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What Can I Do about Dull, Dry Hair?
When your hair is in bad shape, you know it. “It’s hair with split ends, no bounce or shine, little to no flexibility, that breaks super easily,” says top New York hairstylist Harry Josh, who definitely sees his share of it. (To his list, we might add dullness, flatness, nonstop dryness, and color that’s lost its luster.) The potential causes—from overprocessing, overstyling, hard water, sun damage, and chlorine damage to something as basic as a poor diet—are many, but the road back to shiny, bouncy, healthy-looking hair is the same regardless: a consistent hair routine designed to nourish and revive.
Shampoo Less Frequently
This allows your hair’s natural oils to moisturize your hair—something any hair type benefits from. When you do wash, avoid harsh shampoos (like those with sulfates, for example, which can strip your hair). Instead, use ones made with moisturizing oils and botanicals to keep your hair smooth and elastic.
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Provitamin B5 and geranium oil:Grown Alchemist Anti-Frizz – Shampoo 0.5 goop, $49SHOP NOW
If there’s one key to keeping your hair soft and silky, it’s smoothing on the right nourishing hair treatment after every shampoo—it makes a huge difference in the way your hair looks and feels. Check the ingredient label for moisturizing oils like jojoba or morete; Josh also loves lactic acid and aloe vera to keep hair strong and shiny.
Jojoba and avocado oils:Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Conditioner goop, $52SHOP NOW
Lactic acid and tsubaki seed oil:Crown Affair The Ritual Conditioner goop, $38SHOP NOW
Aloe vera and morete oil:Rahua Hydration Conditioner goop, $38SHOP NOW
Pre-Treat for Shine and Great Texture
This preshampoo treatment forms a protective layer around your hair so you don’t strip too much moisture away when you’re shampooing, and the result is shinier, softer, more-manageable hair with noticeably better texture.goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum goop, $48/$44 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Smooth in Leave-In
Unless your hair is very fine, add leave-in conditioner to your routine (after conditioning, once you’re out of the shower). “Straight, fine hair can get oily and too shiny, so you need just the tiniest amount of leave-in on the ends if that’s your hair type,” says Josh. But every other hair type benefits immensely from an added leave-in step, whether you use a spritz, a cream, or an oil. Smooth or spray it through towel-dried hair from the midlengths to the ends before styling as usual.
Ultimate frizz cream:Grown Alchemist Smoothing Hair Treatment goop, $49SHOP NOW
Light but powerful and volumizing spritz:Innersense Hair Love Prep Spray goop, $28SHOP NOW
Amazing for thicker and textured hair:Act + Acre Cold Processed Hair Oil goop, $48SHOP NOW
Deep-Condition Like You Mean It
The color-treated, heat-styled, chemically straightened, and pool-, ocean-, or sun-soaked should never skip a weekly hair mask. “If you’re regularly coloring your hair and you’re starting to see it dry out, a heavy-duty hair mask once a week for about three to five minutes will work miracles,” says Josh.
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Softening:Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque goop, $30SHOP NOW
Use the Highest-Quality Stylers
When you use heat tools, never turn them up to the max heat setting to finish styling more quickly. Think of it like cooking: If you put oil in a scalding hot pan, the oil smokes and burns. To avoid burning your hair, choose tools with adjustable heat settings, says Josh. “And for an extra layer of defense, apply heat protectant before using any hot tools,” he says. “It really works.”
Josh’s dryer is made with eight heat, speed, and ion settings:Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 goop, $249SHOP NOW
Softening, color-protecting spray:Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier goop, $34SHOP NOW
Smoothing leave-in and heat-protectant cream:Augustinus Bader The Leave-In Hair Treatment goop, $50SHOP NOW
Take Vitamins to Support Healthy Hair
Eating a diet full of omega-3s (think salmon) and antioxidants (berries and spinach) helps support super soft and shiny hair. You can also get essential healthy-hair nutrients from this daily multivitamin, which supports healthy hair, skin, and nails with biotin, niacin, zinc, and iron, plus the antioxidant nutrients beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, lycopene, selenium, and more.*goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Everyday Glow Multivitamin goop, $60/$55 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Schedule Regular Trims
A good trim goes a long way in making your hair look and feel healthier. “Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, but a general rule of thumb is, look to get your hair cut every two to three months to keep it healthy,” says Josh.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.