Hydration is essential to healthy hair. It reduces frizz, boosts growth, and builds strands that are strong and glossy. Dryness causes a list of problems including breakage, split ends, frizz, and even hair loss.
A variety of factors can cause dryness – everything from climate to not drinking enough fluids. Contact with sweat, chlorine, or salt water can have a drying effect.
The way you style your hair can also lead to damage. Heat styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, and hairdryers can dry out strands. Chemicals, like those used to color hair, can make hair brittle.
Does that mean that you should not style or color your hair? Or that you should never go swimming or workout and build up a sweat? No, there are ways you can continue to do all of the above while protecting your strands from dryness and damage.
One way is by using quality hair products designed for these situations. The following list will provide a starting point in your search for the right combination of products to keep your hair looking gorgeous this year.
Olaplex makes a line of quality beauty products. Hair Perfector No. 3 is formulated to reduce breakage and strengthen strands. It repairs damage and fortifies hair structure to restore appearance and texture.
It’s applied from root to end on hair that’s unwashed and towel dried. It’s a vegan-friendly product that is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free. This product alone is worth trying out on its own. However, you may want to explore Olaplex’s full line to round out your hair care system.
Moroccan argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is popular for hair care because it contains vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids. It repairs damage, reduces frizz, and helps stop dandruff. It also adds glorious shine.
There are several ways you can apply Moroccan oil to your hair. Different products are available in various forms, including hair serums, shampoos, and conditioners.
When choosing a Moroccan oil product, make sure you read the fine print. Some are made with additives. Additives aren’t necessarily harmful, but some can cause build-up that leaves your locks looking weighed down or greasy. You should find something that places argan oil high on its ingredients list because the higher it is, the more of it the product contains.
Marc Anthony’s coconut oil and shea butter treatment is designed to penetrate the cuticle to nourish and hydrate strands. It contains 100% extra virgin coconut oil.
One to three drops is used per application. The recommended amount depends on the length and thickness of your hair. This product is applied to dry or damp hair and should be distributed throughout for even coverage from root to end. The treatment stays in, and hair can be styled right after application.
The manufacturer suggests using daily to protect from breakage and split ends. Extra-dry hair can be treated with an additional two to four drops at bedtime.
Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger hair care line is another solution that gives you more options. There are shampoos, conditioners, finishing sprays, hydrocream, styling cream, and keratin treatments.
The brand boasts its KeraTriplex blend, which is an exclusive proprietary combination of ingredients that nourishes hair for increased manageability and shine. The KeraTriplex Treatment claims to reduce breakage by as much as 80%.
It’s best to be proactive when it comes to protecting your hair from dehydration. Sachajuan Hair in the Sun contains a UV filter that remains in place even after taking a shower or bath. It offers an easy solution to protect your strands while enjoying fun out in the sun. This product can also be used as a light styling cream.
If you have curls, then The Curl Friend by Cake may be for you. This product enhances natural definition while moisturizing for improved glossiness. It reduces frizz and leaves your look silky smooth.
The Curl Friend contains natural shea butter, soybean oil, and avocado oil. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. It’s also a vegan-friendly product.
Pantene Pro V’s Gold Series Edge Tamer smooths edges. This product works well on natural, relaxed, or transitioning hair. It uses the brand’s Pro-V formula to produce a smooth hold that doesn’t feel sticky. Edge Tamer contains argan oil and is made without silicone, dye, parabens, or sulfates.
Aveda’s Damage Remedy is a restructuring conditioner that strengthens hair and reduces tangles. It’s applied after shampooing. Smooth over hair evenly from root to end, then rinse.
You can use the conditioner alone or pair with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. This boosts the benefits of the conditioner and claims to reduce breakage by 90% with regular use over one week. This product is free of synthetic fragrances, animal ingredients, parabens, mineral oil, formaldehyde, and petrolatum.
OI All In One Milk by Davines is a lightweight leave-in spray. It hydrates, adds shine, and makes combing hair more manageable. It also provides a layer of protection from heat damage.
To use, wash and towel dry hair before applying approximately 10 to 15 sprays of the product. This is left in hair, so no rinsing is required. You can style as usual after applying.
Coconut oil is another common find in hair care products. It doesn’t directly hydrate, but it helps boost hydration by locking in the hydrating ingredients found in conditioners. By keeping them in place, coconut oil can help them penetrate deeper for greater effect.
It can also be applied as a pre-shampoo that protects against drying out while using your primary shampooing product. Apply a moisturizing cream followed by coconut oil to get the same effect as you do when using it after conditioning.
Coconut oil can also be applied to protect hair from damage related to salt water or chlorine when swimming.
Everyone’s hair is different, so that some products may work better than others, depending on your individual needs. A professional stylist can answer questions and recommend products that will work best for you. Contact Tiffany Taylor today to schedule a consultation so you can put your best look forward in 2020.