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Products That'll Help Hydrate and Repair Dry, Dull Hair

Winter Hair Care Products That’ll Help Repair Dry Hair and Brittle Hair
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Feb 3, 2023

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It’s no secret that winter weather can wreak absolute havoc on your hair and scalp, no matter what type or texture you're working with. From split ends to brittle strands, cold temps and harsh winds can do a number on it. So we’ve rounded up a few of our fave hair care products to hydrate and protect it throughout winter and beyond — from the best shampoo for dry hair to hair masks, hair oils, and more. Your locks are about to say ‘tysm.’

A regenerating hair mask that’ll repair brittle ends…

Target your roots, split ends, and hair color all at the same time with this mask infused with prickly pear seed oil. It’s an HQ’r fave thanks to its near-instant results — one editor noted that their dry hair looked smoother and shinier after one use — and customers can’t get enough of its luxe finish that leaves hair feeling super soft and frizz-free. ($69, Dermstore)

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A repairing hair mask that works on all hair types…

This one is formulated to help repair damaged hair, whether yours is curly, wavy, straight, or coily. It’s designed to calm frizz, repair breakage, and mend split ends, all while preventing further damage from happening. The mask is vegan, cruelty-free, and made from natural ingredients like rosehip oil, algae extract, and vitamin B. Hair flips, coming right up. ($15+, Sephora)

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A shampoo and conditioner tailored to your needs…

This brand customizes hair care products to target your specific concerns after a short consultation. Looking to repair breakage? Help is on the way. Need some serious moisturizing? Gotcha there too. You’ll get a personalized formula, and all ingredients are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, mineral oils, and GMOs. And based on your preferences, products can also be vegan, gluten-free, silicone-free, and fragrance-free. Psst…subscribe to recurring shipments and save 15% on your order. ($27.20+, Prose)

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A drugstore duo with serious hydration power…

This hair care set uses 100% virgin coconut oil and all-natural shea oils to restore dry and damaged hair. It’s formulated for all hair types, not tested on animals, and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and petroleum. Customers say the products last them a long time and leave their hair feeling lighter and healthier with every use. ($23.99, Amazon)

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A moisturizing leave-in that won’t weigh your hair down…

If you’ve got curls, coils, or waves, you especially know how important it is to keep ’em hydrated during winter. This leave-in delivers long-lasting moisture and softness thanks to ingredients like marshmallow root, shea butter and extra-virgin olive oil. The brand recs using it right out of the shower on damp or towel-dried hair, and following with your styling products of choice for best results. ($10.95+, Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils

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Intensive hair oil that’ll add serious shine…

One HQ’r has been using this oil (before blow-drying) for years and swears by it to keep her thick, dry hair healthy year-round. It feels weightless and leaves no oily residue after use — and though it is on the pricier side, note that a little goes a very long way. Apply it to either damp or dry hair, and let air-dry or style as usual for the best results. Buh-bye, brittle strands. ($55, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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A smoothing shampoo and conditioner set perfect for blowouts…

If you regularly blow out your hair out during winter and are looking for a way to make your style last a little longer, we rec this HQ'r fave set. Both the shampoo and conditioner are super lightweight and made with vegan keratin so you won’t feel like there’s still product left in your hair after you wash. The keratin helps smooth your strands (along with neroli oil), and murumuru butter softens and improves manageability. At-home blowouts FTW. ($29, Amazon)

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A cult-favorite scalp oil that hydrates and helps with hair loss…

Enter cupuaçu butter, aloe vera extract, chia seed oil, babassu oil, and more. This silicone-free dry-scalp remedy is formulated to promote healthy hair growth while addressing any flakiness or itchiness you might feel during the winter. You can also use it as an overnight treatment to target a seriously dry scalp. Customers say they’ve seen an immediate difference after using — and that it’s helped with both postpartum hair loss and natural hair growth. ($28, Ceremonia)

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A heat protectant spray that’ll cut down your drying time…

When it’s freezing out, chances are you’re not air-drying your hair too often. So if you’re relying on regular blow-drying or straightening tools to dry your locks, snag this heat protectant spray formulated to prevent split ends and leave your hair looking shiny. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, it smells great, and it can protect hair up to 450ºF. Sounds like a win-win-win. ($15, Ulta)  

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Nourishing shampoo perfect for all curl types…

Dry and dull curls, this one’s for you. This shampoo was created for natural hair with 4C, 4B, 4A, 3C, 3B, 3A, 2C, 2B, or 2A curl types. It’s made with shea butter, vanilla, and lavender and has a pump for easy dispensing. Customers say it leaves their curls super manageable with lots of shine. ($11.88, Amazon

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