The Best Nourishing Treatments to Revive Your Dry Hair
Transform your hair with these products our experts swear by.
Dry hair can affect your entire look. And while so many factors can be involved in making your hair parched—it takes a turn for the worse during both the coldest and hottest months of the year—knowing how to treat that dryness anytime, anywhere makes accepting the all-too-common hair concern a lot easier. After all, as disappointing as perpetually dehydrated hair might feel, reviving it to look as good as it did when you last left the salon doesn't always require actually heading to the salon. Instead, taking browsing the selections available at your favorite beauty outpost, drugstore, or website might just do the trick. But which products should you buy? We spoke to a few experts to ensure your hair gets the tender love and care it so rightfully deserves.
Before diving into the world of dry hair treatments, we asked one celebrity hairstylists to share her best tips for getting your most hydrated. R+Co Collective member Ashley Streicher shares that there's one thing you can do to make any dry hair treatment that much more effective. "Overall, I find that adding a treatment—may it be an oil, mask, or whatever your hair likes—to dry hair allows the product to really penetrate and helps your hair to really soak it up," she says. "I recommend leaving a treatment on your hair for at least 30 minutes before you shampoo and condition." Of course, it's always important to follow the directions for any product you use—but Streicher urges that timing is a big part of remedying brittle hair.
Ahead, discover the best products that our experts swear by for their superstar clients so you can get your dry hair looking like a red carpet-ready masterpiece in no time.
OLAPLEX No. 0 Intensive Bonding Hair Treatment
Celebrity hairstylist Tracey Cunningham can't say enough good things about OLAPLEX—particularly the brand's No. 0 Intensive Bonding Hair Treatment. "Your hair will be three times stronger with one use when used as a two-part system as the treatment acts as a primer to absorb nourishment for maximum repair." She goes on to say that it's particularly beneficial for any ultra-damaged hair, whether it be from chemical services (like coloring and perms), heat styling, environmental damage, mechanical damage (read: you pull your hair up fiercely and frequently), and physiological changes that come with age. "This dynamic duo provides deeper repair, strengthens, and protects hair integrity," she says. "It's great for all types and textures whether you color or not."
Shop Now: OLAPLEX "No. 0" Intensive Bonding Hair Treatment, $28, sephora.com.
The Mane Choice's Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Mask
Beauty expert Ebony Clark Bomani is a huge fan of hair treatments that are beneficial beyond basic hydration. For that reason, she adores The Mane Choice's Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Mask. "The Tropical Moringa mask helps improve moisture retention and nourishes the hair," Bomani, who is The Mane choice's master cosmetologist and product educator, says. "It also softens, hydrates, and improves manageability. It's perfect for curls and coils!"
Shop Now: The Mane Choice "Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture" Mask, $17.96, amazon.com.
Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko swears by Aussie's Three-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner, which she says leaves hair incredibly soft and is a crowd favorite. And, considering the creamy conditioner has earned nearly all four- and five-star reviews, we think she might be on to something.
Shop Now: Aussie "Three-Minute Miracle Moist" Deep Conditioner, $6.69, target.com.
R+Co SUN CATCHER Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it's essential to protect your hair against UV rays and other environmental damage, otherwise dryness is pretty much inevitable. "We all need some added moisture to our hair," Streicher explains. "Washing, styling, and really just being out in the environment can take a toll on your hair in the dryness department." Fortunately, Streicher says that SUN CATCHER is super convenient and can be used straight out of the shower, on dry hair, and really any time you feel like your hair could use a moisture surge. "It's made to be used every day, but also as a styler so it's adding light moisture to your hair without you even realizing it," she says.
Shop Now: R+Co "SUN CATCHER" Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner, $32, dermstore.com.
DIY Hot Oil Mask
Good news: If you don't have time to run to the store, you can still moisturize dry hair. According to JOON Haircare co-founder, Shiva Tavakoli, something you already have in your pantry will leave your hair looking lush and hydrated. "Perhaps one of the oldest haircare treatments in the world, olive oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for dry hair and scalp," she explains. "All of these oils are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants and will help to seal the cuticle layer of the hair shaft with moisture, temporarily repairing the damage caused by heat styling tools, chemical processing, and environment exposure."
To revel in these dry hair-relieving benefits, Tavakoli says to start by heating—not boiling—half a cup of oil on the stovetop or in the microwave on low. Once heated, she says to gently massage the oil onto your hair and scalp for three to five minutes. After massaging the oil in, cover your hair with a warm towel. For best results, Tavakoli says to leave the oil on for 30 to 45 minutes or overnight, then simply shampoo and rinse your hair as usual.
Pureology Nano Works Gold Conditioner
"I know it's a conditioner, however I like to use it as a dry hair treatment," says Cunningham. "I recommend you sleep in this creamy, restorative conditioner to strengthen dry, brittle hair."
Shop Now: Pureology "Nano Works Gold" Conditioner, $50, sephora.com.
Aloe Vera and Vegetable Glycerin Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Love to DIY? Bomani is a big fan of a homemade aloe vera and vegetable glycerin pre-shampoo treatment to instantly revive dry hair. To try it yourself, Bomani says to peel and chop one aloe leaf and purée it in the blender until it's smooth. Next, pour the aloe purée into a bowl and stir in one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin. Transfer the mixture into a bottle with a nozzle tip or a disc cap for minimal mess and easy application. If you don't have either available, you can use a bowl and your hands or a hair color brush to paint the product on.
Once you have your mixture ready, it's time to section your hair—Bomani recommends four to six sections. After you've sectioned, apply the mixture to dry hair from roots to ends. Once fully applied, cover your hair with a plastic cap for up to 30 minutes. Wait the allotted time and rinse, shampoo, and condition as normal once it's up.
NatureLab. Tokyo's Perfect Repair Treatment Masque
While all hair types can benefit from this top-rated hair mask, Polko says it's especially beneficial for those with bleached hair. "It repairs and restores hair so it's healthier and not so fragile," she explains.
Shop Now: NatureLab. Tokyo's Perfect Repair Treatment Masque, $16, naturelab.com.
DIY Nourishing Hair Mask
No mask? No problem. If you have a hydrating conditioner (like JOON Haircare's Saffron Rose Conditioner, $28, qvc.com) and hair oil that you love, Tavakoli says to combine the two for a little DIY nourishment. Apply the combination to dry hair, let it sink in for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse, and shampoo as normal.
Sun Bum Deep-Conditioning Mask
If you're spending time by the pool or ocean, make sure to cater to your hair afterwards. Polko says the best way to do so is to lavish your hair with Sun Bum's Treatment Mask. She loves its ability to deliver optimal softness for all hair types.
Shop Now: Sunbum Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask, $3.49, ulta.com.
DIY Carrot Seed Oil and Apricot Oil Mask
While you likely don't have these oils laying around your kitchen, Streicher says that adding them to your pantry can mean for a world of good for your hair. "I discovered this great DIY after a great massage," she shares. "I left the massage oil in my dry hair overnight and the next day when I washed it out it was very moisturized and felt great." The oil, you might ask? "It's a combination of carrot seed oil and apricot oil into a base of coconut oil," she says. "Putting this combo on your hair as a pre-wash treatment is great."
Unite Seven Second Leave-In
There's a reason why this leave-in conditioner is beloved by thousands of people all over the world. According to Polko, it's fantastic for all hair types in terms of long-lasting hydration and—bonus—it also works as a heat protectant.
Shop Now: Unite "Seven Second" Leave-In Detangler, $29.50, dermstore.com.
Take a Dry Hair Supplement
Some dry hair treatments are less obvious than others. Taking supplements can change the hydration levels of your hair. According to Tavakoli, supplementing your haircare routine with Ouai Haircare's Dry Hair supplement will work wonders for parched hair. "It contains nutrients that help combat dry hair such as silica, vitamin E, biotin, and Omegas 3 and 6, which leave hair looking more vibrant and nourished," she says.
Shop Now: OUAI Haircare Dry Hair Supplement, $28, sephora.com.
DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Remember: Olive oil isn't the only cooking oil that can work wonders for hair. According to Polko, applying coconut oil on your ends can lead to instantly replenished moisture. That said, she notes to avoid any oils that look extremely yellow if you have blonde hair, as they can sometimes make hair look discolored.