Shiny Hair, We All Want It

Your poor hair, constantly out there, exposed, fried and abused. Show it some compassion, woman! These distressing treatments worked for seven real-life test cases.

No. 1 Surf and Sun Bleached

“My hair was dull, lifeless”, says Roxy pro surfer Kassia Meador, 27. Salon and drugstore deep treatments with vitamins A and E protect against color fade. One luxurious option: Kerastase Chronologiste At-Home Ritual [$145, kerastase-usa.com] After she let it sit on her hair for 10 minutes: “So much shine!”.

No. 2 Color Treated

Bleaching and dyeing gave fashion blogger Audrey Kitching, 25, fuzzy hair. A leave-in made it “smooth after just one use”, she says. She tried Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex [$33, bumbleandbumble.com].

No. 3 If You Swim a Lot

Try a product with essential oils, like L’Occitane Aromachologie Gel Mask Conditioner [$29, usa.loccitane.com]. “It soother my dry ends in five minutes”, says U.S. National Synchronized Swim Team member Meghan Kinney, 21.

No. 4 If It’s Just Dirty

Habitat for Humanity volunteer Rachel Edelman, 25, found construction dust roughed up hair. She tried Pantene Pro-V Curly Hair Series Professional Level Damage Repair Ampoules [$8, at drugstores]. “My curls are bouncy again”.

No. 5 Addicted to Heat

“Heat styling at photo shoots makes my hair frizz”, says model Laura Harrier, 20. She used a fast fix: Dove Intensive Repair Damage Therapy Conditioner [$4, at drugstores]. My hair was instantly smoother!”

No. 6 Always Outdoors

“The weather dries out my hair”, says Outdoor Bound Adventures owner Connie Maggee, 40. To hydrate: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo: Dryness Reversal Treatment [$6, at drugstores]. “The frizz and tangles are gone”.

No. 7 Just Plain Stressed

Katie Jaruszewicz, 24, a physicial therapy resident who’s planning her wedding, learned: Stress thins hair. Ceramides in L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Overnight Repair Treatment [$9, at drugstores] made her hair “strong and easy to style”.

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