January 19, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

How to Protect Dry, Brittle Hair

If your hair is breaking off at the ends or even slightly resembles the texture of a broom or Brillo pad (Oops, we went there!), then it’s time to make some serious changes to your hair care routine. Maintaining healthy locks shouldn’t feel like a chore, ladies! Because in the end, putting in a little extra work means bouncy and shiny commercial-worthy hair … and we like the sound of that! 

dry brittle hair
Regular Trims

As girls, we usually don’t do this often enough, especially when we’re trying to grow our hair out. But we promise, it’s an essential part in achieving healthy locks! Schedule an appointment with your stylist for a trim every three months and you’ll notice a difference in texture in no time!

Wash It Less

Whoever made up the rule about washing your hair EVERY single day was cray-cray! Sudsing up too often can actually dry your hair out even more since you’re not allowing your natural oils to work their way through the length of your hair. Keep oily roots at bay between shampooing sessions with Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo.

Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

We love a good clarifying shampoo and while they’re perfect for stripping away product buildup, overusing it means you’re stripping away moisture, too! Opt in for a hydrating, paraben-free formula like Matrix Biolage HydraSource Shampoo and Conditioner, which contains aloe plant to keep strands soft and silky.

Leave-In Treatment

Reap the benefits of conditioner, all day long. Dry, brittle hair can be tough to comb since it turns into a little hair nest and has a mind of its own post-shampoo. Protect hair from breakage by working Redken Extreme Anti-Snap/Distressed Hair Treatment through your strands for ultimate shine and strength.  

Comb or Wet Brush

And speaking of breakage — never, ever, ever brush wet hair! Resist the urge to brush your hair after washing since it’s especially vulnerable and weak when wet. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb like The Body Shop Detangling Comb or a “Wet Brush” after spraying in your leave-in treatment.  

Hydrating Masks & Oils

One of the MOST essential steps in treating and protecting your hair from damage is finding the right hair mask and hair oil. While other products work miracles, they typically do their magic on the surface of your strands while a mask will penetrate your hair shaft and treat from the inside out.

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment, Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Heal & Seal Treatment, shu uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment Masque for Dry Hair, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise: OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil

Protect It From Heat

You use heat to combat the dry, frizzy look … yet, it’s because of heat that your hair looks and feels brittle. When putting down the curling iron isn’t an option (let’s be realistic, it isn’t), use a heat-protectant serum like Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths or Garnier Sleek & Shine Sleek Primer Style Prep to prevent damage caused by our handy hot tools.

If you ARE courageous enough to go au natural, try our one-week of no-heat hairstyle challenge!

Sleep on Silk

Your hair (and face!) will thank you for sleeping on a silk pillowcase since the smooth fabric won’t catch or snag your strands. Keep static, tangles, and frizz away all while preserving your hairstyle by swapping out your cotton sheets for soft silk.

What are some of YOUR tips for banishing brittle hair? Share in the comments below! 

Photo: thinkstock



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.