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From going overboard with bleach to using products filled with harsh ingredients (or a lack of moisturizing agents), there are many different causes behind hair damage.
It often makes its aggravating presence known through split ends, breakage, dullness, more frequent tangling and extreme dryness. It’s also worth noting that dryness on its own can make hair more prone to breakage and can often be confused for damage on its own—a professional stylist can help diagnose the issue for you so you know exactly how to treat it.
Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore ($49) is our pick for best splurge shampoo for dry, damaged hair.
One of the simplest ways to help your hair recover, though, is editing your hair care routine with a shampoo that supports, strengthens and rebuilds the hair fiber and imparts essential moisture and nourishment while gently cleansing.
Ahead, the best shampoo for dry, damaged hair, whether it’s color-treated, curly, fine, in severe need of TLC and more.
Olaplex is considered a gold standard brand for damage repair and prevention. It’s beloved by celebrity stylists (Khloé Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen’s hair colorist is a spokesperson), and it’s 800 five-star reviews on Sephora further prove its popularity among shoppers. This incredibly moisturizing shampoo utilizes technology that actually relinks broken disulfide bonds (what gives hair strength and structure) within the hair shaft.
Color-treated hair is often in need of moisture, so it’s important to use a shampoo that delivers hydrating ingredients and also protects against color fade. Enter Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo, a cult-favorite, sulfate-free formula that uses ingredients like jojoba to moisturize and green tea to maintain scalp health.
While “clean hair care” holds a different definition depending on the brand, Briogeo’s formulas are labeled as 6-free, meaning they are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA and artificial dyes. The name of this formula from Briogeo says it all. It provides a surge of moisture (and moisture retention) and helps repair hair via argan oil, panthenol, algae extract and sodium PCA. It’s designed for straight, wavy, curly and coily hair types, and the brand claims it’ll decrease damage after just two uses.
Truth be told, there are plenty of impressive shampoos for damaged hair at the drugstore, but Love Beauty and Planet’s coconut oil-infused shampoo deserves attention for multiple reasons. For starters, the packaging is made from 100 percent recycled materials, and it’s 93% naturally derived. In terms of performance, reviewers give it rave reviews for its refreshing ylang ylang scent and softening, hydrating properties.
Dry, damaged hair often needs moisture, but those with fine hair might be weary of a moisturizing shampoo weighing down hair in the process. Redken’s lightweight formula helps support hair structure and addresses moisture needs through ultra-hydrating argan oil.
With over 7,000 five-star reviews, it’s hard to ignore Nexxus’s Our Keratin Protein Damage Hair Repair Shampoo. The formula is made with black rice, which is rich in glutamic acid. According to the brand, this amino acid is commonly lost when hair is damaged. Combined with keratin, it provides impressive strengthening and recovery benefits for the hair.
Dry, damaged hair needs to be handled with care. This popular sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses curls while delivering nourishing moisture and supporting growth via organic babassu oil. The formula is rounded out with almond protein for strengthening the hair and hibiscus to enhance shine.
Kérastase has an impressive selection for damaged hair needs. This particular shampoo is made specifically for dry, brittle hair. It utilizes benzoin resin to form a protective layer on top of the hair, therefore locking in moisture and reducing tangling. The addition of xylose helps to shield hair from the damaging effects of heat styling.
Ringing in at less than $4, Dove’s strengthening shampoo offers value in way more categories than affordability. The high-performing formula thoroughly cleanses while repairing the damaged surface of the hair, resulting in enhanced shine. It also dips into the hair itself to continuously strengthen it over time, so hair is ready to defend against aggressors.
This luxurious shampoo has a silky, gorgeous texture and holds the brand’s signature sunny Côte d’Azur scent. (It would have won the best-smelling shampoo category, too). It’s worth the splurge, though. It features a lineup of ingredients that penetrate the hair’s cuticle to strengthen and protect against future damage. Nourishing oils provide rich moisture that helps hair reach a healthier state without weighing it down.