(Read more about my fried hair and which products helped here.)
1. Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment: I first tried this conditioner when I fried my hair a few years ago. (Never, ever, skip using heat protection! It took years to grow out the damage and have my hair back to normal!) I went to see my hairstylists and she used this conditioning treatment on my hair. She spread it from root to tip and stuck me under the dryer for 30 minutes. The warmth and time really made the treatment sink in. It was the best treatment for making my straw-like damaged hair feel like normal, healthy hair. The results lasted through a few hair washings, and I immediately ordered a big bottle on-line.
2. Rene Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask: I first experienced Rene Furterer when I went to Paris and had a treatment in their salon. It was 45-60 minutes of insane hydration for my hair, and I went home with a huge array of products. While I no longer have the time for layering oils, creams and waiting for them to absorb into my hair, this is the next best thing. This creamy deep conditioner is the Rene Furterer product that I think packs the most punch in a shorter period of time.
3. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm: This is a great drugstore mask. I’ve found that it really is better for when I have some damage or split ends, it smooths those areas over and makes my hair look much healthier.
4. Klorane Mask with Desert Date: Yes, lots of hydration!
5. Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque: I fully admit I added this one to reach 10, it’s on my list of “things I really, really want to try!” It is a mask for protecting your hair color and restoring hydration. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it!
6. Kerastase Chroma Reflect Masque: I have a tub of this in my shower at all times and use it once a week. I think it adds some great hydration, but mostly it keeps my hair color from fading. Expensive, but you don’t need much and it is really worth it!
7. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask: One of my favorite drugstore hair masks, this one is a bit lighter weight than the other options, so I leave it on a tad longer.
8. Darshana Hair Oil: I love how flexible it is (see my Darshana Hair Oil Review). You can use a little on your hair at night before you go to sleep, add a ton and use it for a very intensive treatment, pretty much leaving it on as long as you want. The result is always hydrated hair, and the smell is amazing!
9. Alterna Caviar Exfoliating Scalp Facial: This is a very interesting product, essentially it is a scrub for your scalp (but! It’s a treatment! That’s why I included it). You squeeze some out onto your scalp, and rub the product into your scalp with the little brush. It is basically a shampoo with little microbeads in it, and it will help to remove buildup and take take of any itchy/flaking scalp issues. It takes a pretty long time to use, so I use it as a spot treatment rather than all over my head, so the little spots of my eczema that flare up with weather changes are perfect for this treatment! It really does help make them feel and look much better. My word of caution is that it can be very difficult to get all of the microbeads out of your hair since they don’t dissolve, so you’ll need to rinse for a very long time. I find it is better to use a hand held shower head so I can really get in there, and it is a great reason to only spot treat your scalp. I’m hoping they’ll come out with an update where the microbeads are easier to rinse out and perhaps dissolve, so are more environmentally friendly.
10. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner: There’s a whole line of these 3 minute masks from Aussie, each with their own purpose. The Moist is my favorite since it is so insanely hydrating in such a short time (without weighing down my hair), but the Shine version is yes, full of win.