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You know immediately when your hair lacks hydration. It has no bounce or shine, breaks super easily, and just refuses to cooperate no matter what you do. Finding a dry hair treatment tailored to your , on the other hand, is even trickier.

Each hair type demands very specific care. The dry hair treatment for type 1 straight hair will be different from what type 3 curly hair requires. If you’re unsure what to do, here are the steps on hydrating hair, according to its texture.

If Your Straight Hair Is Dry…

is low maintenance because of its naturally smooth texture. You may reach for heat styling tools to add more volume more often, which makes it susceptible to dryness. Follow these dry hair treatment tips to rejuvenate your locks.

1. Wash your hair when you need to.

Not washing your hair regularly can clog the follicles, depleting the supply of oxygen and nutrients needed. As a result, your hair looks dull and straw-like at the ends.

It’s advisable to or at least three times a week, depending on how sweaty or oily your scalp gets. You can also use every two weeks to help get rid of product buildup.

2. Use a hair mask instead of a conditioner.

Conditioners and hair masks are excellent at-home dry hair treatment options. But if your mane is extremely parched, use the latter to replenish moisture and strengthen your locks. Apply Cream Silk Salon Expert Treatment Keratin Rebond Straight and leave it on for a minute. It’s infused with amino infusion and keratin that makes your hair shinier and straighter.

3. Moisturize and protect.

Right after showering, give extra moisture to your straight hair with a leave-in product to and improve elasticity. You can either use a leave-in conditioner or moisturizing cream, depending on your preference. Seal in all the goodness with a lightweight hair oil, which also works to protect hair from damage.

If Your Wavy Hair Is Dry…

A type 2 strand will have a loose “S” or “C” shape and medium-to-thick density. This means the oils from your scalp will need to work a bit harder to moisturize till the ends of your locks. To maintain your , try these dry hair treatment strategies.

1. Squish to condish.

When you spread a dollop of conditioner or hair mask through your wet strands, the product mostly sits on the surface and doesn’t fully penetrate the hair cuticle. The “squish and condish” (S2C) technique solves this. 

To do the S2C method, coat your hair with Cream Silk Salon Expert Treatment Keratin Damage Repair. It helps restore your locks to a healthy state, especially after and heavy styling. Repeatedly scrunch your locks with a palmful of water to force moisture into the hair shaft, then rinse.

2. Detangle when wet.

Your finger or comb glides more easily through wet hair. Water helps spread product throughout the hair strands to reduce friction and prevent breakage during detangling. If your strands are caught in , gently smooth a small amount of conditioner onto the area and comb away.

3. Layer your hair products.

Always apply your hair products in the correct order or they’ll make your locks even drier and stiff. When your hair is still 80% wet, spritz a generous amount of heat-protectant spray throughout your strands. Dry with a blow dryer or diffuser before continuing with your creams and oils. Remember, when applying products, go from the lightest consistency to the heaviest.

If Your Curly Hair Is Dry…

inherently absorb and retain less hydration than their straight counterparts because of their unique structure. Use this guide to prevent further dryness.

1. Give oils a go.

are a major component in most dry hair treatments. There are two types of oils based on their functions: moisturizing and sealing. Apply moisturizing oils (like and oils) 30 minutes before shampooing to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft. On the other hand, sealing oils (think and oils) lock in moisture and can be applied sparingly after shampooing.

2. Do co-washing.

If your gets very dry after washing, you can alternate it with co-washing – a method that involves cleansing your strands with a conditioner. The steps are simple. Just coat your hair from root to tip with a conditioner and gently massage your scalp to help remove grime.

3. Wear a silk bonnet.

Cotton pillowcases can zap moisture out of your hair, leaving it dry. , on the other hand, reduces friction and protects your curls from tangling while sleeping. Put on a silk-lined bonnet before hitting the hay. When you wake up, your hair will be soft, bouncy, and well-defined.

If You Have Fine, Dry Hair…

Oily roots and dry ends are the enemies of fine hair. Luckily, there are ways to tackle these issues.

1. Try the reverse shampoo method.

Sometimes using conditioner can weigh down. However, skipping on conditioner can make your hair feel rough and brittle. The solution is to apply conditioner on wet hair before shampooing. By doing so, you create a protective barrier that helps shield your locks from the stripping effects of shampoo while washing away residue from the conditioner.

2. Use lightweight hair products.

Opt for a water-based formula rather than an oil-based one. The former is more easily absorbed by hair and doesn’t leave behind any sticky or slick film.

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3. Blow-dry at the root.

If you’re strapped for time, blow dry only at the crown of your head to help lift the roots while allowing the ends to dry naturally. That way, you can also minimize heat damage. Make sure to keep the blow dryer at least six inches from your scalp.

It takes a lot of effort to revive thirsty strands, but these dry hair treatment tips will make the journey more of a breeze. Be sure to do them consistently for the best results. Last but not least, schedule regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy, regardless of its texture.