How to take care your mane and get the healthy, radiant hair you crave.
- Tangles: Tangles happen when the cuticle (the outside layer) gets roughed up and clings to neighboring strands like Velcro. Chemical processes, hot tools and everyday wear and tear are tough on the cuticle. Be gentle when combing out tangles so you don’t make the damage worse — a dollop of conditioner on the area will help your comb slide through smoothly.
- Greasiness: Greasiness most often happens in fine hair, but it can strike anyone. If you frequently use silicone-rich hair products, wax or pomade, your grease might be from product buildup. Alternate in a clarifying shampoo every three to four washes. Also, dry shampoo can be a godsend for sopping up oil at the roots and adding volume.
- Dryness: There are tons of reasons you might have dry hair—chemical processing, frequent dips in a pool, overuse of a blow dryer or just plain ol’ genetics. Dryness leads to damage, since it reduces the number of hydrogen bonds in your hair (which give your strands flexibility) and weakens its resistance to daily stresses like brushing or combing. Hydrating shampoos and conditioners can help, as can adding an omega-3 supplement to your diet to add moisture from the outside in.
- Color fade: Water fades color. In fact, up to 80 percent of color fade is due to water alone. Your hair absorbs water, and as it dries, the dyes drain out with the water. If you’re a staunch everyday washer, try washing every other day instead. To stretch out the time between washes, try a dry shampoo on your roots to absorb oil and pump up volume.
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