How to Care for Burnt Hair

By Mary Smith. Updated: August 30, 2017
How to Care for Burnt Hair

Straightening irons, hair dryers, dyes and heat from the sun are primarily responsible for burnt hair. When these factors are abused or not used correctly, the cuticle of the hair breaks and the natural protein is lost. This makes hair dehydrated and lose its shine and elasticity; making frizz and split ends appear. In order to repair it, the key is to moisturize, avoid heat and maintain a good diet. If you want to learn about even more solutions, read this oneHOWTO article on how to care for burnt hair.

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Steps to follow:

The first thing you should do is cut it. When hair is mistreated at the tips the damage spreads throughout. So, if you have damaged tips, it will likely spread through your whole hair. This occurs because the cuticle is open at the ends and splits along the hair until all protein that keeps it healthy is lost. You should remove at least three inches of burnt hair so that it begins to regenerate.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 1

Use keratin. When you burn your hair, you lose an important protein called keratin and this supply must be replenished. Keratin is a protein that is responsible for your hair looking healthy, shiny and elastic. You can get keratin in professional conditioners, bath creams, hair repair treatments, and many more specialized hair products. Simply look for 'keratin' on the label.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 2

Avoid heat. The heat from the iron is one of the main enemies of burnt haircare. The iron, as explained earlier, if not used properly, can burn the hair and leave it irreparable as does continuous blow drying. To prevent that from happening it is necessary to know the main mistakes we make when straightening hair. And, especially caring for your hair before straightening with irons. Remember these tips:-

  • Do not straighten your hair when wet
  • Use your iron at a medium temperature
  • Apple a heat protector to your hair before
  • Do not straighten your hair every week
How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 3

Protect your hair from the sun. The sun is as harmful as an iron. UV rays are able to penetrate the cuticle and burn. To avoid this, you should know how to care for your hair during the summer. This is when there is greater solar intensity and always, no matter if it is cloudy or winter, use a styling cream with sunscreen.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 4

Use hair masks. Apply moisturizing masks for damaged hair. This is very useful to protect your hair. Masks help moisturize the strands and restore the water lost by abuse. You can apply this mask twice a week, leave on for 20 minutes and then remove with cold water. If you like natural products, you can try fuller's earth for hair.

According to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939," combining whole eggs and coconut oil can help to soothe and repair burnt hair. This has not been FDA approved though.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 5

Use a special line of haircare for damaged hair. Using shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair will help regenerate your hair. Do not wash your hair every day, even though the shampoo is helpful. Washing dries hair if carried out daily, as shampoos contain many chemicals like sodium and sulfate to generate foam and aromas. When choosing the right shampoo for your hair, choose one that has a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. We also recommend washing your hair with fairly cold water instead of steaming hot, as this can further damage it.A good remedy for burn hair is using a homemade natural shampoo, you can try shikakai and amla hair wash or reetha shampoo for example.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 6

Don't dye your hair. Avoid decoloring or dying burnt hair. These chemicals act on your hair accentuating the the damage and leaving it porous and weak.If you are used to dying your hair to hide your grey hair, you could try to regain your natural color while regenerating your hair. Or, go for coloring using natural products like henna and katam.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 7

Intensive moisturizing is recommended to for burnt hair. This moisturizing does not alter the wave of the hair, but moisturizes most of the strands to the core. Hair botox is a vial that offers intense hydration and with results that can be seen from the same day of its application. If you want to save some money, you can also apply hair botox at home.

However, you can also make your own hair moisturizer at home, just take a look at the following recipe:


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Add the banana and the olive oil in a container, blend thoroughly until you get a homogeneous paste with no lumps.
  2. Massage it onto your head.
  3. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash with water and use shampoo to make sure you get rid of the mixture.

Repeat this process every other day for a month to see results. As you know, olive oil is a great moisturizer and the magnificent properties of banana will give you the vitamin C and antioxidants your hair needs to come back to life.

How to Care for Burnt Hair - Step 8

Choose a healthy diet. You have no idea how the way you eat can affect your hair growth, this is why we advise you to make sure you nourish your body from the inside too.

Omega 3 fatty acids are the perfect ally to help hair grow strong and shiny, which is why we advise you to add flax seed and walnuts in your daily meals. Increase the amount of vegetables you eat, as they are full of iron and vitamin c that will help you looking healthy; cruciferous vegetables, avocado and carrots will be your best allies in these cases. Take a look at the list below to know the best ingredients to add to your diet.

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, 2 liters of water on average.

  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sweet potato
  • Eggs
  • Wholegrain
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Kale
  • Lentils
  • Turkey
  • Chickpeas
  • Butternut squash
  • Kiwi
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Carrot
  • Oysters
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Spirulina

Avoid drinks with artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, alcohol, processed starches such as those in cakes or white pasta and fast food. These clog up your scalp's pores and can lead to weak hair growth.


Be patient, burnt haircare requires much attention and effort. But, ultimately it is possible to regenerate it if you follow these tips, especially if you get a haircut! If you love long hair do not worry, here we tell you how to care for your hair so it grows.

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  • Strictly avoid hair products that contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as one of their ingredients.
  • When drying your hair when you come out of the shower, do not rub it with the towel, but rather lightly pat it to get rid of the extra moisture. Remember it's not advisable to apply direct heat while your damaged hair is still recovering.

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What did you think of this article?
hi everybody,
I had really bad hair, it was breaking very easily and started to use a homemade hair mask that is very simple to make with henna, egg and curd and it worked out wonderfully.
Thank you for the extra tips too.
OneHowTo Editor
Thank you for this useful tip Cris, we're glad our tips to care for burnt hair worked for you!
samina kazi
Please suggest some home made packs for burnt hair.
Angie farmer
Angie hair is burn t what I can do to my hair.
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Angie, in the article above you'll find information on how to care for your burnt hair.

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