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Having brittle and dry hair is the worst because you remember what your hair feels like when it’s at its best. When you dye your hair or use heat to style, you can see a lot of breakage at the ends of your hair or a halo of frizz around the crown of your head. When Beyoncé was singing about halos, this isn’t what she had in mind. The good news is that breakage and hair damage is usually a temporary problem. You can fix it by stepping away from the curling iron, straightener and blow dryer.
Towel-drying can also hurt your hair. It’s better to wrap your hair up in a towel and let the hair towel absorb for moisture. There’s also a chance that your current shampoo contains a higher pH and some harmful chemicals that are drying out your hair. Opt for an ultra-moisturizing shampoo to bring that bounce and softness back to your hair.
We rounded up the best shampoo for dry and damaged hair. Among our picks are a clarifying shampoo that helps remove build-up, a low pH shampoo for color-treated hair, and a shampoo for thinning hair.
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1. L'Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Shampoo
If your hair is damaged and you’re trying to renew it back to its former glory, this is the shampoo for you. With a formula containing almond, protein and conditioning serum, your hair will be strengthened. The shampoo is hydrating and promises to help reduce hair breakage while you’re combing out wet hair. You’re supposed to see a difference in your hair after one wash, according to the seller.
2. TRESemmé Moisturizing Shampoo
Give your hair a much-needed dose of hydration with this super moisturizing shampoo. This shampoo promises to restore your damaged, dry hair and leave it shiny and vibrant. It even has a boost of Vitamin E and biotin to help strengthen your hair. The shampoo is made for daily use. This big bottle contains 28 oz. of shampoo.
3. OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
Containing hydrating coconut milk, coconut oil and ultra whipped egg white proteins, this more natural shampoo is made to restore dry hair. The foaming shampoo smells like you just went on an island vacation. It promises to bring shine and elasticity to your hair, making it less likely to experience breakage. This shampoo doesn’t contain any sulfates or parabens. If you love coconut, you’ll love this shampoo.
4. BIOLAGE Colorlast Shampoo
If you want a hydrating shampoo that won’t strip your hair of its color, this is the shampoo for you. This innovative shampoo ensures that your hair stays as bright and vibrant as it originally looked at the salon, while repairing any damage that happened at that same salon visit. It contains no parabens and has a low pH, which means your dyed hair is safe. The shampoo is inspired by the anti-fading orchid plant.
5. Maple Holistics Biotin Shampoo
This gentle, Biotin-infused shampoo is light enough to use on a daily basis without compromising effectiveness. It contains a slew of hair-boosting vitamins, along with tea tree oil to clarify the scalp from follicle-clogging product build-up and argan oil to help combat damage. This is also a great option for those looking to repair damage strands due to heat styling or bleach.
6. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
For hair that has suffered under regular hair styling products, this clarifying shampoo aims to fix all of that. It removes up to 90 percent of the residues, leaving your duller hair shiny again. With the residue gone, your hair will regain its original volume. The gentle shampoo should only be used once a week. It’s meant for all hair dyes and even for color-treated hair.
7. Pura D'or Original Gold Label Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo
Pura D’Or’s Original Gold Label shampoo also happens to be the gold standard for combating hair thinning and accelerating the re-growth process. I’ve used this shampoo (along with their other products) after a way-too-short haircut, and I definitely saw noticeable results. This shampoo is formulated with a blend of scalp and hair loving ingredients, including Biotin, Nettle Extract, and Black Cummin Seed Extract to help thicken the strands and restore volume.