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The Best Conditioners for Damaged Hair

When your hair's been fried and dyed within an inch of its life, it's time to surrender your flat iron and reach for a deep conditioner -- stat! We've put together a list of the best conditioners for damaged hair. These moisturizing and strengthening treatments really work. The best part? We've found an option to fit every budget. So pick one out and start tonight -- no excuses!
  • Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle

    The classic drugstore deep conditioner has stood the test of time. Australian aloe and jojoba oil smooth damaged hair in just three minutes.

    Walmart, $2.97

  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

    This super-moisturizing treatment with sweet almond and olive extracts was an instant hit with drugstore cowgirls.

    Drugstore, $5.99

  • Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque

    It may be sold at a bargain price, but this rich masque contains many of the same softeners and strengtheners (algae, wheat, and soy protein, to name a few) as expensive brands. It will revive damaged hair in no time.

    $9.99 exclusively at Target

  • Soap & Glory Hair Supply Mask Treatment

    The creator of Bliss Spa is behind this line of fun, effective products—without hefty price tags. The Hair Supply Mask is designed to give glossy shine back to damaged hair.

    $9.99 exclusively at Target

  • Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask

    From the Dead Sea to your bathroom, this hair conditioner uses a cocktail of proven natural ingredients to strengthen, thicken, and moisturize hair.

    $12.99 and up at drugstores

  • Nexxus KerapHix Restorative Strengthening Conditioner

    This strengthening conditioner rebuilds weak strands with Keratin (the protein hair is made of) while softening with safflower oil. Damaged hair will look gorgeous again.

    Walmart, $15.97

  • L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Masque

    Absolut Repair from L'Oreal's professional hair-care line reinforces weak strands with moisture-giving ceramides and cuticle-smoothing ingredients for shine.

    $24 and up at salons

  • Kerastase Masquintense

    Countless women gladly shell out for this holy grail of hair masques. It contains proteins to strengthen hair, lipids to soften it, and a patented molecule that delivers nutrients more deeply to the most damaged areas.

    Drugstore, $50.19

  • Tools for Healthy Hair

    We recommend avoiding heat styling until your hair is healthy, but we know you're going to cheat! If you must blow-dry and flat iron, here's what we recommend:

    Blow-dryers: You don't need to spend big bucks to get the best product. In fact, we swear by the Vidal Sassoon Ion Select dryers, which use ions to break down water molecules to dry hair faster — plus, they even reduce static and smooth hair cuticles, resulting in shinier, softer strands.

    Flat irons: This is where it pays to splurge. More expensive irons usually have the smoothest plates and most advanced heat distribution to avoid scorching or snagging delicate hair. A professional brand like Create Magic (which Mark Garrison's stylists use at his New York City salon) will last you years.

    Drugstore, $21.24

    Originally published on LHJ.com, July 2008.

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