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Tips For Repairing Damaged Black Hair


Trying to figure out how to repair damaged black hair?

Feeling tempted to shave your head out of frustration?

I've been there before so I know exactly what you're going through.

When my hair was dry, brittle and breaking I was so embarrassed I didn't want to go out and socialize and my favorite accessory was a baseball cap.

Today it's healthy and strong and when I have a hair emergency I know what to do to stop damage in its tracks and bring my hair back to life.

Even if your breakage is really bad you can stop it and turn your hair's health around with time, the right treatments and proper hair care techniques.

What does damaged black hair look like?

In my experience, every damaged head of hair has some common characteristics.

Damaged African American Hair

What causes damaged black hair?

During my hair care journey I've always found that damaged hair can be traced back to one or more of 4 major causes.

  1. Mechanical -using combs, brushes and other styling tools.

  2. Chemical - using relaxers, perms, colors and bleaching agents.

  3. Heat - using hot tools like blow dryers, flat and curling irons.

  4. Neglect - caused by not washing and moisturizing enough or leaving braids and weaves in too long.

Habits That Cause Dry, Brittle and Breaking Hair

The first step in how to repair damaged black hair is to figure out what you're doing that's causing the problem.

Here are major causes of black hair breakage. How many are you guilty of?


How to Repair Damaged African American Hair

The second step in how to repair damaged black hair is doing the right things to fix it and prevent more problems in the future.

No matter what kind of damage you have the following tips will whip your hair into shape and keep it healthy.

Products for Damaged Black Hair

Is your hair breaking off badly? There are emergency treatments and products for damaged Black hair that promise to repair even the most severe breakage after just one treatment.

Here are my top 3 picks based on research, reviews and personal trial and error.

  1. Avlon Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor

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    This is my personal favorite and is part of the Affirm/Kera Care line of products. The stretchy consistency takes some getting used to, but it prevents the treatment from dropping when you have it in.

    • It's great for limp and fine hair.
    • It reduces breakage and shedding after one treatment.
    • Heat activated for deep penetration.
    • There's no need to use a separate moisturizing conditioner.

  3. Aphogee Two-step Treatment Protein for Damaged Black Hair

  4. This treatment smells awful but the results are worth it. If your hair is badly damaged breaking, splitting and frayed this is the best choice for the following reasons.


    • It stops hair breakage immediately after use.
    • The results last up to six weeks.
    • It's good for relaxed and color treated hair.

    This treatment is 100% protein based and very involved so if you choose to use it, follow the instructions very carefully. You must sit under a hooded dryer for the required time then follow up the treatment with a moisturizing conditioner.

    Not doing these things will damage your hair even more. If you don't trust yourself to do it right, have this treatment done at a salon.

  5. Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner, 16-Ounce Bottle
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    This is a very good protein and moisture combination that smells great. It's not as intensive as the first two treatments but is still a great pick.

    • It restores softness, shine and manageability.
    • Smooth's hair cuticles and repairs damaged areas along the shaft.
    • Is excellent for dry curly hair types.

    • Can be used as an instant conditioner or deep treatment.

All of these damaged black hair treatments are effective on both natural and chemically processed hair.

Homemade Remedies for Damaged Black Hair

Do you prefer a more natural approach to black hair repair? There are lots of simple but effective hair repair recipes you can whip up right in your kitchen.

Here are 3 of my favorite deep conditioning homemade remedies for damaged black hair.

  1. Homemade Hair Mayonnaise

  2. Rich in egg protein and oils, this treatment is great for dry, damaged chemically treated hair.


    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Cup olive oil
    • A few drops of essential oil

    Mix the ingredients together in a blender until it's nice and thick. Apply the entire mixture to your hair and cover with a plastic cap. After 30 minutes wash with a gentle shampoo and rinse your hair completely.

  3. Moisturizing Banana and Avocado Hair Mask

  4. The high fat content of avocados makes this an idea deep penetrating hair mask.


    • 1 medium banana
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 2 Tablespoons honey
    • 3 Tablespoons buttermilk
    • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    Mix all the ingredients together until they're thoroughly combined and apply from roots to ends. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, wait 30 minutes then wash it out using a gentle moisturizing shampoo.

  5. Hair Strengthening Vinegar Rinse

  6. The acid in vinegar makes scales of your hair shaft lie smoothly, making it stronger while also rinsing residue out of your hair.


    • 4 Tablespoons vinegar
    • 1 Quart water

    Combine the vinegar and water in a container and mix them together. After you rinse the shampoo and conditioner out pour the vinegar mixture over your hair (you don't need to rinse it out).

Tips For Damaged Black and African American Hair

Here are some specific tips for the 4 major causes of damaged black hair.


Mechanical Damage:

Chemical Damage:


Heat Damage:

Neglect Damage:

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