Well and Good: If Your Hair Is Dry, Make Sure You're Not Missing This

Though there are a lot of different hair types and textures out there, I think we can all agree on one thing right now: Our hair is dry. Thanks to the dry AF weather and even more drying indoor heat, our strands are currently feeling frazzled, parched, and begging for moisture. And hair pros say that the first way to help prevent hair dryness is by using a heat protectant.

As a refresher, your hair contains keratin proteins and hydrogen bonds, which are broken down every time you use heat on them says Andrew Fitzsimons, celebrity hairstylist. “While we love heat tools for their ability to manipulate the hair into different styles, they do strip your hair of its natural oils and proteins,” he says. “To put it simply: Heat tools compromise the quality of your hair, so repeated use of them will completely dehydrate your strands and lead to breakage.”

That said, we are smack in the middle of winter, so we’re not exactly trying to run out of the house with damp hair—our blow dryers are key. So Fitzsimons says it’s really, really important to protect your hair and keep it healthy by spritzing on a heat protectant. “I never use a heat tool without heat protection,” he says. “Heat protection will keep your hair shinier, healthier, and less prone to breakage.” This way, you can use the hot tools you love without having to completely dry out your hair (which will then lead to breakage, frizz, and hair woes like that).

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