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Hair that looks and feels like it’s been through a drought is no walk in the park, but it’s actually easier to take care of than you may think. You shouldn’t have to make any drastic changes to manage dry hair—it’s all about following simple hair care tips. Basically, shower your strands with a little love and attention, and over time you’ll notice hair that feels softer and healthier. For more specifics on how to revive dry hair, including which shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatments to use, keep reading. Here are our six best tips for taking care of dry hair.
When it comes to taking care of dry hair, you could argue that the most important aspect is the shampoo and conditioner you choose. It’s a must to seek out hair cleansing and conditioning products that are formulated for dry hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner, which are formulated with apricot oil to nourish dry strands and bring them back to life. To use, apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage gently into a thick lather. Try to focus your shampooing mainly on your scalp and roots, since that’s the area that needs the most cleansing. Rinse out, then follow with the conditioner. When conditioning, take the opposite approach and focus the product mainly on the lengths and ends of your hair.
Speaking of hair masks…you don’t have to wait for a special occasion or the day when your hair is at its driest to break one out. In fact, to keep your hair healthy and prevent it from becoming dry and brittle, you should try to use a hair mask once or twice per week in place of your conditioner.
For extremely dry hair, you may want to try adding a pre-shampoo product to your regular hair care routine as well. A hydrating pre-shampoo treatment can help add an extra amount of nourishment to overly brittle strands, so why not? Simply apply the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Renourishing Butter onto wet hair before you shampoo. Apply an even layer of the product onto mainly your lengths and ends, leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse and follow your normal shampoo routine.
If you have dry strands, you’ll want to use a hair styling cream or oil that will work to nourish your hair while also taming frizz. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, an oil-based hair serum that’s formulated to bring dry, lifeless hair back to life. Just remember that a little goes a long way with hair oils, so only use one to two pumps of product and apply it onto the lengths and ends of your hair, avoiding your roots altogether.
Spending time in a steaming shower may be enjoyable in the moment—we can all admit that. But, that doesn’t change the fact that turning the temperature up too high can lead to hair that feels dry. This is because super-hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, no matter how relaxing it may feel. You don't have to start bathing in freezing H2O, but turning down the temperature to lukewarm is a good idea. Cutting down on your time in the shower can also help, so consider doing your part for the environment at the same time and start taking shorter showers.
As cute as the styles you can create with hair straighteners, curling irons, and blow-dryers are, sometimes it’s best to give your hair a rest from the heat, especially if it’s dry. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with less stylish strands. Look for products that you can use to air dry your hair, such as mousse, hair spray, or styling cream. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. As for those occasions when you still want to blow-dry or flat iron your hair, just be sure to spritz on a heat protectant first. Another helpful tip is to use your heat tools on the lowest heat setting that you can while still only having to pass through each section of hair once.
Want more advice on how to hydrate dry strands? Here are 20 Hair Care Products Everyone with Dry Hair Should Own.