It is all too easy to over-process our hair, causing it to become dry, brittle and damaged. Whether it’s over bleaching, heat styling too frequently without adequate heat protection, or using the wrong products for your particular hair type and scalp, damage to your tresses can be inevitable. Dry hair can also be more susceptible to breakage and visible damage such as split ends, it can also make your hair prone to frizz. If this sounds like you, you may be wondering what you can do?
Aside from consulting your hairdresser on whether or not your hair will need a good trim to remove the damage, there are some changes you can make to your haircare routine that will help. An excellent starting point is switching to a shampoo that is specially formulated for dry and damaged hair. These shampoos help rebuild your hair fibres, whilst nourishing and moisturising each strand.
What are the key signs of dry and damaged hair?
- Split ends
- Hair easily breaks
- Lack of volume
- Hair falls out easily
Top tips to remedy dry and damaged hair
- Use a nourishing shampoo in place of your regular shampoo. This will help to lock in essential moisture.
- Use a hydrating hair mask twice a week to deeply condition and treat thirsty locks. Discover our favourites here.
- Reduce your use of heat tools on your hair where possible. Instead use products like the Aquis Hair Towel to dry your hair naturally.
- When your hair is wet, use a detangling brush in place of your regular one. This will help reduce pressure and breakage on your hair fibres.
- Wrap your hair in a silk turban when sleeping to prevent stress and breakage.
Which are the best shampoos for dry and damaged hair?
- Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
- Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte
- Wella Professionals Fusion Shampoo
- Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo
- L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Absolut Repair Gold Shampoo
- Redken Extreme Shampoo
- VICHY Dercos Anti-Dandruff - Dry Hair Shampoo
- Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil
- Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo
- Aveda Shampure Nurturing Shampoo
1.Olaplex No.4Looking for a gentle shampoo that can help remove the build-up of dirt, excess oils and hair products to leave your hair feeling clean and silky soft? This Olaplex shampoo uses the Olaplex technology to find and re-link broken disulphide bonds in the hair, repairing damage while strengthening the hair structure.
2.Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte 250mlIf your hair is looking and feeling brittle, the Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte is a strengthening shampoo that lifts away dirt and impurities while strengthening the feel of brittle hair to help prevent breakage and split ends. Our customers love how this gentle shampoo works well with bleach and highlighted damaged hair which is left feeling soft, sleek and protected.
3.Wella Professionals Fusion ShampooFor a targeted approach to reviving damaged hair the Wella Professionals Fusion Shampoo combines Silk Amino Acids and Micronised Lipids to repair and protect hair against both breakage and damage. Inspired by resilient spider silk, one of the strongest fibres in nature, the formula seeks to restore strength to locks by penetrating deep into each strand. Our customers with bleached hair say that this shampoo is great for taming frizz.
4.Moroccanoil Moisture Repair ShampooIf your hair has been damaged by colour or chemical processing, the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids and broken strands to restore elasticity, moisture and shine. Hair is left nourished, manageable and much stronger.
5.L'Oréal Professionnel Serié Expert Absolut Repair Gold ShampooEnriched with Gold Quinoa and Protein to help repair broken bonds and prevent breakage the L'Oréal Professionnel Serié Expert Absolut Repair Gold Shampoo helps to create the appearance of a smoother hair surface, reducing split ends and flyaways while adding a luxurious, glossy shine. Our customers love how soft and silky their dry hair feels when they’ve used this repairing shampoo.
6.Redken Extreme ShampooIs your hair weak and brittle? Pack the protein into your hair with the Redken Extreme Shampoo. By penetrating deeply into your hair to cleanse, strengthen and repair, every strand is powdered by ceramides and an exclusive RCT Protein Complex (a unique, multi-targeted delivery system). Our customers love how much healthier their hair looks after just one use.
7.VICHY Dercos Anti-Dandruff - Dry Hair ShampooIf your hair is dry and prone to dandruff, you can call upon the VICHY Dercos Anti-Dandruff - Dry Hair Shampoo. Working by calming the scalp, this shampoo will cleanse away dirt and build-ups without aggravating your scalp and dandruff.
8.Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear OilFor hair that is dry and damaged and lacks hydration, the Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil is infused with antioxidant Prickly Pear Seed Oil for ultimate protection. Its lightweight formula improves manageability and restores calm, smooth and healthy-looking locks with enhanced shine.
9.Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration ShampooDry hair needs hydration and the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo is made with Manuka Honey, Mafura Oil and Certified Organic Shea Butter to help moisturise every strand, without weighing it down. Our customers say that this shampoo is ideal for frizzy, textured and afro hair.
10.Aveda Shampure Nurturing ShampooTreat your hair with the Aveda Shampure Nurturing Shampoo which is a moisturising shampoo created with 25 pure flower and plant essences. Lift away dirt, excess oil and impurities whilst replenishing intense hydration to maintain a healthy scalp.