Why is my hair extremely damaged?

Author: Dr. Margret Beer DDS  |  Last update: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Sun exposure, heat styling, humidity, smoking, and more can all contribute to hair that's damaged and dry. The good news is that there are a few things you can do if you feel like reducing the dryness of your hair.

How do you fix severely damaged hair?

9 Ways to Repair, Treat & Fix Damaged Hair
  1. Lower the Temperature on Your Tools. ...
  2. Handle Wet Hair with Care. ...
  3. Indulge in Rich and Healing Hair Masks. ...
  4. Embrace Leave-Ins. ...
  5. Get Professional Treatments. ...
  6. Seal Your Bonds. ...
  7. Trim Your Split Ends. ...
  8. Swim and Sun with Care.

What causes extremely damaged hair?

Using a harsh shampoo. Blow-drying your hair too often. Heat damage from straighteners or a curling iron. Harsh chemicals like dyes, perms, and relaxers.

Can my hair be permanently damaged?

For the most part, hair damage is permanent because hair is actually a collection of dead cells, making them beyond repair. The only real cure is time, a pair of shears, and taking steps to prevent new damage.

Can damaged hair ever be repaired?

Sadly, there's really no way to heal damaged hair. Hair is not a living tissue with regenerative abilities, so it can't heal.


How long does it take to fix damaged hair?

Using products that are designed to nourish the scalp and hair can definitely speed up this process, but on average you'd be looking at six months to a year to fully see a difference in your hair's condition.

Can damaged hair grow again?

Hair follicles typically grow back within one to two months as long as your scalp does not need to recover from damage. If your hair follicles are damaged, it can take up to four years until they are able to regrow hair normally unless it is permanent, in which case no new strands will grow.

How does damaged hair look like?

Unhealthy hair usually has a rough texture, lack of shininess and luster, have split ends, lack of moisture and elasticity even after treatment and easily broken. Damaged hair will also get tangled up and result in knots due to hair dryness.

How do you know if your hair is permanently damaged?

Take an inch-wide section of hair between two fingers and gently pull them down the hair, right to the ends. Concentrate on the texture: does it feel smooth all the way down? If you feel an uneven surface, with kinks and sections that snap off under tension, these are damaged hair warning signs.

How do I know if my hair is rotting?

How To Tell If Your Hair is Damaged
  1. Dry or Brittle Hair.
  2. Hair Feels Thick at the Root and Thin at the Ends.
  3. You Notice More Shedding.
  4. Your Hair Is More Tangled Than Usual.
  5. Your Hair Appears Dull.

How do I know if my hair is damaged beyond repair?

Depending on the type of damage your hair is experiencing, there are telltale signs that you need some TLC: Split ends, flyaways, or frizz: Damaged hair is at greater risk for breaking. Depending on where the break occurs along the shaft, you may experience these symptoms.

Should I cut my hair short if it's damaged?

Everything depends on where exactly your hair is damaged. “If you have split ends, you're better off getting them trimmed immediately as the hair fibers have become separated and will never return to their normal self.

Should I cut my hair because of breakage?

As a general rule, "once the ends have started to split, there is no way to repair them," Dr. Yadav says. "You can temporarily 'bandage' hair strands with various products, but the damage is done and should be cut as soon as possible. This will help prevent the breakage from traveling up and damaging new/newer growth."

What is the best hairstyle for damaged hair?

What Hairstyles Are Good for Damaged Hair?
  1. Low Ponytail Unicorn Braid. If you're a ponytail person, you're well aware that your favorite hairstyle can get a little basic after a while. ...
  2. Crown Braid. ...
  3. Side-Swept Fishtail Braid. ...
  4. Brun. ...
  5. Accented Beach Waves with Braids. ...
  6. Loose Ballerina Bun. ...
  7. French Twist. ...
  8. Low Twisted Buns.

Can fried hair be repaired?

You usually can't fully fix fried hair overnight. Depending on how damaged your hair is, your best bet may involve trimming away the damage and split ends and waiting for it to grow back. Still, you can help your hair's appearance by using moisturizing products and avoiding further damage.

How do salons fix damaged hair?

  • Professional Protein Treatments. Protein treatments are the best salon hair treatments for damaged hair. ...
  • Clarifying Treatment. ...
  • In-Salon Botox Treatment. ...
  • Salon Relax Treatment. ...
  • Professional Toning Treatment.

Does damaged hair grow slower?

If you've got damaged hair (thanks, hot tools!), genetic structural abnormalities (they typically cause hair to break off at a certain length) or certain hair types, your hair might also grow more slowly.

What happens if you don't cut your hair for 2 years?

Your Hair "Stops Growing."

"By not cutting your hair, you are actually risking the length rather than letting it grow," says Bivona. It seems counterintuitive, but by frequently trimming your hair, you'll prevent breakage by removing the dead, fragile ends.

Why is my hair brittle and breaking?

Things like aggressive brushing and combing, sleeping on wet hair or rough fabrics that create friction, constantly pulling your strands into styles that are too tight, and heat styling are all some of the main reasons why hair breaks.

Should you cut damaged hair wet or dry?

Opt for a wet cut if your hair is experiencing a lot of damage, as your stylist will better be able to assess the health of your freshly washed strands. If you have naturally curly hair and wear your texture every day, you may want to ask for a dry cut.

Does damaged hair fall out at the root?

It had been thought that most hair found in the sink or shower, on the brush etc. was broken hair due to damage and weathering. Studies have now shown this not to be the case. In fact at least 80% of hair loss is from the root, not breakage.

What does dehydrated hair look like?

Typically dry hair appears flat and dull, think no shine. Dry hair is also usually more difficult to manage and when you touch it, it has a noticeably brittle texture i.e. knots and tangles, etc. If your hair isn't maintaining a blow-dry this can also be a sign that your hair is lacking hydration levels.

How can I get my hair health back?

12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP
  1. Brush your hair before you shower.
  2. Condition correctly — and with care.
  3. Take time for hair masks.
  4. Be mindful of key ingredients.
  5. Eat a balanced diet.
  6. Turn down the temp of your shower.
  7. Shield strands from the sun.
  8. Don't skip your scalp.

Does damaged hair grow back healthy?

Does damaged hair grow back healthy? The only way to get healthy hair is to allow your hair to grow without further damage. If you'd damaged your hair by over-styling, too much heat or over coloring with harsh chemicals, the good news is - your hair will grow back healthy.

How do you restore dry brittle hair?

Treatment Options for Dry, Brittle Hair
  1. Switch to a shampoo and conditioner designed for damage control. ...
  2. Use a pre-shampoo treatment or conditioning mask. ...
  3. Choose hair styling products made with hydrating ingredients. ...
  4. Try washing your hair every other day. ...
  5. Be more mindful of how you wash your hair.

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