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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 do so, 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? Instead, with just a little TLC and the right products for your hair type, including shampoo and conditioner formulated for dry hair, you can help restore your mane to its former lustrous glory. Adding the right hair care products to your beauty arsenal will help keep your strands strong, healthy, and looking their best. Add these twenty products (and a few helpful bonus tips) to your beauty routine pronto!
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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 you have color-treated hair, try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo, which is formulated to be 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 important to use conditioner after shampooing to help add moisture to your locks. Stick with a conditioner that coordinates 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 you have dry hair, your strands might benefit from receiving even more moisture after shampooing and conditioning. 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 system, rub a dime-sized amount of the oil-in-cream in 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 for your hairstyle. Voila!
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 the treatment throughout the lengths of your hair, then move on to styling as usual. You can also use it before shampooing to help protect and nourish your strands.
Cleansing balms are trending for a reason. It’s 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 for it, it’s also perfect for your self-care Sunday routine. Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, which will help replenish hair’s hydration levels in just five minutes.
In addition to, or in lieu of, a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask, a deep conditioning treatment will also help restore dry strands to their former, healthier glory. And despite what you might think, using a deep conditioner doesn’t have to take any longer than a classic conditioner. The L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner helps nourish, revive, and detangle strands in just one minute—just one! All you have to do is swap it out with your regular conditioner once or twice a week, apply after shampooing, then wash out after 60 seconds.
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, however, because 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.
Your scalp needs a little love, too. This is because over time, a build-up 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 build-up.
If your hair is super dry at the lengths and ends, yet still oily at the roots, a pre-shampoo mask formulated with clay, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask, can help absorb oil and impurities at the scalp. To use a pre-shampoo treatment, apply the product onto dry hair before shampooing. Work the product onto your roots, section by section, and make sure to fully cover your entire head. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse gently and move on to your shampoo and conditioner.
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 your hair care routine on strengthening your hair as much as possible. A repair balm like this one, which is formulated with acai palm and antioxidants, will help 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 the product onto your damp lengths and ends, leave on for up to five minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as usual.
Oily hair isn’t the only type that can benefit from using a dry shampoo. Dry hair types need the occasional refresh, too! Try a dry shampoo that’s formulated with pure clays, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which helps to provide instant freshness and purity to your roots.
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.
Did you know that your hair styling products can also help condition your strands? When you have dry hair, using styling products that heal your hair, rather than cause further damage, is crucial in helping to ensure it stays healthy. Not sure what we mean? The L'Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel is a prime example of what we’re talking about. The hair cream-gel hybrid shapes your strands while also nourishing them a hydrating formula that includes coconut oil. In other words, it helps condition your hair while also holding your look in place.
Another leave-in product that helps restore hydration and strength to dry hair is a protein treatment, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment. 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.
Dry hair still needs to be styled, but 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 hairspray won’t leave behind a greasy finish thanks to its lightweight formula.
We understand that sometimes, heat styling is unavoidable—and that’s what your heat protectant is for. However, especially if you have extra dry strands, you should consider letting your hair air dry as often as possible. Heat styling can cause damage to hair, so even laying off of the hot tools for a few weeks can go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair. When you do air dry your hair, simply put a dollop of hair cream on wet strands, which will enhance your hair’s natural shape without weighing it down. The end result: A gorgeous, undone look that’s natural and nearly effortless.
To add volume to your locks without a blowout—which we already explained you want to keep to a minimum—apply a mousse to wet hair. Use an egg-sized amount and flip your hair upside down to scrunch it and create more body.
Why use multiple products, when you can use one hair care product that boasts 10 benefits? The L'Oréal Paris EverPure 10-In-1 Elixir helps restore vitality to dry, damaged strands after just one week of use. It’s formulated with Indian lilac botanicals and nourishes, hydrates, and strengthens hair. To use, just spray onto towel-dried hair in sections, then brush through to evenly distribute.
Now that you know what products to use if you have dry hair, it’s time to really upgrade your routine with three major hair care tips.
When you’re shampooing, massage the shampoo through your strands—don’t vigorously scrub. And afterward, don’t use a towel to wring out excess water. Instead, reach for a cotton T-shirt. A cotton T-shirt is gentler than a towel, and since your hair is more fragile when it’s wet, you want to avoid any unnecessary damage.
Like we said, whenever possible, toss your heat tools aside! Give your tresses some rest and embrace your natural texture by air drying your hair.
If your ends are looking particularly dry and ragged, it might be a good time to call up your hairstylist. Why not use this as an opportunity to try a fun new hairstyle? Here are a few (okay, more than a few) recommendations: The 40 Best Layered Haircuts.
Next, 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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