The combination of chemical straighteners plus fine tresses can equal a head of damaged hair. But have no fear—you can nurse your wispy hair back to health with time and some simple steps from

First, trim those ends! Chemicals and heat from hairstyling tools can cause your hair to split. Promote healthier hair growth by trimming ends every four to six weeks. This is also a way to preserve hair length while slowly removing damage.

Second, use a cushioned paddle brush. Hairbrushes can be harsh and pull or tug already weak hair. A cushioned brush is gentle enough to glide through your hair.

Third, sleep with your hair unbound. That means don’t choke it with elastic rubber bands, clips or ponytail holders that can pull your hair and cause breakage when you move or turn. If you must secure your hair to sleep, try using a silk scarf or a cloth band.

Fourth, switch up your hair care routine. Wash tresses with a moisturizing shampoo. This is a great way to seal in hair’s natural oils and nutrients. Follow with a voluminizing mousse (while hair is still damp) for added wow. If you must blow dry, use a diffuser.

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