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How To Care For Dry Hair

01 December 2017
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Junior Editor,

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Before joining the team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Everyone knows that harsh winter weather can oftentimes leave hair feeling dry and brittle, but what if your hair feels dry all of the time? If you deal with dry hair all year round, we’ve rounded up some tips to keep your hair looking and feeling as hydrated as possible.

Shampoo the right way.

If you have dry hair, you probably wash your hair less often than your friends with oily locks. Interestingly, how often you wash your hair may have less impact on your strands than how you wash your hair. When washing our own locks, many of us have a tendency to slather shampoo all over our locks and massage the lather from root to tip before rinsing it out. If you have dry hair, you don’t need to apply shampoo from root to tip.

Your hair might feel dry because it has a difficult time absorbing and holding on to moisture, so you don’t want to wash all that moisture away every time you shampoo. Instead, apply the shampoo just to your scalp, where the majority of the dirt and buildup lives. Once you’ve massaged the shampoo into your roots, the lather will provide enough cleansing when it runs down your strands while you rinse. Don’t rub the shampoo into your hair’s midshaft and ends. This technique leaves you with a squeaky clean scalp and ends that don’t feel dry and brittle.

Pamper yourself with weekly treatments.

Just like you need your weekly (who are we kidding—daily!) glass of wine, your hair needs a little TLC. Carve out time once a week to impart moisture with a deep conditioning mask. A weekly hair mask is a great way to help your hair look and feel hydrated.

If your locks are particularly parched and you feel like a mask alone isn’t enough, consider investing in a hair steamer. A hair steamer can help open your hair follicles, allowing the combination of water and mask into your strands.

Lay off the heat.

It should go without saying that you should always use hot tools in moderation, but it is especially important for ladies with dry hair. Hot tools like blowdryers, curling irons, and flat irons can quickly dry out your hair and and that can spell out major trouble for your strands. While your hot tools can often temporarily mask your concerns, they ultimately just create more damage.

Fortunately, not all hope is lost and you don’t have to part with your favorite flat iron forever. First, make sure your beauty closet is stocked with products that will keep your hair feeling moisturized and protect your strands from major heat damage. Heat protection products come in sprays, creams, and even foams, so find the one that best fits your hair care routine. If you are unsure which product is right for you, your stylist will be able to point you in the right direction. Next, reduce how often you use your hot tools. If you’re used to blow drying your strands every day, cut back to every other day and then maybe to once or twice a week. Your locks will thank you and (who knows), maybe you’ll realize your natural texture never needed those hot tools to begin with.

Protect your strands from the elements.

Your hair doesn’t just need protection from your hot tools, it also needs protection from the elements. Every season comes with its own set of environmental hair woes, but the one element you should be concerned with all year round—especially if you have dry hair—is the sun. The sun can zap tons of moisture from your precious locks. Using a leave-in conditioner is usually enough protection from the sun on an average day, but in the summertime you’ll want to pick up a few products that are formulated with UV protection.

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