Known as the glue that holds our skin together, ceramides also help to mend broken hair fibers and reinforce the hair's structure. "They're the real cement of the cuticle scales,” Bone says. Since they’re known for their smoothing properties, look for them in finishing products like serums and oils. Best bets: Matrix Sleek Look Miracle Reconstructor or Phyto Phytokeratin Reparative Serum.
Superfruits & Antioxidants
New blends of antioxidants are constantly being introduced in skincare to help protect from free radicals, which cause aging. In haircare, you find even superfruits to help nourish your strands and shield color from fading. Bumble and Bumble’s Color Minded UV Protective Polish uses a combination of antioxidants to block the sun and acts as a lightweight finishing serum. Or, for added moisture, try Garnier Fructis’s Hydra Recharge Moisture-Whip Leave In Conditioner, which combines goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi.
Whether we like it or not as we get older, hyaluronic acid eventually becomes our BFF. Know for locking in hydration to temporarily plump out lines and wrinkles, in haircare it helps each individual strand retain moisture. For replenishment, infuse your tresses with an at-home treatment such as L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Moisture Rush Masque or John Masters Organics Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor. Before you know it, your hair might be carded on the regular.
Photographed by Sarah Balch.