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Hair rehab: fixing dry, damaged hair with the help of Leonor Greyl

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Hair rehab: fixing dry, damaged hair with the help of Leonor Greyl

It’s not uncommon for my hair to finally give up and give in to the overprocessing, heat styling, and sun that I inflict on it on a regular basis. Here is my best plan for fixing dry hair for just about any hair type. 

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masque fleurs de jasmin

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creme aux fleurs

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  1. Start with a good trim. Even if you are trying to grow out your hair, it’s important to get the parts that just aren’t salvageable off. If your hair is thick and coarse like mine, thinning shears can be a girl’s best friend. At the very least, getting rid of split ends now can prevent further damage later.
  2. Healthy hair begins at the scalp. Before shampooing, I use a scalp treatment to strengthen new growth and moisturize all the skin underneath the hair that generally gets ignored. Massage in Leonor Greyl’s Regenerescence Naturelle essential oil blend for the scalp and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Bonus points if you can keep it on all night (remember the hair oil post from some time back – this is a great oil to use if your hair isn’t excessively dry). It increases surface blood circulation, preventing dandruff, and moisturizes the scalp. Work it into the scalp in sections, wrapping your hair when done. This can be used with other hair oils, as it is only applied to the scalp.
  3. Use a moisturizing shampoo. First of all, stop washing your hair so much! And when you do, use a shampoo that is natural and contains no yucky stuff like sulfates. Sulfates and parabens can strip your hair and make it drier than normal. Not good if you’re already overprocessing it! Leonor Greyl’s Creme aux Fleurs is a cream shampoo that is heavily moisturizing.
  4. Twice a week, apply a hair treatment mask. Ideally, this would be after every shampoo, but since my kittens insist that they cannot live without washing their hair every other day, use a treatment instead. I am obsessed with the Fleurs de Jasmin hair treatment masque from Leonor Greyl. It is intensely moisturizing, contains only natural goodness, and smells absolutely DIVINE.
  5. Easy on the heat tools. I know it’s hard to embrace your natural hair texture, but you can do it! Commit to using heat tools only once or twice a week, at most. If you blow dry, skip the flat iron. If you flat iron, let your hair dry naturally. Have curly, coarse hair? Me too. But I’m now alternating between heat styling my hair once a week and no heat styling once a week.
  6. Protect your hair from the elements. It’s summertime, and the living is easy. However, the sun, chlorine, and salt water aren’t easy on your hair. Wear a hat! And when you go for a dip in the pool or ocean, saturate your hair with a deep conditioner or hair oil prior to getting wet. Before I leave for the beach, I comb through Leonor Greyl’s Huelle de Palme hair oil which is my go-to hair product. Honestly, I would probably expire if I didn’t have this product in my cabinet. It’s worth every pretty penny you will spend on it. After applying the conditioner or leave in treatment, braid or pin it up in a bun. When you get home and shower, your hair will feel amazing instead of that dry summer hair you’re used to.

How do you rehab your hair? Have any special tricks? Leave them in the comments!

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