How to Hydrate Dry, Fine Hair

Lorie Knickle March 02, 2021

Dry fine hair can also be prone to all the unruliness dryness brings to other hair types: frizz, flyways, unmanageability and, as my fine folks know all too well, static! Does the thought of adding moisturizing products to your fine hair trigger visions of limp, weighed down locks? Have no fear! There are loads of weightless options to give you the moisture you crave, without the added weight. 

Fine dry hair

Tip #1

Use Hydrating Sulfate-Free Shampoos and Conditioners

Sulfates can strip hair’s natural oils, so it is important to look for options that are sulfate-free, which are also gentler on delicate scalps. Look for lightweight moisturizing formulas, like this pair from Pureology: Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only do they contain no sulfates, they also contain no silicone, which can build up on hair, weighing it down. 

sulfate free shampoo sulfate free conditioner


Tip #2

Use a Hair Mask

Drench your hair in a moisturizing mask. Applying a thick mask 1 or 2 times per week as needed can target dryness even more than your regular conditioner. Apply to damp hair concentrating on the ends and leave on your hair for as long as possible to allow the mask to really penetrate your strands. I recommend covering with a shower cap like this one from Kenneth Bernard to allow the mask to work it’s magic. A mask to try? The Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask is an argan-infused wonder that leaves hair hydrated without a trace of added weight.

Moroccanoil Hair mask for fine hair


Tip #3

Use a Leave-In Conditioner or Treatment

Dry hair has much to gain from using a leave-in: all-day moisture, tangle-free brushing, softness, increased elasticity, the list goes on. Most leave-ins have multiple benefits; depending on the formula some may even provide heat and environmental protection and strengthening properties. Because formula weights vary as well fine hair types should look for lightweight sprays rather than the heavier, creamy types for thicker hair. Try Unite 7Seconds Detangler for featherlight moisture, manageability and protection.

dry fine hair treatment


Tip #4

Use a Serum

Hair serums can make styling and maintaining your hairstyle easier. Oftentimes dry hair is accompanied by damage. When hair is damaged the cuticles (shingle-like scales that coat each strand, protecting the core) can become lifted and rough. This allows moisture to escape and leaves hair prone to frizz. Serums help seal the cuticle and add a layer of protection to keep hydration locked into the core. The result? Less frizz and more manageable hair. Apply to damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. For more information on serums, read our "Hair Serums: Why You Need Them & How to Use" article. Try Sebastian Professional Taming Elixir Weightless Smoothing Creme Serum to smooth and prep your fine hair for styling.

serum for fine hair


Tip #5

Use a Hair Oil

Where serums work on the surface of strands, hair oils penetrate, delivering moisture and nutrients to the core, which results in nourished and hydrated hair. Hair oils can be applied to damp or dry hair, to prep or to finish your style. A bit of oil applied throughout the day can also help control flyaways and frizz when needed. If your hair is very dry, you can cocktail an oil with styling product to give a moisture kick to your styling routine or add to your hair mask to deliver an extra dose of moisture. Try Moroccanoil Treatment Light for all the argan-infused benefits of the classic Moroccanoil Treatment in a lightweight delivery. For more on oils and how to use them click here.

Moroccanoil treatment for fine hair


Tip #6

Go for an Ultra-Deep In-Salon Treatment (Plus an At-Home Option!)

Book an appointment with your stylist for a treatment, and you won’t be disappointed! In just a few minutes, treatments can transform dry, damaged hair. There are various types available – ask your stylist which would be best for you!


You can also try an at-home ultra-hydrating treatment. These single-shots from Drybar are ultra-concentrated to deliver intense moisture. Use once per week or as needed when experiencing a dry spell. 

 Drybar hydration for dry hair

I hope these tips help quench your fine thirsty strands without weighing them down.

Cheers to happy, hydrated hair!


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