In a world overloaded with excess—too much plastic, too many streaming shows, too much styling-product buildup—there’s one thing you can get back to basics, right now: your hair routine.
To get to the root of your best hair ever and give a helping hand to the planet, we teamed up with Dove and tapped an expert hairstylist for the ultimate healthy hair reset. Whether you’re in need of a total overhaul or just haven’t found the right natural routine that works for you, follow this week-by-week, 30-day plan to get your hair to its best natural state and discover the hair necessities that work for your strands. Stronger hair, stronger planet, streamlined routine—coming right up.
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When it comes to a fresh start for your hair, choosing the right products is key—but that can feel more than a little confusing, says celebrity hairstylist Dina DiPietro. Her go-to recommendation? Get back to basics. “Most of the time you need very simple and to-the-point products to get the best results,” she says. Whether you’re fluent in hair-care ingredients or you’re new to reading product labels, her tips will help your tresses return to their strong and natural state this week.
Are you looking for hair restoration? A bit more volume? More strand strength? Whatever your specific needs are, Dove
RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care’s shampoo-and-conditioner combos can help reset and revive your mane. So this week, take a moment to get to know your hair.
Get honest about your hair necessities—and choose products from there.
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Look for ingredients like keratin and collagen.
DiPietro recommends scanning your product labels for fortifying ingredients like keratin, a naturally occurring protein in your hair, and collagen, which helps support the structure and strength of your follicles. (Psst: Dove RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care is formulated with plant-derived versions of both.)
To make your hair reset feel totally luxurious, upgrade your routine with a little aromatherapy. Dove RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care’s infusions of antioxidant-rich orange, lemongrass, and lime help stimulate hair glow and growth—all while giving your shower some (literal) zest.
Find fresh fragrances that turn your daily routine into a spa treatment.
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This week, take a break from wringing out with a cotton towel, which might be contributing to breakage and dried-out strands. Instead, gently pat your hair with a microfiber towel to help it absorb moisture and dry quickly. If you don’t have a microfiber option on hand, no stress—an old tee shirt does the trick.
Dry your hair naturally and gently.
Rinse with cool water.
No need to go cold turkey on your steam routine, but consider experimenting with a lower-temp shower, DiPietro says. Cool water closes your scalp’s pores, which locks in moisture and helps boost hair health. Bonus: You’ll get an invigorating energy boost, because cold water increases your body’s circulation.
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To avoid product buildup and protect the vitality of your hair and scalp, DiPietro recommends shampooing less often. For most hair types, that means lathering up a few times a week. If you have fine or oil-prone strands, you may need to stick to daily suds—but give shampoo-free showers a try this week and see how your mane responds.
Shampoo regularly, but not every day.
A steamy shower is the let-loose, rest-and-relaxation highlight of your day. But did you know there’s actually some technique behind the way you rinse and repeat? This week, support your healthy hair reset by instituting a few of celebrity stylist Dina DiPietro’s simple tips. It’s time to hone your shower skills.
Alongside environmentally conscious hair products, keep sustainability top of mind this week by reducing your shower time. Hit play on one of your favorite jams and challenge yourself to lather up before the song is over… as if you need an excuse to sing in the shower.
Take a speedy shower.
Aim for packaging that’s recyclable.
Choosing products made with recyclable packaging is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact, DiPietro says. Keep your eyes peeled for a “Recyclable” tag or sticker on your favorite hair-care bottles, like Dove RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care’s, which are made with 100-percent recycled plastic.
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“Since we use shampoo and conditioner so often, [opting] for biodegradable ones is so important,” DiPietro says. With a totally biodegradable formula* made with natural oils like coconut and apricot, Dove RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care gives your healthy hair reset a sustainable lift.
Opt for products made with biodegradable ingredients.
While you’re focusing on supporting your hair’s natural state, you can support the natural world, too. Celebrity hairstylist Dina DiPietro loves finding solutions that are as effective as they are environmentally conscious, like Dove RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care shampoos and conditioners. This week, try implementing these simple tips for stronger hair *and* a stronger planet.
The time has come to ditch the straighteners and wands and let your natural strands sing. Stepping away from hot tools is one of DiPietro’s first recommendations for boosting your hair health. Give it a try this week (and next week, too) and observe how your mane finds its way back to natural.
Take a hot-tool hiatus.
Let your conditioner linger.
“Leave conditioner in your hair for a couple of extra minutes before rinsing,” DiPietro says. This helps boost hydration and repair damaged strands. To keep your environmental impact low while you condition, consider turning off the faucet for a moment of standing meditation—or another opportunity to belt out your favorite tune.
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Quality shampoo and conditioner is critical, but don’t sleep on healthy hair support between showers, too. To minimize friction and breakage, swap your brush for a wide-toothed comb, tie your tresses up with scrunchies instead of rubber bands, and finally give that silk pillowcase a try.
Give your hair some care (and flair) with supportive accessories.
“Resetting your hair is so important,” celebrity stylist Dina DiPietro says, “because you’re detoxing any buildup that could be on the follicle and scalp. This helps improve hair growth, shine, [and] color.” This week, challenge yourself to implement a few simple routine tweaks. You might be surprised at the lasting impact they have on the health of your hair.
*Ingredient biodegradation based on OECD test methods (301, 302 and/or 310) and Principles
Click through the hair necessities below to find the routine for you: