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How to repair burnt hair

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 27, 2017
How to repair burnt hair

If your hair is in poor condition and is burnt, weak and very damaged, it´s time you give it the care it needs and make some changes in terms of haircare habits and products you use. Only by chopping off the damaged sections of the hair and enriching it with vitamins and minerals it needs, will you turn this situation around. Doing so will boost hair growth in a completely healthy way. Pay attention to the tips in this OneHowTo article on how to repair burnt hair.

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Steps to follow:


Burnt and deeply damaged hair it may be the result of various factor, including but not restricted to: dyes, use of products or invasive treatments, overuse of hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons, extensive exposure to sun and chlorine in swimming pools. They can all lead to burnt hair that?s lost its natural beauty. As a result, hair may acquire some or all of the following qualities:

  • Hard and rough to the touch, due to extreme dryness and dehydration.
  • Breaking cuticles and brittle, weakened hair that breaks easily.
  • Split ends with continues breakage.
  • Frizz and static.
  • Hard-to-control hair that?s difficult to style or comb.
  • Dull hair.
  • Tight scalp.
How to repair burnt hair - Step 1

If your hair displays any of the above characteristics or you suspect that it may be burned, act immediately and start an emergency plan to repair it as quickly as possible. First, you should be aware that the only way to rejuvenate hair and promote growth is to cut it. If short hair doesn?t suit you or you don?t want to resort to using scissors, you should at least cut your tips by a few centimetres and get rid of the damaged area. Doing so with prevent the rest of your hair from becoming weak and brittle.

How to repair burnt hair - Step 2

When hair is not healthy and, as a result, does not grow, using the right products can work wonders. Chuck the shampoo you were using until now and find one that is suitable for professional hairdressing in order to deeply hydrate hair and regenerate the hair fibres. Daily washing tends to dry hair even more, so try to space washes out a little. Also avoid using hot water - cold or lukewarm water is best.

If your hair is oily and you need to wash it every day, how about trying a dry shampoo until your next wash? Discover how to use it in this article: How to use dry shampoo.

How to repair burnt hair - Step 3

Remember to rinse shampoo well, making sure that no residue remains in your hair. Even if the shampoo has nutritional ingredients, it is not ideal for the deep hydration your hair needs. After rinsing the shampoo thoroughly, apply a highly moisturising conditioner and renovator. Find ones with vitamin E, essential fatty acids, argan oil, vegetable protein, butter, etc. An excellent conditioner to use every two weeks is Cassia paste, discover how to make it.

Apply the conditioner from root to tip and leave 10 minutes. During this time you can wash your body; after, rinse the conditioner well.

How to repair burnt hair - Step 4

To repair burnt hair in no time at all, we recommend completely avoiding subjecting it to high temperatures with appliances such as dryers, straighteners or curling irons. Consistent use of these weaken and shrivel hair, making it prone to breakage. Let air dry if you can. Simple!

If your hair is unruly or frizzy and you feel you have to control it with any of the abovementioned appliances, take the following points into consideration:

  • Leave a towel on damp hair for at least 5 minutes to remove excess moisture, and avoid rubbing your hair with it.
  • Apply a hydrating serum onto the ends and in the middle of your hair.
  • Spray the hair with a thermal protector spray, making sure that you spread it evenly.
  • Use a hairdryer at a low temperature and keep it at a distance of at least 30 cm from your hair.
  • Furthermore, if you use straighteners, avoid using it at a temperature over 160 degrees, and use it just once on one section on hair.
How to repair burnt hair - Step 5

Likewise, when the hair has been burnt, avoid invasive treatments, such as a perm, dye and highlights. Go back to your natural hair colour and let it fully recover for a time. Only then will you prevent further damage and limp, dull locks. You can however use one of the natural hair dyes options, such as purple dye without bleach. Use a UV filter when you?re exposed to the sun for a long time.


In addition to all the above care, we recommend that you nourish your hair with any of the following homemade masks. These are full of nutrients and vitamins that will recuperate your hair?s former beauty, brightness and movement.

  • Honey and egg mask: mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply lotion to damp hair, leaving it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Coconut oil and avocado mask: mash the pulp of an avocado and mix with 3 teaspoons of coconut oil.
  • Olive oil and rosemary mask: add 1/4 cup of warm olive oil in a bowl and add 5 drops of rosemary oil. Apply to damaged hair strands and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Fuller's earth mask

If you have red dyed hair, you can check our tips on how to take care of red-dyed hair.

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how do you know if your hair is burned if you only have a couple of split ends
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Shosh
If your hair is heat damaged you will notice white nodules at the end of your hair, you can pull on these white nodules and if they break off easily your hair is damaged. In addition, you will notice that your hair will be extremely dry and frayed.
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