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Real talk: Damaged hair can be difficult to take care of—but finding the right hair care products can help make things a little easier. If you have damaged hair, you should look for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for your hair type. Skipping out on the conditioner? That’d be a hair care no-no if you have damaged hair—or any hair type for that matter. Keep reading for our best conditioner for damaged hair, along with the system of hair care products you should use in conjunction with it. We’ve also got a few easy hair care and styling tips for damaged hair to share with you, too!
Have damaged hair? We’ve got a conditioner pick for you! Try our best conditioner for damaged hair, the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner, in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. The Total Repair 5 system helps nourish dry hair and address five signs of damage, including split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration. (Want more advice on dealing with split ends? Read How to Manage Split Ends Without Losing Length.)
Use the Total Repair 5 system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Start with the shampoo, massaging it into wet hair in the shower, then rinsing out. Follow up by applying the conditioner for 1-3 minutes, then rinse out. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the hair mask. Apply the hair mask after shampooing, and leave it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing out. (Why not use a face mask while you’ve got your hair mask on? Learn all about our charcoal mask.)
In addition to using our best conditioner damaged hair (along with our shampoo and hair mask for damaged hair), there are a few other hair care tips to keep in mind if you have damaged hair. Follow along with the below!
Turn down the temperature in the shower. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your hair feeling drier. If you have damaged hair, try washing your hair in lukewarm water instead the next time you get in the shower. (Here are 7 Mistakes You Could Be Making in the Shower.)
Blot your hair dry with a cotton T-shirt. Once you’ve stepped out of the shower, don’t just grab the first towel you see. Pick up a cotton T-shirt instead—and gently (ever-so-gently!) blot your hair to help remove excess water. When it comes to damaged hair, treating it gently is the name of the game.
Comb your hair before shampooing. Hair is more fragile when it’s wet, so don’t wait until after you’re done showering to comb your damaged hair. Do it before instead.
Style your hair smartly. If you’re considering heat-styling your damaged hair, make sure to apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, first. You can also try air drying your damaged hair, too. When you hair is damp, spray on a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, then create a braid. Undo the braid once your hair has air dried and shake it out.
Editor’s tip: Create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves.
And there you have it! Our best conditioner for damaged hair, along with the shampoo and hair mask you should use alongside it. If you want more advice on styling damaged hair, check out 5 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair, featuring trendy hairstyles like a low ponytail unicorn braid. We’ve also got 6 Hair Care Dos and Don’ts for Damaged Hair for you to check out, too.