heres what you need to know about dry, dull hair

Every winter it feels like my skin and hair go from good to bad overnight. Dry, flaky, and dull. The silver lining is that it usually resolves itself in a matter of days with the right products.

First up – stop washing your hair every day! This isn’t news to most of us, but it’s worth re-iterating. “It’s not just over-shampooing, but using the wrong shampoo is also a problem — think one that is too strong or too detergent-like,” says celebrity hairstylist Mark Garrison. “Hair will get stripped of its natural oils and it won’t have time to replenish – this is a big problem because oils keep hair from getting dry.” If you workout daily or simply can’t stomach the thought of cutting down on wash time, Garrison suggests rinsing your hair with plain water and just using your conditioner every other time to start.

He singles out Hairstory as being a great line, especially if you have dry hair because the brand takes a non-detergent approach that uses essential oils and surfactants to cleanse the hair (also their hair cleanser is a shampoo and conditioner in one).

When possible he also advices to cut back on coloring (“heat and bleach are the enemy!”) – especially going from one extreme to another – and hair drying hair as often as possible. “Hydration masks do work,” he says. “You can apply one, twist up your, and put a shower cap on to let the natural heat of your head warm it up and help the hydration penetrate.” Sephora Collection Hair Sleeping Masks work great (just started using these). You apply them on dry hair and sleep with them in (they include a cap) so it’s even easier than the typical rinse-off option.

Garrison also recommends using a humidifier (see here for the one I swear by) and going for a trim regularly to get the dry ends off. “My most important tip, however, is to get a hair cut that brings out your natural texture and works with your face shape and lifestyle, so you can have hair that you can easily air dry.”

To help replenish lost oils The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Restorative Spray is an affordable option – just spray it evenly on hair (can be previously styled or not).

Inoar also offers another affordable option with their Macadamia Leave-In, which works to pump oils back in (and add shine/cut down on frizz). Obviously the best scenario is to go for detergent-free products that don’t strip hair in the first place, but that’s easier said than done!
Products aside Allison Gandolfo, a colorist at the salon at Bergdorf Goodman, underlines the importance of diet.I say this all the time: your hair tells me how you’re eating.  Lack of nutrients in the hair will make the hair more dry and dull.” She also recommends making sure you’re drinking plenty of water and that you’re looking at in-shower water quality. “Hard water (or water that is high in minerals) can really do a number on hair,” says says. “It can cause buildup and make your hair look and feel dry and dull. If you live in an area with hard water, or travel to places often that have hard water, I would recommend investing in a shower filter.  It will help eliminate some of the properties that are keeping your hair from looking less than its best.” Lastly, she notes that it’s important to try using cool water or cold water when washing your hair because hot water dries out the hair faster.
Image: Vogue 
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