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    15 Things You Need If You Have Heat-Damaged Hair

    Put the flat iron down. I repeat, put the flat iron down.

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    1. A coconut oil hair mask to treat dry and damaged hair with split ends, while promoting hair growth. Made from argan oil, shea butter, and Vitamin E, it's suitable for all hair types (including color-treated hair).

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this hair mask! My daughter and I routinely dye our hair and use hot irons, so our hair is quite damaged, dry and frizzy most of the time. After just one use of this coconut hair mask our hair has been restored and are so soft, shiny, luxurious and full of volume, not weighed down like I was fearing. We both washed our hair as normal then towel dried the excess water, applied the hair mask and left it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinsed with cool water. I highly recommend this product!" —Wendy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    2. A Neutrogena Triple Moisture hair mask that'll transform dull locks to a lustrous, shiny mane. Its powerful mix of extracts is designed to treat super dehydrated hair, so once-a-week application is enough!, Amazon

    After you shampoo and conditioner, apply a small amount to wet hair for three to five minutes and then rinse out.

    Promising review: "This product works as well as people say it does. It's excellent for very dry hair. It restored the moisture and life my hair. My hair was heat and chemically damaged, but this product really made a difference after using it only twice. It's now part of my routine." —Linda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    3. A bottle of Olaplex's Hair Perfector repairing treatment for straw-like hair that breaks easily. It'll repair your hair's structure from within, restoring each strand's strength.

    It doesn't replace your current shampoo and conditioner! You can use it before your normal wash and rinse.

    Promising review: "Tried it once so far, and I’m very happy with the results! I’ve put it mostly on the ends, and bottom half of the hair. They were extremely damaged from heat styling, chemicals, and bleach. Left it on for an hour or so and then washed my hair as usual. There was undeniable improvement in the condition of the hair: a lot healthier, almost no split ends anymore, and it lasts!!! Unlike most products I try that just coat the hair shaft and the effect wears off after a day or two. This remains, and I will definitely keep using it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    And check out our full spotlight of the hair repairing treatment here.

    4. A couple tubes of Pantene's Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots, because you should allowed to style your hair how you like! These doses of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids, and natural glycerin will bring your dry hair back to life, fixing split ends and frizz along the way.


    You get a pack of three, but only use one for each treatment. And don't be afraid of overdosing, you can use the entire shot from root to tip for full coverage.

    Promising review: "This was a great inclusion for winter hydration! My hair is usually always on the dry side with split-ends, but after visiting family in a cold climate, my hair was worse than usual. This really did improve my split ends. I noticed not as many and the ones I did have are not as noticeable. It also added some much-needed hydration to my stands to help them feel a lot more silky and even added some extra shine. Pantene really did a great job with this." —TheGlamorousGeek

    Get it from Walmart for $4.97.

    5. An argan oil leave-in treatment to nourish and revive brittle, limp hair. It'll also act as a heat protectant for future styling. Hello Insta-worthy silky locks!, Amazon

    It treats frizz, dry scalp, and over-processed hair.

    Promising review: "I have over-processed hair from both botox (similar treatment to Keratin) and heat. I have naturally curly hair and for years have been trying to make it as straight as possible. I would botox my hair once every three months, blow dry my hair on a weekly basis, and finally flat iron on a daily basis (for the last couple of years). My hair is DEAD!!!! No life, volume, or shine. After using this product the first time, my hair immediately looked and felt softer. I have even been getting compliments on how shiny and lovely my hair looks now." —Denia1288

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    6. An Elizavecca protein treatment for those that have gone a bit too bananas with hair styling tools or have spent a ton of time outside in the sun.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I saw this as a beauty recommendation on BuzzFeed as a dupe for Opalex (which I had tried and wasn't blown away by) so I thought I would give it a try...I'm so thankful I did! My bleached and heat damaged hair feels so soft, is more manageable, and looks healthier after each use. I agree with other reviewers that it seems like a big price tag for the size of the bottle but a little bit does go a long way and it is so worth it. I wish it came in a larger size bottle so I didn't have to reorder so quickly." —Carly S. Whitson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    And check out the full review of the Elizavecca CER-100 collagen protein treatment here.

    7. A Bumble and Bumble's repairing fluid made from antioxidant-packed camelia oil to smooth, soften, and hydrate hair, plus protect from future heat and UV exposure.


    The lightweight formula will repair split ends and smooth flyaways while also treating wear and tear from styling.

    Promising review: "I bought this when I was desperately searching for products to help my hair after I stupidly burned off actual chunks of my hair from a curling iron that had shorted out without me noticing. I bought three masks and two leave-in products, and this one has BY FAR been the best that makes my burned, dry hair feel normal again. It really softens my hair and helps with frizz and gnarly ends from the burnt parts, and smells amazing. I use it on wet hair and let it air dry overnight, then I smooth a tiny bit through in the morning when it's dry. I notice a huge difference when I don't use this. I will definitely be repurchasing!" —Domika

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    8. A keratin mask that'll treat fine to normal hair and combat past chemical, heat, and environmental damage. It is paraben and sulfate free, contains vitamin E and Moroccan oil, and strengthens hair without weighing it down., Amazon

    Promising review: "I am very picky about my hair care products and this was excellent. I have fine hair and most deep conditioners leave my hair feeling heavy, limp, and greasy. This product did none of those things. It repaired my split, damaged hair that I've abused with hair dryers, curling irons, etc. This product gave my hair body, softness, and it even made my hair a little thicker." —Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    9. An argan oil heat spray to protect your hair from future heat exposure because let's be real, you probably want to keep styling your hair, but don't want any more damage. We hear ya.

    Just mist your hair before styling, and you'll be fully protected!

    Promising review: "I have split ends, frizzy and, damaged hair from using heat and having a lot of highlights over the years. But not anymore! I spray this on my hair after I wash it (when it's still damp or dry) and I notice that it immediately helps seal my split ends and makes my hair look less frizzy. Overall, my hair feels so smooth and looks healthier. I like to use it after the shower, even if I'm not going to flat iron my hair. It smells amazing, too! —Belisa Almao

    Get it from Amazon for $10.03+ (available in three sizes and as a leave-in treatment).

    10. A bottle of individual Remilia treatments made from a powerful blend of Vitamin B5, silk proteins, and keratin so you can take your rough, unmanageable locks from parched to hydrated. They can be used in two ways: as a heat protectant and as a repair serum!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I wash my hair daily (a bad habit). I have thin, wavy, long hair. Half a capsule works for my hair midway down, but I like using it near my roots as well, so I use the entire thing. Fortunately, I don’t experience a greasy hair/scalp from this so I’m able to use this near my roots. Four words: I. Absolutely. Love. This. My hair suffers so much from heat damage (I straighten my hair four to five times a week) and I rarely get a trim, so my ends are dry and dead. After using this, they’re much more moisturized and smooth. My morning frizziness is tamed and my hair looks less wavy in the mornings, so I actually feel confident and happy enough with my hair to leave the house without using a straightener. You will see and feel a difference in your hair’s texture the moment you apply this on. It’s amazing." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in packs).

    11. A bottle of L'Oréal Paris Elvive protein recharge leave-in conditioner you don't have to rinse out before styling. It'll fight the five signs of damage: spilt ends, weak, rough, dull, and dehydrated hair.

    Promising review: "I am super shocked at how well this product works! I paid over $20 for a similar product and this leave-in conditioner worked so much better. I have colored and bleached hair which I blow dry and use an iron on; it can get really damaged at times. Elvive left my hair easy to style and feeling so soft! A lot of the damage done by heat was healed immediately. I had a lot less breakage and my hair remained soft until I washed it again. I also have fine hair and this did not weigh it down like some other leave in conditioners." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    12. A Garnier Fructis one-minute mask with papaya extract so you don't have to spend a ton of time to get fully restored locks. Sixty seconds is all it takes!


    Promising review: "This is my first time venturing into the world of deep conditioner and I love this product!! Not only is it super affordable, but my hair has never been more soft. And it smells amazing. I do wish it came with a pump rather than a jar where I have to scoop the product out, but given the thickness of the formula, the jar makes the most sense. My hair was in some serious need of some TLC after years of blow drying and flat ironing. The scent is glorious! It left my hair feeling so soft and shiny, but didn't make it feel greasy at all. I would definitely recommend it!" —shamanthaspencer

    Get it from Walmart for $2.97.

    13. A bottle of Shea Moisture styling milk, because damaged curls = flat, lifeless hair and no one has time for that! It'll smooth stressed curls, reverse frizz and dryness, and restore bounce., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! After a couple months of using this conditioner, my very damaged hair is curling again. My natural hair is curly 3b/3c and through the years of damaging my hair with heat, harmful products and shampoo I was left with wavy 2b. I thought I would never see my curls again but this helps moisturize and restore my hair. Right now through my restoring process I have curly 3a/3b. I'm happy to see my curls again." —ilira

    Get it from Amazon for $8.62.

    14. A pack of individual Briogeo deep conditioning caps to target and penetrate hair cuticles. The cap locks in moisture and allows a deeper level of repair.


    It's made for all hair types, is color-safe, and includes argan oil.

    Promising review: "My hair is so dry and damaged from coloring and heat styling, so I didn’t have really any expectations for it 'fixing' my hair. However, I used it last night, left it in for a little over an hour, and after letting my hair air dry it felt so soft. Literally so glad they come with multiple treatments in the box, and I will be going back to get the jar of the mask as well. I love this product." —SoCalCati

    Get a pack of four from Sephora for $36.

    15. Olive oil leave-in conditioner with Kalahari melon seed oil for color protection. It'll do the job without leaving behind residue or making your mane feel greasy.


    Before you style, spray through your hair and brush from roots to ends.

    Get it from Walmart for $12.99.

    Get ready for a major hair transformation!

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