You Can't Really "Repair Damaged Hair”

I know what you might be thinking- but there are so many products that promise to repair damaged hair!  And yes, there are lots of conditioners, serums, and shampoos that promise permanent reversal for dry hair in need of restoration. It's marketing! Think about this -  hair is technically dead and has no nervous system, blood, or cell regeneration. Because hair is not a living tissue with regenerative ability, it cannot heal. You can use oils, conditioners, or hydrolyzed proteins to disguise the issues temporarily but it’s akin to using makeup. These products or ingredients improve the appearance of hair but they will wash out and you are back to the original problem.

We need to become educated on the true science of hair and skin so we are not susceptible to being miseducated by marketing lies, half truths, and false promises.

Well formulated, natural conditioners, oil treatments, and masks can absolutely improve texture and appearance of hair and offset more damage with protective ingredients and products, but these products that make the hair soft and shiny must be reapplied regularly to maintain the results.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “dry” hair. Before you start yelling at me in the comments section,  hear me out.  This is not the same as “dry scalp,” which is a real scalp condition, “dry” hair is actually lightly damaged hair and it can only be made to appear healthier, temporarily. 

There are different hair types like straight, wavy to curly, and different hair textures like fine, medium or coarse, but DRY hair is not a hair type. Dry hair is a lightly damaged hair. 

Most hair is made of three layers –  the inner fiber called the medulla, the middle layer called the cortex, and an outer layer called the cuticle. Extra fine hair textures sometimes do not contain a Medulla.  When the hair appears damaged, the cuticle raises, chips, becomes fragile, easily tangled, and loses the moisture, luster, and shine created when flat, smooth, and healthy. 

Hair can dehydrate and quickly become damaged for many reasons.  Over processed, color treated hair can lose moisture and eventually grow brittle and break if not conditioned continually, which can offset or stall more damage. But the damage that has already been created, is ultimately permanent and irreversible.  

Damaged hair has less elasticity which makes it more prone to breakage and eventually splitting. Split ends are absolutely not repairable and are very challenging to conceal, especially when there many. Split ends must be cut off. If ends of the hair are split and not removed, the strands will split unevenly and faster than the hair grows from of the follicle. Split ends infect healthy hair. If you want healthy, shiny hair, trim your hair regularly. If you're holding onto your split ends because you don’t want to “lose your length,” you are actually contributing to your hair appearing shorter. It will appear as though it’s not growing - it is growing, it’s just breaking off faster than it grows. CUT IT.

Lack of nutrients internally can make hair more susceptible to breakage. Hair is formed by the nutrients in the bloodstream. Split ends can also be caused by silicone build up, mechanical damage from harsh brushing, sun overexposure, and heated styling instruments. 

You can temporarily add strength to weak, mushy, chemically damaged hair via hydrolyzed protein and rehydrate brittle, crunchy, damaged hair with moisture. Most people need moisture, not protein and they do not know it. Too much protein can cause breakage. Read this blog: Does Your Hair Need Moisture Or Protein Conditioning?

Brittle locks can be softened and made to appear less damaged by using natural oils and humectants. All of this temporarily smoothes and seals down the cuticle and creates the appearance of healthy looking hair. Dry/damaged hair can be properly rehydrated and softened temporarily by penetrating plant oils and locking in moisture with such oils as almond, marula, coconut, hemp, jojoba, tamanu, evening primrose, apricot, and argan.  All of these treatments are preventive for accelerating damage if the hair is “dry” damaged -  if the hair is damaged it can be concealed but it is damaged - the cuticles are raised and broken and it won’t hold moisture effectively. When the hairs are split, you can camouflage split ends with my favorite, shea butter (found in my Hair Styling Cream). Butters and oils are excellent at creating an occlusive, “breathable” barrier, and temporarily concealing split ends.

4 comments

Thank you for your open explanation about hair. I always knew what you say is true but it is so hard to explain it to someone who has been brainwashed by so much media, especially the young and impressionable, who are looking to attract attention and don’t care how they achieve that attention. Those who want long straight hair at any cost because it is “better” than any curly short or hair that “isn’t as good”. Kids need lots of education about advertising and marketing and how it speaks to the public and sets the lies about products and our bodies, sometimes for life. Kids need encouragement about ways they can see themselves in a favorable light for who they are and love that person, not want to look different or be something different from who and what they are. God made us all to be our most beautiful and most perfect selves in his eyes. Those are the eyes we should attempt to look through, not the ones of the big world of competition, external beauty and trying to be like everyone someone thinks is better than everyone else. Who is better, anyone, really?

Jody September 30, 2019

I AM ABSOLUTELY I LOVE WITH THIS!
The truth about healthy hair has been on my conscious and heart for the last few days because I am so over the lies in majority of the beauty industry! I am ready to stop masking damaged hair!

Coco Bovain September 18, 2019

You have a great article! Thank you for sharing. That’s true, all products that out in the market claims they’re using hundred percent organic or natural content. This is all but a marketing strategy. There’s a lot of plants that are good for the hair. You can pick it from your flowering plants and directly apply to your hair like aloe vera. It also helps to restore hair I’m using this for my hair and face, and it works to me. Here’s another helpful post that you might want to check https://juvetress.com/repairing-hair-follicles/ Enjoy.

Aronn September 15, 2019

Amazingly brilliant article , my hair is so fine to the point of being microscope now, I used to dye it black years ago and it was okay ,well more than okay actually as adding the dye and conditioning it made it look healthy and thick etc.
But I’m older now and I only suit light blondish , I started bleaching it about 6 years ago and its past my shoulders and obviously had a hard time I’m clinging in to it as I really can’t have short hair, so I as you say am nursing it by giving it protein sometimes then moisture when it needs, cutting split end’s and really carefully bleaching ONLY the roots by putting all my beloved aged hair safely inside little plastic bag’s done up with rubber band’s. All this I constantly do ,oh and brushing it that’s another story ! I hold the middle whilst carefully brushing the bottom bit’s as it tangles if you look at it ! and always some comes out or breaks off, but I am 60 so there we are.in need of protein today and am trying to find something as its weakening fast… …..

Robbie August 10, 2019

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