First of all, I am not a beautician. I just have had times where I have damaged my hair almost beyond repair. One was in an incident that I spoke about in a previous post, so you may want to look at that one as well. Anyway, I think damaged hair in one way or another is quite common, and repairing dry, damaged hair can be quite a time consuming feat.
Even if you haven’t damaged your hair, perhaps your hair isn’t in the condition that you want it to be in. I have found an amazing product that has helped my hair out so much, but first, a few other helpful points.
Heat Protection for dry, damaged hair
Heat Protection, I can’t stress this one enough. You need it. No matter if you don’t use heating tools on your hair. You do go out in the sun or wind. Everyone needs sunlight and it is beautiful to be out in the sun. You hopefully, put some sort of sunscreen on your face, some kind of protection for your hair is also necessary. It may be even more necessary for repairing your dry, damaged hair.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on heat protection for your hair, I am right there with you. I like L’oreal Elvive Total Repair Protein Recharge, I get mine at Target (along with pretty much everything), but you can get it anywhere really. It is $5.99 for a 5 fl oz. and that is really a great price already, but there are sales of L’oreal products quite often. You can use it every day as much as you need and not have to worry about if you can afford to get it again.
Usually, I divide my hair into two parts (I don’t have thick hair) and I start out on the ends and work my way up. That way there isn’t much product by the time I get to my scalp. I don’t want to get the product too close to the hair near my scalp because it just looks oily by the end of the day. This product is thicker than heat protectant spray, which I do have some of those but I prefer this one especially in the fall and winter.
Keeping your style
This product hasn’t interfered with any of my other styling products and I don’t do my hair really cute or fancy most days. I do blow dry it out straight with some thickening styling products. I finish my hair by running the ends or the front with my flat iron so my hair does get some heat. But other things are damaging to the hair too, like color, hair spray, some dry shampoos. So you have to keep that in mind as you are trying to repair your hair.
MVP – Kristen Ess Mask
The MVP in my hair repair journey was Kristin Ess Fragrance Free Deep Treatment Mask, I probably use this every other time I shampoo my hair. I know it is a mask but it is a great conditioner for dry, damaged hair. It has really worked wonders for me. I have tried so many others. So many others. I still use traditional hair masks on my hair occasionally (where you have to walk around the house with plastered conditioner on your hair), but I am telling you this works better than those and you don’t have the downtime.
Putting the time in, if you don’t have the time
You do have to take care of your hair if you want it to be healthy, there is no doubt about it. Masks are great and oils for the hair are amazing as well. But this is easier. For those of you that don’t have the time to mask very often, but want to have healthy hair. This stuff is your ticket.
It is thick, I am not going to lie. I use two pumps for my medium length hair. My hair was longer but I did have to cut some off because of damage. That was before I started using this mask/conditioner. I love it. My hair feels so soft and just looks healthy.
I have some gray hairs sprinkled throughout my hair (which I don’t enjoy). So I do color my hair to cover those grays. I have a few lowlights, not many. They aren’t too much lighter than my hair color. They are mainly just to add a touch of dimension to my hair. My point is that coloring your hair can do more damage to already dry hair. Since I have started using this, I don’t have any issues with my hair at all after coloring not even tangling that sometimes used to happen.
You can travel with this and you shouldn’t have issues. It has a cap and made from very sturdy plastic. This is probably my 3rd one and I have had no problems with the pump. It isn’t a cheap pump. I wouldn’t recommend dropping it, but I think it would definitely hold up to that as well.
It feels like a luxury product without the luxury price. You are also getting every last drop of the product. I have used Kerastase and Briogeo treatments for dry, damaged hair and they are good and I liked them. My hair has just responded better to the Kristin Ess Mask for my dry, damaged hair. I like to just feel my hair now, it feels so soft and healthy. It is $14.99 for 6.7 ounces, great price for a hair mask of this quality.
Kristin Ess Hair
When you like a product from a brand you start trying other products from them to see if they have the potential to be your “ride or die” product. This product is one of those products. But I would also say the same for the thickening spray. Their thickening spray is a dupe for Bumble and Bumble. There again luxury product without the price tag.
I also like the Kristin Ess brand because it is made in the USA. The product is cruelty free, color-safe, vegan, and fragrance free. Quite a few products from the brand have the same characteristics. I wish a lot of skincare was the same. Maybe not color-safe. You know what I mean.
Not everything I have tried so far from this brand has blown me away. I tried a shampoo and a conditioner from this brand but it didn’t do anything for me. I am also currently trying out another product from this line but I can’t comment on if I really like it or not at this point.
Dry, damaged hair
So if you have dry, damaged hair, I would recommend a good shampoo and the Kristin Ess Treatment Mask and a great heat protector. Leave-in conditioner is also very helpful for dry, damaged hair. Keep an eye on those styling products for additional drying to your hair. Light on the hair sprays if you can or use a light hair spray. Hair spray seems to be one of those offenders to dry hair.