There are all sorts of hair types, but do you know how to treat your specific kind? We’ve tapped into New York and Chicago’s premier blowout destination, DreamDry, and their experts who know that creative, trendy styles start with one thing: healthy, protected hair. Whether your hair is thin or thick, color treated or in need of a cut, DreamDry stylist, Bricel Cury is giving us a lesson on what to look for – and what to avoid – when taking care your exact hair type:
For thin hair: Search for products that are free of silicones and dense oils – these will significantly weigh down your hair. You’ll want to find lighter products, especially when it comes to your shampoo and conditioner, that are gentle on hair, while creating great body and movement. Avoid cleansers that foam up as these usually contain sodium laurel sulfates (SLS). SLS is a common ingredient that promotes a lather for your cleanser, however it also strips your strands of essential oils and proteins they need.
For medium to thick hair: Stick to a line of products that make hair more manageable, those that claim to tame or help smooth out the hair are best. Humidity is your hair’s worst enemy, especially during the warmer months, so I suggest finding products that contain Keratin. This key ingredient works to diminish frizz and flyways by restoring the fiber in your hair cuticle for strong, flexible strands.
For color treated or damaged hair: If you color or use curling/flat irons often, you might find your hair feels dry and damaged. Look for products that are free of sulfates and parabens, as these can fade your coveted color, irritate your scalp and cause hair loss! UV protection is key for all hair, however it’s especially important for hair that’s colored and often styled using heating tools. Since your hair is in a fragile state, exposure to UVA and UVB rays from the sun can further damage the outer layer of strands – which can lead to discoloration and hair that looks and feels dry.
For split ends: For those trying to grow out hair, split ends can be a nightmare. Split ends are a clear sign of damaged hair, and when they go untreated can result in more tangles as the rough ends intertwine adding on more breakage. It’s important to regularly trim unhealthy split ends to lessen breakage, while still protecting your hair daily. Look for products that keep split ends under control, while sealing your ends and creating a smooth soft finish.