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How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

Could your hair use a little love? If so, today, I’m going to share how to fix damaged hair, at home, in five easy steps.

I am brutal on my hair. Between regular visits to the salon for full highlights, to using various heat tools, and of course, just getting older, my hair needed some serious TLC.

So last year, I started this routine, and I’ve been doing it weekly ever since. If you’re in the same boat, I thought I would share what I’m doing to help repair the damage from decades of abuse that’s making a big difference. 

It’s a simple process that takes about 10 minutes that you can add to your morning or evening routine once a week. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

How to Fix Damage Hair in 5 Easy Steps

I do this every Monday morning in the shower and it takes no time at all. This process is really easy to incorporate into your morning or evening shower routine. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

Scalp Scrub, $42 

It’s well documented that I love this salt scrub. Taking care of your scalp is the first step in healthy hair. Aside from this feeling like a spa treatment (it’s especially glorious after a sweaty workout), it removes all the residue, dead skin cells, and excess oil on your scalp.

Two of my three daughters (13 and 11) are equally obsessed with it. I told them when I was their age, I took my babysitting money and blew it on cheap products at Rite Aid and wasn’t using a $40 scalp treatment from Goop. 

They tuned me right out once I started my sentence with, “When I was your age…”

Anyway, use this in the shower instead of your regular shampoo once a week. It’s a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way as long as you don’t have kids with access to your shower. 

Hair Towel, $30 

Hair Towel

Finish up in the shower, jump out and wrap your head in a towel. Get your hair to just damp before you apply the hair mask below. 

I love this towel because it absorbs quickly, and doesn’t damage or leave it frizzy. I have straight hair but all my girls have very curly hair and this is wonderful for both of us. 

Another option are the AQUIS Hair Turbans. They are just as good and you can order them on Amazon for $20

Hair Mask, $38 

amika the kure hair mask

This hair mask is the real game-changer. It’s INCREDIBLE!

After years of abuse, from making my naturally dark locks blonde to daily blow-drying and heat styling, my hair was so fried the ends were breaking. My stylist friend recommended this to me, and after the first time I used it, I saw a remarkable difference. 

Once you have your hair damp, apply a small amount, covering your roots to the ends. Work it through with a wide-tooth comb (below) and then let it sit for 5 minutes.

It’s only 5 minutes – so it takes no time at all! I always put on my Caudalie Instant Detox Facial face mask, too, since that takes the same amount of time.

Make your bed, have some coffee, and hop back in the shower to rinse it out.

Wide Tooth Comb, $37 

I am a big fan of Mason Pearson’s hairbrushes and tools. They are more expensive than something you would pick up at the drugstore, but they are high quality and last forever.

We have a few of their brushes (in various sizes) that I bought almost a decade ago, and they still look and work like new. 

This wide-tooth comb I use for my hair and the kids to help get all the knots out without creating breakage.

Obviously, you can use any comb, just be sure it’s a wide-tooth one so you distribute the mask evenly. 

Hair Oil, $15 

moroccanoil hair treatment

Finally, style your hair.

Some days, I let it air dry, or I’ll quickly hit it with my hairdryer. Recently I’ve fallen back in love with the Revlon Hot Air Brush and use it to give my roots some volume and turn my ends under. Remember to always use a heat protector spray before using any hot tools.  I use this one from Alterna.

Either way, when my hair is almost dry, I add some of this Moroccan Oil to my ends to keep them smooth and protect them from split ends. 

I’ve been using this hair oil for over a decade; it lasts forever.


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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Michelle Dunleavy

Saturday 27th of February 2021

I'm keen to try to salt scalp scrub but I color my hair? I make a point to use sulfate-free (aka salt-free) shampoos so as to not strip the color from my hair. With everything this goop scrub removes (i.e., all the residue, dead skin cells, and excess oil on your scalp) is my expensive salon color going down the drain too? If not, then I'm in! How did you find it on your hair?

Megan Kristel

Saturday 27th of February 2021

I am naturally dark haired, spend a fortune to make it blonde and have had no issue with this on my color. :)

Elizabeth Knox

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Stylish tip for the ultimate use of a hair mask: Comb it through your hair, then braid it or roll it into a bun and wear it for 24 hours. It looks like you've slicked it back with gel but you're actually conditioning it for hours!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Love that - especially great for days working from home. Be productive and get a beauty treatment!

Lynn Blum

Monday 18th of May 2020

I’m excited to try these products I purchases them last night. I decided to not get my hair cut , I’ll wait to see how these products make my longer hair feel Than get a cut! I may decide to keep my hair longer than usual ,,, if these products work!


Friday 15th of May 2020

Great post! I've been doing a mask on Sundays as a way to try make the weekends special. That salt scrub looks amazing!

Megan Kristel

Friday 15th of May 2020

You would love it!


Friday 15th of May 2020

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Megan Kristel

Friday 15th of May 2020

Thanks for sharing!


Friday 15th of May 2020

Another great article & great product recommendations. What Shampoo & conditioner do you use.

Megan Kristel

Friday 15th of May 2020

I go back and forth with shampoos. I like everything from Living Proof and Alterna's Caviar shampoo, they are both on the expensive side but you actually see a difference in your hair. I also really like the OGX brand, especially their Argan oil collection - which is under $6 at Target!