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How to revive damaged curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Somehow, despite our best intentions, curls can become damaged. It's easy to slip up on our curl care routine and forget to take extra care with our curls, and there are times curls just don't behave as we would like. Therefore, it's good to know how to help revive damaged curls. We've got you covered with these simple ideas to help breathe life back into your strands.

How to revive damaged curls

Determine the cause:

First things first, you need to spend some time investigating what caused your curls to become damaged in the first place. Is it hygral fatigue? Been too long between visits to your stylist? Too much heat? Regardless, until you have a basic idea of what caused the damage, you won't really know how to fix it.

Get a trim:

The sad truth is that while many products promise to fully repair damage to your curls, there are some types of damage that can't be undone. This includes splits and breaks. While products can help soothe the symptoms, one of the best ways to revive very damaged hair is to start fresh and get a cut. This could be a trim or a full cut; whatever you need to remove the damage and give your curls a chance to grow in healthily.

Clarify:

Start by clarifying your curls, to give yourself a blank slate going forward. This will also allow any products you use to revive your curls to actually work their best.

Deep condition:

This step is critically important. Many times, damage comes from a lack of moisture to your curls, which is what deep conditioners will seek to repair. Don't be stingy with this step; slather on plenty of product, and cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Allow the product to sit for at least 60 minutes to get the full benefits. You can also warm a towel in the dryer, and wrap it around the shower cap to warm your curls and allow the product to more deeply penetrate in your hair's strands.

Products:

This is where understanding why your curls became damaged in the first place is going to be really important. For example, if your curls were damaged by overusing protein treatments, you won't want to keep slathering products full of moisture into your curls. Spend some time investigating what's in your products, and making necessary swaps.

Styling:

When you're getting ready to style damaged curls, make sure you take the time to learn how to be gentle with your curls. This means you might need to take some more time when it comes to your getting ready routine, as you most likely won't be using heat on your curls. Avoid styles that need a lot of manipulation, and instead opt for simple styles or wash and goes that require less touching of your curls.

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