When it comes to mending damaged strands, there isn鈥檛 a one-size-fits-all solution. Breakage at the very tip of your tresses should be tackled differently than irritation at the scalp or mid-length dryness. If you want strong, healthy locks, it鈥檚 important to get to the root of how to repair the area that鈥檚 in need of extra TLC. Read on to learn how to get your hair in tip-top shape, section by section.

If your scalp is damaged

Your scalp is the breeding ground for healthy hair, so it鈥檚 crucial to keep it clean and hydrated to ensure your mane grows long and strong. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e experiencing scalp damage, it鈥檚 usually caused by some kind of inflammation,鈥 says celebrity hairstylist Joel Warren, whose clients include Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. 鈥淚 recommend using a product with tea tree oil in it for nourishment, but see a dermatologist if the problem persists.鈥 Look for a product like Avalon Organics Tea Tree Oil Scalp Treatment Shampoo ($20) to gently cleanse, balance out your moisture levels, and calm irritation. If your scalp feels extra dry and itchy, Sharon Dorram, master colorist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger, has a simple 鈥 but effective 鈥 solution. 鈥淩epairing the scalp is plain and simple: Use coconut oil,鈥 she says. 鈥淪lather it onto a damaged scalp to soothe and condition. It鈥檚 been used for decades in many foreign cultures.鈥

If your hair is damaged at the root

Whether it鈥檚 due to using a too-hot heat tool or the wrong hairbrush, the strands at your roots can become frizzy or brittle with daily wear and tear. The roots can also be inflamed and compromised from products and chemicals though, so take note if you notice itching, burning, or extra breakage. 鈥淚f your roots are damaged, it could be caused by some kind of color or chemical treatment you鈥檙e having a reaction to,鈥 Warren explains. 鈥淪eek advice from the professional who provided your service to understand what鈥檚 causing the reaction.鈥

If your hair is damaged mid-length

This section of your hair is exposed to constant cleansing, brushing, and styling, so it鈥檚 prone to damage you can see and feel. 鈥淢id-length damage would result from over-processing of color,鈥 Warren tells us. 鈥淵ou should also avoid overusing a heating tool and always use a styling protectant.鈥 Dorram, who loves a good DIY solution, recommends slathering your strands in vitamin E oil for this section, noting that it鈥檒l leave your locks 鈥渟hiny and elastic.鈥 That said, if you need to step up your treatment game, look no further than your local drugstore. 鈥淥ne of my favorite leave-on products is Johnson鈥檚 Baby Creamy Oil ($5),鈥 she says. 鈥淚 love that it鈥檚 not greasy at all, I can find it easily, and it works well to quickly condition that mid-length area.鈥

If your hair is damaged on the ends

Brittleness, weak strands, and split ends all contribute to damaged tips, so actively protecting 鈥 and moisturizing 鈥 those precious ends is crucial. 鈥淣ever use a heat tool without first adding a product to protect the hair from it,鈥 recommends Warren. After your ends are shielded from high temperatures with a product like Aveda Brilliant Damage Control ($21), Dorram says it鈥檚 time to focus on hydration. 鈥淒amaged ends needs to be moisturized, so leave on your favorite cream-based hair mask,鈥 Dorram suggests. 鈥淚t will help keep ends healthy and less brittle.鈥 There鈥檚 one last fix for fried ends if you鈥檙e still seeing breakage 鈥 you might be in need of a good, old-fashioned haircut. 鈥淎nother reason you鈥檒l see damaged ends is because your hair has reached its maximum length,鈥 Warren explains. 鈥淚f your ends are thin and broken, the only thing you can do is cut them.鈥 Your hair can actually reach a maximum length, just like we can reach a maximum height. Who knew?!

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