8 products that help repair damaged hair
Conventional thinking suggests that shampoo cleans, conditioner hydrates, and that's that. But using a moisturizing duo earns you major extra credit points. Argan oil, found in Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner, makes dry, coarse hair softer and silkier because it's rich in fatty acids. Ultralight sunflower-seed oil, found in Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, does the same for fine hair without weighing it down.
You know that squeaky-clean feeling you get from a fresh shampoo? Yeah, you should avoid that. Superfoamy suds can actually strip your hair and rough up the cuticle, which leaves hair frizzy and parched. Instead, a two-in-one formula like Kérastase Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm—one part cleanser to three parts conditioner—builds to a gentle lather to wash and hydrate at once.
FIX SPLIT ENDS
Used to be that the only cure for split ends was scissors. But now, there's a Tresemmé split-end treatment, which temporarily glues each frayed strand back together. It's pretty hard-core science: When a hair splits, it gets a negative charge. The combination of two polymers in Tresemmé Split Remedy Split End Sealing Serum has a positive charge. The split hair and the serum act like magnets, bonding to each other, and the Band-Aid effect is visible after three washes. "While these polymer bonds are only temporary, by using the products regularly you avoid the ends splitting again," says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. "Hair will appear smoother, fuller, and healthier, with ends that look to be freshly cut."
It's like a topcoat for your hair—one dose of John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze gives glossiness that lasts a week, and it dries quicker than a coat of clear nail polish. We love the original clear formula, but the variety of shades made our testers' brown hair shinier and blonde brighter.
At least once a week, do more thorough repairing with a deep conditioner such as Pantene Pro-V 2-Minute Moisture Hair Masque Deep Conditioner. The ingredients coat strands with a smoothing film that camouflages damage and dryness for days. Comb it through hair in the shower, and leave it on while you shave your legs so it has time to get the job done.
BLOW-DRY WITHOUT DAMAGE
This blow-dryer improves hair's condition as it dries. No, seriously. Instead of a hot stream of air whipping hair around and dehydrating strands, the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i chugs out 58 times more heat energy—hair dries so fast that it not only doesn't sustain damage, it's actually in better shape than if you had never turned on a blow-dryer in the first place. "The dryer evaporates water at the surface so quickly, it never touches the moisture within the strands that's so essential for hair health," says T3's director of design, Gregory Warmsley.
We know how tempting it is to flatiron flyaways into submission, but John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer does the job better, smoothing broken hairs and flyaways with targeted precision (and minus the damage.) The oversize spooley brush evenly spreads on a serum packed with lightweight Inchi oil for a nongreasy coat of moisture and shine.
PROTECT FROM HEAT
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray pumps up droopy waves, deflates frizz, and adds shine to any blowout—without leaving behind an oil slick. It even increases the life of your style by locking in the shape, says hairstylist Matt Fugate. Coat your hair evenly with a light mist before curling to refresh a days-old blowout. Just avoid the roots.