Tips for Repairing Dry, Damaged Hair

Happy Friday ladies! Hope you had a great week and have some fun weekend plans ahead. This Saturday, my bridesmaids are throwing me a small shower (#2 of 3)  at my house and I'm so excited! They're sending me off to get a manicure while they get everything ready at the house and I know they have all put SO much effort into everything they have planned. I seriously have the BEST bridesmaids and feel so blessed. I'll definitely be taking a BUNCH of pictures to share on the blog next week!

I want to preface this post by stating that I definitely don't have perfect hair (not even close) and I'm not claiming to! However, I have seen dramatic improvements in my hair over the last 2 or 3 years and I just wanted to share some tips for those of you that might be struggling with very dry, damaged hair. 

1.) Lock up your straightener and throw away the! Two years ago I started using this Nume curling wand on my hair and it has been a game changer! I only have to do it twice per week (after washing my hair) and the curls hold for up to 3 days afterwards. This wand gives such an effortless, wavy look. Also linking the tutorial I filmed a few months ago on how I curl my hair here!
2.) Limit washing hair to 3x per week...or less. I'll be honest that I only wash my hair 2 times a week maximum. I know that sounds gross to some but it seriously has transformed my hair. Because I'm limiting washes it allows for more oil production and now I am only using heat on my hair twice per week. 
3.) Let your hair air dry as long as possible before using heat. The nights that I do wash my hair, I typically wait two to three hours before actually using a blowdryer on my hair. At that point my hair is almost completely dry but going in with the blowdryer and a round brush at the very end gives my hair a little more life and volume!
4.) Coconut oil is your friend! I was sort of skeptical about using hair masks but once I tried this Kopari Coconut Melt once every week or every two weeks it really made a big difference in my hair. I also use a conditioner that has coconut water in it and I think that also really adds more hydration.
5.) Splurge on a good shampoo. I know that people say all the time that certain drugstore shampoos can totally live up to higher-end shampoos but honestly, I feel like I have tried SO many drugstore shampoos and none of them compare to the high-end stuff. My favorite shampoo is the Biolage for color-treated hair. Not only does it keep my hair super hydrated but it also really protects and extends the life of my color.
6.) Use a heat-protectant!!! Probably the most important tip from this post in my opinion because once I started guarding my hair from any heat that I was applying, it really made a big difference. I can't believe I used to straighten and blowdry my hair almost EVERY DAY and never used any kind of heat-protectant. My all-time favorite is this one from Bumble & Bumble.
7.) Consider a going short for a few months! This tip I'm sure most people won't be on board with but as y'all probably have seen if you've followed me for the last two years, I change my hair ALL the time. I get so bored with having my hair the same color or the same length. I think going back and forth between having long hair and then cutting it pretty short has made a difference. I feel like when I go short I'm literally chopping off every last inch of dead hair (different from just getting a trim) and that allows fresh less damaged hair to grown in it's place.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a fabulous weekend! 


  1. I totally agree with all of these!! I have tried to do away with my straightener but I can't get myself to do it lol - I will be investing in a really good wand very soon! I am a shampoo collector and my husband hates it. I could open up a store I have tried so many and then I move on :)
    Have a great and fun weekend with your bridesmaids!

    Brittany :)

  2. I agree with all of these, Kelly! I stopped using my straightener at the beginning of the year and I've been washing my hair 2-3 times/week (thanks, dry shampoo!) and I cannot believe how much better my hair looks and feels. I'm going to have to try this Coconut Melt -- the coconut oil I use to use made my hair so oily, it was awful! Have a fun weekend and enjoy shower #2!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  3. How sweet are your friends for throwing you a shower this weekend!! I try not to use heat on my hair at all...I very rarely straighten my hair or curl it - really only for special events!! Hope you have fun girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I'm so happy you're having a shower this weekend, it's going to be wonderful! Time to celebrate sweet Kelly! These tips are so wonderful as with coloring my hair for so long, I often have dry damaged hair and need a good fix. I hope you have a wonderful weekend beautiful girl!

  5. These are such great tips and suggestions for achieving healthy hair, girlie! Your hair looks absolutely amazing and I always admire your waves. I have to get that curling wand because the one I have is tapered and I don't like the effect it gives with some parts being larger than others. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!



  6. Your hair is so stunning! I totally agree with the tip about not washing it too often- it sounds gross in theory but it works wonders in preventing heat damage and split ends, and saves a lot of time! Have fun at your shower this weekend.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  7. Wow, those two pictures really do show a difference. I always think your hair looks so good. I try not to wash mine too often either, but I have never tried an oil.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. I agree! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Your hair always looks fabulous! Loving these tips! I've started washing my hair less often which has been so much better for it. Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

  10. Such a great post! You have such lovely hair! I have been considering what to do with mine.

    Gemma x

  11. Great post. Even I limit washing my hair to 2 or 3 max a week. Oiling is must but I get lazy mostly. Will try to work on same.

  12. Your bridesmaids are pretty amazing :) After reading this post I'm considering using my curling wand a lot more. Lol. Also, coconut oil is amazing for everything! I like to use it as a leave-in moisturizer when I braid my hair. Awesome post! You have a new follower :)

  13. What a great post!Thanks for sharing:-)

  14. Great tips! Your hair is so pretty & healthy!

  15. Thanks for sharing these tips. I'm so needing tips about how to treat my damaged hair.

  16. Great tips! Your hair looks so healthy, and a long bob really works for you! :) I have actually had mine cut off to a shoulder lenght, and I would love to have a long hair again... I want to get hair extensions like this and wondering what is your opinion on hair extensions in general?