How To Breathe New Life Into Dry, Damaged Hair

"Windswept hair," as the advertisers would have it, is tousled (whatever that means) with a shine that never looks greasy — even though it hasn't been washed in days. It looks like it would be as soft as velvet to the touch. But in reality, our hair looks more like we've been fiddling with some wiring with soaking-wet hands after we've walked two blocks in a fall breeze. (Fun fact: Not everyone's locks dry to perfection when exposed to the elements.)
In fact, our hair is staticky (blame our favorite fall beanie), tangled, and just plain dry from September to February when we overexpose our hair to scratchy wool fabrics, bleach, dry plane air, heat, and hot tools (we really torture our tresses, don't we?). Yet we expect it to bounce back after each shampoo. So what to do when a blow-dry leaves it looking dull, or a good comb-out still leaves it flat?
First, don't freak out. There are plenty of solutions to get your hair back on track — the majority of which can be tried and tested sink-side. Here's the hair repair drill, ahead.
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Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Consider this a Chapstick for your hair. You dab it on to the areas that need moisture and leave it on for as long as you'd like, even overnight. Wash it out with shampoo and viola — easy hydration.
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Scalp Scrub

You should be holding your hair routine to the same standards that you do your skin care. With that in mind, you should scrub your scalp the same way that you exfoliate your face. That's where this sugar scrub comes in. Apply to your roots before you shampoo once a week to get rid of flakes and product buildup.
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— PAID —

Reparative Blowdry Foam

Think of this foam like a recovery drink following an especially exhausting spin class — it'll bring back tons of nourishment to tired, stressed-out hair after one too many hot-tool touch ups. Made with mango butter and vitamin-rich aloe vera, the formula targets the most damaged areas for stronger strands that can hold their own against even your highest, tightest ponytails.
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Hair Masks

For dry, brittle tresses, a hair mask is a good place to start. Unlike a conditioner, masks provide deeper, more intense hydration. Apply this this mask after you shampoo and leave on for an episode of The Handmaid's Tale. For even better results, pop on a shower cap and cover with a hot towel.
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At Home Hair Treatments

In a pinch? Fret not: You can make a nourishing mask at home, as Alex Brownsell, co-founder of London cult salon Bleach, shows us.

All you'll need are the following ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 an avocado
4 tbsps of mayonnaise

Mash the avocado, whisk the eggs, add four spoons of mayo, and mix together. Apply generously to pre-shampooed hair as a conditioner and cover with a shower cap. Leave for 30 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

The protein in the eggs will hydrate your hair, while the the vinegar, soybean oil, and lemon juice in the mayo adds shine and locks in moisture. Meanwhile, the fatty acids in avocado also hydrate your hair.
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Leave-In Conditioner

A leave-in treatment, like this one, is ideal for people with chronically dry hair. Apply all over to damp hair and comb, or lightly coat dry hair and don't rinse. Your hair's texture will immediately feel entirely different.
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Hair Oil

If you aren't using oil on your hair, then what are you waiting for? PSA: Apply a pea- to quarter-sized amount through lengths and ends of towel dried hair. (Apply more if your hair is thick, less if it's thin.) Let your hair dry naturally; the oil will help smooth frizz and calm dry ends. This option works like a charm and smells amazing.
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Bond-Building Treatments

Bond-building treatments, like Olaplex, can help restore strength to processed hair. They are typically applied in three steps at the salon, and can undo damage caused by dyeing and styling. Your options: Either have it applied as part of your cut and color, or purchase Step 3 and use it at home twice a week as a leave-in treatment.
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Put Down The Heat

This may be hard to hear, but if you really want to replenish your hair, you will need to retire your flat irons and curling wands. If that's just not an option, at least don't think about using them without a heat defense spray like this one. It creates a thermal shield around delicate hair follicles to help ward off more damage.

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