Hydratation vs. Réparation

Hydration vs. Repair


We can often think that hydration and repair are the same thing. However, in order to know which aspect to focus on to optimize your hair routine, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

First, hydration refers to everything related to your hair's ability to retain water. Hydrated hair is easy to style; it is supple and shiny.

Regarding repair, it is the ability of hair to regenerate after suffering damage. This damage consists of excessive use of heating tools, chemical treatments, overexposure to UV rays, or aging of the hair fiber.

Finally, it is essential to understand that although hydration can help prevent possible damage to hair by keeping it supple and less prone to breakage, it does not in any way repair damaged hair. On the other hand, repair can help strengthen damaged hair, but it doesn't necessarily check the same boxes as hydration. While understanding the difference between the two concepts, it is important to maintain hydration and repair in your hair routine in order to keep hair healthy.

Here are some signs that indicate hair needs hydration;


Hair that is dry, lacks luster or has a rough texture indicates dryness.


Brittle hair indicates a lack of humidity, and therefore a low capacity to retain water.


Dehydrated hair tends to be “frizzy” because its cuticle lifts to allow moisture to penetrate.


If a hair does not return to its shape after being stretched, it needs hydration.

Here are some signs that indicate hair needs repair;


The hair shaft is split, forked.


If a hair absorbs water quickly, but releases it at the same rate, it needs repair.


Damaged hair can lose its luster, shine and appear dull.

Generally, hair that needs repair also needs hydration. It's important to note that no product can actually "fix" split ends short of a haircut, but some products can help strengthen hair and prevent further damage.

Here are our favorite products that can help with hair hydration:

The urban moisture mask by Shu Uemura; is perfect for those who struggle with dry hair, this high-end treatment is a must-have. Its rich formula offers deep hydration, protecting your hair from urban aggressions. With natural ingredients, it makes hair soft, supple and shiny, suitable for all hair types. Use once or twice a week to transform dry locks into healthy-looking locks

Kérastase Nutritive Night Serum ; The miracle solution to intensely nourish your hair while you sleep. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, working all night to condition dry, damaged hair. Rich in essential nutrients, it leaves your hair soft, shiny and manageable when you wake up. Perfect for all hair types, this serum is a must-have for an effective nighttime hair care routine.

Kérastase Nutri-Supplements Ends Serum; A targeted treatment specially designed to bring dry and damaged ends back to life. Thanks to its formula concentrated in essential nutrients, this serum provides intense hydration and repairs split ends. It seals in hydration, strengthens the hair fiber and adds shine without weighing down the hair. Perfect for daily use, this serum is the secret to perfectly groomed hair right down to the ends.

Here are our favorite products that can help with hair repair:

Kérastase Thérapiste Serum ; an excellent restorative product from the “Resistance” range. It is specifically designed for very damaged hair.

This dual-action anti-breakage serum fuses upon application to create a lightweight, powerful repair solution for hair. In addition to repairing and softening hair, the therapy serum also provides heat protection up to 230 degrees, which is ideal if you regularly use heat styling tools.

Shu Uemura's Ultimate Reset mask ; An intensive treatment designed to help restore and repair severely damaged hair. It is part of Shu Uemura's Ultimate Reset line, which also includes a specific shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair.

This hair mask uses Shu Uemura's main ingredient, rice seed oil, known for its protective and moisturizing properties. It is a traditional ingredient used for centuries in Japan for its multiple benefits. Rice seed oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which helps strengthen hair.

In addition to rice seed oil, the Ultimate Reset Mask also contains a Unique Restoration Complex that helps repair the internal structure of the hair. This helps strengthen the hair from the inside, leaving it soft, smooth and more resistant to breakage.

Finally, K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask ; which is extremely popular for its ability to repair hair damage significantly.

This hair care mask uses a patented technology called bioactive peptide K18Peptide™. This technology is the result of biotechnology research and targets keratin bonds (k18) in the hair. These bonds are often broken by coloring, bleaching, perming, chemical straightening, and even regular use of heating appliances.

The K18 formula is designed to repair these broken bonds, strengthening the hair's internal structure. Results are often visible from the first use and continue to improve with repeated use. In just 4 minutes, the K18 Mask promises to reset, repair and rejuvenate your hair, returning it to its closest youthful and healthy state.

In conclusion, understanding the difference between repairing and hydrating your hair is essential to choosing the right products and care routines. If you have any questions or would like personalized advice tailored to your specific hair needs, do not hesitate to book a consultation appointment at Pinklablonde Club. Your stylist will be delighted to support you on your journey to healthy hair.

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