Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Review: Recover Dry, Damaged Hair?

briogeo don't despair repair review

This post was most recently updated on June 11th, 2023

Given almost everything we do to our hair can damage it (think: brushing, coloring, heat styling), dry, lifeless hair seems almost inevitable. Our Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair review discusses the popular product line that can strengthen and hydrate your tresses with every use.

We take a closer look at the benefits of Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair, ingredient breakdown, authentic reviews, disadvantages, and alternatives for you.

briogeo don't despair repair review

Who is it for?

The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Collection is made of organic, hydrating ingredients that help add moisture and strength to each of your hair strands. It is exclusively tailored for dry, damaged, and brittle hair of all hair types (1a-4c) and textures (fine to thick).

In addition, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair is also safe for color- and chemically-treated hair as it’s free of sulfates which won’t strip out your hair color vibrancy and tones.

However, hair that easily gets moisturized might find it too heavy. So in-between treatments in this collection, we suggest using Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo to remove product buildup and sebum once a week.

Next, let’s check out the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair product line.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Line: Restores Your Hair’s Strength and Moisture From the Inside Out

In truth, most hair damage is actually permanent as we are dealing with dead cells. But don’t despair if you are tempted to use a pair of shears to chop it all away! The correct treatments can actually restore your hair to a certain extent and prevent further damage.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair got your back from lathering products to leave-in treatment. This article is going to take a closer look at:

Now, let’s take a look at them one by one.

Don’t Despair, Repair! Rosehip + Algae Super Moisture Shampoo

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Benefits: Gently cleanses your hair while also hydrating, nourishing, and protecting dry, damaged hair.

Key Ingredients: Rosehip Oil, Algae Extract, Plant Proteins, and B Vitamins (91% naturally derived).

How to Use: Massage into your wet hair to form a lather, then rinse thoroughly.

For a sulfate-free shampoo, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair lathers up and cleanses your hair very well without stripping the moisture or leaving your hair tangled. It has a creamy texture with a nice floral scent that goes away after drying.

This 2x award-winning, ultra-hydrating shampoo is loaded with proteins and moisturizers that also help strengthen and hydrate your hair in every use. It is a perfect shampoo for dry hair, but not the best solution for oily hair or oil scalps. It may be too heavy and somehow leave a buildup on it after a few uses.

What Customers Loved: “Helps with the dryness I had with my hair. Hair becomes very soft and manageable, and smells good.”
What Customers Did Not Like: “Again the scent is amazing but felt like this one left my hair somewhat oily.”

Don’t Despair, Repair! Almond Oil + Algae Super Moisture Conditioner

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Benefits: Hydrates, strengthens, and protects your hair from further damage.

Key Ingredients: Almond Oil, Algae Extract, Vitamin B5, and Argan Oil (95% naturally derived).

How to Use: Apply onto your strands from mid-lengths to ends. Leave it on for two minutes before rinsing. Use between Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Conditioning Mask for deep moisture and intense hair strengthening.

If you’re quite low maintenance but want hair that feels healthy, Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Conditioner is a must-have. It is a rich, creamy conditioner but light in consistency and has a similar scent to the shampoo. You can immediately feel how soft and shiny your hair is after rinsing it out.

Briogeo’s 7x award-winning conditioner is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins and is scientifically proven to strengthen and protect your hair from breakage. You’ll need to wash out thoroughly to avoid it from weighing your hair down.

What Customers Loved: “It only takes a tiny amount to make my hair soft and tangle-free.
What Customers Did Not Like: “Product is so hard to get out of the bottle and mold grows on the bottle if water touches it, I’ve never had an issue with other bottles in my shower except for this one.”

Don’t Despair, Repair! Rosehip + Algae Deep Conditioning Mask

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Benefits: Deeply moisturize and strengthen damaged hair while also preventing further breakage.

Key Ingredients: Rosehip Oil, Algae Extract, Almond Oil, and Biotin (97% naturally derived).

How to Use: After washing or conditioning, evenly apply on your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. For a more intense treatment, cover your hair with a shower cap and sit under a hair dryer for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

This 15x award winner comes in a soft creamy texture that’s thick enough to give a deep treatment to your fragile hair. It leaves your hair feeling moisturized and smooth to the touch afterward. The floral scent is also very pleasant and not harsh or overbearing.

This weekly treatment is scientifically proven to strengthen your hair 2x after three uses and reduce breakage after two uses. However, some reported that it’s not intense enough for very damaged hair and doesn’t quite help to tame frizz. You may want to try Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask if you have severely damaged hair.

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What Customers Loved: “Doesn’t weigh it down, doesn’t make it greasy. Fully strengthened and feels so soft after one use. I use it twice a week and I have little breakage after years of bleaching my dark brown hair.”
What Customers Did Not Like: “Moisturizes decently, but could do a better job moisturizing, particularly at the ends of your hair.”

Don’t Despair, Repair! Rice Water MegaStrength+ Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment

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Benefits: Intensively nourishes and improves the elasticity of dry, damaged hair.

Key Ingredients: Rice Protein Complex, B Vitamins, Algae Extract, and Rosehip Oil (98% naturally derived).

How to Use: After shampooing, apply throughout damp hair and let it sit for at least 10 minutes or overnight. Rinse it out and follow with the Don’t Despair Repair Super Moisture Conditioner and/or Deep Conditioning Mask.

This weekly or bi-weekly treatment is an intensive rinse-off formula that effortlessly leaves your hair feeling softer and healthier. It has a lightweight, creamy texture that spreads and rinses out easily. The scent is also subtle and not too strong, which is a plus.

The Don’t Despair Repair Rice Water Strengthening Treatment features a dual-action formula that hydrates and protects your hair from breaking off. This 9x award winner is also scientifically proven to reduce breakage by 60% after one use. The drawback is that it’s a bit pricey.

What Customers Loved: “I’ve been using this for about a month (3 times) and I really like it. I saw a difference in my hair after 1st use, it appeared to be less dry and didn’t quite feel like a broom.”
What Customers Did Not Like: “It’s not necessarily bad, but I find it unnecessary and annoying since you need to have it in your hair for at least 10 minutes. I’m just standing in the shower doing nothing […]”

Don’t Despair, Repair! Ceramides + Rose Flower Strengthening Treatment Oil

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Benefits: Restores damaged hair and seals in split ends in every use.

Key Ingredients: Ceramides, Macadamia Nut Derivative, Rose Flower Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil (97% naturally derived).

How to Use: Apply a small amount of oil throughout damp hair from mid-lengths to ends. Add a few drops to Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask for extra moisture.

If repairing hair is your main goal, then Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Oil is a great option for you. It is a lightweight, concentrated oil that improves your hair’s elasticity and shine over time. The scent is citrusy floral-like, but it is quite strong (especially if you’re sensitive to it).

It features clinically proven technology that seals in your cuticles to protect against hair breakage. The third-party trial testing also shows that this treatment oil can repair damage by up to 88% after two uses. However, it may weigh down oily and fine hair if used too much.

What Customers Loved: “I have split ends that make my hair look dull and frizzy. I’ve found that this oil makes the ends shinier and softer.”
What Customers Did Not Like: “This product has made my hair so strong just after a few days. Not a huge fan of how oily it makes it.”

Don’t Despair, Repair! Argan Oil + CeramidesMoisture + Damage Defense Leave-In Treatment

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Benefits: Helps seal in split ends up to 100% and restore damaged hair to its healthy condition.

Key Ingredients: Argan, Coconut + Rosehip Oils, Algae Extract, Naturally Derived Repair Copolymer, and Ceramides (97% naturally derived).

How to Use: Apply a small amount to damp hair from mid-lengths to ends. Comb your hair and style it as usual.

When it comes to split ends, trim seems the only way to get rid of them. But if you aren’t ready to chop your hair, then you should try this one. It is a light, milky leave-in treatment that leaves your hair soft and frizz-free without weighing it down. The scent is also pleasant, nothing overpowering.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Leave-In Treatment is packed with biomimetic lipids and scientifically tested to seal up split ends up to 100% after two uses. However, some notice that it makes their hair feel stiff and can be heavy on fine, thin hair if you overdo it with this cream.

What Customers Loved: “I have long and thick hair that is pretty frizzy and this just helps tame everything and leave it really nice and hydrated and healthy looking.”
What Customers Did Not Like: “This leave-in treatment was just ok! I was hoping I’d love it but it was just mediocre in my opinion.”

Overall, you can use them together to get the best results, starting with the shampoo, the megastrength treatment, and the conditioner or hair mask. If you have dry, dull hair, opt for the strengthening treatment oil. You can try the leave-in treatment if split ends are your particular concern.

Next, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients of Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair line.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Main Ingredients Breakdown

Each of Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! product is formulated with a vegan ingredient blend, plus it’s Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. They’re all safe from controversial ingredients, such as sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, artificial colors, and DEA.

We uncovered the benefits of key ingredients of the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Collection.

Rosehip Oil – It is a good source of lycopene and essential fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid). Lycopene is an antioxidant that can protect your hair against free radicals. The fatty acids are beneficial to maintain your hair’s moisture and healthy scalps.
Algae Extract – Derived from microalgae, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins A, B, and C. Algae extract can help strengthen hair, protect the scalp from free radicals, and reverse signs of damage.
Plant Proteins – Extracted from soy, plant-based protein is beneficial to strengthen and repair damaged hair by filling out the missing keratin in your hair shaft.
B Vitamins, Vitamin B5, and Biotin – B Vitamins are composed of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B5, B7 (biotin), B9, and B12. This vitamin complex is beneficial to strengthen and nourish your hair. Vitamin B5 or panthenol helps promote strong and soft hair. It also helps soothe inflammation on your scalp. Meanwhile, Biotin is beneficial to strengthen your hair and decrease hair breakage.
Almond Oil – It contains oleic acid and linoleic acid which are shown to strengthen and repair damaged hair. Almond oil is also a great source of vitamin E antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress and protect your hair from free radical damage.
Argan Oil – Loaded with fatty acids, this liquid gold is ideal to hydrate your tresses and prevent breakage by creating protective layers on your hair.
Rice Water – Anecdotal evidence showed that rice water may help reduce tangle, increase shine, and promote strong hair. A 2010 paper noted that rice water helps improve hair’s elasticity and soften the surface roughness of your hair.
Ceramides – Biomimetic lipids that can improve hair strength by reinforcing your hair cuticles.
Macadamia Nut DerivativeSimilar to coconut oil, macadamia oil can penetrate the hair shaft and infuse it with fatty acids, leading to improved strong hair.
Rose Flower Oil – It is beneficial to hydrate your hair and scalp thanks to its emollient properties. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which help promote a healthy scalp.
Coconut Oil – Packed with lauric acid, coconut oil is beneficial to replace the missing proteins in your hair, leading to stronger and moisturized hair.
Naturally Derived Repair Copolymer – It’s made of hydrogenated (semi-solid) castor oil and sebacic acid which then creates a polymer technology. It works by filling the gaps of damaged hair and sealing in the cuticles, leading to a smooth, shiny feel to it.

These are the key ingredients of the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection and what they do to your hair individually. Now, let’s take a look at the customer reviews.

Real-Life User Experiences with Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!

To back up our review, we’ve collected several authentic reviews from various sources and see how the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection works for their hair.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 1 - the shampoo

Results of a woman with extremely dry hair and brittle hair due to constant hair coloring after using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo. She noticed improved hair quality after one use and less shedding after a few washes.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 2 - the conditioner

Results of an Asian woman with platinum blonde-bleached hair after using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Conditioner. Her hair feels stronger over time and well-hydrated all week.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 3 - the mask

Results of a curly-haired woman after using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask for a couple of weeks. Her clumped curls started forming again and look shinier, moisturized, and healthier.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 4 - the treatment

Results of a woman with curly, color-treated hair after using Don’t Despair, Repair! Rice Water MegaStrength+ Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment. Her hair looks shinier and her curls are bouncier than they were before.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 5 - the oil

Results of a woman with wavy hair after using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil. Her hair instantly looks shinier and the frizziness is completely gone.

briogeo don't despair repair review - 6 - the leave-in treatment

Results of a woman with straight hair after using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave-In Treatment. It takes away frizz and leaves her hair softer and shinier.

Now we know that the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection really helps promote well-hydrated and healthy hair to dry, damaged hair of all hair types. Next, let’s check out the side effects of the products.

Possible Side Effects of Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair

The Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection might be free of harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, parabens, etc. However, some ingredients may cause unnecessary effects to people who are sensitive to them. Here we cover the possible side effects of Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair.

  • Some Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair products contain sweet almond oil. If you have a nut allergy, it is best to stay clear from Don’t Despair Repair Conditioner, Mask, Rice Water Treatment, and Treatment Oil.
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask contains hydrolyzed wheat protein and hydrolyzed soy protein. Kindly avoid using it to prevent unwanted effects if you are allergic to wheat and soy.
  • All Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair products are not fragrance-free. If you are sensitive to it, you can choose the Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind collection as it is formulated without fragrance or essential oils.
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair contains plant-based ingredients (rosehip oil, by leaf, and rose oil) that may cause allergic reactions (rash or hives) in some people.
  • Some Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair (the shampoo, hair mask, and leave-in treatment) contains benzyl alcohol that may cause itching or redness if you have sensitive skin.
  • You may experience eye and skin irritation as Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Rice Water Treatment contain Behentrimonium Chloride and Cetrimonium Chloride. It is best to do a patch test before using the products, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Always double-check the ingredients and allergies you have to avoid adverse effects while using the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection. If you notice allergic reactions, kindly stop using the products and use OTC hydrocortisone cream to soothe your skin.

Next, let’s find alternatives to Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair.

Alternatives to the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Collection

In terms of remedies for damaged hair, you have plenty of options out there as an alternative to Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair. For instance, Olaplex, Pureology, and SheaMoisture. Keep scrolling to figure out which one is the right fit for you.

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector

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Thanks to their patented ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, Olaplex has a reputation for being a cult-favorite brand for extremely damaged hair. Read our full review of Olaplex to learn more about the brand.

One of their best products is No. 3 Hair Perfector, a weekly pre-poo treatment that repairs and prevents damage, giving you strong and well-moisturized hair. You can get it for $30 (3.3 fl oz) on Amazon. It works best if paired with No. 0 Bond Building Treatment and No. 8 Moisture Mask.

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo

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For a multitasking option, Pureology Strength Cure is pretty much all you need, especially if you have damaged, color-treated hair. It is designed to repair damage, strengthen & soften, and preserve your hair color tones.

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo is a stress-free option that provides a gentle cleanse while also restoring your hair strength. It is also infused with patented Antifade Complex which protects your hair color from instant fading. A pack of this shampoo costs you $36 for 9 fl oz.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-in Conditioner

 

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If you have damaged, curly hair, then the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line may be the perfect fit for you. It is specially designed for the 3A-4C type of hair that looks for a reparative formula without jeopardizing the curls.

SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-in Conditioner is formulated with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter that helps improve your hair elasticity while also reducing frizz. When it comes to pricing, this leave-in treatment costs around $9.97 for 11.5 fl oz.

Bottom Line: Hydrates, Strengthens, and Repairs Damaged Hair

The Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair collection is the perfect fit if dry, damaged hair is your current issue. It has pretty much everything you need, from shampoo to leave-in treatment that helps restore your hair strength and moisture.

As the products may leave residues over time, we recommend using Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-inflammation Shampoo weekly to help remove build-up and sebum. Learn more about top Briogeo products.

Hope this review was useful and helped you decide if this is the right fit for you. Leave us with questions or thoughts in the comment section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Briogeo worth the money?

Yes, as long as you pick the formula that’s specifically designed for your particular issue. If you have dry, damaged, and brittle hair, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair is the best option to achieve moisturized, healthier-looking hair after regular use.

Is Briogeo dermatologist recommended?

Yes, especially the Be Gentle, Be Kind product line that’s dermatologist approved and safe for sensitive skin. Although Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair isn’t dermatologist-approved, most of its products have received numerous awards and have been featured in prestigious beauty platforms, such as Allure, BuzzFeed, Byrdie, and more.

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