I’ve mentioned my low-maintenance hair routine a lot: I don’t dye it, I rarely use hot tools and mostly air-dry it, and I keep it minimal with my products. Even though I don’t fuss with my hair that often, it can still get dried out. When my hair starts to get trapped in a vortex of static cling, that’s when I know it’s in need of some hydration help.
A lot of different factors can cause dry hair: overuse of heat tools (especially without using protectants), washing it too much, hair dyes and bleaches, using the wrong products, and the environment/weather. You can do the bare minimum to your hair and still get some dry strands every now and then. For me, I think it’s caused by environmental changes—it tends to feel drier in the winter months.
Luckily, there are plenty of options out there to relieve dried-out strands. There are masks, serums, oils, conditioning treatments, and even supplements that are supposed to help. I like to combat my dry hair by taking a preventative approach and incorporating products into my everyday routine. So I reach for hydrating shampoos and conditioners whenever I wash my hair. That way, I’m making sure I’m nourishing my hair on the regular, and when it does get some extra dryness, I then add masks and oils to my routine.
Here are some shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried and love—plus some my fellow editors vouch for, too.
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