Our hair puts up with a lot: we singe it with hot tools, we spritz it with products that strip away moisture, and we color it every eight weeks like clockwork. Plus, there's that while getting older thing. "Hair tends to become more coarse and brittle as you age," notes Rebecca Kazan, MD, an associate director at the Washington Institute of Dermatology Laser Surgery and an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
It's no wonder our hair feels dry and fragile—but all hope is not lost. These dry hair solutions can help.
Two ingredients you'll want to steer clear of in your products: silicons and alcohol, according to De PACA. "Silicons can create a barrier on the hair that basically suffocate strands, not allowing hair to absorb moisture," he explains, "while alcohol actually dehydrates the hair." Karin adds sulfates, which are drying, to that list.
Wash your hair less.
"Try not to wash your hair every day," says Karin. "Do it every other day instead to maintain the natural oils in your hair." If you have any oil at the scalp that you can't stand, lift strands in sections and spray on some dry shampoo, holding the can 8 to 12 inches away from your scalp to prevent product buildup.