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Our Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

Damaged Hair

Our Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair Our Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair Our Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

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 consisting of a shampooconditioner, and hair mask formulated for your hair type. Skipping out on the conditioner? That’d be a major hair care mistake, especially if your strands are damaged. Want to find the best conditioner for damaged hair? We’ve got you covered! Below, learn about our best conditioner for damaged hair, along with the best hair care products to pair with it. We also have a few easy hair care and hair styling tips for damaged hair to share with you, so keep reading!


You can’t turn back time and not damage your hair in the first place, but you can start making better hair care choices—starting with using the right conditioner for your damaged mane. Our recommendation? Our best conditioner for damaged hair, the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner. Use the 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. If your hair is feeling extra damaged, consider using a daily deep conditioner in place of your conditioner. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, which works to repair damaged hair and promote less breakage in just 60 seconds.

Editor’s tip: Want more advice on dealing with split ends? Read How to Manage Split Ends (Without Losing Length).


Ready to start conditioning your way to healthier hair? Here’s how.

Step #1: Wash your strands

Start with the shampoo from your damaged hair care system, massaging it onto wet hair in the shower, then rinsing out.

Step #2: Reach for conditioner

Follow up by applying the conditioner and letting it sit for one to three minutes, then rinse out. Does your hair need some extra TLC? Apply the daily deep conditioner instead, leave it on for one minute, then rinse.

Bonus Step: Give your hair a treat

Once or twice a week, swap out your conditioner for the hair mask to indulge in some much-deserved self-care. Apply the hair mask after shampooing, and leave it on for three to five minutes before rinsing out.


In addition to using our best conditioner for damaged hair, there are a few other hair care tips you’ll want to follow.

Damaged Hair Tip #1: Turn down the temperature in the shower

Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your hair feeling drier. Try washing your hair in lukewarm water the next time you get in the shower and your hair will thank you, especially if it’s already damaged.

Editor’s tip: Think there’s more room to improve your shower routine? Here are 7 Mistakes You Could Be Making in the Shower.

Damaged Hair Tip #2: 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. As a towel alternative, pick up a cotton T-shirt 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.

Damaged Hair Tip #3: 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 beforehand and you won’t have tangled tresses at the end of your shower.

Damaged Hair Tip #4: 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.

Another option for preventing heat damage (and our favorite) is to cut out heat as much as possible and try air drying your hair instead. When your hair is damp, spray on a texturizing 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 is dry to reveal effortless waves.

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 our article, 11 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair, featuring trendy hairstyles like the low ponytail unicorn braid.