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Dear Sugar
I straighten and blow dry my hair several times a week which I know really dries it out. I was wondering if you could recommend any good products to use to help prevent further damage? Dry Di

Dear Dry Di
Heat is the #1 killer of hair cuticles. Try your best to let it air dry a little bit this summer. The straightening iron isn't going to do much anyway once you step out into the summer heat.

But, who am I kidding, right? A bad hair day sets the tone for a bad day in general so do what you must. Just use protection (hee hee). Try using products that contain humectants (moisturizers that replace lost moisture) and EFA's (essential fatty acids).

Safflower oil is one of the best EFA's and you can actually use the kind that you cook with. Rub 2 drops between your hands and massage it into your hair (best when your hair is dry). Start at the ends and work your way up to the roots.

Note: You should always place moisturizers, hot oils, etc... at the ends of your hair first. Your scalp produces sebum - it's a type of hair oil, but what happens is that when your hair grows past your neck line, the sebum doesn't really reach it anymore and your hair dries out.

This is why the tools that you use are very important. It's worth it to invest in a Mason Pearson boars head brush. It's like giving yourself a little scalp massage every time you brush your hair. It gets that sebum flowing and gives your hair a great shine. I bought mine in London and I use it everyday. It was a perfect souvenir.

FYI - hair normally has a moisture content of about 10%. If your hair drops below this level, the key is to increase the hair’s ability to attract and retain moisture. Try this safflower oil trick once to twice a week until you see some improvement. Also, check out the post about Managing Frizzy Hair . . .. Essentially, frizzy hair is dry hair. I've suggested lots of products here and offer additional helpful tips too.

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vmruby vmruby 10 years
luckily i don't have that problem. my hair has a slight natural wave so most of the time i air dry it.stay away from the blow dryer use nexxus or matrix products. either one works great!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
If my naturally curly hair was as pretty as yours, I would not have to worry about straightening it. Mine is way too kinky. So it is buns in the summer and dryer and flat iron the rest of the time. Blech!
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 10 years
Oh yes and Jenna and Ethiopian Princess are both offering excellent suggestions. I use those products, they are great for shampoo and conditioner ! Stay away from flat irons and if your hair is curly, let it flow !
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 10 years
I have naturally curly hair and it gets very dry in the Summer. Come spring, I have to stop using a blowdryer because it's just so damaging. I used to straighten it as well with a flat iron, but it was just so bad for my hair ... I notice now that I use a ton of good products, no blow dryer and no straightening products, it's MUCH healthier. Also, the only time I comb it is when it's wet and I leave a little conditioner in it everytime I wash it, which is every other day ... You just can't wash curly hair every day. I have found the best products for my thick coarse curly hair are: Bumble & Bumble, Hot Mama and Gefden Moussee Gel Available only on-line from:
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I recommend Nexxus Humectress for a condtioner.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Have you tried Pantene for dry hair?
Khameleon Khameleon 10 years
Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil are also good to use.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Smooth some BioSilk thru it and just pull it back in a bun or ponytail til September...that is what I am doing:)
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