5 Reasons Your Hair Looks Dull… And Exactly How to Fix It

YOU USE MORE DRY SHAMPOO THAN REGULAR SHAMPOO

Don’t get me wrong, the stuff is m-a-g-i-c. But too much makes hair look…dry. And matted. And meh.

THE SOLVE An apple-cider- vinegar rinse either in place of your shampoo or between washing and conditioning. It’ll gently remove product buildup and restore shine.

YOU’VE BEEN LIVING IN A BEANIE FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS

Hats, scarves, and earmuffs rough up hair’s cuticles, or outermost layers, making it so they can’t reflect light.

THE SOLVE Dry conditioner. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a waterless conditioning mist you spritz on dry hair to smooth down damaged cuticles.

YOU LOVE BEING A BLONDE

Sry, but any kind of bleach = dull- looking hair.

THE SOLVE First, get your hands on Olaplex—a hair care system designed for damaged hair—and use it religiously. Next, invest in an at-home light-reflecting gloss (dpHue makes a bunch of options, $35) and apply it all over—it acts just like your makeup highlighter does to add a subtle glow.

THE WEATHER (STILL) SUCKS

And bone-dry indoor air can steal the life (and by “life,” I mean moisture) out of your hair.

THE SOLVE Move to a tropical island. JK (sort of?). You need hydration. Look for any combo of shampoo/ conditioner/styler with hyaluronic acid, a humectant used in skincare that’s just as effective in hair products.

YOU DON’T EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN

Take it from me (and my zero-shine, thinner hair) after I tried to go vegan…

THE SOLVE Lotsof steak! If, of course, you like steak. Otherwise, any dietary protein will do. It’s the building block of keratin (the stuff your hair is made of). Aim for around 50 grams of protein daily from things like beans, meat, eggs, and soy, says Gabby Geerts, RD, at Green Chef.

FACT OR FICTION:

Shiny-Hair Edition

Eddie Parra, a hairstylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda in NYC, explains.

Rinsing your hair with cold water makes it all glowy.
FACT Coldwatersealshair cuticles so they lie flat, allowing light to bounce off them.

One hundred daily brush strokes will make your hair stronger and shinier.
FICTION Over-brushing is the fastest way to create friction, turning your frizz factor way up. Brush when you need to—just, pls, never 100 times a day.

Boar-bristle brushes are the secret to glossy hair.
FACT They’reexpensivebut worth it (try Raincry’s Large Pure Natural Bristle Paddle Brush, $115). They help distribute the oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair for root-to-tip shine. And they work on all hair types.

Boar-bristle brushes are the secret to glossy hair.
FACT They’reexpensivebut worth it (try Raincry’s Large Pure Natural Bristle Paddle Brush, $115). They help distribute the oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair for root-to-tip shine. And they work on all hair types.

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase will give you the best hair of your life.
FACT Unlike cotton, silk creates minimal friction between your hair and the pillow. Plus, sleeping on silk helps your hair retain moisture, which by now you totally get (right?) is a must for shine.

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