How to Revive Your Hair, No Matter How Bad the Damage

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The Good Life celebrates innovation in everything, including an awesome hair product. Hats off (because your hair is going to look fantastic!) to the whizzes who came up with these high-tech finds.

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Smart Care

Five high-tech treatment products to healthy up your hair and scalp.

1. De-grunge to renew

Scalp exfoliators slough off product buildup and dry, flaky skin, says Ni'Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist. The outcome? Bouncy, healthy hair. Kiehl's Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment ($20, uses finely ground apricot seeds and argan shells to help gently loosen gunk before washing.

2. For softer strands

Reverse the usual order and condition first, then shampoo, for hair that's healthy but not weighed down. Color stays longer too. "My fine hair felt fuller and softer, and held its style better," raved a tester after using the TreSemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo system ($5 each,

3. Cleanse and hydrate

Moisturizing shampoo-conditioner hybrids, which clean without stripping, can be difficult to work through thick curls. Not so with Joico Moisture Co+Wash Whipped Cleansing Conditioner ($24, Cristina B., a hairstylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York, found the fluffy texture "was easy to get through my long, dense hair."

4. Deep condition without flattening

Weekly conditioning treatments usually contain hefty emollients that'll flatten fine hair. This mousse version, Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Conditioning Whipped Cream ($44,, uses light oils in a frothy formula so you can't overdo it. Said one tester, "It actually made my fine hair look lifted."

Foolproof Style

Helps to fight frizz, make waves, and smooth hair in a flash.

1. Get a blowout minus the dryer

You practically need three hands to style with a blow-dryer and a round brush, but this user-friendly Jose Eber Digital Straightening Brush ($100, can smooth and add volume to hair after air-drying. "I looked as if I'd had a real blowout, and all I did was brush through my hair," said our tester.

2. Smooth your ends

A dry conditioner calms fuzzy bits on fine hair without weighing it down. Apply this powdery spray to dry hair — avoiding the roots — then rake through with your fingers. Chi Dry Conditioner ($19, got rid of our tester's halo of frizz, "but it wasn't too heavy or gunky," she says.

3. Fight frizz with a few drops

"The light silicone serum in Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil ($6, calms flyaways and adds shine, but it's not nearly as heavy as a regular oil," says Mia Santiago, a hairstylist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger. It sure polished up our tester's long hair: "And I only had to use a tiny bit for allover shine."

4. Create silky waves

Sea salt sprays are a great way to amp up volume and a natural wavy texture, but some leave behind a crunchy, icky feeling. This lotion version moisturizes with Brazil nut extract, while vitamin E protects against damage. Our fine-haired tester used it on slightly damp hair and then air-dried: "It added oomph and pumped up my natural wave without any grittiness." Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion ($42,

5. Disappear greasy spots

Dry shampoo can — poof! — spread all over, but R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste ($28, turns into oil-blotting powder when you rub it on your scalp, so you target just the roots. Said our tester: "It gave my limp hair a definite lift."

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Healthy Color

New solutions — no more fading, frying, or roots peeking out.

1. Repair damage

A weekly conditioning treatment like b3 Brazilian Bond Builder Instant Restore & Protect Reconstructor ($36, uses polymers and proteins to fix hair bonds that break down after a dye job or heat damage. Result: great color without crisped, stressed-out hair. Cristina B. tested and said her hair felt softer in a few weeks.

2. Seal in your shade

Comb this color-preserving balm through your hair after conditioning, wait a few minutes, then rinse out to help prevent fading from the sun or pool. Our tester, who swims laps every week, said, "My hair gets brassy and dull from the chlorine, but this kept my brunette shade pretty." Sexy Hair Vibrant Sexy Hair Color Guard ($18,

3. Brighten your hair in the shower

Old-school lightening treatments used to create crayon-bright highlights, but John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Lightening Treatment ($10, uses a touch of hydrogen peroxide to bump up either brunette or blond hair by just one shade. "This was easy to apply and made my blond hair more golden in a subtle, natural way," said our tester.

4. DIY color, zero mess

The foam in L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue ($15, drugstores) won't drip all over your bathroom. It spreads through hair evenly, says Mark DeBolt, a senior colorist at Marie Robinson Salon in New York.

5. Hide those roots, pronto

Disguise grays for up to five shampoos with a long-wearing tint from Redken Color Rebel No Holds Brunette ($20, "This can extend your color for weeks," says Andrea Swanson, owner of the House Salon in California.

This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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