Frayed ends? We asked two hair stylists for tips on nursing damaged hair back to health. Here are their tips and product picks.
Product picks from Lucinda Ellery, hair stylist and specialist, Beverly Hills
L'Oréal Studio Line Clean Gel ($4.99) "This hair gel gives solid hold without buildup (too much buildup can lead to flakes and split ends). Products with "water" labeled as one of the first ingredients often rinse out more easily during shampoos and won't gunk up on the hair and scalp."
Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime ($39) "Brushing hair that has been treated with hairspray can cause breakage. Instead, use a spray designed for damaged hair (like this one that seals and strengthens the cuticle) to polish off your final look and hold hair in place."
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo ($4.49) "Keratin is a protein and the main structural component of hair, so using keratin products—like this refreshing dry shampoo -- seals strands by creating a protective layer that smooths, straightens, and eliminates frizz."
Living Proof Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer ($24) "A lifesaver for short 'dos, this texturizer creates gentle friction to give strands a lift and touchable texture. You can use it on dry hair for simple touch-ups throughout the day and the amped-up look lasts for up to 48 hours."
Product picks from Loredana Farahani, stylist, Pini Swissa Salon, Boston
Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum ($22) "Hair straightening/smoothing products like this are great for taming frizzies sans hot tools. But it's important to remember that the more product you apply, the more likely it is to stick in the hair, causing buildup over time."
Organix Argan Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Repair ($7.49) "Argan oil is amazing for styling hair. It is a natural product that protects, restores, and nourishes hair (and skin and nails, too). Rich in nutrients like vitamins E, C, A, and omegas, it can be used to smooth down frizzies from root to tip."
Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment ($6.99) "Steer clear of products that list 'alcohol' as the first ingredient. Alcohol is severely drying to all hair types. Look for products like this that contain hydrating ingredients like wheat germ or jojoba oil."
L'Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Lumi Contrôle ($24) "If you're wary about using gel on your hair, try a wax or pomade like this one that contains vitamin E and a UV filter instead. Waxes and pomades tend to have less alcohol than gels, if any, so the hold is less stiff and moisture-zapping."
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