Top 12 Products for Dry, Damaged Hair

Dry, damaged hair tends to be coarse and sometimes curly. The secret to adding moisture to dry or damaged hair is deep conditioning. Try products rich in vitamins that are cream-based. Here, we rundown the best products on the market, tried and tested among the beauty industry's top stylists and beauty editors.

Best (Pricey) Shampoo for Dry Hair: Kerastase Bain Satin 1, 2 or 3

Kerastase is hands-down the best shampoo on the market, however, you will pay a price for perfection. At about $27 for 8 oz., Bain Satin is a vitamin-infused shampoo created for parched, dry hair. Choose from 1, 2 or 3, with 3 created for the most parched hair.
According to InStyle Magazine, which named it a "Best Buy" several years running, Bain Satin contains cationic polymers that targets damaged hair and cuts down on frizz.
You can buy Kerastase in finer salons, in beauty supply stores and online.

Best Cheap Hair Mask: Aussie 3-Minute Miracle

This gets high ratings from the reviewers at Makeupalley. At the time of this writing, it had 271 reviews and 84 percent of the beauty junkies would buy it again. For less than $5, this hair mask seems like a good deal and the reviewers raved about the coconut smell.

Best Overall Hair Mask: Kerastase Masquintense for Dry Hair

Ultra-rich and packed with moisturizing proteins, Kerastase Masquintense is known to give salon results. The deep conditioner detangles quickly, softens and won't weigh hair down. A must for coarse, dry hair. Apply a quarter-size amount to hair, comb through from roots to ends and let it sit for 5 minutes while you shave or finish your shower. Even better, put a shower cap over the combed-in conditioner and leave for 20 minutes. You can even try a trick my hair dresser taught me: Blast your cap with a blowdryer. Heat helps the product work faster on hair. Use this after every shampoo and you'll notice immediate results. And remember: dry hair should not be washed often. I suggest once a week and no more than twice a week.

Best Repair Cream: J.F. Lazartigue Vita-Cream with Milk Proteins

Applied after shampooing to the driest parts of your hair, this protein-enriched conditioner uses Vitamin F and lacteal (milk) proteins to rebuild, detangle and protect dry hair. Make sure to leave on hair for several minutes for best results.

Best Serum: Fekkai's Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum

A favorite among hairstylists including Didier Malige, Fekkai's serum is weightless, just seems to wrap each hair strand with smoothing agents that fight humidity, frizz and curl all day. Great way to get sleek and shiny hair.

Best Thirst Quencher: Phyto Phytosesame Express Hydrating Conditioner

Another fabulous conditioner to be used after shampooing, Phyto Phytosesame Express Hydrating Conditioner softens and detangles the coarsest hair. It's about the same price as the better known (and hyped) Kerastase products.

Best Inexpensive Conditioner: Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner

Bought at any drugstor, you'll find Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner will give you salon-quality softness for a fraction of the price.

Best Straightening/Anti-Frizz Product: Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum

Dry, coarse hair tends to be curly hair. To get stick-straight blow-outs, stylists use Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum on wet hair before blowdrying. The protein-enriched conditioners bind to each strand while straightening them to a high shine.

Another fabulous de-frizzer: Phytodefrisant Hair Relaxing Balm, a great lightweight choice that won't leave hair greasy.

Best Shine Serum: Bumble and Bumble Big Shine Serum

It's a fight to get dry hair looking silky and soft. Finish off a blow dry with Bumble and Bumble Big Shine Serum. The glistening micro-droplets give blow-dried hair dimension but won't weigh down hair.

Best Rejuvenating Oil: Philip B.

Bring dry locks back to life with Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil. These oils penetrate deep within the hair shaft to restore needed oils to damaged strands.

Great inexpensive option: V05 Hot Oil Shower Works. You can get this deep conditioner from your local drugstore.

Another Great Conditioner: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream

Another fabulous salon conditioner, Redken All Soft Heavy Cream won't weigh hair down or leave residue as it moisturizes and detangles. This deep conditioner is great for de-frizzing.

Best Leave-in Conditioner: Kiehl's Leave In Hair Conditioner

Nicole Pearl, founder of, says in Allure Magazine that she swears by Kiehl's Leave-in Conditioner. She suggests using a nickel-sized amount of Kiehls with a dime-size blob of your favorite sculpting gel on towel-pressed hair (never rub hair if you have a tendency for frizz or you have curly hair). Then dry with a blow-dryer or let air dry.

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