When hair is dry and dehydrated, it looks fried, frizzy, is unmanageable or brittle. In general, a hot mess. Just like our bodies, our hair can be prone to dryness and dehydration; it is, after all part of the same organ system that includes skin, nails and other glands. I’ve been testing products that can help keep hair shiny, healthy and restore moisture. Take a look!
Using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is one way to maintain the hydration in your hair. I’ve been using the Proganix Quench Coconut H2O + (Electrolytes) Shampoo and Conditioner, which includes coconut water, electrolytes and weightless coconut oil to drench hair in hydration. Plus, if you have color-treated hair, the sulfate-free formula helps to maintain your color. Neither product has weighed my hair down. Great find! Available at Target, $9.99 each.
New from Moroccanoil, I’m loving the Thickening Lotion ($29), which adds fullness and volume to hair. It strengthens hair with quinoa proteins, while vitamin-rich argan oil moisturizes and hydrates. I love the fullness and body that the Thickening Lotion gives my hair–you can see the difference! It’s now in my regular rotation. In fine salons, spas and online at Moroccanoil.com.
From Redken, the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer ($22) helps protect hair by creating a “thermal blanket”, thus helping to prevent breakage. Applied to damp hair, Blow Dry Express Primer reduces your blow dry time and protects from heat damage up to 450°. It helps prevent breakage by repairing hair from the inside-out, for hair that is 3 times stronger.
L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare has entire ranges of products for damaged hair. One new product that I’ve really come to like is the Power Moisture 10 Second Hydra-Detangler. It provides instant hydration and detangling on just-washed hair. And it’s ultra lightweight and won’t weigh hair down. This should be used from the middle of the hair down, avoiding the roots. Find it in drug and discount stores, $5.99.
A hair mask is an essential part of your hair care routine; I usually use a hair mask at least weekly, and more often in the winter. Nth Degree’s True Repair Helichrysum & Grapeseed Hair Mask ($18) has Helichrysum extract, grapeseed oil and shea butter in it to deeply penetrate the hair shaft to nourish and moisturize hair. You’ll notice that you hair is softer, shinier and overall, just looks healthier. Available at nthdegreehair.com.
Another strategy to help retain the moisture in your hair is to wash it less frequently (also good for color-treated hair). Aveda is out with new shampure™ Dry Shampoo ($30) that is a nonaerosol and great for reviving “next day” hair. Bonus: it has that amazing shampure™ scent! To use it, shake the bottle and then “puff” the powder at roots, massage powder into scalp and style. It’s a different experience than an aerosol dry shampoo, but as effective (and way better smelling!).Great for travel, too. Find Aveda shampure™ Dry Shampoo in aveda salons, spas and stores, and at Aveda.com.
What do you do to keep your hair in it’s best condition? Let me know in the comments!