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Reader Mail: How Can I Make My Damaged Hair Healthy Without Cutting It?

By April 19, 2011

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Jenn writes: I have straight, fine, somewhat thin hair that is exposed to coloring, blow drying, flat iron, wind, sun, and tanning. It breaks terribly. I don't want to do away with the length, but would like some advice on how to rehab my hair to make it stronger and healthier, while maintaining my color.

I absolutely love this question because it is honest. Jen is not very different from a lot of women out there that have damaged hair from daily abuse. When you're not ready to chop it off and commit to a healthy lifestyle for your hair (like getting rid of the highlights, blow dryer, flat iron, and tanning), there are things you can do to help.

Strong healthy hair comes from a good combination of protein (just like muscles, protein makes strong hair) and moisture. Think of it like your skin, the more hydrated your skin is, the healthier it looks and feels.

My absolute favorite, must have product that delivers both protein and moisture is CHI Silk Infusion, by Farouk Systems. Another similar, amazing product that ranks right up there in my book (and in the opinions of my readers) is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. The products are very similar and when used daily can help mask hair issues like frizz and brittle ends. Over time, these type of products strengthen weak hair, keep it hydrated, reduce frizz, and help it grow more healthily. It's true. I've tested it on my own very dry, over processed, weak, blonderexic locks.

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