How to Fix Dry, Damaged Hair in a Week or Less


Dry hair is a constant problem in my life-I color and heat-style my fine, curly hair more often than I should. I've noticed a hefty set of damage recently, though, and I decided to take action. First, my hair broke off. Then,В I worked with a few talented experts to remedy the breakage. Now, my hair is much healthier than it was, but I'm still looking for tricks and tips on how to keep it that way (as well as continue to strengthenВ the strands each day). I tapped a few more hair gurus (celebrity colorists and hairstylists I trust with the life of my mane), and I gave them each a deadline: to fix my dry hair in a week or less. Luckily, they each came through in spades.

Embrace Thermal Protectors

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"First things first, you should 100% embrace thermal protectors that both protect andВ nourish the hair. Depending on your individual hair needs, there is a KГ©rastase Thermique for you," says Matt Fugate, KГ©rastase's consulting hairstylist. "All three products in the collection are in my kit at all times. There is Ciment ThermiqueВ ($37)В for dry andВ damaged hair that needs to be rebuilt, NectarВ ($37) for dry and dull strands that are brittle or lifeless, and KeratineВ ($43) for dry and frizzy hair."

Protect Your Color

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Kari Hill, L'OrГ©al Paris's celebrity colorist, discusses how keeping your color from fading will actually aid in maintaining moisture in your hair: "If you are a one-process (everything other than blond), use products like Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Shampoo and Conditioner.В Dry hair is often more porous, so it can fade faster. Using this shampoo and conditioner helps protect the color and reduce fade time. Just be careful not toВ over condition with single-process color. However, if you are blond, add a deep conditioner to your routine post-color. I love weekly treatments like the EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving TreatmentВ ($7) to restore nutrition to dry, blonde hair."

Another great trick? Deep condition before getting your color done. Hill explains, "This deeper, more intensive conditioning is ironically done before because it helps the color take a little better and is less damaging on the hair."

Put a Mask on It

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"In terms of product, make sure you're investing in your canvas (Aka: your hair)," Fugate says. "Get a great moisturizing mask like Nutritive Masque Magistral to help hydrate and battle the elements."

Get a Cut

The fastest way to rid yourself of dry, dead ends is to cut them off. Fugate recommends, "You should get your hairВ 'dusted' on a regular basis, especially for dry hair. I do this by letting wet hair air dry for five to tenВ minutes before I start cutting. By letting the hair air dry, the hair will talk to me and the fragile endsВ will make themselves apparent. This way, you and your stylist can distinguish which strands stay and which ones go."

Mara Roszak, L'OrГ©al Paris's celebrity hairstylistВ agrees, "If your hair is feeling limp, it could be time for a trim. A little bit goes a long way. A few layers can make all the difference in the world-they'll add volume and movement in a new way."

Repurpose Your Products

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"I love to recommend overnight treatments to help give dry hair more moisture and life in just a few hours," explains Roszak. "L'OrГ©al Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Nourish Transforming Oil-in-Cream is not only a great daily leave-in, but I also like to use it as an overnight treatment. Just apply all over, put yourВ hair in a bun, and go to sleep. Rinse it out in the a.m. for truly hydrated hair."В

Do a Cool Rinse

"To help add some shine to lifeless hair, at the end of your shower, do a cool water rinse," suggests Roszak. "This seals the cuticle (so your hair doesn't look as dry) and adds shine. Adding a plain white vinegar rinse into the mix also adds shine if you don't mind the smell."