Get healthy hair in this new year by simply following a few smart tips. Hair ages from environmental damage and mechanical reasons, which break down the hair fiber, fade your color, and cause strands to feel dry and brittle.
Start in the Shower: Don’t use just any old shampoo and conditioner — look for ones that also repair split ends, enhance shine, and tame unruly hair. We like Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner and Clairol Professional Repair Shampoo and Conditioner . And while applying conditioner daily can work wonders for hydrating damaged tresses, shampooing no more than three times a week helps your scalp replenish its natural oils.
Invest in a Hair Mask: A good hair mask is like conditioner on steroids — it can transform your locks after only one use. Post-shampoo, apply it to wet hair for three to five minutes starting at your ears (to avoid weighing down your roots). Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque features the brand’s signature caviar extract, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and a blend of marine botanicals that bind water to your hair, to maintain hydration for silky strands. L’Oréal Paris Power Moisture Rush Mask uses hyaluronic acid for a similar result — think of it as a tall glass of water for your mane. Give brittle and broken hair shafts some TLC with Dove Intensive Repair Deep Repairing Mask. Serum in this rich cream helps smooth your hair, leaving it shiny and more resistant to breakage. Apply a mask nightly for the first week, then once a week for continued softness.
Boost Shine: Get gleaming locks with a quick-acting gloss enhancer. Before blow-drying, comb Pravana Nevo Collection Hydra Pearls Serum through wet hair. Each drop contains a concentrated dose of antioxidants and botanical oils that add luminosity.
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