8 Best Hair Moisturizers for Dry, Damaged Strands.


Favorites GH Lab methods transform straw-like strands into silk. Your hair also needs to be moisturized daily in the same way that you use a moisturizing cream when you dye black hair red. No matter your issue split ends, brittle strands, lack of lustra there are several common causes of less-than-healthy-looking hair: “Sun exposure, chlorine, shampooing too frequently, not using conditioner, and washing with extra hot water are all factors,” says hairstylist Eliot Rivera, owner of Eliot Salon in New York City.

Stands can become damaged if you use hot tools or hair coolers that contain dehydrating ammonia. Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and cofounder of Beauty Brains, explains that heat can cause hair moisture to evaporate and disrupt the protective lipid balance.

Split end menders, leave-in conditioners and deep conditioning masks can temporarily seal the outer layer of hair, making them appear smoother, less frayed, and more supple, says Beauty Lab Director Briner Al, director at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab. These products can protect hair from further damage by providing a protective coating against friction and heat.

These top picks for the best hair moisturizers come with our Good Housekeeping Seal. They have been top-tested in our Beauty Lab or editors’ favorites. You can find almost all of them at your local drugstore!

1. Whole Blends Gentle detangling Hair Milk Oat Delicacy.

This milky Garnier mist melts knots and nourishes the hair with botanicals such as oat, rice extracts, and aloe vera gel. One tester said, “It was feather-light, and I could comb damp hair almost effortlessly.”

 2. Advanced Keratin dose Procreating + silk renewal spray.

Creamy moisturizers for hair can be used to nourish damaged or split hair. The GH Beauty Lab tested Matrix’s spray for conditioning ability. One tester described it as ” The Holy Grail of hair”. It makes hair look soft and shiny.

3. Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin.

Over time, hair can become drier and less supple. This intense treatment mask is keratin-and botanical-infused and will nourish and strengthen your hair. It was the winner of the Lab’s Deep Conditioners Test. 

A rare perfect score was achieved for conditioning and preventing damage in a mechanical wet-combing experiment on hair samples. One tester said, “This worked wonders for my over-processed hair.”

4. Masque with Correct Moisture and High Porosity.

Associate Beauty Editor’s favorite. Pia Velasco, Shea Moisture’s rich mask, t Transforms your hair for frizz-free, smooth strands with Natural ingredients such as shea butter and baobab protein. Velasco says, “I apply the mask while I’m showering and leave it on for as long as possible.”

My hair feels softer and more moisturized after I rinse it out. My hair feels more flexible, clean, and soft to the touch. I’m devoted!” You can swap between a deep conditioner and a hair mask weekly for maximum results.

5. Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots Hair Ampoules.

Pantene’s pro-style ampoules contain Concentrated lipids for hair repair. Tester’s Review: “I used the entire tube on my dyed and hot-tool-damaged hair. It felt stronger and looked even healthier after drying.”

6. Super shine Light Moisturizing Cream.

“This moisturizing cream Contains vitamins and proteins. It is expensive, but it lasts forever.” April Franzino The Beauty Director at Good Housekeeping. A dab of this product makes my hair feel soft and silky.

The signature scent is luxurious and has a luxury fragrance. You can use it as a leave-in conditioner for damp or dry hair for quick smoothing and touch-ups.

7. Moroccan Infusion Moroccan Argan Style Oil.

Apply a little of this argan oil-infused styling spray to your hair. The GH Lab discovered that the formula was loved for its fragrance and silky soft strands.

8. Coconut Milk Hydrating Shampoo and Coconut Milk Hydrating Conditioner.

Conditioner replenishes damaged hair with emollients like silicones, oils, and butter. Herbal Essences’ herbal infusions with coconut extract and Aloe were the highest level of conditioning according to GH’s hydrating shampoos.

The GH Beauty Lab’s findings: This shampoo-conditioner combination performed the best when tested with our Instron machine to measure combing force in damp hair. It also proved muscular conditioning.


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