How to Fix Your Dry, Brittle Strands Without Leaving Your House

Updated 09/16/19
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It's no surprise that maintaining healthy hair requires a consistent routine filled with products that contain the proper nutrients. If your hair tends to be on the dry side, there are several treatments you can use to boost your hair's health and hydration at home without needing to visit the salon. While the thought of using hair oils or masks might seem intimidating at first, we promise it's not as difficult as it seems. We interviewed four expert stylists to get all the details on the best at-home treatments to treat dry hair, and the results are in.

Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about hair hydration.


Prickly Pear Oil is Key

Celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook recommends adding prickly pear oil into your routine to add instant shine. "Prickly pear oil adds shine, repairs damaged ends, and protects hair from the sun," she says. This cactus oil is rich in nourishing fatty acids, natural collagen, and vitamin E. Just be sure to cater the application process to your hair's texture and density. "If you have medium to thick hair, oils are good, but if you have fine hair, oils can tend to weigh the hair down," Brook tells us.

"If you want to hydrate ends with oils but have fine hair, add the oil to some warm water in a fine mist spray bottle and spray on damp hair."

Cleanse and Blow-Dry Strategically

Another genius tip for anyone with dry hair: Try adding a touch of oil to the ends of your hair before shampooing, as it hydrates them while keeping them protected against drying cleansing agents. "When drying your hair use a Turkish cotton towel as they are the most absorbent, to remove as much of the water in your hair before using a blow-dryer," Brook says. Then she recommends focusing on drying the roots of the hair first. "Depending on the texture of your hair, leave the ends to air-dry or lower the temperature of the dryer to medium to protect them from heat."

Experiment With Different Kinds of Oils

Speaking of hair oils, celebrity hairstylist Ericka Verrett is a big fan. "Oils are well-suited for use on dry hair and make a great DIY treatment. There are so many different ways to use and incorporate them into your haircare routine." Verrett is a fan of the Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil and recommends mixing it with coconut oil for a pre-shampoo treatment.

Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil $58

Opt For a Silk Pillowcase

Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan recommends switching out your pillowcase from the standard cotton to silk, instead. "My biggest tip for dry hair is to sleep on the Hollywood Silk Solutions Silk Pillowcase ($45)," she says. "This is the most passive action you can take to make the biggest difference in your hair and skin. Regular cotton pillowcases absorb and pull moisture from your skin and hair, leaving it drier than before you went to bed, while silk pillowcases allow your hair to soak and absorb oils."

Use Kérastase Elixer Ultime

Melissa D'Avenio, senior hairstylist at Antonio Prieto Salon, loves stocking up on Kérastase's classic hair oil, Elixer Ultime ($50). "It's a serum using a combination of four oils that really penetrate into the hair, allowing for maximum nourishment," she says. "It also delivers a beautiful shine without looking oily." For extra-dry hair, D'Avenio prefers the Kérastase Magistral Mask ($53), as a daily conditioner or weekly treatment.

Invest in Hair Supplements

"If your hair has been over-processed, chances are that oil may not be enough. I would suggest addressing dry hair from multiple aspects. A supplement like Olly Undeniable Beauty Gummy Vitamins ($13), will allow your hair to grow in stronger along with preventing future dryness."

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Olly Undeniable Beauty Grapefruit Glam Vitamin Gummies $13

Make DIY Masks at Home

For Marjan, the best DIY at-home treatment involves melting together a teaspoon of organic unrefined honey with coconut oil. "Honey acts as a humectant, sealing in the moisture from the coconut oil, making it more effective than if used alone." Mixing the two can make a real difference in hair, just be sure to thoroughly rinse out when finished so there's no left over residue.

Boar Bristle Brushes Will Be Your BFF

Brushing hair is an easy and effective way to boost it's health right away. Marjan says, "brushing the hair delicately when it is dry with a smoothing brush will pull moisture from the scalp through the ends." This hydrates the dry ends with your scalp's natural oil, in return keeping it hydrated. Just be sure to use a boar bristle brush, as they're most effective at distributing oil. Also avoid brushing your hair when it's wet. "It is more elastic and can pull fragile strands, causing breakage," Marjan says.

Our current favorite brush to use is Harry Josh's Premium Oval Brush ($50), which has a combination of oil-distributing boar bristles and detangling nylon bristles.

Try Using Aloe Vera

Pure aloe vera isn't just for soothing sunburned skin. Thanks to antioxidants, fatty acids, and natural vitamins A, C, and E, this plant locks in moisture anywhere it's applied. Aloe infused haircare products like shampoo and conditioner are a great way to implement this powerful ingredient into your routine.

Repair Damage With Olaplex

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Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 $28

"For color-treated hair that might have been over-processed, I would suggest at-home Olaplex treatments to repair the damage," Marjan says. Olaplex strengthens the chemical bonds in the hair's cuticle, meaning it actually reseals split ends.

Marjan also recommends using a leave-in conditioner and preventing heat damage. "I strongly recommend only using non-damaging hot tools like flatirons or curling irons from GHD, as it's a myth that the hotter the iron, the better you can style your hair. Always finish blow-drying with the cool shot button on your GHD Blowdryer ($199) to close the cuticle and prevent frizz."

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