Dealing with dry, dull and unmanageable hair that easily breaks? You’re not alone. Lucky for us, the newest breed of hair masks and treatments are not only designed to bring much-needed moisture back to dull and dry strands. They also feed your hair and scalp with much-needed nutrients to repair damage, soften strands, boost hair color and increase shine. But before we dive into the best hair treatments for your tresses, let’s get to the root of the problem: what causes dry hair and what can you do to avoid it in the first place?
What Causes Hair to Become Dry
As it turns out, there are many components that contribute to hair becoming dry and damaged. One is over-processing the hair with too many chemicals. This happens to those who color, chemically straighten or curl their hair. That’s why master colorist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger Salon, Sharon Dorram’s main rule of thumb is never to do more than two processes to your hair in the same visit.
Another potential cause? Blow-drying and using hot tools too often. “When your strands heat up too quickly or too much, it zaps the moisture right out, which causes breakage and damage,” adds celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons. To prevent this, he recommends avoiding using hot tools as much as possible, and when you do, turn the setting down so you’re not frying your hair. Protective sprays, such as Oribe’s Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray can also come in handy when using hot tools to cut down on the damage.
Other potential causes of dry hair that she points out include frequent and over-shampooing, using too many styling products, overexposure to environmental elements and certain medications.
The Best Hair Treatments to Salvage Dry Tresses
To remedy dry hair, hairstylists recommend using a good intensive hair treatment, which will replenish your hair’s moisture, seal the cuticle to prevent further moisture loss and damage and increase shine and manageability. “There are so many fantastic options now available to really help give hair its shine back, with treatments at every price point. For example, massaging a small amount of a hair conditioning oil on mid-lengths to ends every time you wash your hair can help boost shine and lock in some moisture to seal split ends,” explains Tina Malhotra, hairstylist at L’Appartement Hair Boudoir in New York City. “While it’s only on the surface, this tender love and care can help improve the look and feel of the hair on a daily basis,” she adds.
For best results, she recommends using a hair treatment at least once per week. When shopping for hair treatments that address dryness, it’s important to keep an eye out for key ingredients. Dorram recommends looking for emollient botanical oils, such as baobab seed oil, and other natural oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which, unlike other oils, absorb completely into the hair without feeling heavy or greasy. Additionally, she likes to add vitamin E, which hydrates and locks in moisture.
To help you get started, here are some of the top-rated and recommended hair treatments that actually remedy dry, damaged strands.