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How to Treat Dull Hair

Thursday 06th August 20

dull hair
5+ min read

Breathe Life Back into Dull Hair

It’s a problem many of us are familiar with – when our hair is looking a little drab and sorry for itself and lacks the ‘swoosh factor’ we desire. So how do we help our hair get its bounce and shine back? If you’re looking for an effective dull hair treatment to revive your lacklustre locks, we’ve put together a guide, with the help of our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan who provides expert advice on dull, brittle hair repair.

What are the signs of having dull hair?

{Dr Sue Ann Chan} “Dull hair is characterised by a lack of moisture, shine and body. It typically has a coarse texture, prone to frizz and flyaways. The colour also tends to look drab (particularly if you dye your hair).”

What are the main causes of dull hair?

{Dr SC} “Hair dullness is primarily the result of a congested scalp, which clogs the hair follicles and weakens hair growth. The weaker hair is, the less keratin it has which is responsible for that lustrous texture and shine. It also occurs naturally as the scalp ages, there is less blood flow to the hair follicles, which is why our hair tends to become dry and flat the older we get. UV exposure, pollution and over-use of heated styling tools can also be contributing factors, together with a diet lacking in essential nutrients.”

What’s the best treatment to remedy damaged, dull hair? (And which ingredients should we be using?)

{Dr SC} “When it comes to dull hair treatment, the first product that comes to mind is MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, as it contains panthenol B5 +++ which boosts hydration and helps to replenish lost moisture during the day, as well as helping to mitigate the damaging effects of city pollution. 

“Ensuring hair follicles are free from dead skin and debris is key to shiny, healthy hair growth. Use MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub twice or three times a week to solve a flaky scalp. Additionally, you should invest in a hardworking yet gentle shampoo such as MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo to help get rid of product build-up, pollution and hard water residue.” 

Any final words of advice?

{Dr SC} “To give the scalp a thorough exfoliation at a cellular level, products with acids in their formulations can really make a difference. MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains lactic acid and retinyl palmitate, which both work to speed up cell turnover to ensure the scalp skin is decongested and replenished.


Woman using a dropper of .MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum


“Argan oil is a great way of replenishing and locking in moisture into the hair, as it contains essential fatty acids and hydrating vitamin E. It’s the star ingredient of MONPURE’s Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, with a lightweight texture designed to absorb into the strands like a serum without weighing hair down.”

Read more from Dr Sue Ann Chan about how the microbiome affects your scalp here.


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