THE REPAIR CREW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.