If you use a blow dryer or flat iron, if you dye your hair, if you undergo perms and chemical straightening procedures… then you know everything there is to know about damaged hair. The truth is, most of us will deal with damaged hair at some point in our lives, as well as the split ends, breakage, frizz, and many other associated “symptoms”. There are professional treatments that can help, as well as intensive at-home masks and serums–not to mention the trendy lamellar waters. However, if you are looking for the best shampoo and conditioner to care for your damaged hair at home, look no further. Let’s go rescue that hair fiber!
Shampoo and Conditioner Duos for Damaged Hair
OLAPLEX Bond Maintenance
OLAPLEX is already well known among those of us who have damaged hair, and it’s for good reason! If you are looking for one of the most intensive approaches to damaged hair on the market, you will be in good hands here. The strength of the OLAPLEX system lies in its ability to restore damaged hair by repairing it from the inside out with an exclusive patented ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. This ingredient is present in both the shampoo and conditioner, which makes them a great option for repairing damaged hair at home.
The shampoo has a highly nourishing and repairing formula–it is also color-safe, if you have color-treated hair. The conditioner is formulated to leave hair both soft and light after washing, as it adds hydration without weighing the hair down. Last, but not least, let us add an important detail: this duo is suitable for everyday use!
René Furterer Absolue Kératine
French brand René Furterer conceived the Absolue Kératine range as an intensive one-month “cure”. The secret of this collection lies in three powerful active ingredients of natural origin: vegetable keratin to rebuild the hair fiber, Biocymentine to strengthen it, and camelina oil to provide nourishment.
Hair masks are the soul of this collection. As such, we are deviating a little and recommending not a shampoo-conditioner duo, but a shampoo-mask duo. The shampoo is simple but effective: it cleanses gently and offers lasting repair. However, it’s the extreme repair mask that does the real magic; with a captivating fragrance and luxurious texture, this ultra-concentrated mask intensely repairs damaged and over-processed hair. Results are visible from the very first application–the hair is softer, shinier, easier to detangle–but improve gradually over time. Just make sure not to get too excited and use it daily! The sweet spot with the Absolue Kératine ritual is to use it for a month, a couple of times a year.
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect
You can’t go wrong with Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect, a nourishing hair care line for damaged hair that does exactly what it promises. The philosophy of this collection is simple: clean and treat your hair fiber, while nourishing it with active Pro-V Nutrients to strengthen it from the inside out.
Both the shampoo and the conditioner have silky textures that melt along the full length of the hair fiber, therefore delivering homogeneous results. Be diligent with application, and you may be able to repair up to six months of hair damage with this duo!
Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate
To prevent and reverse hair damage on multiple fronts, Redken offers the Acidic Bonding Concentrate range, the brand’s most concentrated and advanced multi-benefit collection–so far! Designed to strengthen all hair types and textures, this professional solution aims for a total hair transformation.
The pH-balancing ingredient in the formula, citric acid, is joined by an exclusive Bonding Care Complex. This complex reinforces the bonds that naturally exist in the hair fiber. This, in turn, improves the hair’s resistance to external aggressions. This highly concentrated shampoo and conditioner duo provides strength and smoothness to the hair, as well as color protection (for those with color-treated hair and associated damage).
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Papaya
To repair damaged hair with natural and vegan products, consider reaching for the Hair Food Papaya collection. With rich textures and 98% natural ingredients, these products are nature’s very own SOS treatment for damaged hair.
Because it is a natural conditioning agent, papaya extract has the ability to both repair and protect the hair fiber, therefore improving the overall appearance of the hair. To get the most out of this natural collection, apply the papaya shampoo as you would any other shampoo, then follow up with the conditioner. For best results, consider adding the Hair Food Papaya Mask to your routine!
L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Absolut Repair
If you have never tried L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert products, the writer of this article strongly recommends them! For damaged hair, look for the Absolut Repair range.
Enriched with quinoa and wheat protein, this L’Oréal Professionnel range is designed to act on different areas of the hair strand according to their level of damage. While the shampoo gently cleanses damaged hair, leaving it light and airy to the touch, the conditioner offers immediate repair. The hair is nourished but not weighed down, with a softer feel that is immediately noticeable.
Here at Care to Beauty, we have no shortage of care options for damaged hair. We have selected six powerful duos in this article, but don’t let that deter you from exploring our full range of hair products for damaged hair. From shampoos and masks to ampoules and leave-in conditioners, you will definitely find what you need.
Beauty Writer & Editor