If you are suffering from damaged hair with split ends, you know the frustration. It might seem that no matter what you do or what products you use, you are stuck with hair that is lacking luster, shine and vibrance. As it turns out, there are a myriad of factors that can cause hair to become dry and brittle. One major cause is over-processing your hair or getting it colored too often. Too much bleach or color correction quickly breaks down the hair cuticle until it is a shadow of what it once was, explains New York City-based master hair colorist Stephanie Brown at IGK Salon. Also, heat, whether it be from the sun’s UV rays, a blow dryer or hot tool, can also cause damage. Another surprising culprit is over-washing your hair. In fact, according to Marina Perkovic, a hairstylist at Eliut Salon in New York City, washing our hair too often strips our scalp of its natural oils, which run down the hair shaft and protect it from breakage.
While the best solution to taming brittle strands is without a doubt a good haircut — ideally every eight to 12 weeks — a great hair mask can keep hair moisturized in the interim. “[A] hair mask plays a very important role in reinforcing cortex (second layer of the hair) and smoothing the cuticle (outermost layer of the hair),” explains Perkovic. In between haircuts, a hair mask can help nourish your strands enough to withstand most day-to-day damage caused by the sun or heat styling tools.
The tough part is choosing the right hair mask. There are hundreds, if not thousands, on the market, in all different price ranges. How do you know which is best for your hair? Here, hairstylists reveal their absolute favorite hair masks for their clients with dry, brittle strands.
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