What can I do about dull, dry hair?

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What can I do about dull, dry hair?

When your hair is in poor condition, you know it. “It’s hair with split ends, no jumps or shine, little or no flexibility that breaks super easily,” says the top hairdresser in New York Harry Joshwho definitely sees his part of it. (To his list we can add dullness, flatness, constant dryness and color that has lost its luster.) The potential causes – from overworking, overstyling, hard water, sun damage and chlorine damage to something as basic as a poor diet – are many, but the road back to shiny, bouncy, healthy-looking hair is the same no matter: a consistent hair routine designed to nourish and revive.


Shampoo less often

This allows your hair’s natural oils to moisturize your hair – something every hair type benefits from. When washing, avoid harsh shampoos (like those with sulfates, for example, which can strip your hair). Instead, use those made with moisturizing oils and botanicals to keep your hair smooth and elastic.

  1. Moringa and rosehip oil:

    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo, goop, $ 45 / $ 38 with subscription

    goop beauty
    G.Tox Himalaya Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo
    goop, $ 45 / $ 38 with subscription


  2. Rahua and carrot oils:

    Rahua Color Full Shampoo, goop, $ 38

    Color full shampoo
    goop, $ 38


  3. Provitamin B5 and geranium oil:

    Grown Alchemist Anti-Frizz - Shampoo 0.5, goop, $ 49

    Adult alchemist
    Anti-Frizz – Shampoo 0.5
    goop, $ 49



Condition Religious

If there is one key to keeping your hair soft and silky soft, it is to smooth out the right nourishing hair treatment after each shampoo – it makes a huge difference in the way your hair looks and feels. Check the ingredient label for moisturizing oils like jojoba or carrot; Josh also loves lactic acid and aloe vera to keep hair strong and shiny.

  1. Jojoba and avocado oils:

    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Conditioner, goop, $ 52

    Sangre de Fruta
    Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Balm
    goop, $ 52


  2. Lactic acid and tsubaki seed oil:

    Crown Affair The Ritual Conditioner, goop, $ 38

    Crown Affair
    The ritual balm
    goop, $ 38


  3. Aloe vera and carrot oil:

    Rahua Hydration Conditioner, goop, $ 38

    Hydration Conditioner
    goop, $ 38



Pretreatment for shine and good texture

  1. This preshampoo treatment forms a protective layer around your hair so that you do not remove too much moisture when you wash, and the result is shiny, softer and more manageable hair with a noticeably better texture.

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum, goop, $ 48 / $ 44 with subscription

    goop beauty
    GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum
    goop, $ 48 / $ 44 with subscription



Smooth in Leave-In

Unless your hair is very fine, add leave-in conditioner to your routine (after conditioning when you are out of the shower). “Lint, fine hair can get greasy and too shiny, so you only need the slightest amount of leave-in at the ends if that’s your hair type,” says Josh. But every other hair type benefits enormously from an extra leave-in step, whether you use a spritz, a cream or an oil. Smooth or spray it through towel-dried hair from the mid-lengths to the tips before styling it as usual.

  1. Ultimate mug cream:

    Grown Alchemist Smoothing Hair Treatment, goop, $ 49

    Adult alchemist
    Smoothing hair treatment
    goop, $ 49


  2. Light but powerful and voluminous alcohol:

    Innersense Hair Love Prep Spray, goop, $ 28

    Hair Love Prep Spray
    goop, $ 28


  3. Great for thicker and textured hair:

    Act + Acre Cold Processed Hair Oil, goop, $ 48

    Act + Acre
    Cold-processed hair oil
    goop, $ 48



Deep-Condition as you mean it

The color-treated, heat-styled, chemically smoothed and pool-, sea- or sun-soaked should never skip a weekly hair mask. “If you regularly dye your hair and you start to see it dry, a powerful hair mask once a week for about three to five minutes will perform miracles,” says Josh.

  1. Strengthening:

    Dr.  Barbara Sturm Hair Repair Mask, goop, $ 65

    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Hair mask repair
    goop, $ 65


  2. Silkifying:

    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask, goop, $ 58

    Crown Affair
    The renewal mask
    goop, $ 58


  3. Softening:

    Innersense Hydrating Hair Mask, goop, $ 30

    Moisturizing hair mask
    goop, $ 30



Use stylers of the highest quality

When using heating tools, never turn up to the maximum heat setting to finish styling faster. Think of it like cooking: If you put oil in a scalding hot pan, smoke and burn the oil. To avoid burning your hair, choose tools with adjustable heat settings, Josh says. “And for an extra layer of defense, apply heat protection before using any hot tool,” he says. “It really works.”

  1. Josh’s dryer is made with eight heat, speed and ion settings:

    Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000, goop, $ 249

    Harry Josh
    Pro dryer 2000
    goop, $ 249


  2. Emollient, color-protective spray:

    Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier, goop, $ 34

    Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier
    goop, $ 34


  3. Smoothes leave-in and heat protective cream:

    Augustine Bader The Leave-In Hair Treatment, goop, $ 50

    Augustine Bader
    Leave-In hair treatment
    goop, $ 50



Take vitamins to support healthy hair

  1. Eating a diet full of omega-3 fatty acids (think salmon) and antioxidants (berries and spinach) helps support super-soft and shiny hair. You can also get essential healthy hair nutrients from this daily multivitamin, which supports healthy hair, skin and nails with biotin, niacin, zinc and iron, plus the antioxidant nutrients beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, lycopene, selenium, and more. *

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Everyday Glow Multivitamin, goop, $ 60 / $ 55 with subscription

    goop beauty
    GOOPGLOW Everyday Glow Multivitamin
    goop, $ 60 / $ 55 with subscription



Schedule regular trim

A good trim helps a lot in making your hair look and feel healthier. “Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, but a general rule of thumb is, look to get your hair cut every two to three months to keep it healthy,” says Josh.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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