you head outdoors, regardless of the weather. Just apply two or three pumps to your hair and run through with your fingers. You'll have all day volume and hold — no heat necessary!

Repair Tresses While You Sleep With Hydrolyzed Silk Serum

BioSilk Therapy Original Serum, $16, Amazon

This non-sticky miracle leave-in serum revives dead, over-processed strands from over time and visibly softens them after each application. This is one of the first silk-infused haircare lines, and it contains 17 of the 19 amino acids your hair needs. One user raves about this repairing treatment because of how much it transforms hair with just a dime-size application.

Wash With Antioxidant Berry Extract Therapy Shampoo 3x Per Week


Clear Shampoo, Color and Heat Conqueror, $10, Amazon

Antioxidant berry extracts make this restorative shampoo the perfect way to bring a damaged 'do back to life. It is made specifically for color or heat damaged manes and helps to restore them by giving them added shine and vibrancy. Pro Tip: Hair professionals recommend washing your hair three times per week in order to keep your mane from being stripped of essential oils. 

Give Sun Damaged Hair Oomph With A Frizz-Reducing Shine Spray

Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On, $22, Amazon

The elements can wage war on even the healthiest manes. This shine-inducing serum contains everything — from pure coconut oil to sea botanicals — to heal split ends and prevent fly-aways caused by the effects of scorching temperatures and sun. Just spritz the lightweight spray over dry hair, and watch as your dullest strands turn smooth and lush. Bonus: This serum works on all hair types, is color safe, and is paraben-free. 

Mix Together A Hydrating DIY Treatment Made With Olive Oil & Honey

Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $12, AmazonNature Nate's 100 percent Pure Raw and Unfiltered Honey, $17, Amazon

Mixing a quarter cup of 100 percent raw and unfiltered honey with half a cup of best-selling fresh fruit fragrant olive oil gives you an all-natural way to revive your hair overnight. Just apply it to damp hair, and rinse it out in the morning. These two ingredients with penetrate your strands and leave them feeling hydrated and replenished. The organic honey keeps its nutritional enzymes and pollens, while the olive oil has a fragrance that won't bum you out overnight. 

Repair Highlighted Locks With A Protein-Enriched Reconstructor


Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor For After Highlights, $10, Amazon

You overdid it with recent highlights? Don't sweat it! This reconstructor infused with wheat, soy keratin, and a Pro-Vitamin B5 complex penetrates hair and gives tinted, highlighted, and chemically treated hair vital moisture. This unique formula can be applied as a daily conditioner to a blonde's ends, or used as a leave-in mask if left on for five to 10 minutes once a week. Bonus: this blonde-friendly product protect highlights and color while it works its magic. 

Prevent Further Hair Damage With The Keratin-Infused Pre-Styling Spray

Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray, $32, Amazon

If heat styling is an absolute must in your routine, then be sure to prep strands with this pre-styling formula that incorporates natural ingredients, like botanical keratin, that will protect against sun damage, combing, and the effects of high temperatures. Bonus: This spray makes a perfect detangler for coarse, dry hair. If your hair is already over-processed or unmanageable from too much heat styling — not all hope is lost. 

Smooth Your Ends With Cuticle-Restoring Spray

Redken Extreme Cat Treatment for Distressed Hair, $22, Amazon

Brittle ends are bound to break off — leaving your #longhairdontcare goals just as broken. This cuticle-balancing treatment with argenine and proteins prevents your ends from splitting, making it easier to detangle coarse hair with a wet comb. You'll have restored, fast-growing hair in no time. 

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