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5 Must-Buy Products to Improve Your Hair Health


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Photo: ELLE

Fall is an odd hair season. You start school, so you inevitably get lazier when it comes to hair. However, it also starts to get colder, meaning the actual condition of your hair even starts to get worse. So really, it’s a lose-lose for your hair!

Trust me, I’ve been there. I used to have very blonde, very thin, and very damaged hair! I stopped bleaching all the pigment out of it and stopped straightening it every single day, which allowed me to get to the root (sorry about the pun…) of the problem. The health of my hair.

In addition, I came across these five hair miracles that work on any kind of hair condition: dry, damaged, lifeless, frizzy, or anything else that’s bad. These are my holy grail products – and I know they’ll be yours too:

1. Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo

Dove refresh+care invigorating dry shampoo
$4.79 at Walgreens

Dry shampoo is AWESOME for when you feel like you’ve been washing your hair too much and need a break. This one doesn’t leave your hair chalky or dry, and actually claims to moisturize your hair. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it definitely is one of the dry shampoos that I always go back to.

One of the worst things you can do for your hair is use a strong shampoo every single day, so dry shampoo really helped me break that habit!

2. PHYTO Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Cream

Phyto phyto 9 daily ultra nourishing cream
$28 at Ulta

This stuff is brilliant. Seriously brilliant. It smells like fresh air and goes on so smoothly, and makes your hair feel incredible. It actually mends dry, frail hair. As I mentioned earlier, I used to bleach my hair a super white-blonde color (read: damaging mistake!) and this leave-in cream made it lose that “crunchy” feeling. Hands down, this stuff is the best.

3. Giovanni Vitapro Fusion

Giovanni vitapro fusion
$4.75 at Amazon

This light spray is perfect for color-treated hair. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, but this product is also a heat protectant. I love the entire Giovanni line because there isn’t anything disgustingly artificial in any of their products, so it’s always perfect for colored hair.

Plus, it’s a high-quality product that’s also super affordable - what more could you ask for?

4. Peter Thomas Roth Hair to Die for Hair Treatment

Peter thomas roth hair to die for hair treatment
$33 at Amazon

Okay, I’m not going to sugar coat it: this product is pretty expensive for the average college girl’s budget. However, don’t run away just because it’s $33! This product is a miracle. I don’t know exactly what’s in it, but I’m sure it’s illegal in other countries. (Kidding!)

It actually makes your hair grow. However, not only does your hair grow, but it grows better than it did before – thicker, healthier, and shinier. Ridiculous? Nope, true. It happens.

5. Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment

Garnier sleek and shine moroccan oil treatment
$6 at Amazon

Moroccan oil has been a seriously popular item for a while now, but it’s hard to find one that works on all hair types. I have trouble finding one that doesn’t make my head look like a grease ball if I use a little too much.

This one from Garnier is much less oily than your typical moroccan oil, if that makes sense! It makes your hair look beautiful and healthy, plus it smell delicious. I use two drops after I shower and while my hair is still pretty wet to let it absorb. I generally use this twice a week, but play around to see what works best for your hair type.

Final Thoughts:

I guarantee that whatever kind of hair you have, these products will improve the texture and health of your hair. One other idea to keep in mind is that you need to regularly get your hair trimmed. I stick to every six weeks on the dot, so that my hair is almost “trained” to know when the trim is coming. Keeping your hair on a schedule also lets you know how long your hair has grown in that time!

What do you think?

Have you tried any of these products? What are your holy grail hair products? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!

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14 Responses to “5 Must-Buy Products to Improve Your Hair Health”

  1. 1
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    great list! i know in the past CF has done posts where you discuss natural, home-made remedies for “solving” these hair problems, though. as far as frizzy hair goes, hair oil does wonders.

    i would go out to an “ethnic” grocery store where they usually keep toiletries and look for hair oil there. what i do is, i pour a little bit out in a bowl, microwave it for ten seconds, and massage that into my hair for about 10-15 minutes. i do this at night and then braid or put my hair in a bun. the next morning i wash it out with shampoo a couple of times, and my hair is SO soft. you really won’t need conditioner if you start using oil in your hair. i also want to point out that my hair is naturally oily so at first, i balked at the idea to put hair oil in my ALREADY OILY HAIR! but i only do this about 3-5 times a month.

  2. 2
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    That Peter Thomas Roth stuff looks good! I might have to check it out.

    My wonder products that have truly helped my hair turn around are It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in (fantastic moisturizer and heat protectant) and Surface Bassu Hydrating Shine Spray (spray it on each section before you curl/straighten it). The last one is pretty expensive (both can be found on Amazon for cheaper than in stores), but truly a hair saver.

  3. 3
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    The one product I love is John Frieda’s Dream curls! My hair is extremely curly and that laminates the curl and makes it look more healthier! :)

  4. 4
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’ve always wondered: why is it bad to shampoo your hair every day?

  5. 5
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hey Claire! The reason is that depending on the kind of shampoo you’re using, it actually strips your hair of healthy oils that keep it healthy. Most “cheap” shampoos (and even some high-end ones!) do this, and it’s simply not good for your hair. I stick to sulfate-free ones so that if I do shampoo every day, it’s not a problem. I hope this helped you! Thanks for reading!

  6. 6
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Definitely love the Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment, ever since I started using it my hair is a lot less frizzy.

  7. 7
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I wouldn’t suggest a dry shampoo that is off a spray can. They add alcohol so that you can spray it, which actually damages your hair. You’re better off using a powdered one like Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo.

  8. 8
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Great looking products! Have to add a few to my list. I’m currently using argan oil shampoo and conditioner by pro naturals, they’re sulfate and parabens free so my hair is really healthy.

  9. 9
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    i like using coconut oil on my length to protect it when i go swimming (chlorine = really bad for hair) & as a deep conditioner. i also use mineral oil for when my ends feel crunchy.

    i’ll have to check some of these out, but not the morrocan/argan oil – that stuff gives me a horrendous rash!

  10. 10
    September 10th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    A few questions:
    Does the Dove dry shampoo leave behind white residue? I love dry shampoo, but have yet to find one that doesn’t turn my brown hair gray!

    Does the PTR product work? Has anyone used it here on CF and seen significant changes to their hair? I love their skincare, so I would love to use this product if it works.

    Great post :)

  11. 11
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Out of personal experience, I’ve found out that the best thing to do to your hair is to use the least artificial products possible (I only shampoo + condition), to not blowdry it, and to wash it twice a week or less. (I’ve started getting into once a week only.)

    This has turned my hair so so so much more radiant, healthy and thick! I haven’t had a split end in eight months. Regular trimming is good, but you really don’t need to do it every 4-6 weeks — I do it every three months or so.

  12. 12
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I love the Garnier Morrocan Argon Oil treatment suggestion! I really wish you would’ve included more hair products that were good for young women with more curly and kinky hair types however. Coconut oil would’ve been a great choice for example.

  13. 13
    September 11th, 2013 at 2:07 am

    There are a few other things to help your hair health:

    A. A silk/satin pillowcase or sleeping cap. Silk/Satin pillowcases are great for your hair since your hair slides on them, leading to less breakage. They are also great for your skin since your skin is not being tugged on like it is on a regular pillowcase. A satin/silk sleeping cap is available at any regular beauty supply store (like Sally’s Beauty Supply) and is usually in the hair care section.

    B. Coconut oil is a great natural leave in conditioner for your hair. Using a tiny bit to massage your scalp can also help hair growth. If you massage some coconut oil into your hair and leave it in overnight, it will make your hair super soft and shiny. Its a known hair remedy in Hawaii. As a bonus, coconut oil is AMAZING for your skin! Its antimicrobial and bacterial, and helps to heal scars and hyperpigmentation. Its also great if you have acne prone skin. Make sure you buy EXTRA VIRGIN coconut oil, so you know it hasn’t been processed and had additives put in.

    C. The Vitamins B12 & Folic Acid (found in prenatal vitamins) can help your hair/nails grow. Make sure to take both at the same time, since only taking one can actually mask a deficiency in the other. An easy way to take both is to invest in prenatal vitamins, which have folic acid and B12 vitamins in them. Its also great if you’re iron deficient like me, since prenatal vitamins have a higher concentration of iron then traditional vitamins. More calcium as well!

    D. Don’t heat process your hair too often! Doing so can actually cause more damage to your hair. Air drying your hair is much more gentle, as is using an old t-shirt to help squeeze water out. Its less damaging then wrapping it up in a towel, which can cause breakage.

    E. Finally, a great way to gently remove product buildup in your hair is to mix a tiny amount of baking soda in with your shampoo every week or so or every month. You can change how often you do it based on how many products you use in a weekly basis. More products = more often and vice versa. As a bonus, baking soda mixed with your regular cleanser makes a great facial scrub!

  14. 14
    September 11th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    A few questions:
    Does the Dove dry shampoo leave behind white residue? I love dry shampoo, but have yet to find one that doesn’t turn my brown hair gray!

    Does the PTR product work? Has anyone used it here on CF and seen significant changes to their hair? I love their skincare, so I would love to use this product if it works.

    Great post :)

    Katie – Thank you for reading! To answer your questions, no, the Dove dry shampoo doesn’t leave behind any residue! I use it sparingly, so I haven’t sprayed it all over my head so I’m not sure what happens if you use tons of it, but I don’t recommend that anyway! And the PTR product works. I use it! I’m obsessed with it and I can’t live without it.

    Every product up there I have tried and I know they work! :)

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