How to treat damaged hair

Do you suffer from damaged hair? Many people misdiagnose their hair as simply dry, but perhaps there’s more to it than that. Here’s how to identify your hair’s needs, and whether you need hair treatment for damaged hair.

Do I have damaged hair?

Here’s the difference between dry and damaged hair:

Dry: lacking natural oils that smooth and lubricate the hair. Dryness can be caused by heat styling, changes in temperatures or it can be dry simply because your scalp produces less oil.

Damaged: lacking proteins required to keep hair strong. Protein bonds have been broken, often due to intense hair treatments and styling.

How to test for damaged hair

The hair strand test: take a strand of hair and hold it out at both ends. Slightly pull the hair so that it stretches. Healthy hair should stretch up to one-third of its length. If it snaps quickly, this is a sign of protein damage. If it stretches but returns misshapen, or remains stretched even when no longer pulled, this points to dryness.

Another simple test is to hold an inch-wide section of hair between your fingers and stroke gently down to the tips. If you feel unevenness, and some hairs snap, you may have protein damaged hair.

Still not sure whether your hair is dry, damaged or perfectly healthy? Simple: just book a visit to your local hairdresser. If in doubt, always trust the professionals!

What can cause hair damage?

The most common is the at-home hair straightening tool, not only due to its popularity but because many people do not use the right heat protective treatment before styling. Hair curlers are also major culprits, as is excessive colouring (especially repeated lightening) and permanent hair treatments like in-salon straightening and curling. 

There are alternatives to these straighteners however, such as the L’Oreal Steampod 3.0,  which uses a combination of heat and steam to gently and durably style the hair without drying the core resulting in 78% less damage* and 2 x smoother styling** vs a regular straightener. For the best results, use your stylist-recommended Steampod products for the full care routine.

*Instrumental test vs regular straightener after 15 uses. 
** Instrumental test vs regular straightener
Back of woman's head, who is having her hair straightened with flat iron

Damaged hair treatment: Where to start

Truly damaged hair needs to be diagnosed by a professional, so book yourself into your salon and ask for your personal consultation from your hair stylist. 

The Absolut Repair hair care range from L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert starts with an expert in-depth consultation at the salon.

Once your hair is diagnosed as damaged, your stylist should provide a recommended haircare routine for you to follow. For best results, your stylist will include regular in-salon cuts and trims in this routine, as well as deep treatments. 

Home hair treatment for damaged hair

The Absolut Repair Haircare range has all the products you need to take care of your damaged hair. Using the shampoo and mask, you can reduce surface damages by 77% and your hair will look 7x shinier than before. There is also a 10 in 1 multi-benefit spray that you can use before styling, which has heat protection, a vital part of a damaged haircare routine.

Different levels of damage: personalised haircare

Depending on your hair type and level of damage, your hairdresser will prescribe the perfect routine for you:

Instant Resurfacing Golden  Hair Mask to medium, damaged hair . Many women are born with naturally thin hair that is therefore much more vulnerable to damage.

Resurfacing Hair Mask: for thick, damaged hair often caused by over-using heated styling tools and excessive colouring.

Products for Damaged hair