Plagued by split ends, thinning hair, or dull, lifeless locks? A full hair-care regimen includes more than just shampoo and conditioner. Lather, rinse, and repeat, with these easy ways to turn dull dreads into gleaming tresses.
The Perfect Shampoo
If your hair is normal, lucky you; you’ll want a shampoo that has a balanced blend of nourishing conditioners and cleaning agents. For oily hair, formulas that contain tea tree oil, ginseng, and green tea deep-clean and normalize scalp sebum to prevent excess oiliness. For dry or damaged hair, look for a moisturizing shampoo with ingredients like argan oil, shea oil, and biotin to add softness and repair damage.
Mane things: Alaffia Everyday Shea Shampoo for normal hair, Andalou Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo for dry hair, Mill Creek Tea Tree Shampoo for oily hair
A Targeted Conditioner
The trick is to add softness and shine without weighing hair down or leaving residue. For normal hair, you’ll want a formula that strengthens roots and nourishes scalp, without overmoisturizing. For oily hair, choose a lighter blend or one designed for clarifying; apply only to midshaft or ends of hair, not the scalp, and rinse well. Dry hair needs a super-emollient conditioner with moisturizing oils and ingredients like biotin and keratin to protect and repair damage, and a restorative hair mask once a week.
Mane things: Giovanni Wellness System Conditioner for normal hair, Mill Creek Biotin H-24 Conditioner for dry hair, Okay Pure Natural Restorative Conditioner, Shea Terra Organics African Black Soap Conditioner for oily hair
A Regular Detox
Styling products, minerals in water and everyday pollution build up on hair, leaving it heavy, dull and lifeless. Use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis to remove impurities and give hair gloss and bounce. And if you live in an area with hard water, consider a shower filter to remove excess minerals that weigh hair down.
Mane things: Renewable Difference Detox Shampoo, Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Conditioner, New Wave Enviro Products Shower Filter
Protection from the Elements
Shield your tresses from heat styling, sun damage, chlorine, pollution, and dry air with a leave-in conditioner; use a light, spray-on formula, and apply before blow-drying or styling. For extra protection, spritz hair with a spray sunscreen to protect hair and scalp from sun damage.
Mane things: Jane Carter Hydrate Quench, The Honest Company Sunscreen Spray, 2Chic Avocado and Olive Oil Protective Spray
The Right Nutrition
If your diet is lacking in certain nutrients, you’ll see the effects in hair loss, slower growth, or dull, brittle locks. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, strengthens hair follicles and improves hair growth. Zinc, iron, biotin, and other B vitamins, and omega-3 fats prevent hair loss, nourish hair, and improve strength and shine.
Mane things: Natural Factors Biosil, Solgar Triple Strength Omega 3, Reserveage Keratin Hair Booster
Solutions for Troubled Tresses
Dandruff, dry skin cells that shed from the scalp, can be caused by eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, fungal infections, or sensitivity to harsh hair products; choose a shampoo designed to minimize flakes. Stress, hormones, or even too-tight hair styles can cause hair loss; loosen up those ponies and buns, and look for a product designed to combat hair loss. And perpetual frizziness is often a result of dehydration, drying shampoos, or lack of essential fatty acids in the diet; use a frizz-taming styling gel, and up your intake of water, healthy fats and nutrients like collagen.
Mane things: Mineral Fusion Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Revita Spectral DNC-N hair growth serum, Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Polishing Serum, YouTheory Collagen Advanced
Styling Products that Nourish
Hair spray, gel, wax, or mousse build body, sculpt styles, and add shine and control to any do. Be sure yours does double-duty, with essential oils, healing botanicals,
and biotin to strengthen hair.
Mane things: Mill Creek Biotin H-24 Styling Gel, Giovanni Keratin and Argan Styling Wax, Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell Hair Spray
A Better Brush
Rough or wiry bristles can cause breakage and damage the scalp. Use a natural bristle brush to help spread natural oils from the scalp down the length of the shaft to make hair smoother and shinier. If your hair is prone to tangles, use a brush designed to slide out knots, without breaking hair.
Mane things: Wet Brush Detangling Brush, Earth Therapeutics Natural Bristle Brush
All products can be found at The Vitamin Shoppe stores or on vitaminshoppe.com