If you suffer from damaged hair, it can often feel like there’s no hope. No matter if your hair is super straight or coily, snapping strands, split ends, and frizzy finishes aren’t the one. That’s why we’re here to give you all the tips on how to strengthen your hair, from investing in the right vitamins to finding the right shampoo.
The best bit? There doesn’t need to be a costly salon visit to up your hair growth. Most of these tips strengthen hair at home, saving you time and stress, so you can strengthen your hair on your own terms. Let’s get into it.
1) Invest in a treatment mask
The first and most obvious step is to invest in a treatment mask that you can turn to when you need it the most. When formulated especially for strengthening hair, these masks can address hair thinning, hair density, and hair thickness in no time.
More than just a conditioner, treatment masks hydrate and repair deep below the surface level of each strand, meaning that it strengthens hair and promotes hair growth right from the off. Look for reparative and strengthening formulas and the longer you leave your hair mask on, the better.
2) Break up with heat styling
You might not like to read this one but to strengthen your hair, we need to get real. Heat styling and weak, damaged hair goes hand in hand. Our hair’s not made to withstand the temperatures of our straighteners and stylers, so if you’re in a committed relationship with hair tools, the likelihood is you’ll be suffering from hair thinning, damage, and split ends, too.
The best thing to do is to take a break from heat styling and follow the rest of the tips in this article. And if you still want to style your hair, why not try heatless curls? And if you’re still not willing to put the heat tools down altogether, do yourself a favour and haul good heat protection to limit the damage as much as possible.
3) Supplement your way to stronger hair
If you’ve been here a while, you’ll know how much we advocate adding supplements to your routine, particularly for your hair. Whether it’s biotin vitamins or hair gummies, they all contain the ingredients you need to strengthen your hair naturally.
Each capsule tackles hair thinning, hair growth, hair density, hair volume, and hair thickness, so you can be sure that you’re strengthening your hair from the inside out. Just remember to take one a day on top of your new hair-strengthening routine, and you’re good to go!
4) Use the right products
We know the world of haircare can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know exactly what it is you’re looking for. When it comes to strengthening your hair, you’ll want to look out for reparative, strengthening formulas, that are often enriched with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and strengthening ingredients such as biotin.
From shampoos and conditioners to treatments and leave-in sprays, the best way to tackle damaged, weak hair is to get a full arsenal of products that are going to treat the issue at the source. Then all you need to do is wait to see the results… It won’t be long!
5) The secret's in your scalp
Healthy, strong hair always starts at the source — your scalp. The scalp is the answer to all of your hair wins and losses, so if you’re not treating your scalp as it deserves, then your hair is likely to suffer.
Scalp health has come on leaps and bounds. The top takeaways you need to remember are: exfoliate your scalp regularly to remove build-up, massage your scalp to stimulate blood flow and healthy hair growth, and last but not least, oil your scalp regularly to promote thick, healthy hair that’s strong and free from damage.
6) Stress-free styles
Although we love perfected hairstyles, whether tight high ponies, braids, or blow drys, the damage and stress they cause to our hair can sometimes be irreversible. If you’re wondering how to strengthen your hair, then a big part of that is how you style it throughout the day.
We’ve already mentioned heatless curls, there are protective styles for afro hair types, or you can even lather your favourite treatment mask on, slick it back into a bun, and leave it to work its magic all day long.
7) Make oils your go-to
Hair oils have so many benefits they’re difficult to count. Usually a blend of hair-loving, hair-conditioning ingredients, hair oils have the power to nourish your hair from root to tip.
You may have already seen them all over TikTok and are wondering what all the hype is about, so let us tell you. Depending on the ingredients, hair oils can seal split ends, strengthen hair below the cuticle, nourish your scalp, and stimulate hair growth. Pick one of our faves and you won’t regret it.
8) Go gentle
Treat stressed hair how you would treat yourself — go easy. Lay off the heat, strip back the styling, and invest in the hair treatments that matter. Then, at the end of the day, make sure you’re protecting your hair as you sleep — eight hours is a long time to not be caring for your hair.
We’re obsessed with silk hair wraps and pillowcases. They’re a much softer fibre, so cause less friction on your hair, meaning less breakage, frizz, and your hairstyles will last for longer. They’re well worth the investment.