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32 Incredibly Easy Ways To Get Healthier Hair


32 Incredibly Easy Ways To Get Healthier Hair

Bring. On. The. Shine.

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1. Go straight to the source — your scalp — with some Head and Shoulders scalp treatment. Its (no-rinse) formula is infused with both coconut and peppermint oils to soothe dryness and itchiness for up to 24 hours. It’s also great for cancelling flaking!

Promising review: “I saw an immediate difference from my first use of this product. For about two months, my scalp was abnormally and extremely dry and flaky. After one use, I noticed a visible difference. I don’t normally write reviews, but this line of products is the real deal! I definitely will be purchasing again.” —L. Btlr

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

2. Comb a treatment mask through your hair from root to tip to a) prevent waste and b) fully treat your bleached, dry, or frizzy tresses with the repairing product. It’s actually a lot more effective than just trying to massage it with your fingers, meaning you’ll see results STAT.

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BTW, when in doubt go for argan oil and keratin treatments — they’re practically fool-proof for fixing hair.

This argan oil mask ($9.99 on Amazon) is packed with restoring all-natural ingredients like collagen, keratin (always a win for damaged hair), and organic jojoba and argan oils to work like a leave-in conditioner and quickly strengthen weak, damaged hair. Reviewers swear by how healthy and shiny their hair looks and feels afterward!

For more tips, check out “15 Simple But Life-Changing Tips For Anyone With Curly Hair.”

3. Add some impressive shine to your tresses with Verb Ghost Oil to restore even damaged tresses with just a few pumps. Its blend of Moringa oil and essential nutrients smooth frizz, fight humidity, and promote bouncy, healthy locks no matter how many mornings you use a straightener. Fried hair is no longer in our vocabulary.

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Promising review: “This stuff has changed my hair game. I have excessively bleached hair. But this stuff is so great to my hair, it has returned it to a soft, healthy, silky feeling. My regime is wash, condition for awhile or use a protein treatment, let it dry till it’s damp, then I run it through my hair (I have long, thick hair) and work it into the bleached parts. I dry and then add a little more after. The amount you get for the price is astonishing, considering most hair oils are less product for like twice as much. Buy it: works great, smells great, feels great.” —Eva

Get it from Amazon for $18.

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “23 Things Under $25 That BuzzFeed Writers Swear By“.

4. Tackle braiding your own hair by learning the timeless fishtail style in eight easy-to-remember steps. It may *seem* hard, but once you get the hang of it, you can rock this fancy-looking ‘do all the time to give your hair a break from heat styling (and some mini hair ties will make it look even better).

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5. Promote natural hair growth with castor oil, aka an easy, all-natural way to restore a fuller mane. It’s rich in vitamins and fatty acids to balance your scalp’s pH levels (goodbye, itchiness), which in turn will lead to soft, healthy tresses.

Promising review: “I had an allergy in my scalp 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try a hair-growing product to bring my hair back. I read online and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growth, but there are lots of castor oil brands. I tried this product because of the good reviews, and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. My hair became softer than before and thicker, and one bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

6. Opt for a cotton T-shirt for a gentle way to dry your hair. It prevents breakage and any more split ends from magically appearing. Some news: towels can actually be pretty damaging to fragile (especially curly) hair!

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Promising review: “Everyone has been telling me how healthy my hair has been looking! I haven’t changed a thing except that I started using this towel! I use a blow dryer daily to dry my hair and this towel has significantly cut down on the blow drying time, saving my hair from all that harsh heat. I’m in love with these towels! I need to get myself some more!” —Lina

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in eight colors).

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “This Miracle Hair Towel Actually Cuts My Hair Drying Time In Half.”

8. Wash natural hair once every seven to ten days to avoid drying out. If you find your hair is actually more on the oily side, switch to washing it twice a week.

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9. And when you DO wash your natural hair, use strictly curl-specializing formulas like a hydrating cowash. Its blend of coconut oil, shea butter, and avocado oil detangle and condition, while gently cleansing your scalp. So long frizz, hellooooo definition.

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Promising review: “I’ve always struggled with keeping my hair manageable, especially during summer when the humidity is high. I have thick, coarse, curly hair and this stuff is a DREAM. Not only does it feel great during the shower, it smells amazing. And not only does my hair stay the way I like and feel soft, but my scalp no longer itches. (Side note: we have hard water… and it STILL works!) I’m a convert and will be using this instead of shampoo now.” —jamestown

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

Check out more curly-haired favorites in “24 Natural Hair Products You Can Actually Afford.”

10. Don’t forget the importance of a heat protectant spray — spray this on before styling with tools so you can put a barrier between your delicate strands and red-hot plates. This one is even chock-full of argan, coconut, and olive oil to not only guard your hair, but cancel frizz and make it SO much glossier.

Promising review: “I never used to use thermal protection spray, because every single one I tried made my hair super crunchy and dry. After a stern talking to by my stylist I decided to look for another one and give it another try. I am so glad I stumbled across this stuff. I tried the small bottle first to see if I liked it and I was shocked how soft my hair felt after using it! It even helps my hair straighten better and makes it so shiny! Highly recommend.” —Melissa

Get it from Amazon for $14.89.

11. Identify your ~hair type~ so you can better shop for specific goals that have you in mind. For example, Shea Moisture styling milk is a great tool for defining natural, curly hair. However! L’Oréal vomumizing shampoo and conditioner is better for giving fine, straight hair more shape.

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Promising review (for the SheaMoisture styling milk): “I recently bleached my hair in order to have a lighter color. Even though I was very careful, used quality products and followed directions exactly, my hair was left damaged. It has lost a lot of its curl and feels dry and brittle. I have spent a fortune trying different deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners and styling products. This is the first one that keeps my hair feeling soft and conditioned for several days after washing. I can also apply this to dry hair. I have found that if I dampen my dry hair a bit and then apply this, I get the best results on shampoo-free days. It has also brought back a lot of my curls!” —GeeBLate

Get them from Amazon: Shea Moisture styling milk for $9.19 and L’Oréal volumizing shampoo and conditioner for $13.98.

For more helpful tips, check out “A Pro Hairstylist Gave Us Curly Hair Makeovers And A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Use.”

12. Confront bleach and coloring damage ~head on~ with a cult-favorite at-home Olaplex hair repair treatment. It quickly gets to work on strengthening each and every strand with bond-building technology to bring your mane back to shiny and new, no matter how many dang times you’ve dyed it.

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Interestingly enough, this isn’t even a conditioner — just a very intense repair kit that’s usually exclusive to salons (typically you use this after over-bleaching and coloring, but it’s also great for any kind of damage!). It relinks broken bonds in hair to provide structural repair.

Promising review: “I was dealing with frizzy, dehydrated locks from a recent session with a stylist that did not use Olaplex throughout her processing. I waited to wash my hair after I received this product. It’s ridiculous how great this product is. I could feel the softness as I was rinsing it out. I had soft and touchable locks with less brassy, cooler tones throughout. I am now only open to booking appointments with professionals who use Olaplex with their processes. I would rather pay a little extra than deal with the heartbreak of gummy ends and hair that feels and looks like straw.” —AC

Get it from Amazon for $28.

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “This Product Has Saved The Color-Treated, Totally Damaged Hair Of Thousands Of People“.

13. Use a dry shampoo *powder* to totally absorb excess oil and add volume, while still treating your hair with a formula that’s gentler than traditional sprays. Plus, this’ll actually ~treat~ your hair with rice starch, lavender oil, and more, instead of simply masking an oily scalp.

Promising review: “I’ve been using this product for almost a year now. The first bottle lasted 10 months using it two to three times per week. I have thin, fine hair that gets weighed down easily. I do not use the tip to put this in my hair (that creates patches of white that are hard to distribute). Rather, I sprinkle a little powder in my hands, turn my head upside down, and work it into the roots. I’ve been able to go from washing my hair every day to washing it every fourth day because of this product. It smells wonderful and gives my hair extra body and fullness.” —Waiting for Reign

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

Check out our picks for best dry shampoos that we tried and tested in “The Best Dry Shampoos Will Definitely Carry You In Between Washes.”

14. Limit the amount of product you use per wash. I know it’s tempting to use a truckload of conditioner, but all that residue weighs down your hair. So it’s actually doing more harm than good. Sad face.


Impossible to use only a little conditioner, you say? This hydrating conditioner ($12.95 on Amazon) is specifically made to treat damaged, super-thick hair by combining argan oil and aloe vera (both very hydrating and known to show fast results). Shine WILL happen with a mere drop. I promise.

To learn more helpful tips, check out “14 Charts Anyone Who Sucks At Hair Will Appreciate.

15. Remove dulling components that you probably didn’t even know impact your shine (looking at you, built-up dry shampoo, conditioner, and coloring) by using Neutrogena’s anti-residue shampoo. Just a weekly rinse with this will remove everything and revive your mane to a gorgeous ✨shiny✨ state.

Promising review: “This is a great product! It removed months/years of product buildup in my hair that I didn’t even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes.” —Katherine

Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

16. Space out the amount of time in between harmful bleaching by using a purple hair mask. It’ll brighten your blonde hair in just five minutes, meaning you get to maintain platinum blonde tresses for *much* longer and cut damaging coloring sessions in half. Plus! It uses a combo of soy protein, vitamin B5, and moisturizing super oils to undo bleach damage and keep your mane nice and soft.

The violet formula neutralizes yellow tones left from pigment residue after bleaching or lightening, and brightens your hair without drying it out (in fact it doubles as a deep conditioner) — all in just five minutes.

Promising review: “Let’s be honest, for an at-home hair product that takes five mins in the shower, this mask kicks ass! I’m so mad I didn’t take before-and-after pictures. But I went from a yellowy bleach blonde to a cool icy blonde in just four minutes! Badass! Next week I’m going to leave it in just a little longer to get a couple of those stubborn brassy blonde highlights out, but seriously for an at-home $25 hair treatment, you can’t beat it!” —Shelly K.

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

See how a v similar purple shampoo works in “If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo“.

17. Take a break from damaging hot tools and achieve effortless beach waves by simply putting your (slightly damp) hair in twists before bed. All it takes is some bobby pins at night and a little hairspray in the morning!

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Come morning, your hair is already good to go! Which means you should feel free to sleep in, which is the greatest part of all.

What you’ll need: bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon) and hair spray ($3.49 on Amazon).

Check out the full tutorial from Song of Style for the full “No Heat Beach Waves Tutorial.”

18. Minimize tearing by switching to a detangling brush reviewers with curly and thick hair say successfully brushes through knots *without* painful tearing or pulling. AKA you can finally kiss major shedding goodbye.,

Promising review: “This brush has been the best thing for my natural hair. I have thick 4C hair and I was having trouble keeping it detangled. Before this, I would use a wide tooth comb or my fingers, but they did nothing for the tight knot balls I was getting. I would get frustrated at how long it would take and start going faster which was ultimately ripping my hair out. Every time I touched my hair it seemed like I was losing it. What used to take hours has now been chopped down to about 26 minutes. When I looked at the brush, there was nearly NO shed or broken hairs left behind. I’ve thrown every other detangle tool away (though I decided to keep my fingers). This has my loyalty for life.” —Dubya

Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in three colors).

19. Set your diffuser on its lowest heat setting to avoid too much frying (heat tools = more frizz). If you’re saying, “Do I need a diffuser?” then let me just tell you — YES. It’s a one-way ticket to smoother, glossier ‘dos. Plus, it applies uniform heat for less damage (and when you hold it at an angle, you can better define curls).

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Check out even more curly hair tips from a pro hairstylist!

Promising review: “Forget those $200 dryers with their proprietary diffusers that claim to fix all of your curly hair frustrations. This diffuser reduces the amount of hair blowing your hair around (and therefore frizz), reduces the amount of times you need to move your dryer around your head, and distributes air and heat more evenly to your roots and ends. I have the standard Conair Infinity Pro blowdryer ($28.79) and removing the plastic ring inside the attachment let this diffuser attach securely to my dryer.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

For more tips, check out “15 Simple But Life-Changing Tips For Anyone With Curly Hair.”

Just 👏look👏 at 👏that👏 definition!

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20. Keep a set of coil hair ties ~on hand~ that’ll not only cut hair creases out of your life, but treat your tresses much more gently than traditional elastic bands. It can hold even heavy hair, won’t pull on ponytails (goodbye, headaches), and prevent breakage.


Promising review: “I really love these hair ties! They hold your hair efficiently without pulling or causing a headache. They also do not leave a crease in your hair, and they come out easily. So far they have gone back to their original shape each time, even though I stretch them out when they are in my hair.” —P. McKinney

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99.

21. Update your look while also leaving your curls free of sizzling heat products with a surprisingly simple faux hawk. The best part: you can even rock this when faced with humidity (especially when you wear a little hairspray). WIN.

22. Hit the reset button on fried, over-processed manes with a dollop of L’Oréal repair treatment. Its blend of almond extracts and protein elixirs both strengthens your hair and protects it from further heat damage — it can even withstand bleaching! Talk about multitasking.

ANDDD it mends split-ends and restores shine. I am IMPRESSED.

Promising review: “I noticed a difference in my hair as soon as I used it. My hair is just past my shoulders by three inches. It’s wavy, but extremely dry and has been shedding a lot lately. So I was desperate to try something new before losing it all. It’s so thin now that it’s a real concern. Right after the first use, I’ve noticed that it is shiny, soft, and much easier to mange. And it’s tangle free and has body without being weighed down. It’s nice and fluffy. I LOVE THIS STUFF.” —Aragonme

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

23. Pack on a collagen-infused Elizavecca protein treatment to turn back the hands of time and bring back the shine you DESERVE. Five minutes of wearing this mask, and your mane will forget it ever even met your flat iron. Commence slow-mo hair toss.

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It’s packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

Promising review: “My hair is very thick, frizzy, and has a natural wave. Even when I dry it and straighten it, it still just looks dry and poofy. The first time I used this, I wet my hair a bit and let it sit on there for 20 minutes or so, then showered it off and let my hair air dry (which usually ends up in the dreaded frizz). Lo and behold my hair has never felt so silky and light — without being greasy, which is really important. The second time I used it, I just put on a little in the shower and let it hang out and rinsed it off at the end, and I got similar results as the first time I left it on for 20 minutes. This stuff is the best hair product I’ve ever purchased. And you really only need a little bit to get results right after the shower. I’ve always hated my air-dry natural wave, because of the condition of my hair, but this stuff lets me keep my waves (no styling required) and makes them look shiny and healthy.” —TF

Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We’re Currently Obsessing Over.”

24. Give your hair a break from hot tools from time to time — we all need days off, your mane included. Instead, style it with a headwrap to win the best of both worlds: style and recovering hair.

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Promising review: “This scarf is wonderful. I finally found a scarf that fits my head perfectly and it silky soft, too. I don’t write too many feedbacks on Amazon. Well I’m screaming from the rooftops — this scarf is amazing. The colors are also perfect.” —Hershee45

Get a pack of two headwraps from Amazon for $20.99 (available in 37 styles).

Check out a full tutorial in “8 Head Wrap Cheat Sheets If You Don’t Know How To Tie Them.”

25. Nourish the heck out of your hair and say goodbye to dry, frizzy manes with nothing more than a Garnier leave-in conditioning cream. Its formula of vitamins B3 and B6, plus argan oil and citrus protein keeps your hair shiny and soft (even in the face of humidity). The best part? You can use this on dry hair.

Promising review: “I’m very impressed with this product! I have badly damaged hair like a bird’s nest due to frequent hair coloring, Japanese perm, and hot tools for styling. I was at first reluctant to buy this since it was so cheap and I normally use expensive salon brands. Since I’ve been using so many products and it didn’t take away the tangle or frizz very well, I decided to purchase this product based on its high reviews. I am so glad I did! It got rid of my tangles and made my hair very soft and smooth. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it won’t work as well. In this case it worked spectacularly! I am also impressed with the smell. I am very allergic to perfume and this has a very light fruity smell that didn’t cause me to sneeze.” —honeydew

Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

26. Transform your tresses from weak to sleek (for cheap!) with some Pantene three-minute deep conditioner thanks to its fast-acting, repairing formula. 180 seconds of singing in the shower and it’s SO LONG, FRIZZ. Bring. On. The. SHINE.

27. Scrub away dandruff and dullness with a shampoo brush — it’ll gently deep-clean, exfoliate, and stimulate blood flow to your scalp to make sure every strand of hair gets the ultimate level of restoring treatment.,

Promising review: “I’ve suffered with dry, flaking scalp for about a year now (pretty much started when I was pregnant and hadn’t gone away). I have used tea tree oil shampoo, dandruff shampoo, coconut oil, you name it. I finally read somewhere that exfoliating the scalp might help, but I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid, the bristles were fine and close together, and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little ‘bristles’ are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean. I have super thick hair and no matter how much shampoo I use or how long I scrub my hair, I felt like the back, underneath part of my hair would sometimes stay dirty. This brush gets all that.” —Meg R

Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

28. Restore damaged strands with a super easy DIY hair mask. It only requires TWO ingredients: honey (to moisturize and feed your tresses natural antioxidants) and baby oil. Yep, you read that right. It’s gentle, hydrating, and already softens the skin — so why not the hair?

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This tutorial uses Johnson’s shea and cocoa butter baby oil gel, because it’s *extra* soothing and moisturizing.

What you’ll need: 1/2 cup honey ($5.99 on Amazon), 1/4 cup Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel in Shea and Cocoa Better ($4.99 on Target), 1/4 cup warm water.

Or if that sounds like too much work, get a popular argan oil hair mask from Amazon for $12.98.

Check out more from Advice From a Twenty Something for the full “DIY Hair Mask For Dry, Damaged Hair” tutorial.

29. Drop the curling iron in favor of flexible curling rods. Your waves will have a chance to come back to life thanks to the lack of consistent heat damage, not to mention you can better customize the kind of curl you want with these anyway.,

AND you wear ’em to sleep so you’re good to go come morning! *Dreams* do come true. They vary in size so you can pick which is best for your hair length!

Promising review: “I have thick 4C hair and I love this set. I usually have the smaller odds at the ends of my hair and have the bigger rods at the top of my hair. My hair came out so curly. It really reminded me of the movie star curls, because it has been such a long time since I have seen my hair curl without having to use heat to it. ” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $12.99.

to learn more, check out “Give Your Hair A Break From The Heat And Try These Amazing Curling Rods.”

30. Put your hair worries to rest by finding the right hairdo to sleep in. One of the easiest ways? Wear a satin bonnet to bed to protect your hair from frizzing overnight, even if you toss and turn ’til sunrise.

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Promising review: “I have long hair that’s super curly and after 26 years of life, I finally mastered styling my hair with the help of Devacurl products. The only problem I had was not being able to maintain my style overnight. I would have to wake up and start the wash, condition, gel, and diffuse process all over again. This bonnet not only fit my big hair, but it stayed in place all night as I slept. The next morning my hair was soft, curls intact, and frizz minimized.” —online shopper

Get it from Amazon for $17.96 (available in 11 colors).

For more tips, check out Naturally Curly for “Five Ways To Sleep Without Ruining Your Curls.”

31. Enlist the help of a leave-in argan oil treatment — a well-loved and simple solution for many a frizz and damage fighter. Why? It starts at the the scalp to restore shine to even the most over-processed, burnt hair.,

You can even use it as a heat protectant!

Promising review: “I have really coarse, color-treated 4C hair and have been through many products attempting to keep it tamed, soft, and moisturized. Very few are effective in doing so, however, this has done more than an amazing job. I even purchased it for my mother who has even thicker hair than I do and she loves it. I was able to use this to blow dry my hair which usually causes a lot of breakage and damage, but when I blow dry my hair with the oil, I barely had any breakage.” —Georgina J.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

32. Don’t blow dry your hair every day after working out (or even just showering). Instead, quickly style it into a braided bun that’ll stay in place if your hair is still wet (but you can use a styling serum just in case).

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I’ve been guilty of blow-drying and styling my hair on the daily after working out and believe you me, I SEE the difference when I stop. Sometimes all your hair needs is a break!

What you’ll need: Hair ties ($4.99 on Amazon) and styling serum ($10.99 on Amazon).

For the full tutorial, check out “This Braided Bun Is The Best Thing You Can Do With Wet Hair.”

You and your hair from now on:

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

Need more for your mane? We’ve got products to give you the silkiest hair ever, solutions for dry or damaged hair, and incredible products for short hair. Plus, the best wigs for anyone who’d rather improve their ‘do that way. Or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

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