Rough and damaged hair gives way to smooth, silky tresses with these repairing treatments and at-home fixes.
Even if you were not born with dry hair, there are still many factors that can contribute to you ending up with coarse, unruly locks. Regular heat styling using blow dryers or flat irons, for example, can exacerbate the problem, so use a heat-styling serum that forms a cocoon over hair strands to prevent any damage. Similarly, washing your hair too frequently or using a shampoo that’s too harsh can strip your hair and scalp of natural oils. If you’re unable to reduce the frequency of shampooing, replenish lost moisture and nutrients with a lightweight conditioner, especially if you have long hair. If conditioners and hair masks are too much of a hassle, try hair oils or leave-in treatments that help repair and moisturise dry tresses as you go about your day. Just be sure to avoid applying nourishing products on the scalp as they could clog up hair follicles.
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AT THE SALON
Best Damaged Hair Treatment
Olaplex Hair Restoration, $120, PREP Luxe
This revolutionary treatment restores strength and elasticity by re-linking broken bonds within the hair structure. A signature PREP blowout completes the session. Visit prepyourhair.com
Best Anti-Breakage Treatment
Cureplex Treatment, from $138, Bottega Salon
Perfect for those with fine and brittle hair, this three-step treatment forms new bonds while strengthening existing ones, so hair becomes snap-proof even after harsh chemical processes. Visit salonbottega.com
Best Anti-Ageing Hair Treatment
Follizin Age Freeze Scalp Facial, from $130, Glamour Studio
This scalp facial follows the essential steps of deep cleansing, mask, and customised mix of essences to purify and stimulate the scalp while conditioning and strengthening hair. Call 6297 7377
Most Decadent Hair Repair Service
Intense Hydrating Hair Therapy, $348 for 130 minutes, PHS Hair Science
Botanical extracts and plant oils are used to rehydrate parched ends, smooth cuticles and improve hair elasticity and glossiness. The deeply relaxing shoulder massage and top-notch service are a welcome bonus. Visit phshairscience.com
Best Shampoo for Dry Hair
Silky Spa Shampoo Cheveus Longs, $48 for 250ml, La Biosthétique
A blend of peptides, polymers and keratin repairs dry and rough ends while lipoamino and hyaluronic acids hydrate and smoothen them at the same time.
Best Smoothing Shampoo
Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Sulphate Free Shampoo, $17.90 for 250ml, Marc Anthony
Packed with nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter, it keeps hair supple and minimises breakage and splitting.
Best Split Ends Repair
Pro Fibre Reboost, $50 for 6 x 20ml, L’Oréal Professionnel
Concentrated in Aptyl 100, the exclusive complex that rebuilds damaged hair right from its core, this monodose is designed to be used every four washes for softer, smoother and shinier tresses.
Best Organic Shampoo for Dry Hair
Moist & Repair Shampoo, $18.90 for 500ml, ErucA
As the botanical seed oils in this shampoo replenish moisture and nutrients, shea butter protects and strengthens the scalp.
Best Overnight Treatment
Night Care Milk, $11.90 for 100ml, Essential
For those who toss and turn a lot in their sleep, this product’s non-greasy texture seals cuticles to protect hair against friction with your pillow. Plus, it doesn’t leave behind any stain or residue—just smooth and tame hair for the morning after.
Best Leave-In Treatment
Energy Extract, $48 for 150ml, Kinactif
Rich in antioxidants, elastin and collagen proteins, it strengthens hair’s internal structure while protecting it from heat-styling. The result? Hair that’s voluminous, stronger and softer.
Best Organic Hair Oil
Omega CS+DD Seaweed Oil, $58 for 125ml, MUCOTA
Formulated with seven rich botanical oils, this infuses parched locks with vitamins A and E, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 to keep frizz at bay while providing protection from UV rays and heat styling.
Best Hair Oil
Beauty Serum Leave-On Treatment Oil, $16.90 for 100ml, Asience
Its fine, non-greasy texture penetrates the hair shaft quickly, instantly smoothing out rough tips with a blend of argan and camellia oils.
Best Hair Detangler
Miracle Detangler, $16.90 for 118ml, Original Sprout
Free from chemicals, this ultra-gentle, baby-friendly formula is infused with rosemary, calendula, cranberry and vegetal glycerine to help make combing through thick and coarse hair a breeze.
Best Hair Strengthening Conditioner
Amino Acid Conditioner, $38 for 250ml, Kiehl’s
A winning combo of wheat proteins, amino acids, and coconut and jojoba oils detangles and repairs hair, making it indispensable for those with dry and rough ends.
Best Nourishing Treatment
Fina Estampa Base Oil, $39 for 40g, MUCOTA
Suitable for all hair textures, its oil polymer formula coats individual hair strands, and smoothens without weighing them down. It also doubles up as a hair primer to repel moisture and protect against thermal damage.
Best Mask for Dry Hair
Kerasilk Reconstruct Intensive Repair Mask, $60 for 200ml, Goldwell
Enriched with Hyaloveil, a proprietary complex, and keratin, this buttery-rich mask penetrates deep into the hair shaft, to restore smoothness, shine and strength to dry and damaged hair.
Best Conditioner for Dry Hair
Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner, $34 for 250ml, L’Occitane
Infused with amino acids, sweet almond oil, vitamin B5 and a unique anti-breakage complex, its lightweight creamy texture deeply repairs and invigorates your senses with a blend of five botanical essential oils.
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Humidity causes the hair shaft to swell unevenly and become frizzy, so choose a lightweight product that seals hair cuticles to keep flyaways at bay.