A 5-Step Haircare Routine For Dry & Damaged Hair

You’ve got your skincare routine nailed, but when it comes to haircare it’s just as important to choose products and follow steps that will help you to target your individual hair concerns and goals. With the launch of Haircare By BEAUTY BAY, we’ve created step-by-step haircare routines to address three common hair types and concerns… 

Dry and damaged hair typically feels coarse and brittle, it appears dull and lacklustre, and can be flat and hard to style. You may experience flyaways at the roots, frizzy hair, split ends, and in some cases, dry skin on your scalp. 

If you can relate to these hair concerns, you might be left wondering ‘how do you fix severely damaged hair?’. To restore life back to your locks, it can help to reduce the use of heat and styling tools and be gentle with your hair when brushing or styling it, as well as establishing a good haircare routine that’s focused on rehydration and repair.

From the best affordable haircare brands that will nourish and strengthen your strands to high performance hair treatments for dry and damaged hair, scroll on to discover the products you need in your weekly haircare routine and how to use them. 

Tips for dry and damaged hair

Dry and damaged hair is one of the biggest enemies of a good hair day, and can make achieving smooth, luscious locks feel like an unattainable feat. If you’ve found yourself battling with the tell-tale signs of hair damage and dryness including brittle strands and split ends, our first piece of advice is to put the hot tools down. While we’re all obsessed with the slick look a straightener can give, or the bouncy volume from our favourite curler, using heat tools frequently at high temperatures can be one of the leading causes of hair damage. For the occasions using a hot tool is a non-negotiable, use it on a lower heat setting, and ensure your hair is generously prepped with a heat protectant spray before use. 

Another tip for strengthening your strands is lessening how often you wash your hair, as over-washing can lead to dryness which in turn contributes hair damage. For stronger, longer locks, we recommend cutting down your hair washing routine to no more than two times a week. While we all love a scorching hot shower from time to time, it’s important not to wash your hair with overly hot water, as this can strip your hair of essential oils and contribute to its overall dryness. 

1. Mask

Those in need of an instant and deep hit of moisture – look no further than a hair mask. Designed to nourish and condition, having a good hair mask to hand can really help to quickly repair and prevent damage and dryness. Look out for products that are enriched with hyaluronic acid, as this will not only moisturise your hair but will help to soften and smooth it. To start your routine with a hair mask, apply it to damp hair and leave it in for at least ten minutes. For best results, wrap your hair in clingfilm and sleep with the mask in your hair overnight before continuing with your routine in the morning. 

The best hair masks:

2. Shampoo

Shampoo is like a reset button for your hair and scalp, helping to remove product buildup, dead skin, oil, and pollution. Haul a gentle formula which promises to cleanse the hair without stripping, so your hair is left feeling soft and nourished. Massage into the scalp and apply excess through the lengths of your hair before rinsing thoroughly.

The best shampoos:

3. Conditioner

Having a good conditioner to hand helps both to repair existing damage and prevent future damage, such as split ends and root breakage. Comb through the lengths of your hair before lightly applying any excess to your roots, then rinse off after two to three minutes. The result? Hair is left smooth, shiny, and ultra-soft. 

The best conditioners:

4. Serum

Just as you’d apply a serum to your skin to deliver targeted results, a hair serum is the ultimate solution for boosting shine in your hair – particularly if you use serums enriched with vitamin C. The lightweight liquid can be applied to damp or dry hair – it instantly smooths rough texture while delivering a glossy sheen which makes hair appear bright and healthy. 

The best serums:

5. Oil

And now for the final step, hair oil. Loved by many for their nourishing and moisturising properties – a hair oil can be applied to the ends of hair to smooth fluffiness, used as an overnight treatment throughout lengths, or mixed with your hair mask for an extra boost. Say goodbye to frizzy, damaged strands, and hello to sleeker, shinier you.

The best hair oils:

FYI: This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been updated.