When it comes to damaged hair, it can be tricky to know where to start, especially when you’re contemplating what type of shampoo and conditioner to use. It’s not exactly a secret that many high street brands are loaded with harmful chemicals like SLS, parabens and ammonia, which could potentially irritate your scalp, dehydrate your hair and leave it feeling more brittle than ever before! That’s why today I’m going to give you some alternatives and explore the best shampoos and conditioners we have to offer for damaged hair.
What does damaged hair need?
Damaged hair is often accompanied by dryness, split ends and frizz and what makes things worse is that, as all hair is in fact dead, you can never completely repair the harm. But that doesn’t mean that you have to despair though. As my colleague Joanna discusses in her blog, ‘Is it possible to repair split ends?’ although the damage cannot be cured, it can be mended and improved.
One of the best ways of counteracting hair damage is to choose hair care products that are chockfull of valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Your shampoos and conditioners are pivotal when it comes to getting these nutrients to your hair which is why the type of product you choose matters so much.
If you have damaged hair though, which nutrients should be focusing on? That’s a good question! Below I’ve outlined a few of the key ingredients that your shampoo or conditioner should definitely be containing and what they can do for damaged hair.
1 - Protein
If you suffer from damaged hair what you really need is a shampoo that’s enriched with protein. For a start it’s the primary component of your hair – your hair is mainly made up of amino acids and keratin, a special type of protein filament. By opting for a protein-packed shampoo, you’re helping to strengthen and mend any damaged protein in your hair, imbuing it with strength and a new lease of life!
2 – Jojoba oil
Oils are incredible ingredients to utilise when it comes to supporting and mending damaged hair, encouraging new growth, so it’s no wonder that more than a few oils will be appearing in this list. The first that’s worth mentioning is definitely jojoba oil. Popular both with skincare and hair care, jojoba oil has a very similar makeup to the oil that your skin naturally produces, sebum. This makes it easier for the scalp to accept jojoba oil and it can work from within the hair shaft to hydrate your hair, helping to reduce the shrinkage associated with the drying process. Jojoba oil can also help to add some volume to your locks so if your hair is finer, it can make it appear thicker and more illustrious.
3 – Aloe vera
You’ve probably all heard of aloe vera before – in recent years it’s been linked with everything from soothing your digestive system to cleansing your skin. So, your hair is certainly not the exception when it comes to aloe vera’s never-ending benefits! Aloe vera, similar to jojoba oil, can help to hydrate your hair but it’s also incredibly soothing for your scalp , containing special enzymes called proteolytic enzymes which can help to repair dead skin cells in that area. It can also help to prevent breakages and encourage your hair to grow so it’s definitely a win-win all round!
4 – Calendula
Calendula is often associated with skincare as it possesses natural soothing and healing qualities but, as it turns out, this herb has plenty of benefits for your hair too! Just like aloe vera, this plant is extremely calming for your scalp, helping to keep it moisturised and combatting dry hair issues such as dandruff. Calendula can even work to protect your scalp from damage, it can strengthen your hair follicles and it ensures healthier growth.
5 – Argan oil
Native to Morocco, argan oil has been used for centuries in cooking but it’s recently been making waves when it comes to hair care too! This is mainly due to its impressive content of antioxidants, including vitamin E, which can help to protect your hair from free radical damage. Argan oil is also rich in omega-6, a fatty acid that is ideal for dry, damaged hair, helping to combat breakage and rejuvenate frizzy, tangled locks!
Our favourite shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair!
Okay, so I’ve spoken a little bit about the ingredients your shampoo and conditioner should be containing but which ones tick all the boxes? Well, let’s start with your shampoo. If you’re at your wits end with dry, damaged hair that’s a little bit too prone to frizz, I’d definitely opt for John Masters’ Organic Primrose Shampoo.
Firstly, this beautiful concoction is enriched with over 17 organic ingredients, including a few of my favourites which we’ve just discussed! It’s rich in soy proteins and amino acids to help support the damaged protein in your hair plus it also contains extracts of aloe vera, calendula and jojoba oil too soothe your scalp! Impressive, especially when you consider that this shampoo is also 100% natural – no nasty parabens or petrochemicals here!
Now you’ve got your shampoo sorted, let’s take a look at your conditioner. Ideally, a conditioner should help your hair to retain moisture, which is pivotal if you have damaged hair. That’s why my conditioner of choice has to be John Masters’ Honey & Hibiscus Organic Hair Reconstructor. This conditioner has been specifically formulated for damaged hair types so it contains practically everything you need to keep your hair strong and healthy.
Like the Organic Primrose Shampoo, this hair reconstructor is incredibly rich in protein and amino acids, as well as a range of hair-boosting ingredients! Together, these components expertly work to renew and restore damaged hair, improving not only its condition, but its feel and shine! Definitely make sure you include this in your wish list!
What about argan oil?
You might have noticed that I referenced argan oil in my list of top ingredients for damaged hair yet made no allusion of it when speaking about my favourite shampoo and conditioner. Well, quite simply argan oil deserves the spotlight all to itself and ideally, you should be using 100% pure argan oil on your hair if you’re hoping to treat dry, damaged locks.
If you need more convincing, I recommend you read Liz from our Prestwick store ’s blog, ‘How often should I put argan oil on my hair?’ If you’re happy to take my word for it, then you’re probably wondering how to get your hands on a 100% pure argan oil. Well, worry no more as once again John Masters deliver with their Argan Oil that only uses organically certified argan oil!