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24 Miracle Products That May Save Your Dry Or Damaged Hair

The holy grails of goo.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about products that actually saved their dry or damaged hair. From shampoos and conditioners to oils and more, here are the things that worked for them:

1. Nourishing treatments by Hask that come in tiny, inexpensive packages.

"Hask products in general are outstanding, especially at the price point (they’re all less than $10, at least the ones I’ve encountered), but ESPECIALLY the Keratin Smoothing Oil that comes in a vial: I have crazy thick hair and I get eight to ten uses from one. It’s a leave-in that doesn’t make my hair oily in the slightest, just soft and hella shiny and healthy! I swear I’ve had a lot less breakage since I’ve been using it. Best hair discovery I’ve ever made." --tinydespotTry most products from Hask's line for next to nothing. Get the Argan Oil Intense Conditioning Treatment from Amazon for $1.69+ (available in three sizes), or the Keratin Smoothing Oil from Amazon for $4.70.
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"Hask products in general are outstanding, especially at the price point (they’re all less than $10, at least the ones I’ve encountered), but ESPECIALLY the Keratin Smoothing Oil that comes in a vial: I have crazy thick hair and I get eight to ten uses from one. It’s a leave-in that doesn’t make my hair oily in the slightest, just soft and hella shiny and healthy! I swear I’ve had a lot less breakage since I’ve been using it. Best hair discovery I’ve ever made." --tinydespot

Try most products from Hask's line for next to nothing. Get the Argan Oil Intense Conditioning Treatment from Amazon for $1.69+ (available in three sizes), or the Keratin Smoothing Oil from Amazon for $4.70.

2. Use products from the Redken Extreme line to turn that forest fire into amber waves of grain.

"As a cosmetologist, it’s my favorite product to use on damaged hair." --Cassidy B."SAVED my hair from years of damage." --Nicole L.Get them from Target: the Extreme shampoo for $20.58, the conditioner for $20.58 for regular maintenance, and the leave-in spray for $33 for even better results.
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"As a cosmetologist, it’s my favorite product to use on damaged hair." --Cassidy B.

"SAVED my hair from years of damage." --Nicole L.

Get them from Target: the Extreme shampoo for $20.58, the conditioner for $20.58 for regular maintenance, and the leave-in spray for $33 for even better results.

3. Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi Wild Ginger haircare line, which is color-friendly and sulfate- and paraben-free.

"This stuff is amazing. The perfect amount of moisture and keratin. And it smells delish!" --Alicia R.Get the Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Hair Treatment from Amazon for $13.30+ (available in three sizes) or from Walmart for $15.50.
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"This stuff is amazing. The perfect amount of moisture and keratin. And it smells delish!" --Alicia R.

Get the Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Hair Treatment from Amazon for $13.30+ (available in three sizes) or from Walmart for $15.50.

4. Leave-in hair treatments by CHI that protect strands from heat abuse.

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“If you’re going to flat-iron hair, use a heat seal like CHI 44 Iron Guard EVERY. TIME.” —Ashley Blom, Facebook

“This product has helped maintain my thick, kinky curly hair. My hair has heat damage and damage from getting highlights. I’ve tried everything to make my hair less damaged and dry, but this product is the only thing that has worked for both my curly hair and for when I want to wear it straight. The bottle also lasts a long time since you don’t need to use that much.” —Alexus B.

Get thermal protection spray from Amazon for $15.06.

5. The Garnier Whole Blends incorporates yummy natural ingredients in its paraben-free formulas.

“After having my thyroid out a year ago, not only did my hair start to fall out, but it felt like I had bleached the crap out of it (I hadn’t dyed it in years!). I tried several moisture shampoos and nothing really worked. In August, I started using the Garnier Whole Blends with coconut oil and cocoa butter, and my hair feels amazing!! It has really helped!” —emmakaykReaders recommend the Green Apple & Green Tea 5-in-1 spray ($5.49 from Target), and the Honey Treasures repairing mask ($5.49 from Target) from the Garnier Whole Blends line.
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“After having my thyroid out a year ago, not only did my hair start to fall out, but it felt like I had bleached the crap out of it (I hadn’t dyed it in years!). I tried several moisture shampoos and nothing really worked. In August, I started using the Garnier Whole Blends with coconut oil and cocoa butter, and my hair feels amazing!! It has really helped!” —emmakayk

Readers recommend the Green Apple & Green Tea 5-in-1 spray ($5.49 from Target), and the Honey Treasures repairing mask ($5.49 from Target) from the Garnier Whole Blends line.

6. Use Olaplex during coloring. Use Olaplex after coloring.

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"It’s a salon treatment used to protect color treated hair during the coloring process. My hair is very thin and never grew very well because of breakage. Since using Olaplex, when I get it colored, my hair is an absolute dream! It’s long, strong, and full of shine! There’s even a third step take home treatment I use every two weeks to keep it healthy between colors. Total. Game. Changer." --Alyce Z.

Get the full Olaplex kit from Amazon for $250 if you're a do-it-yourself dyer.

7. Look fresh out of the salon with Aveda's Damage Remedy conditioner.

"My hair is color-treated and I use heat styling on it continuously. People ask me all of the time how I keep my hair so soft and shiny and this stuff is the key to my hair goals." --Alissa V.Get it from Aveda for $31 (for 6.7 oz).
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"My hair is color-treated and I use heat styling on it continuously. People ask me all of the time how I keep my hair so soft and shiny and this stuff is the key to my hair goals." --Alissa V.

Get it from Aveda for $31 (for 6.7 oz).

8. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle could only be more perfect if it gave you abs in the same amount of time.

"This is a gift from God. The product basically serves as a deep conditioner that moisturizes your locks in three minutes. I saw results after the first time I used it! If you’re looking for even quicker results, I would also highly recommend Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Strong." --claireburwellGet it from Walmart for $2.97.
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"This is a gift from God. The product basically serves as a deep conditioner that moisturizes your locks in three minutes. I saw results after the first time I used it! If you’re looking for even quicker results, I would also highly recommend Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Strong." --claireburwell

Get it from Walmart for $2.97.

9. Nexxus Therappe shampoo and Humectress conditioner, for salon-grade rebalancing and restoring.

"When I was in my early twenties, I double processed my hair. I bleached it blonde from dark auburn, then less than two weeks later, did an at-home perm. My hair was absolutely fried. Nexxus Humectress conditioner completely saved my hair. It can be a little pricey, but it’s well worth the investment!" --s4b8df139aGet it from Amazon for $38.95.
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"When I was in my early twenties, I double processed my hair. I bleached it blonde from dark auburn, then less than two weeks later, did an at-home perm. My hair was absolutely fried. Nexxus Humectress conditioner completely saved my hair. It can be a little pricey, but it’s well worth the investment!" --s4b8df139a

Get it from Amazon for $38.95.

10. Moroccanoil products that use the essential fatty acids found in argan oil to add strength and shine to hair.

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"I’ve tried less expensive versions and none are as good as the brand name!! I use four to five pumps after every shower, when my hair looks a little dry/frizzy, when I don’t have any heat protectant…basically in any hair emergency. Plus it smells amazing!!" --Eva S.

Get The Original Moroccanoil Treatment from Sephora for $44.

11. The tried, the trusted, the Original Mane 'n Tail.

"I have dry, curly hair which is a nightmare since I straighten it almost every day, but horse shampoo and conditioner actually works! Leaves my hair feeling so clean, but soft at the same time. A lot more manageable!" --Hannah P.Get The Original Mane n' Tail shampoo and conditioner for $16.31 on Amazon.
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"I have dry, curly hair which is a nightmare since I straighten it almost every day, but horse shampoo and conditioner actually works! Leaves my hair feeling so clean, but soft at the same time. A lot more manageable!" --Hannah P.

Get The Original Mane n' Tail shampoo and conditioner for $16.31 on Amazon.

12. Davines OI All In One Milk for extraordinary softness and strength.

"This is the best product ever. It has seriously changed my hair game for the better." --Stephanie Knight, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $34.
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"This is the best product ever. It has seriously changed my hair game for the better." --Stephanie Knight, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $34.

13. COCONUT OIL (capslock to indicate reader enthusiasm). Drench your locks in a coconut oil mask to naturally remedy frizz and dryness.

"Two words: COCONUT OIL. It literally fixes everything. Dry hair, split ends, frizz, dandruff, etc." --mesdon"Coconut oil. Lots and lots of coconut oil. I have (professionally) dyed blonde hair. I went through a period where I would not walk out of my house without blow drying and straightening my hair. It was so broken and frizzy. After using coconut oil around twice a week for an undetermined period of time, I actually have pretty healthy hair. And as a plus, my natural curl has come back!" --Lauren WortmanCannot. get. enough. coconut oil. Get Spectrum's organic, unrefined coconut oil from Amazon for $5.73.
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"Two words: COCONUT OIL. It literally fixes everything. Dry hair, split ends, frizz, dandruff, etc." --mesdon

"Coconut oil. Lots and lots of coconut oil. I have (professionally) dyed blonde hair. I went through a period where I would not walk out of my house without blow drying and straightening my hair. It was so broken and frizzy. After using coconut oil around twice a week for an undetermined period of time, I actually have pretty healthy hair. And as a plus, my natural curl has come back!" --Lauren Wortman

Cannot. get. enough. coconut oil. Get Spectrum's organic, unrefined coconut oil from Amazon for $5.73.

14. Keratin products by ApHogee help reduce breakage and split-ends caused by chemical processing and heat styling.

“While it can’t totally bring your hair back to life, after using it following the first two rounds of bleach I did in a three-day period, it made my hair feel softer than it ever did even BEFORE hitting it with a round of chemicals probably strong enough to kill a small dog. 10/10 would recommend.” —aeloftinGet them from Amazon: ApHogee’s leave-in keratin treatment for $6.05+ (available in five sizes) and Intensive 2-minute Reconstructor for $12.41+ (available in three sizes).
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“While it can’t totally bring your hair back to life, after using it following the first two rounds of bleach I did in a three-day period, it made my hair feel softer than it ever did even BEFORE hitting it with a round of chemicals probably strong enough to kill a small dog. 10/10 would recommend.” —aeloftin

Get them from Amazon: ApHogee’s leave-in keratin treatment for $6.05+ (available in five sizes) and Intensive 2-minute Reconstructor for $12.41+ (available in three sizes).

15. Restore health and smoothness to naturally textured hair with SheaMoisture's shampoo, conditioner, and hair masques.

"SheaMoisture is the only thing that works with my hair. It leaves my curly hair looking nice and actually curly! Everything else leaves my hair dry and frizzy, even if I use conditioner by the buckets." --KM86"All their masques (and hair products in general) are amazing, but this delivers intense, protein-rich moisture to your hair. I use it once a week and after I use it my hair is so silky soft and smooth. I don’t have a hair steamer, but after shampooing I apply it and leave it in for a half an hour or more (while shaving) and then rinse it out in cold water and boom, gorgeous hair." --Gretchen O.Get them from Amazon: SheaMoisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil treatment masque for $11.79 and shampoo/conditioner for $29.99.
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"SheaMoisture is the only thing that works with my hair. It leaves my curly hair looking nice and actually curly! Everything else leaves my hair dry and frizzy, even if I use conditioner by the buckets." --KM86

"All their masques (and hair products in general) are amazing, but this delivers intense, protein-rich moisture to your hair. I use it once a week and after I use it my hair is so silky soft and smooth. I don’t have a hair steamer, but after shampooing I apply it and leave it in for a half an hour or more (while shaving) and then rinse it out in cold water and boom, gorgeous hair." --Gretchen O.

Get them from Amazon: SheaMoisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil treatment masque for $11.79 and shampoo/conditioner for $29.99.

16. L’Oréal EverPure and EverSleek shampoos and conditioners to replenish moisture stripped away by sulfates.

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"Idk wtf is in there, but I used it one time and could already see and feel the difference." --Julie G.

Get them from Amazon: the sulfate-free Color Care System for $15.42 and Smoothing Deep Conditioner for $11.99.

17. For $2.99, this Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter conditioning treatment resuscitates dead hair and protects color.

"It's amazing and had a nice coconut smell. And I love that it has more than enough product in the packet for my mid-back length curly hair." --jzarzaGet the sulfate-free conditioning treatment from Ulta for $2.99.
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"It's amazing and had a nice coconut smell. And I love that it has more than enough product in the packet for my mid-back length curly hair." --jzarza

Get the sulfate-free conditioning treatment from Ulta for $2.99.

18. Organix argan oil, moisturizing deep treatments, shampoos, and conditioners directly infuse hair with much needed vitamins and proteins.

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“I have curly hair and it's a battle to keep it hydrated yet bouncy. The whole brand is amazing and has a range of products for all hair, plus they are sulfate-free!” —Jessica R.

Get keratin oil shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $19.

19. Neutrogena Triple Moisture and Triple Repair haircare proves the solution to bad things also comes in threes.

"I dyed my naturally blonde hair black a few years ago and when I removed the black, my hair was like straw. It was so fragile that I couldn’t even comb it. I wore a side braid or a bun for almost six months! The Neutrogena line was so moisturizing and it actually helped to repair the damage and build strength. I credit it with saving my hair!" --Heather D.Find Neutrogena's Triple Repair line here and the Triple Moisture line here (both on Amazon).
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"I dyed my naturally blonde hair black a few years ago and when I removed the black, my hair was like straw. It was so fragile that I couldn’t even comb it. I wore a side braid or a bun for almost six months! The Neutrogena line was so moisturizing and it actually helped to repair the damage and build strength. I credit it with saving my hair!" --Heather D.

Find Neutrogena's Triple Repair line here and the Triple Moisture line here (both on Amazon).

20. Supplement your haircare routine with essential oils for deliciously natural growth and repair.

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"I have had trichotillomania for about eight years now, which means i compulsively touch my hair 24/7, causing a lot of damage to it. I was about to give up, ready to shave my hair cuz i thought it had no salvation. Three months ago, i started using a mix of rosemary essential oil with almond oil once every two nights, and it has been a turning point for me. Not only has my hair started growing super fast, but it also regained its vitality, shine and health. I even recovered my waves! People started to compliment my hair for the first time in years. Seeing that my hair could be beautiful again (something that I thought was lost forever) gave me the strength I needed to control my urges and now i can proudly say i’m only a few steps away from a trichotillomania-free life!!" --Dane G.

Get them from Amazon: sweet almond oil for $11.99 and rosemary oil for $14.95.

21. Rehab shampoo by Lush, for your troubling addiction to bleach, dye, and styling.

"It has actually revitalized my hair. My hair becomes softer with each use and it’s also doing wonders for my split ends." --aysanadirap Get it from Lush for $13.95.
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"It has actually revitalized my hair. My hair becomes softer with each use and it’s also doing wonders for my split ends." --aysanadirap

Get it from Lush for $13.95.

22. Revlon Nutri Color Creme comes in an array of pigmented hues for an easy color update while you condition.

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"Miracle. Last year, I dyed my hair pretty much all colors of the rainbow and I went through several bleaching processes and also a lot of 'color removers,' probably because I thought my hair was immortal. Needless to say, after all this, my hair was… fucking terrible. It's now very close to my natural color and I can let it grow out naturally!" --maliakanakali

Get Revlon's NutriColor Creme on Amazon.

23. The other "good" cholesterol, Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream.

"I bleach my hair a LOT and this gets rid of that straw-like texture and makes my hair feel better equipped to handle the blow drying and flat ironing that typically follows." --Morgan Boone, FacebookGet it from Amazon for $8.14.
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"I bleach my hair a LOT and this gets rid of that straw-like texture and makes my hair feel better equipped to handle the blow drying and flat ironing that typically follows." --Morgan Boone, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8.14.

24. Scissors, because you're a murderer. Your hair is dead. Get rid of the body and accept your new life as a fugitive with a lob.

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“Scissors! GET YO DAMN HAIR CUT!!! If you can stomach to lose some hair, get the damage cut off! Your hair will thank you, I promise. It’s the 100% BEST WAY to assure that your dry, damaged hair is fixed.” —Megan R.

Try Kloud City’s professional scissors from Amazon for $7.50 or Oster’s pivot clipper from Amazon $59.88 (available in eight colors).

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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