How to Fix Dry Brittle Hair

How to Fix Dry, Brittle Hair

Expert Tips for Treating Dry, Brittle Hair

Kick Start the Recovery of Dry, Brittle Hair

Condition every time you wash your Hair

Take the Heat off your Hair

Tackle Split Ends

Hydrate Hair from Within

How to Fix Dry Brittle Hair: Takeaways

If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, there’s plenty you can do to get it back in shape. All kinds of weather can be a challenge for our hair. For instance, sunshine provides our bodies with much-needed vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for healthy hair growth. However, on the flip side, sun-drenched days can leave our hair feeling dry and brittle.

It’s not just the sun. In the summer, our hair may be damaged by chlorine or saltwater. Both can be drying. We create more challenges for our hair when we use heated styling tools.

The combination of weather and heated styling tools can leave our hair feeling frazzled.

I’ve been working with hair for over 35 years, and in this blog, I’ll be sharing my tips on how to fix dry, brittle hair.

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Expert Tips for Treating Dry, Brittle Hair

Working with hair for as long as I have, you get to see first-hand how taking a simple approach can make the most difference to dry, brittle hair.

Let’s start with deep conditioning.

Hair is dry and brittle because it can’t retain moisture. The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is lifted or damaged. The cuticle is the protective layer of the hair, made up of tiny scales. Those scales lay flat when the hair is not damaged and enable the hair to retain moisture. The job of a deep conditioner is to get moisture into the hair’s core and seal the cuticle to help the hair retain that moisture. 

If your hair is dry and brittle, you need to build deep conditioning into your weekly hair care routine NOW.

I recommend my best deep conditioner Restore and Shine Hair Masque to treat dry, brittle hair.

Here’s what I recommend to kick-start the recovery of dry hair.

  • When hair is dry and brittle, it needs more treatment time, not more product. I recommend leaving Restore and Shine Hair Masque on for at least a couple of hours if your hair is fine, and for thicker hair types, leave it on overnight. (you might want to put a micro-fibre towel on your pillow to protect it). Rinse the next morning and style as normal.
  • You can also put on a plastic shower cap over your hair masque. That will generate heat and intensify the deep conditioning treatment. 
  • Use brittle hair treatment, Restore and Shine Hair Masque twice a week for the first two weeks and then revert to weekly treatments. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before doing this if you are using another brand of hair mask.
  • Treat your hair once a week, every week. Maintaining the moisture of hair is not a one-off endeavour! Routine and consistency are vital to getting your hair in the best condition. So taking the time to treat your hair every week is essential maintenance.

Get the best out of your from your deep conditioning treatment by adapting the application to suit your hair type. Discover more in my blog, Why use a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask.

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Condition Every Time you Wash your Hair

  • When hair is dry and brittle, the cuticle (protective outer layer of the hair has lifted). The cuticle comprises lots of tiny scales. Environmental factors such as the sun can cause those scales to lift. That leaves your hair’s core (the cortex) vulnerable to dryness. Conditioner to the rescue!
  • I cannot stress enough how vital conditioners are to your hair care routine. Conditioner hydrates and smooths the cuticle. By smoothing and sealing the scales of the outer layer of hair, it helps the cortex to retain moisture.
  • As moisture builds in the hair, it becomes more flexible and less prone to breakage. Top up moisture with regular conditioning and deep conditioning to rid your hair of the dry, brittle texture.
  • Remember. Always use a conditioner. Even if you have oily roots, the ends still need moisture. In that case, avoid the base of the hair.
  • Try leaving your conditioning treatment on for a few minutes longer than usual.

How to Fix Dry Brittle Hair: Take the Heat off your Hair

  • If you can, minimise your use of heated styling tools, this will seriously help your hair. I know that’s not easy for everyone to do, but if you can reduce the amount of heat to your hair, it will help. Here are some ideas to reduce the impact of heat on your hair.
    • Switch the hairdryer to a cool setting.
    • Leave your hair to air dry once a week. If your job requires you to be fully styled, it may not be possible during the week. But opt for a more relaxed style at the weekend.
    • Rough drying is a technique that can reduce drying time. Use your hands and turn your head upside down for extra volume. Stop when your hair is almost dry. Then style your hair with a brush, a comb or your fingers.
    • Use leave-in conditioners to prep the hair before styling. They are a great way of adding moisture to the hair, making them an excellent antidote to heated styling.

Leave in conditioners are a great styling option for dry, brittle hair. Find out how they can improve hair condition in my blog, Leave In Hair Conditioner: We give you the Heads Up!

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How to Fix Dry, Brittle Hair: Choose Semi-Permanent Colours for a more Gentle Approach to Hair Colour

Colour treatments and hair dyes, including bleach have to open up the cuticle for your hair to absorb colour. That means they cause the cuticle to lift and the hair loses moisture. 

Over time this causes the hair to be drier than it would be naturally. In the summer months, the sun exacerbates this dryness.

If you keep layering on permanent colour to your hair, i.e. not just the roots but also through to the ends of the hair, it will become more brittle and you may even experience breakage.

Semi-permanent colours are a great alternative on the ends of hair. They provide great results and are much gentler on the hair.

I recommend always getting your hair coloured by a professional to get the best results.

Discover why an avocado hair mask has benefits for hair in my blog.

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How to Fix Dry, Brittle Hair: Get Rid of Split Ends

  • Getting regular trims is the only permanent fix to split ends. You don’t have to cut a lot of the hair. Just enough to clean up the ends and keep on top of any breakage.
  • Regular trims are vital to preventing split ends riding up the hair shaft to cause more damage.

Split ends can be frustrating when styling hair: For a temporary fix to split ends, I’ve developed a range of hair styling products that temporarily seal split ends. My exclusive formula works by releasing tiny bubbles of keratin and argan oil onto the hair. They smooth the cuticle to give a sleek finish as you style.

Discover more about preventing and getting rid of split ends in my blog, How to Get Rid of Split Ends and Prevent their Return.

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Hydrate Hair from Within

If I were to put a label on my approach to fixing dry hair, I’d say it’s holistic. I believe a healthy balanced diet can support hair growth. Hair needs hydration from conditioning and deep conditioning, but it also benefits from good nutrition.

  • Drink plenty of water to grow healthy hair and, if you aren’t doing this already, try to eat more nutrient-rich foods such as nuts, seeds (pumpkin) and oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.
  • Choose foods high in B6 and vitamin E, including avocados, bananas and leafy greens.

I’ve got some favourite foods that help to promote healthy hair growth. You can find out more in my blog, Healthy Hair: Choose the Best Food for Hair Growth.

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How to Fix Dry Brittle Hair: Takeaways

You don’t need to accept dry, brittle hair. Here are the takeaways for how to fix dry, brittle hair.

  1. Regular conditioning and deep conditioning.
  2. Take measures to protect hair from heat damage.
  3. Get regular trims.
  4. Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink water to maintain hydration.

About the Author

Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.

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