Restore Softness and Shine to Your Hair

If you’re battling dry, brittle locks, a few tweaks to the way you wash and style your hair can give it new life - almost instantly.

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Here’s exactly how to rehab your routine, starting with your very next shower:

 

Check your shampoo Make sure you’re not using a clarifying shampoo more than once a week (or more than once or twice a month for textured hair types, which are naturally drier). Because these cleansers are formulated to remove product buildup, they strip hair’s natural oils, too. Instead, try a shampoo for dry hair, which contains extra moisturizing agents, or an aging-related formula, which hydrates and adds shine to regular or color-treated hair without over-softening.

Deeply condition Take your regular conditioner and spread it on from scalp to tips, letting it soak in for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing. Then, once a week, apply a hydrating hair mask. “Look for deeply hydrating ingredients like sunflower oil, avocado oil or almond oil,” says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD, who specializes in hair and scalp health.

Give it polish At the end of your shower, turn the nozzle and rinse your hair out with cold water for 5 to 10 seconds. (This closes the cuticle, for more shine.) Hair should feel noticeably softer and look shinier once dry, but you can add extra sleekness to straight or wavy hair with a lightweight, finishing product. Rub a tiny drop (a little goes a long way) between hands, then smooth over hair from part to ends.

Repair with avocado The healthy fats in this fruit can help strengthen and nourish hair that’s broken due to sun and styling. Just mash up a ripe avocado and apply it as a prewash treatment. Leave it in for 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.

 

 

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