How to Repair Damaged Hair (and Fall Hair Tips)

Although it feels like a million degrees here in Los Angeles, summer is coming to an end. More than likely, we have hair that’s been damaged from all things summer related. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have access to all kinds of cool and helpful beauty information. And not just information, but professionals in the industry. Like, hair stylist Sam Leonardi (who’s super nice by-the-way). I had a chance to ask him a few questions on how to repair damaged hair, misconceptions, and even tips for the upcoming fall season.

Whether you’re a Neutrogena fan or not, these are some really great tips. I have personally used most of the products Sam mentions below and I am a fan. They work great, the scent is amazing, and you can’t beat the price point. I will admit, I haven’t used the anti-residue shampoo. But, that is definitely on my list. Take a look at the interview below. Is your hair in need of repair help?

SAM-LEONARDI-1ME: What are the signs of damaged hair? What about the unseen damage?

SAM: Signs of damage is dull hair that is lacking shine, brittle ends and when the cuticle is rough or not flat. You’ll notice the cuticle is rough because it’s harder to brush when and the hair is dehydrated.

Unseen damage is usually structural weakness in the hair mostly for people who bleach their hair. Unseen damage is deeper within the hair shaft. I recommend using a repairing shampoo and conditioner to structure the hair such as the NEUTROGENA® Triple Repair line (Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo, Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner, Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment).

ME: What’s the biggest misconception when it comes to trying to repair our damaged hair?

SAM: People use one-time oils on their hair such as avocado oil, olive oil and any oil treatments. This is probably the biggest misconception because they don’t repair the hair, they’re just styling products! The oils don’t really do anything to your hair. Use a protein hair mask that will structurally correct the hair, rather than just coat the top. A great one to consider is the NEUTROGENA® Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. A protein-based restoring treatment/hair mask is your best bet – food products are not as effective. Coconut oil is great for styling and does penetrate a little more than others, but you’re better off using a specifically designed hair mask that rinses out better and is more effective.

ME: What’s the easiest and most effective way for us to start working on repairing any summer damage?

SAM: The easiest and most effective way to work on repairing summer damage is to start by trimming the ends, use a clarifying shampoo such as the NEUTROGENA® Anti-Residue Shampoo, follow up with a mask and then continue a regular routine using NEUTROGENA® Triple Repair line

If you follow these step, you’ll be heading towards fall with much stronger, restored hair. The leave in treatment from the line is great for styling curly hair. It also helps protect the color from fading. I recommend using a little of the product on the top of hair as a sun barrier.

ME: How can we start preparing our hair for fall and winter?

SAM: Prepare for fall and winter with a trim and go one or two shades darker! Give your hair a rest – go to a honey or caramel blonde, not bleach blonde during fall or winter. Give your hair a rest and darken it up a bit; it’ll complement your skin tone!

ME: Name a few hair “no-no’s” when it comes to styling our hair this fall.

SAM: Do not try to blow dry your hair when it’s soaking wet. Towel dry your hair as much as possible. Heat on wet hair will burn the hair! Avoid using high heat levels. Keep your curling and straightening irons at a mid-range temperature. Don’t let them overheat or cook your hair!

ME: Now that summer is over, what fall hair trends can we look forward too?

SAM: There’s a movement in hair trends at the moment! Hair is much more relaxed now – a lot fluffier and more of a natural look. Totally straight ironed hair is not in anymore. Moving, flowing hair is what it’s all about, nothing stiff or put in place.

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