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A shampoo for damaged hair can help repair breakage, dryness, and more. Here are 18 of our best formulas from the L’Oreal portfolio of professional brands.

Hello, Hair Repair: Meet 18 of Our Best Shampoos for Damaged Hair

A shampoo for damaged hair can help repair breakage, dryness, and more. Here are 18 of our best formulas from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional brands.
Hello, Hair Repair: Meet 18 of Our Best Shampoos for Damaged Hair

Any haircare enthusiast will agree the term “damaged hair” is like a dagger to the heart. Despite applying salon-quality hair products and reducing hot tool temps, your dry, brittle strands are still snapping off at the slightest infraction. Even if you’ve taken heat styling down a notch, other factors like genetics, tight hairstyles, and the environment can still wreak havoc on your hair.

If you see signs of damage, building a reparative haircare routine is essential. And at the core of this regimen should be a good shampoo for damaged hair. Paired with proper cleansing, it can help get your hair back on track. Here, we’ve made it easy to sift through L’Oréal professional’s best shampoos for damaged hair, including options that address all types of damage. Scroll on to discover the right one to help rejuvenate your mane.


Can Damaged Hair Truly Be Repaired?

Unlike your skin, hair doesn’t have regenerative abilities, so it can’t heal from chemical services, hair coloring, or mechanical damage. Only a significant haircut or buzz cut can fully remove existing damage, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. We’ll explain why next.

How Can I Repair My Extremely Damaged Hair?

With a proper haircare routine, you can strengthen your existing hair, improve its look and feel, and minimize future damage. Frequently trimming split ends (about every four to six weeks), deep conditioning hair, and reducing heat styling are small but mighty steps you can take toward reviving your locks. We also suggest being extra gentle when styling hair and avoiding harsh hair accessories like tight elastics or extremely taut hairstyles, which can put tension on already sensitized strands.

Can Shampoo Repair Damaged Hair?

Shampoo can help improve the look and feel of damaged hair, depending on the formula. When searching for the best shampoo for damaged hair, look for ones with strengthening ingredients like proteins. If you’re seeking the best shampoo for dry, damaged hair, we recommend moisturizing ingredients like oils and ceramides to defend against split ends and breakage. For bleach or chemically damaged hair, bonding shampoos are the way to go. Hair bonding formulas target the broken proteins within strands that keep them strong and healthy. When bonds break from mechanical, physical, or environmental damage, it changes the look and feel of hair.

What Shampoo Is Best for Damaged Hair?

The best shampoo for damaged hair is contingent on hair type and the kind of damage incurred. You may even need to experiment with more than one shampoo before finding the right fit. Here are 18 of our best damaged hair shampoos from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional brands to get you started, including a few exciting bonding innovations.

Our 18 Best Shampoos for Damaged Hair

Best Bonding Shampoos

A shampoo for damaged hair can help repair breakage, dryness, and more. Here are 18 of our best formulas from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional brands.

Biolage Professional Bond Therapy Shampoo

First up is Biolage Professional’s Bond Therapy Shampoo, which helps transform over-processed hair using citric acid and conditioning coconut oil. The former ingredient is a very small alpha-hydroxy acid that can penetrate hair’s fiber, helping rebuild broken hair bonds from the inside out.

A shampoo for damaged hair can help repair breakage, dryness, and more. Here are 18 of our best formulas from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional brands.

Kérastase Première Bain Décalcifiant Réparateur Repairing Shampoo

Minerals in hard shower water, like calcium, can build up on the hair shaft, making strands stiff, dull, and brittle. If you have hard water in your shower (and around 85% of the U.S. population does), pick up Kérastase Bain Décalcifiant Réparateur Repairing Shampoo. When layered on top of the Première Concentré Décalcifiant Ultra-Réparateur Repairing Pre-Shampoo Treatment, the powerful system removes calcium build-up, repairs persistent damage, reverses stiffness and dullness, reinforces weak hair bonds, and reconnects broken links between keratin chains* for stronger-looking and feeling hair.

*with continuous use of the full system Première Concentré + Bain + Fondant/Masque

A shampoo for damaged hair can help repair breakage, dryness, and more. Here are 18 of our best formulas from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional brands.

L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Molecular Shampoo

The L’Oréal Professionnel labs have created a patented formula with five amino acids and 2% peptides bonder to repair hair’s structure on a molecular level. The result is the Absolut Repair Molecular collection, a system shown to visibly fight two years of damage in just one use*. The products work most effectively together, so we suggest washing your hair with the Absolut Repair Molecular Shampoo, then following it up with the Rinse-Off Serum and the Leave-In Mask.

*with system of Shampoo, Rinse-Off Serum, and Leave-In Mask


Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate Free Shampoo for Damaged Hair
Best Seller
Redken

Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate Free Shampoo for Damaged Hair

All-in-one concentrated shampoo for damaged hair


Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo

Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo is a sulfate-free bonding shampoo powered by an acidic formula and highly concentrated bonding ingredients. It offers strength repair, intense conditioning, and color fade protection. For best results, apply a dime-size amount to fine hair, a nickel-size to medium hair, and a quarter-size to thick hair.

If your locks are extremely damaged, you can pre-treat the shampoo with the line’s Intensive Treatment. Hair stretches up to 50 percent when wet, and shampooing can add more tension to already-weakened strands. The Intensive Treatment strengthens wet hair to prepare it for the washing process, cutting down on further damage.


Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo
L'Oréal Professionnel

Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo

A hydrating shampoo to instantly nourish damaged and weakened hair.


L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Shampoo

Made with strengthening proteins and superfood quinoa, L’Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Shampoo immediately cleanses strands, restructures them with every use, and leaves hair feeling lightweight.


Ultimate Reset Shampoo
Shu Uemura

Ultimate Reset Shampoo

Gently cleanses hair. Strengthens. Restores hair. Lightweight.

One size available for Ultimate Reset Shampoo
10 fl oz

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Reset Shampoo

Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Ultimate Reset Shampoo is luxury hair restoration at its finest. This delicate cleanser helps to lift away dirt, impurities, and product build-up while strengthening strands from root to tip. It contains Japanese-sourced rice extract, an ingredient Japanese women cherish for its ability to hydrate and protect the hair.

Best Shampoos for Blonde-Treated Hair


Blondifier Illuminating Shampoo
L'Oréal Professionnel

Blondifier Illuminating Shampoo

A nourishing shampoo to illuminate and restore blonde hair.

One size available for Blondifier Illuminating Shampoo
16.9 fl oz

L’Oréal Professionnel Blondifier Gloss Shampoo

Thanks to the bleach required to reach your blonde bombshell dreams, this hair hue requires more heavy-duty repairing action. L’Oréal Professionnel’s Blondifier Gloss Shampoo uses Açai berry polyphenols to nourish color-treated blonde strands and emphasize their multi-dimensional shine.


Total Results Unbreak My Blonde Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo
Sulfate Free
Matrix

Total Results Unbreak My Blonde Sulfate-Free Strengthening Shampoo

A sulfate-free shampoo that revives sensitized blonde hair.


Matrix Unbreak My Blonde Shampoo

Add Matrix’s Unbreak My Blonde Shampoo to your lineup, and you’ll be waving goodbye to breakage caused by chemical damage. This product reinforces weakened bonds and revives all types of lightened, sensitized hair—even brunettes with blonde highlights.


Strength Cure Best Blonde Purple Shampoo
Pureology

Strength Cure Best Blonde Purple Shampoo

A sulfate-free strengthening and toning shampoo for damaged, lightened hair.


Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Purple Shampoo

Pureology’s Strength Cure Best Blonde Purple Shampoo is a shampoo for damaged hair that does it all. Not only does the anti-brass purple formula brighten, tone, and fortify lightened hair, but it also helps hair heal from damage.

Best Shampoos for Color-Treated Hair


Bain Riche Chroma Respect Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Kérastase

Bain Riche Chroma Respect Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Rich sulfate-free shampoo with lactic acid for medium to thick damaged, color-treated hair.

One size available for Bain Riche Chroma Respect Sulfate-Free Shampoo
8.5 fl oz

Kérastase Bain Riche Chroma Respect Shampoo

Medium to thick, color-treated hair may require a richer, more intense lather. Try Kérastase’s Bain Riche Chroma Respect Shampoo. This sulfate-free shampoo features breakthrough technology that infuses centella asiatica (a flowering plant with soothing and recovering properties) with lactic acid to help gently exfoliate damage and seal the hair’s surface.


Strength Cure Shampoo
Pureology

Strength Cure Shampoo

A gentle, sulfate free shampoo that fortifies and strengthens damaged, color-treated hair.


Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo

In a consumer study, participants reported that washing with Pureology’s Strength Cure Shampoo left hair feeling two times stronger. This sulfate-free shampoo provides a gentle, rich lather that fortifies and repairs damaged hair, while Pureology’s Antifade Complex® ensures that the vibrancy and shine of your salon color remain intact.

Best Shampoos for Breakage


Total Results Instacure Anti-Breakage Shampoo
Matrix

Total Results Instacure Anti-Breakage Shampoo

Anti-breakage shampoo that works to smooth, repair and reduce breakage in dry, damaged, brittle hair.


Matrix Instacure Anti-Breakage Shampoo

Brimming with liquid proteins, Matrix’s Instacure Anti-Breakage Shampoo realigns hair’s cuticle to create a more even and balanced (read: smooth) surface.


Extreme Length Shampoo with Biotin
Redken

Extreme Length Shampoo with Biotin

A strengthening shampoo for damaged hair with biotin to help grow hair longer and stronger.


Redken Extreme Length Shampoo With Biotin

If split ends prevent you from reaching your long hair goals, Redken’s Extreme Length Shampoo With Biotin may be the antidote. While nothing can make hair grow faster (except for precious time), this shampoo with biotin, castor oil, and Redken’s Length Care Complex prevents hair breakage, so you can more easily achieve your desired length.


Resistance Bain Force Architecte Strengthening Shampoo
Kérastase

Resistance Bain Force Architecte Strengthening Shampoo

An everyday shampoo to strengthen and reconstruct weak, brittle or damaged hair.

One size available for Resistance Bain Force Architecte Strengthening Shampoo
8.5 fl oz

Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Shampoo

You don’t need a miracle to cure brittle strands—you just need to stock your shower shelf with Kérastase’s Resistance Bain Force Architecte Shampoo. This strengthening shampoo hydrates and reconstructs your hair, making it shiny and smooth with controlled split ends.


Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo
Kérastase

Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo

A length-strengthening shampoo for weakened and damaged hair.

One size available for Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo
8.5 fl oz

Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo

The breakage from frayed, damaged hair can make hair growth feel drawn out. Kérastase’s Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo has an exclusive complex composed of the amino acid creatine, reinforcing the internal structure of the hair fiber to support healthy lengths.

Best Shampoos for Strengthening


Strength Recovery Shampoo
Biolage

Strength Recovery Shampoo

Weightless strengthening shampoo that provides repairing benefits for weak, damaged hair.


Biolage Professional Strength Recovery Shampoo

Biolage Professional’s Strength Recovery Shampoo is a gentle cleansing shampoo that reduces breakage and leaves hair feeling softer. The creamy formula features vegan squalane, ethically sourced from olives, to provide intense repair.


Extreme Strengthening Shampoo for Damaged Hair
Best Seller
Redken

Extreme Strengthening Shampoo for Damaged Hair

A rich hair-strengthening shampoo for damaged hair and split ends.


Redken Extreme Shampoo

Redken’s Extreme Shampoo is a game-changer for damaged locks thanks to its RCT Protein Complex, which helps fill in weakened parts of the hair. The smart delivery system has three proteins that attract to where the hair needs it most, delivering custom nourishment to the root, the core, and the tip. If you need more convincing, read one editor’s Redken Extreme review.


Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo
Shu Uemura

Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo

A hair strengthening shampoo for damaged hair.

One size available for Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo
10 fl oz

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Bloom Shampoo

With the help of vitamin E, ceramides, and nourishing argan oil, Shu Uemura Art of Hair's Silk Bloom Shampoo repairs and reinforces the hair fiber and leaves behind a silky finish. Plus, it’s safe to use on color-treated hair.

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