Caring for dry hair requires special consideration, but it's not impossible. The key to keeping your dry hair healthy and looking great lies with proper care. This begins with choosing the right products.
Eight Recommended Products
1. PHYTO Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment
Professional Recommendation: Board Certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon and president of LovelySkin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger FAAD, FAACS, recommends PHYTO Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment for dry hair. He explains, "A healthy scalp provides the foundation for a shiny, soft head of hair. A specially formulated product like the PHYTO Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment is designed to treat excessively dry, irritated, sensitive or itchy skin in this difficult area."
Consumer Reviews: Harper's Bazaar recommends the product as a beneficial item for those seeking long, shiny hair. Consumers also rate the product highly. A review on FitnessGoop.com indicates positive results for dry, chemical treated hair after just one use. Additionally, the Viva Woman blog indicates that this product "breaks up the excess build-up at the hair follicles" leading to increased shine (without looking oily).
2. Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo
Professional Recommendation: While scalp care is important, not all dry hair problems are related to the scalp. Dr. Schlessinger explains, "Dry hair can also be caused by heat damage, chemical treatments or certain health conditions." He recommends, "To nourish dry hair back to health, turn to nourishing products that will replenish the natural moisture your tresses are missing." He suggests, "Start with a gentle shampoo that won't strip the hair of any natural oils, such as the Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo. It helps to keep any color intact while targeting dryness and damage."
Consumer Reviews: This shampoo is also recommended by The Salon at Allure, an upscale Southern California beauty salon. An article on the salon's blog describes Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo as a "weekend warrior," suggesting it as a "pick me up of instant hydration and reconstruction." Reviews on Influenster are positive overall, with hairdresser Charlotte P. describing it as her "my most recommended product" for over-processed hair, noting that the shampoo does not strip out color.
3. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner
Professional Recommendation: According to Dr. Schlessinger, "A rich daily conditioner is also a necessity - the Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner receives five stars on the LovelySkin website for its ability to hydrate without adding weight to the hair." The product is specially formulated to produce "soft, smooth, nourished, manageable hair," results backed up a consumer efficacy study conducted by the manufacturer.
Consumer Reviews: A review on AquaHeart indicates that this conditioner does not weigh hair down, and the reviewer reported that it left her hair softer and less frizzy.
4. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray
Professional Recommendation: Styling aids aren't the only sources of heat damage to hair. Sun exposure is a significant source of heat damage, and exposure to salt spray at the beach also leads to additional drying. InStyle names Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray as the best beach and sun exposure spray for damaged hair, making it a good option for those with dry locks. The product is also recommended by licensed cosmetologist Patrick Daniels, who describes it as a "wonderful addition to your collection of products for wavy and curly hair" and uses it as a styling aid to provide "day at the beach" texture.
According to Nadirah Volpe, Master Stylist and Regional Education Manager/Master Artist for Sexy Hair, it's important to be aware that not all sun protection products are designed with the needs of dry hair in mind. Volpe explains, "It's not only important to use a product with sun protection but to use a product that will help seal the cuticle shut, like Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray. This will ensure that moisture gets locked in and the sun has less access to the hair's cortex."
Consumer Reviews: This product is a BeautyHigh.com pick for a beach spray that won't dry out your hair. I have used sun protection sprays before and found that they made my already-dry hair even dryer. I received a sample of this product to try and was pleased to discover firsthand that it did not dry my hair out like the other products I have tried over the years.
5. PHYTO Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask
Professional Recommendation: For "concentrated nourishment and deep conditioning," Dr. Schlessinger recommends PHYTO Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for dry hair. In a product review on Allure.com, stylist Julien Farel recommends PHYTO Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask to repair "daily harm" from "too much brushing (which) can harm hair by stretching it out and making it lose elasticity." The Allure reviewer states that that the product "repairs dry hair by hydrating, softening, and detangling."
Consumer Reviews: On the Svara Beauty blog, this product is described as "easy to use" with "consistent results." The blogger - who tried it initially as a sample and then purchased the full-size product, says "my hair is left amazing and frizz free every time."
6. Infinite Shine Smoothing Oil
Professional Recommendation: Dr. Schlessinger also recommends "incorporating a rich argan oil-based product like Infinite Shine Smoothing Oil from Glo Essentials into your routine to help restore health and shine." He describes this product as "a blend of argan and coconut oils that reduces dryness, frizz and flyaways for a silky-smooth appearance."
Consumer Reviews: A Daily Dish review on Capital-Style.com indicates that this product is effective for reducing dryness as well as cutting back on static and flyaways. The blogger also reported that using the product reduced the amount of time she needed to spend blow drying her hair, a benefit that can cut back on the occurrence of heat and styling related dryness.
7. Yuko Anti-Frizz
Professional Recommendation: The Yuko system for hair straightening has long been recommended by top salons, including UK-based Aspects Hair Designers, for clients who want to reduce frizz and dryness. Once available only in salons, a home version - the Yuko Anti-Frizz home kit - was introduced to the U.S. market in 2012. Chen Levy Hair Design in New York City describes the home kit as "innovative" and "revolutionary," calling it "a gentle, natural way to fight frizz in hot and humid weather."
In terms of the natural status of the product, company founder, beauty professional and hair-straightening expert Yuko Yamashita explains that the line "features safe and gentle hair care without the use of sulfates, parabens, sodium-chloride or petrochemicals."
Consumer Reviews: The Yuko Anti-Frizz home kit has received positive reviews on numerous blogs, including Beauty and the Chic and One Busy WAHM. I received a home kit for review, and had a very positive experience with the product. I have very coarse, dry hair that has extreme reactions to humidity. It tamed my dry, frizzy hair in just a few uses and seemed to diminish humidity-related frizz effectively. This is a product that I am likely to continue using.
Find Your Perfect Products
There are plenty of product options for dry hair, including home remedies, and finding the ones that best meet your needs requires a bit of trial and error. Use these expert tips and product suggestions to seek out hair care items that can help improve the appearance and health of your hair.
Note: The author received sample products from Yuko Anti-Frizz and Sexy Hair. The information in this article is based solely on first-hand interviews, secondary research and the author's personal opinion.