1. Easy Does It
Over-shampooing is a major cause of dryness. Base your frequency on the texture of your locks, advises London-based trichologist Philip Kingsley. Fine hair can be washed daily and benefits from a protein-rich formula, such as René Furterer Absolue Kératine Shampoo ($32), “to set the foundation for all-day body,” he says. Medium, wavy types should lather up no more than every other day, enough to keep the scalp clean without overworking the ends. Try Clear Total Care Shampoo ($6) and touch up roots with dry shampoo in between. Coarse curls can go the longest—wash just twice a week—and do well with a gentle, sulfate-free formula like Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner ($7).
2. Fix Yourself a Cocktail
A product cocktail, that is. Before styling, mix up a concoction made-to-order for your hair type. To add body to limp locks, New York City hairstylist Kevin Mancuso, creative director for Nexxus Salon Hair Care, layers Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum Caviar ($18), a lightweight serum, under an alcohol-free mousse like L’Oréal Paris EverStyle ($7). With thicker hair, or to coax out a natural wave, Kingsley suggests a prewash conditioning treatment twice a week, such as Philip Kingsley Elasticizer ($49). Follow with Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream ($28) for soft waves. Whatever your texture, a daily multivitamin containing iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and biotin will help your hair (and nails, too) grow fast and strong.
3. Brush Up
There’s one surefire way to avoid heat damage before your big day: Put down the dryer! (And curling iron! And straightener!) If you can’t go au naturel for months on end, reach for a gentler brush that won’t exacerbate breakage. To find the right one, consider bristle color, says Mancuso. Light, soft bristles are best for fine hair; a mix of light and dark brown works on waves; and dark, stiff brown bristles help coarser textures. He likes Ibiza’s B Series (from $45) for blowing out color-treated blondes. To straighten even the tightest curls, Mancuso prefers a wood-handled, boar-bristle brush like the Philip B Large Round Hairbrush ($75).
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