Sign #4--You have dry hair, and you're using a strengthening shampoo.
Extra strength won't help dry hair. If you're not getting enough moisture then you're not treating the true problem, Jessee says. "It's kind of like eating a steak when you're thirsty."
Dry, damaged hair needs a rich, moisturizing daily conditioner. At least once a week, revive parched hair with a deeper, leave-in conditioning treatment. Once a month, have it done at a salon.
Sign #5--You bought the most expensive conditioner.
While you don't want to buy the cheapest conditioner in the store, you also don't need to spend $100, or even $30. A conditioner that is five times more expensive won't necessarily make your hair look five times better. Some experts say that once you get past the $5 range, you're not adding much value to your hair.
Once you get the best conditioner for you, use it right. These are Jessee's recommended steps:
- Shampoo the roots
- Condition the ends. That's where damage like split ends occurs
- Only in rare cases do you need to deep condition the scalp
- Use a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the conditioner throughout your hair. Keep one in the shower just for this.