Drugstore Edition: The best hair products to restore dry or damaged hair
Quality hair products are of the utmost importance! Not only can they help maintain hair health, they are essential to preventing damage and can even be helpful for reversing some of the damage that has already been done. I relied on each and every one of the products shown, as well as others, during the beginning stages of my hair journey and I strongly recommend them to anyone just starting out!
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
The Aussie 3 minute miracle is just that: a miracle in 3 minutes. This product is not only an excellent hydrating conditioner, but it also gives incredible slip! This makes it one of the best detanglers around. It smells amazing and is loaded with a slew of impressive and natural ingredients. I often leave this on for more than 3 minutes, but 3 minutes is definitely enough time to do the trick. I turn to this after a hard protein treatment or after a henna treatment to restore the necessary moisture balance to my hair. I purchased this product for the first time last winter and I have already gone through over 20 bottles! I always buy 3 at a time because I cannot stand to go without.
V05 Moisture Milks
I use these amazing cheapie conditioners regularly as part of my cowash regimen. My favorite one is the Shea Cashmere. It has an impressive list of ingredients, filled with a significant amount of oils, proteins, and vitamins! When I use this as a cowash, I always let it set for a few minutes before rinsing it out. I am left with soft, silky, stengthened hair every time and I cannot go without this product. It is an essential in any healthy hair regimen for its affordability and effectiveness.
Organix Intense Moisturizing Treatment
This product does exactly what it says: delivers intense moisture. That being said, I rarely use it alone! By paying attention to my hair, I found that it responds best to a healthy balance of hard protein and moisture, and this conditioner is central to achieving this balance! I beat one egg and add it to this moisturizing conditioner for a balanced protein treatment that both strengthens and hydrates.
Renpure Cleansing Conditioner
This cleansing conditioner has not only done wonders for my hair, but it has also done incredibly well to improve the condition of my scalp! The two most commonly overlooked areas of hair health are the scalp and the ends and this product covers them both. My flavor of choice: Rosemary Mint. This combination of stimulating and soothing ingredients helped eradicate my dandruff and promote growth. It take a while to get used to the fact that it doesn’t lather, but once you do you will not be able to do without!
Do you want to see a post on how to properly use cleansing conditioner to clean hair? Comment below and let me know!
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo & Conditioner
So, while I have given up using sulfates on my hair with any sort of regularity, sometimes you need a clarifying shampoo. This is one of my all time favorites for this very purpose! It has sulfates and is clarifying, able to cut through grease with ease. At the same time, the oils it is made of keep it from being overly drying! The conditioner is thick and give great shine, I like to use it as a cowash in between my cleansing conditioners during the week. If you want to see a detailed post all about cowashes, what they are, why I do them, and how to do it then comment and let me know!
Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner
This conditioner is hands down the best detangler ever! I have literally used this on every hair texture, and even on tangled hair extensions and it comes through each and every time. It has amazing slip, and is just the right amount of thickness to really coat every strand for maximum coverage. I mainly use this as a detangler, and for this reason it also makes a great cowash conditioner. I use this cowash after a light protein treatment to restore moisture to my hair and make for easy combing after applying the protein. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to significantly reduce breaking and shedding when handling wet hair. Protip: Hair is at its weakest when wet, so only comb through wet hair when you have a detangling conditioner applied! This will cut down on breakage and the split ends that come along with it!
Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray
This heat protectant is one the most popular out there, and for good reason. It works very well, and adds a beautiful shine without weighing hair down or making it look greasy. It has a nice light scent and seems to help with frizz as well, since I don’t use an antifrizz when I use this and it holds up very well. The only downside? You need to experiment to find the perfect amount for you. Too much and it leaves a sticky residue. What’s your favorite heat protectant?
Organix hair Oils
These hair oils are an absolute lifesaver! They are ultra lightweight and fast absorbing so that they do not weigh your hair down or make it greasy. I usually apply these oils, yes all of them, a drop or two each to my hair whenever it feels parched and after every wash and blow dry. I find that they work particularly well to moisturize my ends and prevent splitting. My favorites are the Keratin Oil, the Macadamia Oil, and the intense moisture Argan Oil. If you would like to see an in-depth post on these oils let me know! Wonderfully fragrant, they add a nice finishing touch to any hair style. Pro-tip: Never apply oil to wet hair! Oil and water don’t mix and this will prevent the oil from absorbing into the hair shaft leaving your hair greasy and weighed down. For best results, wait until your hair is completely dry before application!
Organix Biotin and Collagen Spray
Used with my Organix Keratin flat iron spray and my Tresemme heat protectant, this spray makes the perfect addition to my favorite pre-heat regimen. Used alone, it thickens my hair while strengthening and promoting elasticity. I purchased this product for the first time this spring and I am already due for a repurchase!
Organix Flat Iron Spray
The organix flat iron spray is the third and final ingredient in my makeshift proprietary blend/amalgamation heat protectant! Used alone it gives excellent weight shine that won’t get sticky no matter how much you use. It also really helps get your hair straight and eliminate frizz. Used as part of my mix it does all these things, and complements the other sprays very nicely. It has a like cocoa shea buttery smell and is dark in color.
Renpure Argan Oil Blow Out Creme
I bought this last winter, but only just started using it this summer, and I am certainly glad that I did. I apply this to my hair right after washing and towel drying and it works amazingly to both protect my hair and add shine. It gives bouncing body and it helps reduce frizz when applied to hair. It really does complement the blow drying process, making it easier and more efficient as well as giving the desired shine and body.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In
I use this a little differently than it was probably intended, as part of my prepoo (preshampoo) treatment. Along with my essential oils and some good old vaseline, this leave in adds incredible moisture and hydration to my hair before a clarifying shampoo and is a must have. Prepoo treatments are of the utmost importance because of the way they help protect the hair from the stresses of washing, and prevent overdrying that can result from the sulfates in shampoos that lather. It also helps to improve the shine, body, and softness of your hair even after you have finished washing your hair. I highly recommend you all try the prepoo and let me know how it works for you! Comment below if you would like to see a series of posts for different prepoo methods for different hair types and needs!
Aloe Vera Gel
What is aloe vera gel doing on the list? Well, this is an essential for me all year round! As part of my healthy hair journey, I have resolved to wear my hair down a lot less due to the stresses this can cause and the sock bun has become my best friend! To slick down flyaways and keep my hair looking sleek, without drying it out, I turn to aloe vera gel as a hair gel and hairspray alternative. Aloe vera gel gives a soft hold, no flaking, and simultaneously moisturizes the hair! For this reason, I always make sure to have plenty of it lying around.
Biotin 5000 mcg
Healthy hair comes from the inside out! This is one of the most overlooked pieces to a healthy hair journey. In addition to a healthy, well balanced diet and proper hydration, supplements can really help take your hair health to the next level! I have been using CVS Biotin for months now and the results are undeniable! I always have two or three bottles at a time so I never run out and take them religiously. If you are prone to breakouts, know that that is a somewhat commonly reported side effect of the Biotin supplement. I find that increasing my water intake while taking Biotin helps immensely. I also take this everyday a month at a time, followed by a month off , and alternative. This ensures that I do not build up a tolerance, and also gives my body a break! Protip: As with any supplement, be sure to check with your physician with any questions or concerns.
I hope you found all of this information helpful! I am super excited to started my healthy hair series, and I hope you will try all of these tips out for yourselves. Let me know what works for you, or if you have any questions about particular hair types. I will be more than happy to do the research and put a post up!