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Dry hair does not have to equal disastrously drab, brittle or frizzy hair. Use your dry locks to your advantage by choosing products that keep it looking luxuriously silky, while buying you more time between shampoos than an oily haired diva will ever be afforded. The right products infuse your strands with the superpowers needed for effortlessly high-fashion polish.
In the shower, opt for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Michigan-based cosmetologist Kathy Mojet suggests buying salon products that are infused with conditioning ingredients like vitamin E, protein and shea butter, while avoiding cheap drugstore products that have more in common with dish detergent than anything that should be applied to your strands. To get the most bang for your buck when using those salon products, go two to four days between shampooings and rinse hair under cool water for extra shine.
Even if you wait a few days between shampoos, after a month or so of shampooing and conditioning, your strands are likely to quit feeling as glamorously silky as you would hope for. To fix this conundrum, apply deep conditioner monthly and allow it to penetrate strands for a full 20 minutes before rinsing under cool water. The deep conditioning treatment infuses hair with moisture lost during shampooing and styling to keep strands healthy and easy-to-manage.
Dry hair is prone to breakage if you try to comb through it while it is damp after shampooing. Avoid this miserable hair-don't by applying a heat activated leave-in conditioner to wet strands and gently combing through with a wide-toothed comb. Style hair normally by blowing dry and using a flat iron or curling tools. Finish with an oil serum designed to seal in moisture and add sexy shine to your completed look.
Maintain your 'do between washes by dampening unkempt areas and styling normally. Use a powder-based dry shampoo on areas that need to be cleansed and apply a small amount of volumizing styling lotion to dry ends. Experiment with updos and flat ironing on the last day before shampooing, because Mojet says that both make strands look sleek and put together, even when strands could use a good washing.