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Can Damaged Hair Be Nursed Back to Health—Or Only Masked by Healthy Products?

We’ve put our strands through the wringer over the years. From incessant heat styling to constant coloring, it has been through a lot. More than we should’ve ever put it through, but alas, here we are. And we were left wondering, can you repair damaged hair? Or is it all a lost cause? Well, it depends. We reached out to Kerastase Artist, Carly Quist, who explains whether or not damaged hair can be nursed back to health or only masked by healthy products.

“That all depends on the level of damage,” Carly tells Mane Addicts. “If your ends are split or broken, basically past the point of no return, unfortunately, there’s no way to physically mend them back together without trimming them and then maintaining with a proper haircare routine.”

To prevent yourself from ending up in this predicament, Carly advises putting greater emphasis on a less commonly cared for part of the head.

“I find sometimes we focus solely on what our ends need and neglect where healthy hair starts—the scalp,” she explains. “Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. You should be taking care of your scalp the exact same way you take care of your face.”

If you’re looking for just the right product, Carly strongly suggests getting a scalp serum.

“[It] should be a must in everyone’s haircare routine to promote overall hair health,” she says. “Kerastase Initialiste is a great universal scalp serum for anyone and everyone. It’s like vitamins for the hair—it strengthens, softens, adds shine and substance to thicken hair.”

Kérastase Initialiste Scalp & Hair Serum: $51

(via Kérastase)

During seasons when you’ll be extra hard on your hair, Carly suggests using a scalp serum that treats the hair fiber and ends.

Kerastase Genesis Serum Fortifiant is a daily fortifying scalp serum for weakened hair that’s prone to falling due to breakage from brushing, and it strengthens your hair day after day,” she says. “Serums are great because they’re so lightweight and you won’t even be able to tell they’re in your hair.”

But the care doesn’t stop with the serum. 

Kérastase Sérum Fortifiant Hair Serum: $51

(via Kérastae)

“Just like your skincare routine, after applying a scalp serum, continue to layer on the rest of your products targeting your hair’s needs,” Carly says. “For optimal results to get your hair back on track, I recommend doing a weekly hair mask. It’s easy to swap your conditioner for a mask to add nourishment, detangle your hair, and reduce breakage.”

Speaking of scalp care, have you tried a scalp peel? Learn more about them HERE

Hey, mane muse! We wanted to give you a heads up that some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that Mane Addicts will collect a small share of the sale from any purchase you make from the products we recommend.

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