There comes a time in a young woman’s life where she feels confident enough to skip the hair salon and experiment with hair dyes and hot styling tools in the comfort of her own home. Shortly after this time, when she stares at her hair’s fried strands, split ends, and lifeless curls, she usually realizes the journey to having dreamy hair isn’t always an easy one.
How does hair get damaged, anyway? Well, a bad dye job isn’t the only way to ruin your hair. “We also expose our hair to factors that can do this daily—think elements like the sun and wind. Plus, dry weather can even cause your hair to lose moisture and become dehydrated too,” Laurie Heaps, hairstylist to stars like Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, and more, tells ELLE.com. “If we need to drink lots of water when it is hot out, why are we not re-hydrating our hair too?”
Can this damage be reversed? Absolutely. Ahead, Heaps and other hair experts share their picks for the best shampoos to reverse hair damage.
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For Locking In Moisture
Silk Therapy With Organic Coconut Oil Moisturizing Shampoo
The OG Biosilk Silk Therapy is a leave-in treatment that helps to repair and protect the hair. Biosilk listened to our prayers and turned it into a shampoo, which Heaps loves to use for hydration. “This new product pairs silk with organic coconut oil to improve the overall condition of your hair by preventing damage and relieving dryness,” she explains. “It is color-safe so it will never strip the hair, only add moisture back in.”
For Building Hair Structure
No. 4 Bond Maintenance™ Shampoo
“Olaplex is known as being a bond builder and this shampoo will deliver the results you know and love from the brand already,” Heaps says. “It is great for dry hair since it is extremely moisturizing. Plus, it helps to reduce breakage and makes your hair feel healthier.”
For Extremely Damaged Strands
Luca Blandi, senior stylist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC is a big fan of all Milbon’s shampoos. If he had to pick one, the brand’s restorative shampoo is the star in his collection. “The company uses a technology that rebuilds the molecular structure of the hair from the inside out, reconnecting the bridges between the cuticles of the hair and replenishing them with oils and emollients,” he explains. “These then remain in the hair, not washing out. So, through this reparative process, these shampoos are the best for dry hair from the summer heat!”
For Bouncier Hair
Be Gentle, Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is the saying your parents have hounded you with for most of your life, but parents know best: Apples are powerful. The fruit is rich in antioxidants, so Briogeo whipped up a green smoothie for your hair using vitamin C (another powerful antioxidant), matcha, and spinach to create a superfood-packed shampoo that adds vibrancy and bounce to the hair.
For a Healthy Shine
Shea Butter Coconut Oil Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo
Luster’s products were probably in your bathroom cabinet before you knew how to do your hair, and for good reason. The legacy hair brand’s products are known for leaving the hair soft and moisturized, which is why it has never left celebrity braid stylist Shani Crowe’s bag. “Luster Pink’s Shea Butter Coconut Oil Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo is a favorite of mine because your hair feels conditioned before even using conditioner,” she says.
For the Luxury Shopper
Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo
This shampoo comes with a hefty price tag but it’s worth the splurge. A little goes a long way, and the formula is rich with nourishing oils such as argan oil (controls frizz) and maracuja oil (adds moisture) as well as biotin, amino acids, and more, all of which work together to strengthen the hair shaft, hydrate and boost hair growth.
For Dehydrated Curls
Professional Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo
Limp curls need a little boost of energy? Creme of Nature’s Moisture and Shine Shampoo is free of sulfates and gently cleanses the hair without stripping it of its moisture.
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