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Straw to silk! Can anyone please recommend a conditioner for damaged hair

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TheGruffal0 Tue 05-May-15 08:16:29

Fine but lots of it so don't need volume, over-processed at the ends especially. Needs rescuing before it gets chopped off in desperation. Shu umura (spp) conditioner helps but I need something even more nourishing, either a regular conditioner or a treatment please. Not sure about using oil, hasn't been a success in the past but willing to try anything.

MoustacheofRonSwanson Tue 05-May-15 08:23:39

Trilogy conditioner- the one with nourish in the title.

Castor oil and jojoba oil mixed together, leave on washed hair for 2+ hours, then wash out (will need 2-3 shampoos).

If oil is too scary, I think this hair mask is great

BabyNeedsChocolate Tue 05-May-15 08:27:13

Phyto Repair shampoo and conditioner work really well when I have dry, straw-like hair - my hair goes back to normal within a few washes. It smells lovely too, a bit like mimosa.

EnidAlexandraRollins Tue 05-May-15 08:27:15

I have exactly the same hair/issue. I bought the Kerastase Bain de Force shampoo + a pre-conditioner thing that you put on before shampooing last week. Honestly, the difference already is nothing short of miraculous!!

TheGruffal0 Tue 05-May-15 08:27:37

That mask must smell amazing!

Googling trilogy.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 05-May-15 08:30:16

Coconut oil.

TheGruffal0 Tue 05-May-15 08:30:23

Ooh another nice smelling solution, and I have heard good things about Keratese. Will try John Lewis as they may have several of these lines.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Tue 05-May-15 08:33:02

I found changing to a SLS free shampoo and conditioner really helped the condition of my hair (and scalp). I changed because my scalp is reactive to SLS shampoos (itchy lumps) but I find that they are less drying and harsh on my hair which is helpful because I wash it everyday (greasy roots, dry ends).

I've tried loads but tbh, the cheapy L'oreal Ultra Riche in gold tubes from boots is just as good as any and is usually on 3 for 2.

dingit Tue 05-May-15 08:34:17

Poundland stuff with Morrocan oil smile

MoustacheofRonSwanson Tue 05-May-15 08:35:46

It does smell brilliant.

TheGruffal0 Tue 05-May-15 08:39:42

I'd also like to know, do colour preserving shampoos and conditioners really work? Right now my colour is washing out of my porous hair really fast revealing the lighter previous colour...

I have tried a number of good quality 'natural' hair ranges but they haven't done the trick. Shu umura was the saviour that changed stick-like strands to soft and flowing but it seems to have lost its magic, or I have changed to the wrong type within their range. Some ideas from fellow-straw sufferers so hoping for imminent relief!

MoustacheofRonSwanson Tue 05-May-15 09:24:29

This stuff is natual-ish and pretty good. It rinses out really easily, so is good for an extra conditioning every second wash, with an oil soak or the other mask I mentioned used twice a week.

I also make a blend of jojoba oil, rosehip oil and rose absolute and rub a few drops of it into the ends of hair before air or blow drying. Blow drying on cold or cool shot also makes a big difference.

Castor oil soak is the miracle thing that has restored silken smoothness and banished the frizz though.

Pumpkinette Tue 05-May-15 09:45:10

Your hair needs some protein treatments. You can buy treatment satchets from Sally's for a couple of pounds or you could DIY. When my hair was over processed and straw like I done forgot nightly DIY masks. The best ones were mayonaise or egg based. Mayonaise is easier but I did do a few egg masks when I had eggs in the fridge that had to be used up. Avocado is also great and I've heard good things about using Greek yoghurt too but I've never tried it personally.

Pumpkinette Tue 05-May-15 09:46:17

*fortnightly not forgot nightly

permalice Tue 05-May-15 09:49:06

Next time you have an outbreak of nits, try treating with Full Marks. It's quite heavy, so you may well look lank the next day, but it's surprisingly good as a treatment for dry ends.

zfactor Tue 05-May-15 09:56:04

Ojon Damage Reverse - it's expensive but very good. The hair mask (which you put on dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes, or longer, and then wash off) and the after-wash conditioner are both excellent for dealing with dry/damaged ends.

MillyMollyMandy78 Tue 05-May-15 09:57:36

I have the exact same problem, so will be trying out some of the above suggestions

TheGruffal0 Tue 05-May-15 10:15:32

These are great suggestions, I have renewed optimism that I may be able to grow my hair longer without looking like Worzel Gummidge!

Favouritethings Tue 05-May-15 18:19:18

The tresemme deep treatment in the red tub is brilliant

southeastastra Tue 05-May-15 18:31:46

quite like redken anti-snap

ImBrian Wed 06-May-15 13:47:48

Morrocanoil hydrating mask, I've gone from dark brown to blonde (lots of bleach) and this stuff is great.

Carpaccio Wed 06-May-15 14:13:22

I used to use Redken All Soft which is very good, but it is quite expensive and I really don't like the smell.
The Schwartzkopf Gliss Total Repair hair mask in the white pot is very good and very similar to All Soft IMO. The shampoo and conditioner are also very good. Superdrug usually has them and often at half price.

I am currently using Redken Blonde Idol Sulfate Free as I react to SLS with itchyness, spots and scabs.
Kerastase also has a sulfate free shampoo which is lovely too, but it seems to contain loads of silicones compared to the Redken one, and that seems to make my hair greasy quicker. I am absolutely loving the Redken shampoo.

The combination of the Blonde Idol, then the Gliss mask and whatever I have left of the Kerastase conditioner makes my hair super soft and glossy. I have very thick hair which tangles and knots easily and it can be like straw if I'm not careful with the products I use.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Wed 06-May-15 14:23:24

I like the LOreal conditioning treatments in the boxes of hair dye - I wish they were sold separately!

Allie82 Fri 08-May-15 21:32:47

I just bought the Aussie one for shiny hair and I'm pleasantly surprised! Made my hair really soft and smells Delish!

cerealqueen Fri 08-May-15 22:30:15

closer try Ebay for your conditioner

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