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5 Tips for Repairing Heat-Damaged Hair

We all want to look our best, and frequently, that means turning to heat tools. We blow dry our hair to add volume and smooth our tresses. Then, we use curling irons and straighteners to achieve our desired style. The problem is, at some point, our hair has had enough.

One day, you look in the mirror, and it hits you. You have heat-damaged hair. It’s dry, frizzy, no longer holds curl like it used to, and may even be (gasp!) breaking! Don’t worry, your hair can recover. Here are 5 tips for repairing heat-damaged hair. 

Take a Break

When our hair stops doing what we want, we’re sometimes tempted to add even more heat in an attempt to tame it. Unfortunately, that will only make your hair more unmanageable and may cause worse damage that is more difficult to repair. 

This is when you need to give yourself a little TLC. Make time to allow your hair to air dry. Let your hair rest as much as possible. And if you do need to style it, turn to alternatives like rollers and braids that help you shape your hair without heat. 

Get a Trim

It takes time to repair heat damage, but getting a trim can help. You’ll get rid of split ends, and your stylist can help shape your hair so the damage isn’t as noticeable. 

If your damage is really severe, you can even think about getting a new cut. Talk to your stylist about cuts that will hide damage and won’t require heat to maintain. 

Pay Attention to Ingredients

When your hair is already damaged, you need to be extra careful about the products you use. Avoid ingredients like sulfates and polyethylene glycol (PEG) that strip moisture from your hair. 

Instead, opt for products with natural oils and aloe vera to moisturize your locks. Viori shampoo and conditioner bars are always natural and never include harsh ingredients like sulfates and PEG. We recommend Hidden Waterfall to help restore moisture to your hair. 

Add a Mask

Damaged hair requires a lot of extra moisture, so you’ll probably need to go beyond your usual routine. Hair masks are a great way to deeply condition and moisturize your hair. Plus, they’re sooo easy to whip up right at home!

You can make a simple mask out of two tablespoons of raw honey with one tablespoon of olive oil. Warm it up, apply it to damp hair, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. Need more ideas? Check out our recipes for DIY masks to repair damaged hair here

Nourish Your Hair from Within

Your hair is part of your body, so you need to give your body the nutrition it needs to promote new, healthy hair growth. Eat plenty of berries, leafy greens, beans, and sweet potatoes to provide your hair with plenty of vitamins
Avocados, nuts, and seeds, like flax and chia, are excellent sources of the healthy fats your body needs to help your hair grow and restore a healthy shine to your tresses. 

Heat damage can sneak up on you, and it can literally happen overnight. If you have heat damage, be patient, and try the above tips for at least a month. At that point, if your hair still isn’t improving, it’s time to consult a professional.

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Viori Support Team
Sep 22, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback, Erika! We truly appreciate it. ❤️

You’re more than welcome to browse our website reviews and/or tagged photos on our Instagram – we have several users with similar hair type as yourself and have heard great and positive things from them all. We also have seen a couple review videos on YouTube as well (see a few linked below).


Finding the best shampoo and conditioner bar will actually depend on your scalp type. If you feel your scalp type is more oily, then we recommend using the Citrus Yao bars because citrus breaks down oil the best. If your scalp is dry, we recommend the Terrace Garden, Hidden Waterfall or Native Essence bars. If you feel it’s normal and doesn’t really lean too much to one way or the other, then you would be fine using any of the bars. Let us know if you have any other questions! We’re happy to help!

Viori Support Team
Sep 22, 2021

Thanks for asking, Barb! Yes, our bars are safe to use on color-treated hair! We’ve read in several of our customer’s reviews that it holds their color really well and also hydrates their hair. Because our products are in bar form, we recommend getting a lather in your palm and work it through your hair with your hands rather than rubbing the bar directly on your head. This will help preserve your color better. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Barb Barron
Sep 22, 2021

I colorize my hair platinum blonde. Is this product safe for colorized hair?

Erika Woodard
Sep 22, 2021

I have dry, aging and thinning, color treated African American hair. Which one of your products would you recommend to help me bring my hair back to life? Your survey did not give me much guidance. Despite that, I did place an order hoping that the choices that I’ve made will bring results. I’m asking this questions because I didn’t see much representation of my culture nor hair type in your ads. Perhaps your ads and product descriptions should be more inclusive. I’m new to this and if I overlooked something, please inform me of that. Thanks, looking forward to trying your product.

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