How to Salvage Ultra-Damaged Hair Like a Celebrity Hairdresser

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The colder seasons are our favorite: pumpkin spice and knit parkas, cocoa and carols. Our hair, however, doesn’t seem to share the same fall fondness as we do, and ultimately it lashes out with extreme dehydration. For damage deliverance, we turned to our mane man Ted Gibson. Rachel Brosnahan‘s go-to for good reason, Gibson has seen hair in every condition and regularly works with celeb clientele to mitigate messy and mutilated tresses. 

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Whether combating a drop in temps or an increase in styling, Gibson gives us four easy ways to repair and prevent ultra-damaged hair. Read on!

Limit extreme heat.

According to Gibson, hair straighteners are not off the market, but be careful with exactly when you want to utilize them. “I always think that using heat tools while the hair is still wet is a BIG NO NO. You want to make sure the hair is 100 percent dry before using a flat iron, curling iron or wand.”

Style smarter, not harder.

With a multitude of hot tools available, Gibson chooses those that minimize breakage. “Look for nano and ceramic. These help with negative charges to the hair and also have even heat when styling so that you aren’t keeping the irons on the hair longer to get the result.”

Be picky with product. 

For those who simply can’t live without their hair straighteners, Gibson suggests adding a styling spray or foam to help rehab damaged strands. He recommends his new launch STARRING by Ted Gibson Shooting Star Texture Meringue ($52). “It helps to fill in the gap where split ends might be present and add texture at the same time. I think it is an essential styling tool that has moisturizing properties.”

Dye like an expert.

Fall is a time of extreme color change, and that’s not limited to the leaves. If there’s a much brighter hue on your horizon, take it step by step. At any given time, “don’t lighten your hair lighter than two shades.”

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