Got dry hair? We’ve got the cure! From how often to condition to what ingredients to look for, here’s everything you need to know about deep-conditioning damaged hair.
If your hair feels brittle and looks dull, you need a deep conditioner ASAP. Although a great shampoo and conditioner are essential to every haircare routine, such products just can't help seriously damaged locks.
What to Use and When to Use It
In-shower conditioner: If your hair is dry, try to stretch out the time between washes. If you have fine hair, wash every other day. If you have thick hair, shampoo even less frequently. The less your wash your hair, the softer it becomes. Don’t go crazy, but try to limit washes to a couple times a week if you can.
After you wash, reach for a conditioner specially formulated for dry hair, such as Neuma NeuMoisture Conditioner. This is a great pick because it hydrates your hair whilst providing UVA and UVB protection. Sunscreen for your hair might not seem essential, but it can go a long way in preventing more damage.
Leave-in conditioner: After every wash, use a professional-grade leave-in conditioner. A product such as Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled Leave In Conditioner is fabulous because it conditions your hair whilst providing you with heat protection. Who doesn’t love a two-in-one?
Conditioning mask: Using a conditioning hair mask at least twice a week is essential for dry and damaged hair. Masks with natural oils are great for dry hair, but seriously damaged hair needs seriously strong products.
Look for top-shelf deep conditioners such as Kérastase Densifique Masque Densité, which contains ceramides. These lipids provide long-term strength to each individual hair fibre to protect against further damage.
Densifique Masque Densité also contains glucopeptides, which restore your hair’s cuticle to create shiny, resilient strands. Finally, this dreamy hair mask offers an added punch of strength with hyaluronic acid, which is able to hold an amazing 1,000 times its own weight in water to plump up locks.
How to Prevent More Damage
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you're simultaneously damaging and trying to repair your hair, you’ll be caught in an endless cycle. Focus on eliminating harmful habits, and let your hair repair itself.
One of the best things you can do is to go with the flow. Accept your hair’s natural texture. If your hair is curly, opt for waves rather than pin-straight locks. Ask your stylist for a low-maintenance cut so you can keep styling time at a minimum.
Go for a hair colour that's within two or three shades of your own colour. For fun, turn to colour glosses or a few contrasting streaks. You don’t have to go totally natural, but try to move in that direction.
And remember, every time you heat or process your hair, it becomes weaker. Focus on making it strong again!