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How to Care for Dry Hair

Just like your skin, your hair may be more prone to dryness during the fall and winter months when dry air causes excessive evaporation of the moisture from the scalp and strands. When hair becomes dry, it is far more susceptible to breakage and split ends, making it important that you take steps to strengthen and hydrate parched locks. To take the best possible care of dry hair, follow these tips.

1. Cleanse with care. While dry hair still needs regular cleansing to remove dirt and debris, washing too often or with a harsh shampoo can reduce scalp oils, exacerbating dryness. Shampoo your hair every other day, using a hydrating shampoo like Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo. This formula contains pro vitamin B5, a nutrient that helps the hair retain moisture, and emollients to replenish hydration in the strands.

2. Constantly condition. Although shampooing less frequently is best for dry hair, you never want to miss a day of conditioning if your locks are dehydrated. In the shower, use a moisturizing conditioner, such as the Mega Rich formula from Peter Thomas Roth. On days when you don't wash, apply a leave-in conditioner to meet your hair's moisture needs.

3. Beat the heat. Blow-drying, flat ironing and using a curling iron on dry hair can make dehydration worse. Use thermal styling tools sparingly, and when you do rely on one to help you style, apply a thermal protector spray to minimize the amount of evaporation that occurs.

4. Upgrade your brush. Believe it or not, the right hairbrush can go a long way toward improving the health of dry hair. Choose a brush with natural bristles like the Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle Boar Bristle Hairbrush, as the boar bristles will help to move scalp oils throughout your tresses to reduce dryness. Mason Pearson has created a contoured cushion that allows the brush to also massage the scalp, increasing oxygen levels in the skin to energize the hair follicles. Be sure to only brush when your hair is dry to avoid breakage.

5. Pamper your tresses. Each week, set aside some time to apply a deep conditioning hair mask to your dry locks. These products provide a massive dose of moisture that can lead to big improvements in the appearance and manageability of dry hair.

6. Conserve on color. If you color your hair, you may need to cut back on the frequency with which you get touch-ups performed to give your hair a break from the harsh chemicals in dyes. Can't live without fresh color? Consider switching to a demi-permanent or semi-permanent hair color, which is much gentler than traditional permanent dyes.

If your dryness is only seasonal, you may only need to follow your dry hair care regimen until spring has sprung, but if dryness is a chronic problem, stick with the routine year-round to have silkier, stronger tresses. You can find quality hair care products and brands specifically formulated for dry hair, such as Peter Thomas Roth and Mason Pearson at major beauty and skin care websites such as SkinStore.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com and Walgreens.com.
 
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