The 5 Best Shampoos for Damaged Hair

By on November 29, 2013

Most women suffer from some kind of hair damage, whether it be split ends, an irritated scalp, dandruff or extra dry and stringy strands. Usually, these issues can be easily taken care of by a trim, a mild dandruff shampoo or a weekly deep conditioner. But severely damaged hair that is ever-present—a condition usually caused by the overuse of heat tools and hair products, regular color treatments, sun exposure and other environmental elements—needs to be specially cared for and treated regularly, with products formulated to address these specific issues.

Finding a gentle, hydrating shampoo is the first place to start. However, there’s one key thing you may not have thought of and need to keep in mind: Shampooing your hair too much can cause excess dryness that will, ironically, lead to more damage. Unless your hair is extremely oily, you only need to wash it two to three times a week. And if your hair is dry, once a week might even do the trick, depending on its length and how often you style it. The products you use after you clean and condition are also something to consider. Cutting back on the amount of gel, hairspray or mousse you use will allow you to shampoo less often.

But all that said, of course you need to keep your hair clean in order to keep it sleek, shiny and healthy looking. Dirt, oil and built-up residue can cause just as much damage, as well. The following five shampoos are specially formulated to nourish dry, damaged, brittle locks and bring them back to life. They also infuse the hair with much-needed nutrients and proteins to make your once-dull mane look marvelous, healthy and strong—and remain that way.

1. Kerastase Bain Nutritive Satin 2 Shampoo, $58


Kerastase is known as one of the best hair-care lines for reparative products, and the Bain Nutritive Satin 2 Shampoo is indeed a superior cleanser when it comes to dull, damaged hair. It’s packed with thickening proteins and essential nutrients, all of which strengthen and rebuild the hair shaft from the inside out. It cleanses effectively—but also gently—so your hair cuticle is not damaged in the process. The end result leaves your hair looking shiny, smooth—and most importantly—healthy. With regular use, you’ll have hair that is softer, stronger and much more manageable. Apply Kerastase’s Lait Vital Conditioner, $42, after your cleanse for best results.

2. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo, $22

The scent alone is enough of a reason to fall in love with Moroccanoil’s Repair Shampoo. But it’s also perfect for mending struggling strands. The shampoo is gentle as it cleans, but still removes all the dirt, oil, and built-up residue that can be damaging to your hair. It also contains highly nourishing ingredients such as argan oil and keratin, as well as a curative roundup of fatty acids and proteins. After use, your hair is left wonderfully shiny and soft to the touch, especially when followed with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner, $23. Try the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, $43, for even more damage-fighting, nutrient-building results.

3. Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo, $49

Frederic Fekkai’s deep cleansing and purifying shampoo is formulated to fight damage by removing harmful impurities and heavy build-up in the hair, so it can fully absorb the shampoo’s reparative nutrients and antioxidants. It also hydrates, softens, tames and detangles, so your once brittle and embattled mane is left sleek and smooth. Use with Frederic Fekkai’s PrX Reparatives Conditioner, $49, to add key proteins and softening power, as well as improve breakage by up to 98%.

4. Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo, $24

Don’t be surprised when you squeeze out a golden, gel-like cream when using Ojon’s Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo. Fear not—it is indeed a shampoo, but it’s fortified with wheat proteins and creamy, coconut-derived cleansers, which make the formula appear gel-like at first. However, it quickly transforms into a rich lather once it’s rubbed into wet hair, and starts to repair damage immediately, smoothing unkempt cuticles and gently detangling knots to prevent breakage. It’s super hydrating and will bring your hair back to a supremely healthy state when used regularly. You can help strengthen your stressed strands even further by following with Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner, $25.

5. Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturizing Shampoo for Dry, Damaged Hair, $4

A secret favorite among many celebrities A-listers, Mane ‘n Tale’s packaging may not look all that glamorous, but the shampoo inside creates hair that is 100% red-carpet worthy. Its formula is filled with nourishing nutrients, such as vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5. The shampoo also contains deeply hydrating botanical and micro-enriched proteins, which also help strengthen stands. The end result is a shiny, silky and healthy head of hair that is manageable, full of luster and insanely soft. Try using Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner for Dry, Damaged Hair, $4, after you cleanse for extra hydration and an even more manageable mane.