Finding a Good Hair Conditioner for Damaged Hair

All conditioners should replenish lost moisture, add shine and help hair stay hydrated, but finding a good hair conditioner often seems like a blind trial and error process. It doesn't have to be that way, though, so here are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing a product for damaged hair.

First, remember that you should select a conditioner based on your hair type. You can combat dry, frizzy hair with a moisturizing conditioner. But if your hair is fine and limp, avoid conditioners boasting moisturizing abilities, as they'll only weigh your hair down. Instead choose a volumizing type. If you color your hair, consider a formula specifically for color-treated hair, which should help maintain your hue and increase moisture. If your hair is naturally healthy and shiny, stick to one labeled for normal hair.

Next, read the list of ingredients. Beware of conditioners that contain alcohol-they could dry out your hair, rather than give it moisture. Proteins, on the other hand, help keep hair shafts healthy; they are especially good for building volume in your hair. Look for amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins, keratin and milk. If price matters to you, start experimenting with less expensive brands. Often the results of drugstore brands are similar to those of their salon counterparts.

You may also want to buy a leave-in or deep conditioner to use once a week for extra healthy and gorgeous hair. Again, select the product based on your hair type and how much you're willing to spend.

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