It can happen to anyone. Use a flat iron one too many times, go a little heavy with hair color, or just hours in the summer sun. Damaged hair effects everyone from blondes to brunettes, and especially those trying out mermaid hair.
If your hair is in need of some TLC, a hair treatment for damaged hair is just what the doctor ordered.
Fortunately there are lots of quick ways to whip those split ends back into shape at home. We tested out the best hair masks, hair repair treatments, and intense conditioners to find out which top the list of best hair treatment for damaged hair!
This deep conditioning treatment adds a boost of keratin to repair even the most dried out ends. It works great for those with over-processed hair, yet it’s light and gentle enough for girls with mega curls too!
The formula is meant to be used in the shower, right after shampooing. Simply apply to damp hair and let sit a few minutes before rinsing out.
The it’s a 10 miracle deep conditioner smoothes and detangles damaged hair, and repairs elasticity quick thanks to the keratin. Best of all this hair treatment for damaged hair wont fade out your fresh dye job!
Macadamia Professionals Hair Masque was one of the first hair masks I ever tried, and I am still a fan to this day. The formula was one of the first hair repair masks to be free of sulfates and parabans before it was trendy!
This stuff is very powerful, without weighing down hair. Use after shampooing, and comb through hair evenly before letting sit. After 5-10 minutes rinse out completely and enjoy silky smooth locks.
The macadamia nut oil in this mask is a life saver for dry brittle hair. I recommend only using this 1-2 times a week, and a little goes a long way!
The Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner is called the “fountain of youth of hair” for good reason. It can swiftly repair major damage on any kind of hair, from bleached to thick and curly. The formula is a crowd favorite in the Latina community, because works especially well on coarse hair.
The Oribe formula uses a strengthening protein blend that works quickly to reverse existing damage, and reduces split ends. It is also free of parabens, and sulfates so it is a safe choice for color and keratin treated hair.
Apply after shampooing and let sit for 1-5 minutes before rinsing out. A little goes a long way with this product too, so start with a dime size amount and work from ends upward for best results.
The WEN hair system has been a huge sensation in the beauty community, and this Wen Sweet Almond Mint Hair Treatment is one of the most popular sellers. It certainly lives up to its hype, because it helps restore damaged hair to its natural texture, and smells amazing!
The formula is a favorite for girls with curly hair who have lost texture due to color or heat damage, because it repairs hair while taming frizz.
This treatment is best used right after shampooing, on damp hair. Coat hair using a small amount at a time, and wait 20-30 minutes before rinsing.
Though this product is supposed to sit on hair for longer than most other hair repair treatments, you will only need to use it once a week to get great results.
When this oil treatment exploded into the beauty scene, it inspired many beauty companies to explore the restorative benefits of Moroccan and Argan oils.
The original Morrocanoil is a great hair investment because it serves multiple purposes. As a treatment for damaged hair, use after shampooing. You can also use it as a styling product to reduce frizz.
We love Morrocan oil because it works to fill in the gaps in hair left from damage, and can even speed up drying time when styling.
When using as a treatment after shampooing, and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. After styling hair, run a bit over the ends to help lock in style, and calm frizz.
The Zenagen Hair Treatment is not for the faint of heart, and is an option for those looking to regrow damaged hair quickly. If you have ever over processed hair to the point of significant breakage- Zenagen may be the thing for you.
While it doesn’t smell great, users have experienced some massive regrowth and restoration after using the system. They have recently launched this treatment as an add on option for salon service through Modern Salon.
Since Modern Salon customers often do vivid, pastels, or other wising damaging hair colors, having a product like this in your corner helps majorly.
For best results to regrow damaged hair, smooth the treatment over the scalp, and massage through hair. Let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing out, and make sure to rise scalp thoroughly.
It is recommended to use every other day for maximum results, but you can use every time you shampoo.
This express conditioner from PHYTOBAUME is a european beauty favorite for women on the go. This intensive treatment packs a big punch in a little bottle.
We love this formula because there is ZERO wait time.
Simply coat hair with the treatment directly after shampooing. And then rinse out. Yep thats right, no waiting needed. The formula of this express conditioner uses Botanical keratin and hyaluronic acid to restore hair’s structure, and delivers intense hydration.
This is a great hair treatment for damaged hair especially if you need it results in a hurry!
This hair mask by Klorane uses a very interesting ingredient to restore dry damaged hair: desert date.
Dessert date is full of compounds that repair and regenerate dehydrated hair. The formula also uses a botanical complex to fill in gaps between the keratin which restructures damaged locks. It has a faint pleasant date smell, but not overpowering at all.
We love that the formula is paraben-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free, making it safe to use on color or keratin treated hair. Use it as an after shampoo mask, and wait 5-20 mins before rinsing depending on how damaged hair is.
The Karinga Hydrating mask by Rene Furterer works really well for those with very frizzy or curly hair, or those who straighten their hair frequently. This heavy duty Conditioner is enriched with Shea Butter, Argan oil and Moringa extract for ultimate hydration
It works well to penetrate even coarse hair, but doesn’t leave hair feeling oily or weighed down. For best results use right after shampooing, and allow to sit in hair for at least 10 minutes.
Those with super damaged locks can even leave it on for hours while doing things around the house, but be sure to rinse out thoroughly before styling.
Rounding out the list of the best hair treatment for damaged hair is the salon favorite, Olaplex. The Olaplex system is an intensive repair system designed to keep hair safe as it goes through the process of coloring.
We have sung its praises before in this Olaplex review, because it is AMAZING at restoring damaged locks.
This No. 3 formula, is the final step in the Olaplex system. The heavy duty treatment works overtime to strengthen and rebuild bonds that get destroyed during the hair coloring process.
Use this treatment PRE shampoo, unlike most other hair masks. Comb through damp hair and leave for at least ten minutes before rinising out. Then shampoo and condition as normal.
Use this treatment once a week after having any major color treatment done to your hair. It will nourish dead ends, and leave your hair strong and smooth.
Tips for using a Hair Treatment for Damaged Hair
As you can see, there are tons of great options for repairing damaged hair quickly and easily at home.
Before selecting a treatment, think about your specific hair type and needs. If you currently color treat your hair, make sure to go with a hair treatment for damaged hair that is free of sulfates and parabans.
Make sure if you have severely damaged ends, to get a short trim before trying to restore hair. This will greatly improve the results since getting rid of those dead ends will exposure the tips of the hair that can be repaired quickly.
Avoid using heat on hair frequently when trying to repairing damaged hair. It sounds obvious, but if you must use heat tools use the lowest heat setting possible. Invest in a blow dryer with a cool setting, or try to get curls set with some heatless curl options.
With a little patience and the perfect hair treatment for damaged hair, your locks will be back to normal in no time. Happy Hair Treating!