Women's Health

GETTING BACK THE GLEAM

THE CULPRIT

Heat-Styling

The irony! Blow-drying and straightening your hair both guarantee a glossy finish, but they can dim hair’s natural shine. “Trichorrhexis nodosa, a common form of breakage caused by overheating hair, chemically treating your hair—like coloring it—or both, can cause hair to grow in weak along the shaft,” explains Fusco. These weakened ridges diminish overall shine.

Air-dry your hair a few days a week. When heat-styling your hair, minimize damage by first applying a heat protectant like Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter ($34, ). If you color your hair, use a protein treatment like Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Hair Reconstructing Treatment ($12, ) monthly. Rinse well—protein residue can make hair brittle, warns Fusco.

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