Healthy Hair = Happy Hair

The dreaded bad hair day. It’s a cliché for a reason. Everyone has had one. It impacts your confidence, distracting you all day until, like a domino, it causes a chain reaction of unpleasantness. And it all started with unruly tresses. Great looking hair begins with healthy hair and whether you are looking to heal your damaged mane or style your dull locks, these products are great first steps.

Simply Smooth Xtend is a line that ranges from shampoo to finishing products for use after a keratin treatment, but they also work superbly on their own. The Volumizer is a weightless, color-safe botanical blend that plumped my fine hair. The Calming Balm reduces frizz, adds softness and shine, while shortening blow-drying time. Both are sodium chloride-free. $20 for 8.5oz.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo intensive treatment that helps improve elasticity, body and shine. Audrey Hepburn’s career required frequent hair coloring and processing. Kingsley developed this to keep her hair healthy throughout the abuse. This fragrance-free pre-wash treatment is not only safe for color-treated hair, it provides UV protection to extend the life of your color. $47 for 5.07oz.

Apply Alterna Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream and leave it in as you blow-dry your hair. This paraben and sulfate-free treatment is especially good for coarse, porous or extremely damaged hair. It restructures the cuticle, strengthening, smoothing and helping prevent future breaks. $35 for 5.1oz.

Pure NV BKT Ker-Argan Oil includes keratin, as well as argan and linseed oils, Omega-3 and vitamin E that nourish. A little goes a long way to infuse hair with shine and strength while reducing frizz. Apply to hair before swimming and it protects against damage from chlorine or salt. This oil has a soothing sage scent and is free of parabens, sodium chloride and sulfates. $32 for 4oz.

Try Davines S? Moisturizing Leave-In Mist after a day in the sun. Apply this light spray after shampooing to detangle and reduce static for a smoothing effect. It moisturizes hair damaged by sun, salt and chlorine and protects against UVA and UVB rays that break down both natural and artificial hair color. Walnut oil extract also helps protect against further sun damage. $29 for 4.23oz.

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toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.