Some of you will have naturally dry or brittle hair whilst others can perhaps only blame themselves – sorry but, as we often tease and play with the hair to create stylish and beautiful looks we forget the damage that we can cause from over-styling.
I am not going to lecture you about over-styling – okay, maybe a little but I will be doing it for your own benefit!
Our hair can’t exactly speak out when it feels like it is being abused – but take note, when the hair becomes dry, brittle, and damaged it is time to do something about it before it is too late.
Putting continuous pressure on the hair can even lead to thinning and hair loss so give it the treatment it deserves and it will serve you well for longer.
One of the evils of drying out hair is heat. Simply put, heat makes moisture evaporate, and heat whether from over-exposure to the sun or your straightening irons, can and will strip the hair of its natural oils.
So you can really help your hair’s condition by laying off your heating tools. If you can, let the hair dry naturally, and only use a hairdryer if you are preparing for an evening out or a special event.
Your hairdryer has a low heat setting for a reason – use it! Avoiding the sun on the other hand is not always possible and soaking up the sun’s rays in moderate amounts can be good for your well-being. Wear a hat or a leave-in conditioner with UV protection if you intend to be out in it for a long time.
If you have dry hair there is no need to wash it every day. Shampooing too often can also strip the hair of its natural oils so 2 or 3 times a week is more than adequate.
Take a look at the hair products you are using – do they contain ingredients that can care for dry hair? Long gone are the days when one shampoo/conditioner fits all. Browse the shelves of your local beauty store and see what is available and specifically created for dry hair types.
Some ingredients you may want to keep your eyes peeled for are Keratin, Lanolin, Olive, Honey, Seeds, Nuts, Shea, or Coconut oil. The PH factor is also a good clue to whether the product will be suited to your dry hair – look for ‘PH balanced’. Another hair secret is Jojoba oil which can act very much like sebum, the hair’s natural oil.
Healthy hair doesn’t just come from the outside but also from within. A good diet tailored to your needs will reap the benefits. Make sure you are getting plenty of essential fatty acids (olive oil is great) and drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and hair.
I’m not sure if I mentioned that coloring and any other chemical hair treatments are a definite no if you seriously want to take care of dry hair! I hope you have taken some good advice from the article and I wish you luck in getting your hair back to full health.