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Best hair repair shampoo

Heat styling, bleaching, and other harsh treatments can cause hair damage.

Shelly Aguirre, a Chicago-based hairstylist at Maxine Salon, says that a good formula for restoring hair contains proteins and humectants. She tells Byrdie that if the hair has been damaged by too much heat or color, it is best to add proteins to strengthen the shaft. “Amino acid are the key ingredients to help repair.” She recommends moisturizing shampoo if you notice split and dry ends.

We spent hours researching the best shampoos for repairing damage, evaluating them based on their ability to repair the damage, improve strength, elasticity, and hydration, and then comparing high-rated products. This list was compiled by combining Aguirre’s expert recommendations and our extensive research.

Best Overall

Kerastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Strengthening Shampoo

Infused in 3 with pro-keratin 2, our top pick boosts damaged hair while repairing frayed fibers. It may encourage new growth. You can expect your hair to look and feel more robust, with fewer splits and a lustrous appearance.

Aguirre told Byrdie that Kerastase Bain Force Architecte was a good shampoo for damaged hair. She noted that the Resistance formula of the brand transformed her hair, transforming it from overprocessed into healthy. It has a balanced amino acid and protein that instantly restores hair.

Aguirre also says, “You will notice the concentration of the products, so you will use less.” This shampoo is expensive, but you get a lot for your money. It’s worth it.

Best Budget

Aussie Total Miracle Shampoo

Budget-conscious? Aussie Total Miracle will give your hair the TLC it craves. The formula, which contains apricot and macadamia oil, provides moisture and protection to hair while smoothing out split ends.

Best Drugstore

Nexxus Keraphix Repairing Shampoo

Nexxus Keraphix is one of our favorite drugstore formulas. The brand claims this protein-rich hair shampoo will give you healthier hair after one wash. It also repairs damaged hair over time.

The Best Splurge

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore shampoo

Aguirre loves that Oribe’s blend of argan oils, four biotin, and other cutting-edge ingredients not only heals the hair but also makes it smell amazing. She says that the shine of Gold Lust will make you a fan. The price is higher, but it’s worth it.

Bonds for the Best Bond Building

Olaplex No. 

We want to introduce the brand that began it all. Olaplex uses patented technology to repair damaged hair at a cellular level while also protecting hair from further damage.

Best Moisturizing

Briogeo, Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo

Thirsty hair? Briogio Super Moisture Shampoo is the answer. The formula, which contains earth-sourced oils as well as biotin, combines deep conditioning with foaming lather to give you a boost of moisture and damage control.

Best Strengthening

Fekkai Super Strength Shampoo

This strengthening shampoo contains keratin two and rice protein and protects against heat styling and environmental damage. The All-Star formula strengthens brittle hair and revitalizes weak, overprocessed hair, including color-treated hair, from root to tip.


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