Don’t use just any old shampoo and conditioner — look for ones that also repair split ends, enhance shine, and tame unruly hair. We like Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 each) and Clairol Professional Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($12 each). And while applying conditioner daily can work wonders for hydrating damaged tresses, shampooing no more than three times a week helps your scalp replenish its natural oils.
A good hair mask is like conditioner on steroids — it can transform your locks after only one use. Post-shampoo, apply it to wet hair for three to five minutes starting at your ears (to avoid weighing down your roots). Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque ($42) features the brand’s signature caviar extract, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and a blend of marine botanicals that bind water to your hair, to maintain hydration for silky strands. L’Oréal Paris Power Moisture Rush Mask ($6.99) uses hyaluronic acid for a similar result — think of it as a tall glass of water for your mane. Apply a mask nightly for the first week, then once a week for continued softness
Did you know that if your hair is shoulder length or longer, it’s been sitting on your head for three to four years? No wonder your locks seem dull. Get them gleaming with a quick-acting gloss enhancer. Before blow-drying, comb Pravana Nevo Collection Hydra Pearls Serum through wet hair. Each drop contains a concentrated dose of antioxidants and botanical oils that add luminosity. Or, on dry hair, use Blow Blowpro Time to Shine 3D Illuminating Mist ($21). It’s a must-have spray because it “penetrates into the hair so that the reflection occurs from the inside,” says Blow stylist Gregory Patterson
Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle brush, $120, nordstrom.com.