Is anyone else’s hair as dry as mine is right about now? I recently chopped it all off and it was healthy for about a day until it started to look like straw again. Full disclosure: My hair has been colored and keratin-straightened. And while both treatments are infused with moisturizing ingredients (in fact, keratin is simply protein, which is good for hair), they can still stress your tresses. So I’ve gone back to some of the products and procedures I used after bleaching my hair platinum blonde for a story some years ago (boy did that dry it out!). Here, my favorite dry-hair helpers. (Feel free to suggest your strand-saving strategies as I can use all the help I can get.)
• Shampoo every three days as opposed to every two. The bit of extra grease is good lube for your locks.
• Use a hair mask once weekly. My favorite is Fekkai PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque. It’s about $25 but a little really does go a long way.
• During the day when I put moisturizer on my hands, I run the residue that didn’t sink into my skin through my hair.
• I switch to a silk pillowcase. Please don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just reporting what works for me. Yes, it’s excessive, but consider what I do for a living. I’m sure a high-thread-count cotton case would work equally well; the point is the material should not rough up your hair while you sleep.
• I use cream stylers instead of gels and mousses. Sure there are moisturizing gels and mousses, but the creams are hydrating to begin with—by definition. I happen to love PhytoSpecific Moisturizing Styling Cream (about $28; again, a pea-size drop will do ya).
• Maybe this is a bad idea, but I (gently) run my hands through my hair more when it’s dry. Someone once told me that if you have oily hair you should avoid touching it or risk spreading your skin oils through your tresses. Hence my belief that touching my dry hair will soften it.
Now, who else is waiting for the return of humidity?
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