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Let's be honest, ladies — every single time we flip it mid-conversation, shyly tuck it behind our ears or peek through it when it falls before our faces like a curtain, we know exactly what we're doing: making the stone cold heart of every onlooker melt like butter on the sidewalk in the middle of July. Whether you're rocking a face-framing pixie or waist-length layers, gorgeous, healthy hair is a gal's greatest accessory. But ironically, we often damage it in the process of getting it to that gorgeous state.

After deciding to go red for the eighth time, our hair just can't take the abuse. For all the ladies with dry, over-heated hair; for all those who've gone six months too long without a hair cut; for all the strawberry blondes that were God-intended brunettes — let us introduce you to your new hair savior. Damaged hair, meet deep conditioner. We think you two will be very happy together.

Our readers dished on the best deep conditioners (and hair masks — aka, one step up from deep conditioners) to help your hair finally reach its full potential.

Use one of these after your regular conditioner once or twice a week: apply enough product to cover all of your hair, and put on a shower cap for the last 10 minutes of your shower. Let the stuff work its deep conditioning magic, and voila — healthy, beautiful, heart-melting hair.

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Best Deep Conditioner No. 14: Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask, $10.39

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.3*

Why it's great: One user describes this mask as smelling "like an almond cookie on your head" and that's honestly all you need to know. She also adds that it leaves hair soft "without weighing it down or leaving it greasy-feeling," resulting in "soft, hydrated strands that look healthy and nourished." Plus, another reviewer noted that the softening effects of the mask "lasted long after [she] applied it."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask here.

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Best Deep Conditioner No. 13: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, $7.99
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.7*

Why it's great: More than 100 readers have written reviews raving about this mask's ability to put life back into dry, damaged and frizzy hair. "It has various oils and butters to penetrate every part of the hair shaft, and boy does it do a good job!" one user gushes.

Reviewers also recommend leaving the product on for 30 minutes to help repair brittle hair. One user says, "I think if you have thicker or more damaged hair you can get away with leaving it on for a while. It did not weigh down my hair at all. After I rinsed it out my hair felt like silk."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask here.

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Best Deep Conditioner No. 12: L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare - Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm, $5.99
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.8*

Why it's great: "[This is] probably the most powerful drugstore deep conditioner in ages," says one user. "[It] mends split ends and damaged hair, making it smooth and shiny." Readers are infatuated with their "shiny and soft hair" after "only having used it once!"

"If you are looking for a drugstore hair mask, this is THE one you have to get it," raves another reader. "Not only does it really make you feel like you have someone else's hair (someone more fabulous), but it also smells great, and the price is amazing." If you want an inexpensive, damage-repairing product, readers say this is your new go-to.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare - Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm here.

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Best Deep Conditioner No. 11: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream, $18
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.8*

Why it's great: Readers give this "rich" deep conditioner a glowing recommendation because the results "don't just shampoo out" — "the benefits last for about a week after use." They say that it's a "great investment for your hair" because it "makes hair superstrong," "calms the frizzies" and "returns [damaged] hair back to health." One reader, who says her hair is so dry it "crunches" to the touch, found that her hair was softer than ever after using this product. "I have soft, shiny, bouncy hair for ... the first time in my life. I can actually run my fingers through my hair," she says.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Redken All Soft Heavy Cream here.

*At time of publication

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Let's be honest, ladies — every single time we flip it mid-conversation, shyly tuck it behind our ears or peek through it when it falls before our faces like a curtain, we know exactly what we're doing: making the stone cold heart of every onlooker melt like butter on the sidewalk in the middle of July. Whether you're rocking a face-framing pixie or waist-length layers, gorgeous, healthy hair is a gal's greatest accessory. But ironically, we often damage it in the process of getting it to that gorgeous state.

After deciding to go red for the eighth time, our hair just can't take the abuse. For all the ladies with dry, over-heated hair; for all those who've gone six months too long without a hair cut; for all the strawberry blondes that were God-intended brunettes — let us introduce you to your new hair savior. Damaged hair, meet deep conditioner. We think you two will be very happy together.

Our readers dished on the best deep conditioners (and hair masks — aka, one step up from deep conditioners) to help your hair finally reach its full potential.

Use one of these after your regular conditioner once or twice a week: apply enough product to cover all of your hair, and put on a shower cap for the last 10 minutes of your shower. Let the stuff work its deep conditioning magic, and voila — healthy, beautiful, heart-melting hair.

Image via Imaxtree
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