We’ve learned (from experience unfortunately) that it doesn’t always take much for hair to lose its luster and elasticity — anything from a coloring gone wrong to overheating the curling iron or even using the wrong brush can result in an immediate need to check into hair rehab. Luckily we’ve learned a thing or two from our past hair follies on how not to be a repeat offender. So if you’ve committed some hair-dont’s recently, read on for 10 do’s that will have your strands restored to its healthiest, glossiest best in no time.
Find out the 10 essentials you need for gorgeous, healthy hair.
Use a natural bristle brush. Opt for high quality boar bristles which help spread sebum down the hair shaft, resulting in a smoother, softer, and shinier finish. (Mason Pearson Handy All Boar Brush, $190, neimanmarcus.com)
Try a reparative shampoo and conditioner. The keratin protein in this formulation helps to restore fragile, dry, or already damaged hair by strengthening the hair's natural structure and improving elasticity. (Fekkai PrX Reparative Shampoo and Conditioner, $30 each, ulta.com)
Purify your water. High levels of chlorine in shower water may actually be the culprit for dry or unruly hair. Using a shower filter that removes chlorine has been proven to reduce frizz, increase manageability, and increase shine. (T3 Source Showerhead Filter, $130, sephora.com)
Mind the scalp. A too-dry, too-oily, or clogged scalp can weaken hair and even cause it to fall out. For optimal hair health, make sure that the scalp is nourished and balanced. (Clear Total Care Nourishing Shampoo, $4.99, walgreens.com)
Defend against the elements. Shield your strands from pollution, extreme weather, oxidation, and UV damage with a leave-in protectant. Think of it as an anti-aging serum, but for hair. (Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Photo-Age Defense, $35, sephora.com)
Leave it to the pros. Sometimes the best thing to do is to get your hair diagnosed and properly tended to with a customized in-salon treatment. Professional treatments can be more potent than at-home alternatives and are tailored to your hair's specific needs. (Redken Chemistry System, Redken Salons)
Opt for gentler coloring products. Ammonia and other harsh ingredients in hair dye can contribute to breakage, dullness, and weak hair. Look for an ammonia-free product that also contains moisturizing ingredients for a healthier color. (Clairol Natural Instincts, $8.69, ulta.com)
Deep condition, occasionally. Using a treatment moisture masque can help heal hair stressed by continual use of styling products and heat tools — but be sure to follow usage instructions to prevent overconditioning. (O&M Seven Day Miracle, $31.95, originalmineral.com)
Get regular trims. "Frequent cuts prevent and mend split ends" advises New York based stylist Vanessa Fernandez. "Scheduling your appointment every 6-8 weeks can guarantee that your hair will always be healthy, fresh and light." (Butterfly Studio Salon New York, butterflystudiosalon.com)
Go natural. A truly natural product, formulated without any chemical compounds or preservatives, can be great for detoxing or removing buildup. The botanicals and natural emollients help balance the scalp and retain hair's natural moisture. (Rahua Conditioner, $34, anthropologie.com)