Dry hair doesn’t only come from excessive styling tools use—it can come from swimming in pools, laying in the sun for too long, washing your hair too often, and poor nutrition. We’re sharing tips for how to treat dry, brittle hair from home.

 

Use conditioner and hair masks.conditioner-benefits-lede

This may seem like a no brainer, but you’ll be surprised at how few people actually use conditioner. The point of shampooing your hair is to take away all of the dirt and grime, but you’re also taking away all of the moisture. Make sure that you’re replacing the loss of moisture and trying to get as many ingredients that can help rebuild the hair from the inside as possible. Look for conditioners with nut oils—like coconut, almond and macadamia nut—because they’re full of all those lipids and fatty acids that can actually help rebuild the hair. These ingredients will also work to seal off the hair cuticle, which will lock in all of that newfound moisture.

When you’re applying your conditioner, start at the bottom and then work your way up. While you’re in the shower, comb it through to make sure it’s distributed evenly. Once per week, leave it in for 5-10 minutes.

 

 

Eat healthy and take your vitamins.

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A healthy diet benefits your entire body, and your hair is no exception. When you’re not getting the right nutrients it really does show in your hair. Because hair is made up of a protein called keratin, prioritize protein, omega-3 and vitamin D. Salmon, for instance, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which promotes scalp health. Beta-carotene, found in sweet potatoes, apricots, and carrots, is another ingredient to look out for because it contains vitamin A, which strengthens hair. Lastly, vitamin C, which is naturally found in spinach and broccoli, is great for supporting blood vessels supplying nutrients to the follicle. To top this off, take a multivitamin that includes biotin.

 

 

Protect your hair.

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If you’re using heat styling tools, don’t skip heat protectant spray. Also, if you’re going for a swim, make sure you’re taking extra care. Wet your hair and then coat it with a conditioner before you get in the pool or salt water. Try coconut oil and dilute it in a spray bottle and then just keep applying it throughout the day.

 

 

Get regular haircuts.

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If you’re one of those people who dread haircuts because they love their long hair or they want to grow out their locks, just focus on trims. Haircuts are important, even if it’s just to freshen up the layers. You should cut your hair three to four times a year. 

 

 

Lower the heat setting on your styling tools.

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Making sure that you’re using your heat tools correctly is just as important as protecting your hair. First and foremost, check that heat setting. If you have an adjustable hair straightener or curling iron, turn down the heat setting.

A lot of people straighten too much hair at once. What’s happening is you’re really just burning that top layer and the bottom layer. The heat hasn’t even had a chance to get to all of the hairs in the middle. Instead, straighten or curl small sections, which will result in healthier hair and faster styling results.

 

 

Swap out your pillowcase.

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It sounds small, but cotton absorbs moisture—no matter how high the thread count is. Satin pillowcase—silk doesn’t breath so satin is a little bit better. If you’re hair is brittle and prone to getting super tangled, this will be a game-changer. It’s going to lead to a lot less tangles throughout the night, especially if you toss and turn.