How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Regardless of hair type, dry and brittle hair comes to most of us at some point in our lives. It’s a huge hassle and can be unnerving to drive if you’ve never dealt with it before. Fortunately, healthy, hydrated hair is possible for everyone, even if it requires a little troubleshooting and extra care. Trust me, it’s worth it. No one should have to live with hair that doesn’t look or feel its best, which is why we’re doing an in-depth look at how to hydrate dry hair.

Turns out, there are many different reasons why your hair may be drier than usual – everything from genetics to weather can play a role! But once you find the best treatments and products for your hair type, you are on your way to happy, hydrated hair. You may have to deal with a slightly more high-maintenance hair routine than you’re currently used to, but in the end, you’ll be glad you went the extra mile.

To get to the bottom of how to hydrate hair, we tapped on a couple perks: Stylist and curl expert, April Kayganich, Y Mane addicts stylist, Brittany sully. They had a lot to say about the causes of dry hair, as well as how to hydrate dry hair regardless of hair type. Read on for their expert insights!

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What Causes Dry Hair?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. According to Kayganich, there can be multiple causes of dry hair. Genetics, hormones, and even the environment you live in can be a factor. And did you know that both dry and humid climates can remove moisture from hair depending on the texture or porosity of your hair? Yes, we can’t win!

Using the wrong products also plays an important role: low-quality ingredients like alcohols or silicones that are not soluble in water can contribute to drying and brittle hair. Low porosity hair is also a problem as it lacks moisture as a result of the cuticle structure. However, it is not always genetic: colored hair is more porous and cannot retain moisture as easily as undyed hair.

Sully also noted that sun exposure and swimming in chlorinated water can cause dry hair. Having a hat on hand when you’re out in the sun and taking extra care when swimming can also make a big difference to the quality of your hair.

Newly Gray hair can also be a cause of dryness! You can hug it or dye it, and there are so many amazing products to keep hair healthy, shiny, and smooth regardless. Fortunately, using moisturizing shampoos and masks makes a big difference with gray hair.

10 expert tips on how to hydrate your hair:

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Use regular hair masks

Ultra-hydrating hair masks help nourish, hydrate, strengthen and protect hair. Use them a few times a week and you will be amazed at how quickly your hair takes on a healthier, shinier and smoother texture.

Wet your hair before swimming

If you plan to take a dip in the pool, Sully reminds us to try to wet the hair first so that it is already saturated before entering. This way, it will not be able to absorb chlorinated water. Chlorine not only causes hair to dry out, it also affects hair color.

Use hot oil treatments

In general, hot oil treatments are great for your hair, but you will definitely want to see them if you have dry hair. Hot oil treatments not only reduce dryness on both scalp and hair, but also increase hair strength, reduce frizz, and prevent split ends.

Ditch the sulfate shampoos

Sulfates can potentially damage hair, stripping it of its natural moisture and protein, causing skin irritation, itchiness, and dryness. Fortunately, most brands have sulfate-free options these days.

Avoid products with alcohol

Those with curly braids especially want to avoid drying alcohols like isopropyl and ethyl alcohol, Kayganich cautions. In fact, they can cause changes in your curl patterns.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Don’t over-process the hair

Invest in a great stylist if you want to lighten or color your hair; it is worth going to a professional who does not over process or damage your hair.

Avoid heat styling

We all know that styling with excess heat dries out your hair, but if you can’t help it, Kayganich recommends investing in a good hair dryer and heat protectant.

Add plenty of water to hair before adding styling product.

If you’re rocking waves, curls, or spirals, Kayganich recommends making sure your hair is saturated with water before starting to add styling products. In his opinion, water is the best thing you can add to curly and wavy hair as this is where they get their hydration from.

Avoid silicones

Kayganich explains that since silicones are not soluble in water, they simply create the illusion of shiny, healthy hair. In fact, they coat the hair and need to be removed with sulfates, which, you guessed it, dries out the hair.

Reduce washes

By now we know that the majority people (regardless of hair type) should not wash their hair every day. Kayganich emphasizes that those who struggle with dry hair should really only wash it once a week, twice at the most. Sully suggests rinsing hair or shampooing between wash days for a make-over that doesn’t strip hair of its natural oils.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Image courtesy of SIDIA.

Read on for our experts’ favorite products to hydrate dry hair:

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Kayganich loves this serum because it locks in moisture (aka water!)

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

If you are new to the wonders of Olaplex, start here. It is a clinically proven treatment system that strengthens and restores all types of damaged hair.

Buy it here.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

This non-lathering cleanser also hydrates your hair, so you don’t need to condition it separately. Kayganich explains that it helps maintain the pH balance of the hair while working with its natural oils.

Buy it here.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

If you must use heat styling tools, then take a look at this lightweight, silicone-free heat shield cream. Not only does it effectively protect against heat up to 450 ° F, it also minimizes frizz, softens hair, and increases shine.

Buy it here.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

The only home treatments Kayganich recommends are Olaplex treatments. They are builders of disulfide bonds that give integrity to the hair, hydrate and strengthen the entire cuticle.

Buy it here.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

If you are concerned about sun exposure, check out this leave-in milk. It is enriched with UV protection filters that keep hair color safe and hair hydrated, soft and light.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Nourish your hair with this multipurpose hair oil. It is made with sustainably sourced Mirsalehi honey, which is a natural moisturizer that restores the natural balance of the hair, leaving it soft, smooth and hydrated.

Buy it here.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Repair and renew dry, coarse hair with this deeply penetrating and hydrating oil.

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How to hydrate dry hair, according to two stylists

Another great leave-in option, this heat protectant and styler is made with cactus flower and prickly pear extract. It has essential vitamins and minerals that maintain healthy hair follicles, as well as providing intense hydration with a high content of vitamin E, omega fatty acids and antioxidants.

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