Dry hair can be very unmanageable, often looking frizzy, rough, and full of split ends. Though some people have naturally dry hair, others' hair becomes dry as a result of sun damage, chlorine exposure, or excessive heat styling, dying, or perming. As you may imagine, the best styling products for dry hair are those that add moisture and prevent further dryness.
Choose cream-based styling products for dry hair, and avoid those with alcohol, as they tend to contribute to dryness. Keep an eye out for products containing pro-vitamins. Many good styling products are labeled anti-frizz or frizz control.
To care properly for dry hair, it is important to use not only the right styling products, but also the right kind of shampoo and conditioner. Choose those labeled for dry or damaged hair, and do not shampoo your hair excessively. Shampooing strips your hair of oils, so washing your dry hair every day can contribute to frizz, even if you have a good shampoo.
Conditioner is a dry-haired person's best friend. In addition to regular conditioner, dry hair will benefit from conditioning oils, deep conditioning treatments, leave-in conditioners, and hair masks. Many of these products require multiple applications before showing results, particularly on very damaged hair, so be patient and consistent.
Anti-frizz products are among the best styling products for dry hair, especially if you wish to make the hair straight. Work the product into your hair before blow-drying, and blow-dry from the top of the head down, using the lowest heat setting, to protect the hair shaft from damage. Take care not to hold the dryer in one place for too long or to blow dry the hair completely dry, as both can further damage dry hair. Also, give your hair a break from blow drying from time to time. If you wish to create a more sculpted hairstyle, choose mousse or wax-based products rather than alcohol-based hairspray or gel.