5 Surefire Ways to Unfry Your Dry, Brittle Hair

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hairJanuary Jones recently came out and said that, thanks to her penchant for changing the color of her hair, it's coming out in clumps. Not fun. While, knock wood, I am yet to experience this same side effect of hair dyeing, god-knows-how-many-years of coloring my hair has definitely taken its toll. To put it bluntly, my hair is fried.

I can make it seem otherwise when in public with the steadfast use of serums and sprays and round brushes and whatnot. But when it comes down to it, years of highlighting my hair, along with the use of heated styling products, have left my hair a hot mess.

But there is hope. Well, I hope there's hope 'cause sweet baby Jesus, I need it. Here are five ways to unfry your hair. 

1.) Deep condition or use a hair mask (or masque if you're fancy) every day. A lot of the directions on super rich conditioners or masks instruct you to use them once or twice a week. If your hair is really dry, just use it every day. As a stylist once told me: It's impossible to over-condition your hair. I had a period of time when I was doing this, and my hair's texture definitely improved. I need to get on it again. Conditioners I've used and love: Bosley Professional Healthy Hair Moisture Masque and Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. (Note: If you have nothing to do, leave conditioner in all day.)

2.) Hair vitamins. Kyle Richards has credited the supplement Nourage for her long, healthy locks, but if $60 is a little pricey for you (as it is me), try GNC's Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins.

3.) Splurge on shampoo. We all have expenses, but every once in a while, you've gotta splurge. Spend a little extra on your shampoo now and again and go for the good stuff. One glossy-haired editor here at The Stir HQ suggested Biolage. Noted.

4.) Get a salon treatment. A balls-to-the-wall approach to getting softer, shiner hair if there ever was one. Many salons now offer deep conditioning, glazing, or glossing treatments. Typically, they're pretty affordable and don't take very long. But please note: The difference between a gloss and a glaze is a gloss is more permanent, and can actually alter the color of your hair a bit, whereas a glaze will last a little over a week -- think of it as a top coat of nail polish.

5.) Dye your hair a bit darker. I know, it sounds crazy that dyeing your hair could actually make it healthier, but it's true. If you've been lightening your hair for years with highlights or single process, going darker will give the appearance of softer, shinier, healthier hair. The reason being darker colors fill in porous hair better making it look less, well, fried.

Do you have fried hair? What have you done to make your hair healthy again?


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the4m... the4mutts

My hair isnt as bad as most that dye, as I dont do it regularly, and I have cut huge amounts of hair off my head every year for 10 years. This year though, I decided I like "fancy" braids, so I'm growing it out. The first thing I did was dye it 1-2 shades darker than my natural hair color. When It faded, you couldnt tell the color difference at all by the time my hair grew out.

I also completely coat my hair in olive oil on a semi regular basis. Every 2 weeks or so. For masks, I shopped in the ethnic hair care aisle, and got a mask intended for over-processed black womens hair.

All this got my hair in shape for growing out in a very short time. I havent had to touch it up in 3 months, just maintain it. So far, so good!

rhps2000 rhps2000

Biosilk Silk Therapy. The only thing that gets rid of split ends is cutting your hair, but this serum makes it glossy temporarily.

amiec... amiecanflie

Forget even olive oil 4mutts! Use coconut oil, and I am not being dramatic when I say this, but it will change your life. It's what we use in DR most of the time and it makes your hair feel so soft and shiny and silky, but it doesn't end there. Seriously, coconut oil is practically every beauty product ever times awesome! 

Blues... Blueshark77

Silk Elements Mega Cholesteral Conditioner. About $5 for a big tub from Sally's Beauty. Leave it on for 7 minutes after washing and rinse thoroughly. First day hair feels good, next day after washing and conditioning with regular conditioner hair feels like silk. Amazing and doesn't cost a fortune.

lalab... lalaboosh

For my colored hair I wash once a weekk or less with shampoo, condition every time I wet it, don't use heat, and apply coconut oil to my tips (the dyed part) daily. My hair is sooo soft and silky. Plus it holds a sock bun curl longer than all day without product! My hair is STUBBORN! I win, and so does my hair!

the4m... the4mutts


I considered it, but I have this horrid disdain for the smell of coconut. I wont eat it, or cook with it, or use even "tropical" scented shampoos because I can smell the coconut. Haha i know its neurotic, but I cant help it

amiec... amiecanflie

It's okay, I loathe coconut smell too, trust me! BUt I think it's a small price to pay for the benefits. Also, the taste of coconut makes me gag >.<

BPayne09 BPayne09

You can't over condition but you can put too much protein which will make your hair even worse. A lot of reparative products use a form of protein which is great in small doses.

BPayne09 BPayne09

And also if your hair is that damaged and porous the darker color may just "slide" right out of your hair. If you're going from blonde to dark it needs a filler first. :)

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

One thing that helps a lot is not washing your hair everyday. That's one of the best things I ever did, now I do it every 3 days. Plus hair masks & leave-ins & rare heat styling. My hair is wavy/slightly curly so it is very fragile :)

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