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    28 Useful Products For Anyone With Damaged Hair

    If your hair always feels like a witch's broom, well, it's time to make that a thing of the past.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Elizavecca Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment restores the purity of your hair and makes it look as if you haven't tormented it for years with heat and sun damage. It repairs your strands and gives your hair that healthy look!

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    Promising review: "This stuff really works! I tried to go blonde about a year ago and burnt my hair to a crisp. It was like rubber bands when it was wet. I thought I'd have to shave my head. I cut about 8 inches off and keep it trimmed but it still feels horrible. I can't wear it straight, so I have to use a curling wand every day to hide the damage. This stuff brought my hair back to life. My hair was so soft. It wasn't frizzy after it air dried like it normally is. I highly recommend this product. I will definitely be repurchasing." —Kim

    We've also tried this and it really works! Check out our review of Elizavecca Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment here!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.80.

    2. TonyMoly Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack nourishes with egg yolk and macadamia seed. It targets unseemly split ends, and hits your strands with an intense dose of vitamins and nutrient-enriched oils. If that's not enough to convince you, it also smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts — and would you just look at that packaging?!

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    This is paraben- and sulfate-free.

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim, after reading all of the five-star reviews. My hair is mid-waist long and really wavy. It can sometimes get really frizzy, and my ends are really dry. I tried this for longer than the suggested amount (20 minutes instead of 3) and loved the result. Instantly, my hair was less frizzy and shinier than before. It leaves your hair feeling really soft but not greasy at all. Also, I love the way it smells! Which is just a plus. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks and I'm almost out!! I definitely recommend this product for anyone who has dry or frizzy hair. —Sylina

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    3. Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 reduces breakage, keeps your locks from losing moisture, and repairs and protects the bonds that make up your hair structure so you'll stop seeing your precious strands go down the shower drain.,

    We've tried this for ourselves and seen the results! Read our review of Olaplex Hair Perfector here.

    Promising review: "Works wonders on my hair. My hair has been very dry and damaged from too much straightening and curling from hot tools and my ends were starting to look terrible. To be honest, I have thin hair, do not get haircuts often, and I blow dry and straighten or curl my hair almost every single day so my hair goes through a lot on a daily basis. I used it for the first time a few days ago and my hair it looked much healthier. My hair was silky and soft with less visible damage and that was only after one use. I am very positive it will only get better the more I use it and the longer I keep in on my hair if it worked well after only one 15 minute use." —Gina

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    4. These razor-sharp hair cutting shears use Japanese stainless-steel to trim your ends evenly and neatly. Trimming every few months is absolutely key to hair health, preventing split ends and promoting hair growth. It's simple enough to do yourself but your dull kitchen scissors aren't gonna do the job!,

    I invested in a pair after months of quarantine and not getting my hair cut left me with terrible split ends and lots of alarming breakage. I didn't want to ruin my hair further by using old scissors. I could tell the difference right away; these trimmed my ends so quickly and smoothly that I didn't even have to snap the scissors closed all the way — that's how sharp they were! I was able to control how much I trimmed and fix any uneven strands and jagged edges calmly and with confidence since the scissors cut so cleanly.

    This comes coated with lubricating oil. Before first use, wash with soap and lukewarm water, then dry with a cloth.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    5. Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Serum saves your hair texture and takes it from rough to silky (it's literally in the name!). It is lightweight and versatile, using nutrients to boost hair health, soften strands, hydrate, and provide shine. It's a must-have!

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    Promising review: "I'm usually pretty skeptical about hair products. I have very oily straight hair so not many hair products work well with it. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this spray didn't weigh my hair down; it just made my hair very soft and feel wonderful. I would recommend this for anyone with oily hair." —Daniel Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.60.

    6. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey Hydration Mask makes use of organic shea butter, mafura oil, baobab oil, and fig to help fortify weak, dry hair for healthier follicles. Honey moisturizes and vitamin C protects against environmental stressors.

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    This is paraben- and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I have long hair, but it's very susceptible to damage. Best decision yet: this mask. Instead of brushing my hair before I shower, I use this as a pre-treatment, and after a 30 minute soak, I can finger detangle in the shower. Mind you, I wash my hair once a week, and the last one to three days I enjoy keeping it up in a messy bun, so it can get incredibly tangled/matted. My hair smells great, feels soft, and has so much less breakage!" —EstherTheCurly

    Get it from Walmart for $11.12.

    7. Pattern Hydrating Mist (this is Tracee Ellis Ross' haircare line!) breathes life back into dry, thirsty curls and coils, and protects them from environmental stressors with aloe vera, avocado oil, and other essential nutrients. Plus, it helps you go longer between wash days!

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    Learn more about the mist here and check out Pattern's in-depth curl guide and how to care for your hair texture.

    Pattern supports and donates to organizations that empower women and people of color, and is involved in Black communities.

    Promising review: "My absolute favorite hydrating mist for my curls. Keeps them fresh and springy all day. The smell is wonderful and feels light on my hair. My hubby says it smells very nice." —Suzanne

    Get it from Pattern for $7+ (available in two sizes).

    8. British M Organics Hydrate Hair Butter feels luxurious as it revives dead hair and provides the moisture and silkiness that your hair needs to look its best. It uses shea butter and argan oil to repair damage and is great for chemically-treated hair too.

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    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "Received this product as a sample and fell in love after the first use. Bought the full size soon after. My thin, super curly hair likes this product best as a leave-in treatment. After washing, I simply apply a pea-sized amount to my still damp ends. My hair drinks this up and looks so healthy and shiny. Received so many compliments on my hair after I started using this hair butter." —Tania

    Get it from Soko Glam for $34.

    9. Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo helps rescue your damaged hair from the abyss by using Himalayan apple cider vinegar and spring water to deep-clean your scalp and balance your hair's pH level. This can mean stronger, silkier hair that'll be less prone to breakage.

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    Apple cider vinegar is a great detox for hair. Use this twice a week to see results. It also fights dandruff and frizz, and is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I have wasted a lot of time and money on high end shampoos and drugstore brands that don't do what they promise. I searched until I came across this amazing shampoo that has forever changed my life. I suffered from dry, brittle, puffy hair that falls out so much with just a few combs. This product has made my hair grow back thicker longer and best of all controls hair fall-out beyond imagination. Don't worry about your hair spelling like apple cider because it honestly does not. The smell is AMAZING and will leave your hair feeling super clean and soft." —Leobardo

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94.

    10. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil offers heat and UV protection to damaged hair while using a blend of six oils and two extracts to fight frizz, detangle, and condition. You can apply it to wet or dry hair.

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    Promising review: "This works really great for my severely damaged hair. I use it every day. Use less for normal hair or it will feel greasy. A little goes a long way. Would recommend to friends." —Lin

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    11. T-Roots Butter Curls defines your lovely curls without weighing them down or adding any nasty chemicals or scents (because yuck!). It uses botanicals like rose yarrow, sage, nettle, and lavender to hydrate, condition, and add to your hair health. It's great for frizz-free twist-outs, braid-outs, and more.

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    T-Roots is a Black-owned beauty brand created by Tamy Cozier-Charles. Its collection of hair and skincare products are designed to help people celebrate their natural hair and beauty.

    Promising review: "Since I first started using Butter Curls, I fell in love with the product. My hair used to be very dry and frizzy. Now my hair smells so good and my curls are perfect, moisturized and shiny. I always get compliments! Will definitely continue to purchase this product and recommend to anyone who asks what I use for my curls." —Gloria

    Get it from T-Roots Beauty for $18.

    12. Ryoe Korean Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner Set stimulates hair growth, being formulated specifically for hair loss and weak, damaged hair. It improves the scalp with biota seed and red ginseng, promotes elasticity, and penetrates your roots to thicken hair from the source. Basically, you get a healthy scalp and pretty hair!

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    Promising review: "I have bleached my hair probably 4+ times in the past year and now I am trying to recover my hair from all of the damage. I have very thick, wavy, and short hair. This has made my hair smoother and less frizzy. My hair feels healthier and I have been noticing a difference. I use semi-permanent hair dye and this does not completely strip my hair of the color but still cleans the hair well. I also love the smell of both of the products!" —Charlotte

    Get the set from Amazon for $25.99.

    13. L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair Protein adds protein to weak strands, and addresses split ends, roughness, heat damage, and breakage. The price point is great too!

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    Promising review: "After an intense bleach session, my hair felt quite damaged. There was some breakage and the ends were very dry. I most definitely could NOT run my fingers through my hair and was in dire need of a deep conditioning treatment. When I read the reviews for this product, I purchased it. I can see how this can be heavy if too much is applied, but it was exactly what I needed because my hair was THAT dry. My hair already felt smoother and...I was actually able to run my fingers through my hair! The next morning, the state of my hair was maintained, not greasy, and the ends weren't looking/feeling like a broom. I am seriously amazed at how well this stuff works. The difference was instantaneous." —Kim-E

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97 (and check out our review of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner here — it's #4!).

    14. Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask targets rough, dry, and overprocessed hair texture to bring it back to its former glory, restoring hydration, shine, and elasticity. It's a holy grail product for almost 4,000 verified reviewers.

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    Promising review: "My hair is very thin and curly. The ends are damaged from heat and color, causing my hair to look even more unruly. I do oil treatments once a week and only wash my hair two to three times a week but NOTHING has made my hair feel like this product does. There is an immediate difference as soon as this product touches my hair. It leaves my hair feeling so silky, even after I rinse it out and dry my hair." —Maegan W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. Moroccanoil Treatment uses argan oil and linseed extract to nourish and improve your hair health. It's a serum well-known for its versatile conditioning benefits. You can use it for shine, frizz, and dryness. It's also cruelty-free!

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    Reviewers note that it works best on damp hair right out of the shower.

    Promising review: "Wow this product is incredible. Honestly my hair has been transformed. I used it after washing, drying, and styling. My hair usually is dry and frizzy after styling but what can you do? USE THIS PRODUCT, that's what you can do. Immediately after use, my hair looked fantastic and the smell is great. The oil is thick, good quality, and the color I was expecting. The packaging doesn't appear fake/in a different language and the seals were unbroken. If you have dry hair, I would try this product — it is moisturizing and produces a nice shine without being heavy or greasy on the hair." —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $44.

    16. Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins supports and stimulates hair growth and thickening, making it ideal for fine, thinning hair. Quinine increases microcirculation and restores strength. This shampoo also uses plant-based ingredients to balance your scalp and cleanse gently. It's a win-win for your hair and the environment!

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    If you're suffering from dryness, flakiness, and an itchy scalp, try Klorane Shampoo with Peony instead, which soothes and relieves those issues while balancing the pH level of your scalp for comfort.

    Promising review (for Klorane Shampoo with Quinine): "I first bought this shampoo and cream rinse in Italy. I loved it so much I found it on Amazon and cannot live without it now. It makes your hair feel soft and full. I have thyroid issues and have lost a lot of hair, this helps." —Haugen

    Get them from Amazon: the Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins for $16 and the Klorane Shampoo with Peony for $9.

    17. Shu Uemura Essence Nourishing Protective Oil protects your hair fibers with camellia oil that targets dryness, frizz, and UV damage. It rebalances moisture levels, and provides nutrition. Your hair is left silky, bouncy and manageable. This one's touted as a holy-grail product and used throughout professional salons.

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    Reviewers note that you only need a pea-sized amount on your ends (rub the residue oil over the rest of your hair) and the five-ounce bottle lasts a year or longer. However, you can also get a smaller size.

    Promising review: "This product worked marvelously for me, and improved the texture of my hair immediately. Non-greasy, absorbed into my hair within a minute or two, and left a very delicate, lovely scent. I have long hair and only had to use a small amount of product. This product is worth every penny." —Amazon Customer

    Get the one-ounce bottle from Amazon for $21.96.

    18. Maui Moisture Shea Butter Conditioner restores the moisture in brittle hair and softens strands so that your hair stops feeling like straw. It uses a base of aloe vera juice with ingredients like coconut and macadamia oils on top to come to the rescue.

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    This product is vegan and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I found this shampoo and conditioner by chance in a store and love, love, love it! I have noticed that my split ends have decreased since using it. So happy that I stumbled up this brand." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    19. The Shea Shack Braid, Lock & Twist Hair Oils uses a powerful vegan oil blend to supercharge your curls, promote hair growth, and reverse bad damage au naturel! Classic oils like coconut, castor, neem, and rosemary, have your back (or rather, your hair's back?).

    model with thick curls
    The Shea Shack

    Get it from The Shea Shack for $8.75 (available in three types).

    20. A lightweight microfiber hair towel that's gentler on damaged hair than cotton towels. Throw up wet hair in this and your hair will be smooth and dry in no time. And no frizz!

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    Promising review: "This towel is amazing! I have thick, long hair that takes forever to blow dry. This towel removes so much moisture from my hair in such a short amount of time! Within about five minutes of wrapping my hair up, I can remove the towel, use a spray-in conditioner, and be on my way without having to worry about my hair leaving wet spots on my shirt! I love this so much I've been reluctant to bring it with me anyone for fear of losing it. Seriously, I love this!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in eight colors).

    And while you're at it, read our full review of the Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Towel here!

    21. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner infuses your hair with biotin and pro-vitamin B5 for balance, moisture, and hydration that is weightless and effective. It's great for hair that looks dull.

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    Carol's Daughter

    Promising review: "Smells great and is deeply moisturizing. My curls are really responding well. I have between a 2C and 3A curl and this shampoo is cleansing and does not dry out my hair in the least. I absolutely cannot get over how nice the smell is — every shower feels like a spa day." —Lili

    Get it from Amazon for $9.74.

    22. Davines All in One Milk controls and protects against frizz, hydrates and detangles, and fights UV damage and free radicals. Ingredients like roucou oil and amino acids stimulate hair growth. It's loved by our fellow frizzy-hair sufferers.

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    Promising review: Can't live without this hair product — doesn't weigh your hair down, makes hair super soft and can let your hair air-dry or blow-dry out; either way, it has the same great smoothing effect without any oiliness or weight. SMELLS AMAZING! People always comment on the smell of my hair even after it is dry. You won’t regret the purchase. Tip: spray in hands first then work into hair. You will save a lot of product this way." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    23. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil helps those dry ends from looking and feeling like straw. It moisturizes and softens thirsty hair, and provides shine with organic buriti oil from Brazil, olive oil, and 90% natural ingredients. It also has no silicone so your hair is moisturized right away.

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    This oil is sulfate- paraben-, and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I recently traveled to Cancun and this oil was a life saver. I used it every day to help keep my hair from getting frizzy and it helped to keep damage from the harsh sun. I also use the oil everyday at home as it leaves a nice shine to my hair." —Jaclovi212

    Get it from Nordstrom for $34.

    24. A set of velvet hair scrunchies that are actually gentler on your hair than traditional hair elastics. They hold firm and won't slip off!


    Promising review: "These are great! They’re so well priced and awesome quality. So many pretty colors. They’re comfortable in my hair, and don’t create as many knots/damage when you take them out. Fits nice around wrist and once your hair is up it’s not going anywhere. Very happy with my purchase." —Haley

    Get a set of 45 from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. Kiehl's Fruit Oil Reparative Hair Pak revitalizes dehydrated, under-nourished hair and protects from future damage and environmental stressors with avocado oil, lemon, and olive fruit oil. It also nourishes hair that's weakened by sun exposure, heat-styling, and chemicals. Its treatment is pretty intense, making it a life saver for thirsty strands.

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    Promising review: "The ends of my hair were brittle after coloring and this did the trick for helping to moisturize my parched tresses. A little goes a long way and it's not too expensive, considering the size of the tub. It also smells so good and your hair will feel softer after the first treatment." —jajag

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    26. Ichikami Soft Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Set leaves coarse, rough hair feeling soft, detangled, and moisturized. It strengthens and hydrates brittle strands, making them more manageable.

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    This set has a peachy scent.

    Promising review: "I've seen many reviews complaining about the scent but I personally find it delicious. I constantly struggle with very brittle, frizzy, and dry ends and this shampoo definitely made my hair more manageable and even my ends stayed hydrated for most of the day, which is no small feat, as I live in the middle of the desert. I do have to apply some oil or leave in conditioner as the day goes by, but absolutely noticed a big improvement." —naxielly

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. Redken Heavy Cream Super Treatment uses keratin, proteins, and silk amino acids to strengthen and replenish your hair. Among oils are argan, olive, and avocado to enrich parched, brittle strands.

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    Promising review: "I love this conditioner! I have fine, straight hair and this conditioner leaves it soft and silky. It eliminates 'flyaways.' My daughter has bleached hair and uses this daily to keep her hair from breaking off. I don't know what we would do without this conditioner!" —Valbear

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    28. Coco & Eve Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque transforms your hair into something sleek, silky, and touchable. Whether you have heat and chemical damage, breakage, or weak, parched locks, this will tackle all and be your savior.

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    This mask is vegan, sulfate-, and cruelty-free. This was one of the products we tried and loved for our beauty roundups. Check out our full review of Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque here (it's #2)!

    Promising review: "I have naturally curly hair that I love, but the humidity + all the products I use to tame my curls make my hair kind of dull. I use this twice a week and my hair is now shiny and soft again! I highly recommend trying it out. Plus, this stuff smells amazing." —Caitlyn

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

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