How to Get Rid of Dry Hair

Three Methods:Changing Your RoutineConditioning Your HairMaking Lifestyle Changes

Is your hair dry, rough and brittle? Whether your hair is naturally dry or it's the result of damaging habits and treatments, there are steps you can take to start adding back moisture and shine right away. Changing the way you wash and style your hair, using conditioning treatments, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits are all great ways to renew your hair.

Method 1
Changing Your Routine

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    Wash your hair less often. Many people make the mistake of washing their hair every day. This practice strips your hair of healthy oils that protect it from drying out. While washing your hair is obviously necessary to keep it looking healthy and fresh, see if you can scale back to washing it just once or twice a week. In a few weeks' time, your hair will look and feel less dry and brittle.[1]
    • If you're used to washing your hair more often, it might take a few weeks for your scalp to adjust. For the first few weeks, your scalp might continue overproducing oil. If you can wait it out, you'll find that your body will eventually grow used to your new routine and produce less oil between washes.
    • To perk up your hair between washes, try using dry shampoo. It's a simple mixture of powder (such as cornstarch or baby powder) and essential oils. While dry shampoo doesn't clean your hair, it does absorb oil and add a pleasant scent that gives your hair the appearance of being freshly washed.
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    Use less shampoo. Do you tend to use gobs of shampoo in an effort to get your hair clean? It's really not necessary to use more than a dime or quarter-sized amount, depending on your hair length. Extra shampoo can be hard on your hair by washing away the protective oils that keep your hair soft and shiny, rather than dry.[2]
    • A good rule of thumb to follow is that if your hair ends up "squeaky clean," you've used too much shampoo. When your hair dries, it will feel drier than it should.
    • To avoid using too much shampoo, wet your hair completely before applying shampoo. Rub the shampoo between your palms and work it into your hair from the roots to the tips.
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    Let it air dry as often as possible. Using a hair dryer causes your hair to get dry, brittle and frayed. It leads to more split ends and dull-looking hair if you do it too often. Even though you might be tempted to dry your hair with a hair dryer, try giving it a break and letting it air dry at least five days out of the week. If you can go longer without using a hair dryer, even better.[3]
    • When you do use a hair dryer, use a low, warm or cool setting instead of a high, hot setting.
    • To air dry your hair, pat it dry gently with a towel. Don't roughly rub it dry, or you'll end up with frizz. Comb it out using a wide-toothed comb and apply hair oil or styling cream if desired.
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    Don't use damaging styling techniques. Put away your curling iron, straightening iron, and any other tools you use to apply heat to your hair. Regularly styling your hair using heating tools causes dryness, breakage, and split ends. Embrace your hair's natural texture instead of taming it with tools.[4]
    • If you want to curl or straighten your hair for a special occasion, be sure to use a heat protectant product on your hair first. Never apply direct heat to unprotected hair.
    • Try using styling techniques that don't involve heat. For example, you can create beautiful curls using pins or a cut up t-shirt.
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    Stay away from damaging treatments. Dyeing, bleaching, and chemically straightening or perming your hair will dry it out. Once your hair has been damaged by a treatment, it's difficult to restore it to life. In most cases you'll have to care for it the best you can until your hair has time to grow back healthy and strong.[5]
    • If you love dyeing your hair, try a henna treatment. Henna dye is a natural alternative to chemical dye. It won't dry out or damage your hair.
    • If you want to lighten your hair in color, try using honey or chamomile treatments. Do not use lemon juice to lighten your hair, since this can dry it out.
    • Tight weaves, braids and extensions can also be damaging to hair.

Method 2
Conditioning Your Hair

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    Use a good conditioner after shampooing. Dry hair is more prone to getting broken or frayed. Each time you shampoo, you should apply conditioner as a way to protect you hair shaft from damage. Conditioner also gives your hair a soft, shiny appearance.
    • Massage a dime or quarter-sized amount of conditioner through your hair from roots to tips. Rinse well.
    • Look for a conditioner made for dry, damaged hair. It will contain extra moisturizing properties to help replenish your hair's natural moisture.
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    Try a homemade hair mask. Just as a face mask can give your skin a boost, a hair mask can add shine and moisture to your hair. A hair mask is applied in the shower after you wet your hair. Leave the mask on for five minutes, then shampoo your hair as normal. Here are a few nourishing hair masks to try:[6]
    • 1 lightly beaten egg
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon aloe
    • 2 tablespoons yogurt
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    Do a deep conditioning treatment. When your hair is dry and brittle, deep condition it with oil. Oil will seep into your hair shaft restore your hair's brilliance and shine.[7] Massage 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choice into your hair, focusing on the tips. Put on a shower cap and let the oil sit in your hair for at least one hour or overnight. Shampoo your hair as normal and rinse until your hair doesn't feel oily to the touch. Here are a few oils you can try:
    • Coconut oil
    • Olive oil
    • Jojoba oil
    • Sweet almond oil
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    Apply finishing oil to dry hair. After you've washed and dried your hair, use a finishing oil to add some shine. Finishing oil acts as a leave-in conditioner, protecting and beautifying your hair all day. It also prevents frizz and flyaways. Don't add gobs of oil to your hair. Just use enough to lightly coat the tips and add some texture. You can buy a finishing oil blend, or try one of these oils:[8]
    • Coconut oil[9]
    • Argan oil
    • Jojoba oil
    • Grapeseed oil
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    Try a boar bristle brush. This is a special type of brush made with natural fibers that mimic the texture of human hair. The brush is designed to pull your scalp's natural oils (sebum) from your roots down the length of your hair. That way all of your hair gets the benefits of your body's natural hair protectant. Use this type of brush when your hair is dry.[10]
    • Select a brush made with natural fibers. Do not use a plastic or metal brush.
    • Working one section at a time, brush your hair in long strokes from the roots all the way to the tips.
    • The best time to do this is an hour or so before you plan to shampoo your hair.

Method 3
Making Lifestyle Changes

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    Use all-natural hair products. The ingredients found in many shampoos, conditioners and other hair products can be damaging to hair. Even if a product says it will repair damaged hair, it could be doing more harm than good. To make absolutely sure that you aren't harming your hair, consider buying your products from a natural grocery store instead of a drugstore chain.[11]
    • You can also save money by making your own hair products. Try making shampoo, conditioner, or hair gel at home.
    • Avoid hair products that contain sulfates, silicones, or alcohols. These ingredients are harsh on hair.
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    Stay hydrated. If your body is dehydrated, it will show in your hair. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair looking healthy and hydrated along with your skin. As a general rule, aim to drink water whenever you're thirsty. Instead of reaching for coffee or soda, choose water for the best health benefits.[12]
    • Try taking a water bottle with you during the day so you'll always have water on hand if you're thirsty.
    • If you dislike drinking water, try drinking herbal iced tea or another sugar and caffeine free drink.
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    Eat nourishing food. Your diet has a big effect on the health of your hair. If you're deficient in a certain vitamin or nutrient, your hair will be one of the first places it shows. In order to grow healthy, vibrant hair, make sure your diet includes plenty of the following:[13]
    • Protein, such as lean meats, beans, and dairy.
    • Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in salmon, sardines, flax seeds and walnuts.
    • B vitamins, found in meats and other animal products.
    • If you're a vegetarian, consider supplementing your diet with vitamins to make sure you get all the nutrients you need.
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    Protect your hair from the elements. The sun, pool chemicals, and air pollution can all be hazardous to your hair. Protecting your hair from these environmental elements can make a big difference when it comes to restoring your hair to health. Take the following precautions to save your hair:[14]
    • When you go out in very strong sun, wear a hat.
    • When you swim in a pool, wear a swim cap.
    • If you live in a place with high air pollution, wear a hat or try wearing your hair in a protective style, such as braids.
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    Get regular trims. As you change your habits, you'll start growing in healthy, vibrant hair. It may take awhile to see a huge difference, especially if your hair was very damaged to begin with. Getting regular trims is a way to get rid of old, dry hair and allow you to see the progress you're making.[15]


  • Talk to your stylist about your dry hair concerns.


  • Avoid damaging treatments and heat styling tools.

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