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When it comes to caring for weak, fragile hair, we know the struggle is all too real. The truth is, our hair goes through a lot of manipulation, including daily combing and brushing, styling with hot tools, and hair dyeing. In addition to that, salon closures and limited access to professionals in the last year has led to many hair care mistakes. So it’s safe to say that now is a good time to give your hair the extra TLC it needs, especially if your strands are feeling particularly weak these days. If you’ve experienced any hair fails and need a quick solution—you’ve come to the right place. Here we’re sharing the best shampoo and conditioner for treating weak strands and other #hairlfailhero treatments that will help give your mane a nourishing boost. Read on to check out our tips and product picks you can use to help strengthen weak hair.
Consider our four tips below to help you care for weak and damaged strands.
First and foremost, you’ll need a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for weak, damaged hair. And weak hair can be a sign that your mane is lacking protein, which is a key ingredient for keeping your hair strong and healthy-looking. So be sure to look for products formulated with proteins, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner. Formulated with repair concentrates that include proteins and almond oil, this duo works to strengthen the hair and repair five signs of damage, including split ends and dryness. The shampoo adds shine and protects your length while the conditioner works to rebuild weak and damaged hair fibers to help seal in moisture, making your strands stronger in the long run. Its formula also includes a floral scent, that will leave your mane smelling lovely.
Editor’s Tip: Hot showers may feel like the ultimate delight, but using too much hot water can strip your hair (and scalp) of natural oils, which can lead to weak strands. Play it safe and turn down the water temperature on wash days.
Hair itself is made up of protein—keratin protein, to be specific. However, everyday wear and tear from hair coloring and styling can cause these proteins to become damaged over time. When this happens, your hair starts to show signs of that damage, including split ends, dullness, rough texture, and breakage. Using a protein treatment that’s formulated to replenish hair protein can, therefore, help strengthen your mane and stop future hair breakage. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment. Formulated with almond oil and protein elixirs, this leave-in treatment works to increase the strength and flexibility of your mane. It also doubles as a heat protectant, making this product a must-have in your hair care routine. Apply a small amount to damp hair, focusing mainly on the lengths and ends of your mane. Use a comb to evenly distribute the treatment throughout your strands.
Weak hair will certainly require consistent efforts to help restore its strength. And adding a weekly hair treatment into your wash day routine is just the thing you’ll need to give your locks an extra dose of nourishment. Use a hair mask like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Power Restore Multi Use Treatment in place of conditioner once or twice a week. Formulated with repair concentrate and proteins, this rich, ultra-nourishing treatment works to deeply condition all hair types, while also repairing weak, brittle, and damaged strands. It has a lightweight, creamy texture that won’t weigh down your hair and it can be used as a rinse-out mask in the shower or as a leave-in to repair current issues and protect against future damage.
When using it as a rinse-out mask, apply a generous amount of product to wet hair (right after shampoo and conditioner), leave it on for three to five minutes, and then rinse. If you want to use it as a leave-in, you can apply it to dry or wet hair and style as usual. Its formula also provides up to 450-degree heat protection, which is essential when styling wet hair with hot tools.
Last but not least, there’s one hair product you may not have had on your weak hair radar—detangler. Brushing out knots and tangles without one when your hair is already weak can lead to more damage, split ends, and overall weaker hair. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Rinse Out, formulated with vitamin E and amino acids to repair and protect hair from breakage. This rinse-out liquid product helps to detangle and smooth out your stands, leaving you with hair that’s easier to style. After shampooing, apply the rinse to your lengths, avoiding the scalp, and massage the product into the hair for eight seconds. Then rinse your strands thoroughly and follow up with a conditioner.
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