How Do Repairing Conditioners Work on Damaged Hair?


You've always had healthy, hydrated hair. But lately, your locks are brittle, broken and frizzy. These are signs of damaged hair. Even if you’re following the same styling routine you always have, your changing body chemistry through menopause can lead to aging hair that is thinner and more damage-prone than ever before.

Damaged hair not only looks dull and unhealthy, but it's also likely to feel dry and rough-textured. Thankfully, it's possible to stop these trends in their tracks and prevent future damage. Repairing conditioners help damaged hair by moisturizing and utilizing protein to rebuild gaps in the strands.



Why Damaged Hair Needs Moisture

The sebaceous glands in your scalp release a special oil called sebum that coats your skin and hair. Sebum not only hydrates but also creates a barrier that helps retain moisture and shields your skin and hair from damage. If your hair is brittle, it likely lacks this natural moisturizer.

Sebum coats your scalp and roots then makes its way down the length of your strands. This is why your vulnerable tips are most likely to get split ends and frizz. We also produce less sebum oil as we age, further magnifying the dry conditions that lead to breakage.


Why Damaged Hair Needs Protein

Hair is constructed of nearly 90% keratin and other proteins. These are large molecules that give the strands their strength and structure. The finer each of your hair fibers is, the fewer protein chains there are to fortify its structure. Heat or chemical styling can easily fracture the bonds holding hair fibers together, making them more likely to break or split.

The cells in a strand of hair don’t continue to multiply after they emerge from the follicle. So unlike skin, hair cannot repair itself when protein is lacking. Once the integrity of the hair shaft is compromised, there is no coming back on its own. Damaged hair needs extra protein to replace what was lost and to fortify the strand.


How Repairing Conditioners Work

Repairing conditioners have more concentrated sebum-like lipids to lubricate your parched and damaged strands. Lipids are organic compounds that are not soluble in water, so they can stay on your hair and form a shield against water loss. Some lipids found in repairing conditioners include:

  • Ceramides: Ceramides are fat molecules found in the skin that contribute to its softness and ability to retain moisture. Much like sebum, our bodies produce fewer ceramides with age.
  • Oils: In the absence of sebum oil, other plant- or mineral-based oils help to lubricate your hair and skin. Oil is a viscous liquid that is not water-soluble;  therefore, it coats and smoothes your hair while it softens. Some oils also have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe a dry, irritated scalp.
    • Butters: Hair butters are similar to and often contain oil, but they have a thicker consistency. They can adhere to your hair for a more extended time so that they can deliver even more intensive hydration.

    Many repairing conditioners also deliver proteins to add strength and stability to deal with the low protein levels that lead to weakness, breakage and high-porosity. This works to fill in the gaps in the cuticle left by harsh heat and color treatments, shielding your strands and guarding against moisture loss.


    Give Your Hair a Second Chance




    Better Not Younger’s Second Chance Repairing Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair is filled with the lipids and proteins you need to give your vulnerable strands a new start. It contains:

  • Ceramide-NG: Also called ceramide II, this naturally occurring lipid attracts water and binds cells together to help support your moisture barrier.
  • Meadowfoam seed oil: This oil has a unique chemical structure that allows it to act as an emollient, sealing in moisture without making your hair greasy.
  • Argan oil: Argan oil is full of antioxidants, vitamin, and fatty acids that replenish your skin’s and hair’s hydration.
  • Rice bran protein: The amino acids in rice's outer shell help repair your hair shafts and strengthen them against further damage.
  • To get the most out of your repairing conditioner, use it as part of our complete hair-care regimen, including:

  • Second Chance Repairing Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair: Our hair repairing shampoo contains hydrating oils like rice bran oil and argan oil to magnify the repairing power of your conditioner.
    • Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque: Once per week, infuse your damaged hair with even more moisture by applying a deep butter-based conditioner like our Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque.


    Repair Your Damaged Hair Today with Better Not Younger

    Restore your frizzy and broken strands with a repairing conditioner from Better Not Younger that gives your hair the moisture and protein it needs to grow long and strong.

    All our products are designed to work together and address the unique needs of your aging hair. Visit our Shop page today to learn more about how to restore your damaged hair!

    Tell Us: Has your hair become more brittle or damaged with age? If so, have you tried a repairing condition to bring moisture back to your tresses? Share your experience in the comments below!