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If you have dry hair, it might sometimes feel like there’s nothing in the world you can do to make your strands look (or feel) sleek and shiny. It may also seem like everyone else can get away with rocking the coolest hairstyles, yet when you try to, your hair just hangs there. Sure, you could reach for that baseball hat you have stashed away, but why hide your hair if you don’t have to? With just a little TLC and the right dry hair products, including shampoo and conditioner formulated for dry hair, you can help restore your mane to its former lustrous glory.
Keep reading to get the lowdown on our best products for dry hair, from cleansing balms to deep conditioners, so you can transform your strands right before your eyes.
If you have dry strands, it’s important to look for a shampoo that’s formulated specifically to help nourish dry hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, which helps rapidly propel hydration and leaves hair with a lustrous touch. If you’d rather use a sulfate-free option or if you have color-treated hair, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo, which is gentle on colored hair while also replenishing moisture levels. Whichever option you choose, massage the shampoo onto wet hair, lather, then rinse, and move on to the right conditioner.
Regardless of your hair type, it’s essential to use conditioner after shampooing to help add moisture to your locks. Stick with a conditioner that coordinates well with your shampoo, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Conditioner or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. After shampooing, apply your conditioner to wet hair, leave on for one to three minutes, then rinse. If you have dry hair, but your roots tend to get oily, don’t skip the conditioner! Just focus the product on your lengths and ends.
If dry hair has become the bane of your existence, you’re more than likely dealing with a dry scalp, too. In order for your dry hair products to work their magic, you’ll need to enlist the help of a detox shampoo to shower your strands with the extra love and care that they need. Our favorite pick is the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Scalp Care Detox Shampoo. Formulated with menthol and neem leaf extract, this sulfate-free offering cleanses the scalp and hair of dirt, oil, and product buildup. As a result, your other hair care products can penetrate your hair better for longer-lasting moisture. To use, apply a generous amount to your locks and gently massage onto the scalp and hair. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
Once you’ve cleansed your mane with a detox shampoo, it’s only right to follow up with a coordinating conditioner. Known as one of our best products for dry hair, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Scalp Care Detox Conditioner works wonders to replenish your hair with moisture while helping your strands sport a soft, bouncy, healthy look. Once your shampoo session is complete, apply the conditioner onto wet hair and massage gently. Leave on for one to two minutes and rinse.
If you have dry hair, your strands might benefit from receiving even more moisture post-conditioner. That’s where a leave-in product, such as an oil-in-cream, comes in handy. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil-In-Cream is a lightweight yet nourishing cream-to-oil formula for dry hair that contains a system of oils and botanical extracts. After cleansing and conditioning with products from the same line, rub a dime-sized amount of the oil-in-cream between your hands and work it through the lengths of damp hair. You can also use a tiny bit on dry hair as a finishing touch.
The right hair serum can be a game-changer for dry, lifeless hair. Looking for one to add to your routine? Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, which is formulated with a system of oils and botanical extracts. After shampooing and conditioning with the Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, apply it throughout the lengths of your hair, then style as usual. You can also use it before shampooing to help protect and nourish your strands.
Cleansing balms are trending for a reason. They're a one-step product that can provide the benefits of your entire hair care routine. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Cleansing Balm for dry, damaged hair is a true multitasker—it has six benefits in one! It cleanses, conditions, treats, detangles, softens, and adds shine. Woah! To use, distribute six to eight pumps through your hair until your strands are fully saturated. Let it sit for three to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. There’s no need to use a separate conditioner—you’re good to go with just the cleansing balm!
Once or twice a week, take five to ten minutes to give your hair some extra TLC with a hydrating hair mask. Not only will your dry strands thank you, but it’s also perfect for your self-care Sunday routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask, which will help hydrate and re-nourish your hair in just one use.
In addition to a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask, a deep conditioning treatment will also help restore moisture to dry strands. Despite what you might think, using a deep conditioner doesn’t have to take any longer than a classic conditioner, nor does it have to be reserved for special occasions. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner is a daily deep conditioner that helps nourish, revive, and detangle strands in just one minute! All you have to do is swap it out with your regular conditioner, apply after shampooing, then wash out after 60 seconds.
The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave-In Conditioner is another one of our favorite dry hair products that we can’t stop swooning over. Formulated with castor oil, vitamin B3, and B5, it adds shine, protects lengths, strengthens hair, and helps seal split ends. Not to mention, this leave-in essential also comes in handy as a heat protectant and makes your detangling process a breeze by keeping hair breakage at bay. No wonder leave-in conditioners have been deemed one of the best products for dry hair.
Whatever hair type you have, it’s important to protect your strands with a heat protectant spray before picking up any hot tools. This is especially crucial for those with dry hair, since your strands are weaker and much more prone to damage. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray protects your strands up to 450-degrees, and all it takes is a few spritzes on damp or dry hair to work its magic.
If your hair is really dry, consider using two methods of heat protection before any sort of heat styling. In addition to your heat spray, a primer spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray, can help further shield strands against heat damage.
Believe it or not, your scalp needs a little love, too. Over time, a buildup of product residue, dead skin cells, and oil can accumulate. Once a month, treat your scalp to a light exfoliation with the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, which gently removes impurities, flakes, and buildup.
If you’re working with super-dry hair, it’s common to feel that your strands lack the smooth and shiny finish you desire. Thankfully, using a hair treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment, can refresh your hair. This rinse-out hair treatment works in just eight seconds to leave hair feeling healthy, shiny, and silky. Use two to three times a week on wet hair after shampooing. Apply directly onto wet hair, making sure to massage it through your strands for eight seconds. Rinse out thoroughly and follow with your normal conditioning routine.
Another leave-in hair care product that everyone with dry strands should consider is a reparative balm, such as the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. Dry hair leads to damaged, weak hair, so it’s important to focus on a strengthening hair care routine. This repair balm is formulated with acai palm and antioxidants, and helps renew the strength of your strands from the inside out—and it’s also a multi-use product. To use it as a conditioning treatment, apply onto damp hair after shampooing, leave on for five minutes, then rinse out. Another option is to use it as a pre-shampoo treatment. To take this route, wet your hair under the shower faucet, then apply it onto your damp lengths and ends, leave on for up to five minutes, then rinse out, and shampoo as usual.
Dry strands are weaker than nourished ones, and weakness can lead to serious damage. To help prevent breakage and split ends while you’re repairing your dry locks, use an anti-breakage lotion, like the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion. It forms a protective shield around your dry strands, helping defend them against UV rays, heat styling, and everyday damage.
The right hair-styling products can help condition your strands—it isn’t all up to your hair care routine. When you have dry hair, using styling products that care for your locks is crucial. If you aren’t sure what we mean, the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel is a prime example. The hair cream-gel hybrid shapes your strands while also nourishing them with a hydrating formula that includes coconut oil. In other words, it helps condition your hair while also holding your look in place.
A protein treatment, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment, has rightfully earned a place as one of the best dry hair products. It’s more or less a leave-in conditioner that nourishes hair with protein elixirs to help restore strength, flexibility, and resiliency. To use, simply apply a small amount onto damp hair after your shampoo and conditioner routine, focusing on the lengths and ends. Don’t rinse out, just style as usual.
Instead of reaching for a typical hair spray, use one that’s formulated with replenishing oils, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. This hair spray is infused with argan oil to provide long-lasting hold while also softening and smoothing dry, damaged hair. Don’t let the “oil” in its name fool you; this ultra-fine mist hair spray won’t leave behind a greasy finish, thanks to its lightweight formula.
To add volume to your locks without a blowout, apply a mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST It Volume Inject Mousse to damp hair. Use an egg-sized amount and flip your hair upside down to scrunch it and create more body.
Next, put your products to good use and learn how to keep your dry hair from becoming even more dried-out this winter. Click through to our article, Your Winter Hair Care Survival Guide, for all the details.
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