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5 of the best.... Treatments for dry hair

Kirsten Dunst, spokesperson for L'Oréal Professionnel

I have naturally thick, coarse, wavy hair. The fact that I have been dying it blonde for as long as I can remember and have subjected it to endless abuse from endless appliances means that I have always had to devote a lot of time and money to keeping it in the best condition possible.

To restore health to your hair, look for products that promote low pH balance. Products that contain oils such as argan and avocado in their ingredients will also help your hair concerns. Where possible, avoid products that contain sulphates and that are overly fragranced.

If your hair is thick and quite porous, then you can afford to use something heavy like Aveda's Treatment Masque or Redken's All Soft Heavy Cream. Both are rich and will leave your hair looking and feeling better.

The good thing about investing in good haircare is that a little goes a long way, so take the time to work the product into the hair. I prefer to use a comb so that I know that it's evenly distributed. If my hair is in particularly bad shape, I leave a conditioner or mask on overnight and then do a hot towel steam treatment the following morning before washing it out.

To ensure your dry hair doesn't have to endure any more damage, you really have to commit to protecting it. Revlon's Professional Uniq One is a great all-rounder product that nourishes whilst protecting against heat and environmental damage.

I look at hair oils and serums as concealer for the hair. They can be applied before and/or after you've dried it. If you've fine hair, it works better if you apply it before you dry your hair. My hair that devours anything I put on to it, so I tend to apply a damage repair serum such as L'Oreal's Lipidium Sealing Repair before blowdrying as it packs the hair with protein and minimises frizz.

When I'm finished styling my hair, I go straight for a gloss serum. Kerastase's Serum Solide is one of the best I've tried. It gives shine to the hair, and generally just cheats health. And it's not too heavy that it can't be used by someone with fine hair.

Dry Remedy Moisturising Treatment Masque, €37.50

Aveda, available in Brown Thomas stores nationwide. Rich and fast-working, this weekly mask is a must for anyone with brittle, damaged hair.

All Soft Heavy Cream, €28

Redken, available in selected hair salons nationwide. A heavy-duty conditioner that works to restore health to the most distressed of locks.

Serum Solide €30.60

Kerastase, available in selected hair salons nationwide. This has all the benefits of the brand's cult hair oil Elixir Ultime but in a solid, non-messy, handbag-friendly formula.

Absolute Repair Lipidium Sealing Repair, €17.80

L'Oreal, available in selected hair salons nationwide. A repairing serum that can be used pre- and post-blowdrying to help heal extensive damage and mask the appearance of dry, split ends.

Professional Uniq One, €15

Revlon, available in selected hair salons nationwide. An excellent leave-in treatment that also works to protect against heat damage. The more often you use it, the better it works. Light enough that it can be used on fine hair.

Irish Independent