THE RE­PAIR CREW

Martha Stewart Living - - Good Living Beauty -

No mat­ter how metic­u­lously you care for your hair, some dam­age is in­evitable. Re­peated wash­ing, brush­ing, blow- dry­ing, and even the en­vi­ron­ment can take a toll. “Color-treat­ing hair also makes it more vul­ner­a­ble,” says NYC col­orist Sharon Dor­ram. But what sham­poo and heat styling strip away, con­di­tioner re­plen­ishes, says cos­metic chemist James Ham­mer. For­mu­lated with static-calm­ing poly­mers, oils, and other emol­lients that soften and elim­i­nate snarls, it coats the cu­ti­cle, pen­e­trat­ing weak­ened patches. Mea­sure out a quar­ter-size amount (less if your hair is short and fine, more if longer or thicker), and let it sit for up to three min­utes be­fore rins­ing thor­oughly. Get a head start with th­ese ex­pert picks.

Fine

Most cream rinses feel too heavy on thin, frag­ile strands. To get the heal­ing with­out the heft, re­verse your rou­tine: Wet hair, and ap­ply con­di­tioner first on the lower half only. Then rinse and sham­poo as usual, fo­cus­ing on the scalp to re­move resid­ual dirt and styling prod­uct. DRUG­STORE: TreSemmé Beauty- Full Vol­ume Pre-Wash Con­di­tioner

and Sham­poo, $ 5 each, tre­semme.com. SA­LON: Philip Kings­ley Elas­ti­cizer, $ 53, philip­kings­ley.com.

Medium

This hair type is spoiled for choice. Do you want friz­ztam­ing? Vo­lu­miz­ing? Ex­tra shine? Read the la­bels and take your pick. But across the board, ad­vises stylist Paul Labrecque, look for pro­teins ( like silk or wheat) and quench­ing lipids (found in lighter oils, like macadamia). Work the prod­uct through dry ar­eas, like high­lights, as well as the ends, which are older and more pro­cessed than the roots. DRUG­STORE: OGX Thick & Full + Bi­otin & Col­la­gen Con­di­tioner, $8, ogxbeauty.com. SA­LON: Terax Orig­i­nal Crema Mois­tur­iz­ing Daily Con­di­tioner, $ 24, ter­ax­hair­care.com.

Curly

From soft waves to tight spi­rals, this tex­ture has a unique struc­ture that pre­vents scalp oils from mi­grat­ing down the hair shaft. As a re­sult, it’s frail and craves mois­ture. For a gen­tle, hy­drat­ing one-step rou­tine, try a soapfree con­di­tion­ing cleanser. Use sev­eral pumps, mas­sag­ing it into the scalp and then comb­ing it through to evenly dis­trib­ute. Pro­ceed with your shower, then rinse well. DRUG­STORE: Ma­trix Bi­o­lage Cleans­ing Con­di­tioner for Curly Hair, $ 13, ulta.com. SA­LON: De­vaCurl NoPoo Orig­i­nal Zero Lather Con­di­tion­ing Cleanser, $ 22, de­vacurl.com.

Coarse

If your hair seems to gulp down con­di­tioner, look for one with a dense con­sis­tency that in­cludes shea but­ter and rich oils, like ar­gan or av­o­cado. “If you rely on heat styling to make hair more man­age­able,” says Jen­nifer Yepez, “in­gre­di­ents like cre­a­tine and ce­ramides, which smooth and strengthen hair fibers, are also im­por­tant.” Sat­u­rate strands from roots to ends, then let soak for a few min­utes. DRUG­STORE: Garnier Fruc­tis Smooth­ing Treat, $ 5, gar­nierusa.com. SA­LON: Kéras­tase Paris Re­sis­tance Fon­dant Ex­ten­sion­iste, $ 40, keras­tase- usa.com.

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