How To: Take care of dry, damaged hair

Take care of dry, damaged hair

Do frizzy ends and constant flyaway strands sound familiar? Here's how to restore shine and manageability to your tresses. Watch this video to learn how to care for dry, damaged hair.

You Will Need

* Gentle shampoo
* Protein-rich conditioner
* A headscarf or a hat
* A hot oil treatment
* Hair protectant spray

Step 1. Shampoo your hair only once every 2 to 3 days

Washing your hair every day can zap away moisture from the scalp and dry out your hair. Shampoo your hair once every two or three days to retain moisture.

Step 2. Use a protein-rich conditioner

Natural conditioners that contain a high concentration of protein work best for dry, damaged hair. The proteins help smooth out the hair and protect the strands from root to tip.

Always make sure to rinse conditioner thoroughly from the hair or you'll be left with residue that makes hair dull and lifeless.

Step 3. Refrain from using the blow dryer

Skip the blow dryer and let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow dryer on its lowest settings.

Step 4. Protect your hair from the sun

Wear a headscarf or hat to protect your hair from UV damage.

Use a hair protectant spray if you plan to be in the sun for longer than a couple of hours.

Step 5. Give yourself a scalp massage

Give yourself a vigorous scalp massage – or ask someone to give you one – every week to increase blood circulation to your scalp. This will also strengthen roots and follicles.

Step 6. Use a hot oil treatment

A weekly hot oil treatment can restore lost moisture and make your hair silky and soft. Hot oil treatments will also stimulate blood flow to the scalp, making hair become stronger and healthier.

FACT: Women in Asia have used olive, coconut, and jojoba oil as natural conditioners for centuries.

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