Dry Hair Tips that Work!
Having dry hair is a real problem. If your hair is straw-like, it's evident that your hair isn't getting enough moisture. Without sufficient hydration and nutrients, your hair can become overly brittle. Natural oils produced in your scalp help hold moisture in. Without them, your hair is more likely to become parched and hard to manage.
Hair is pretty resilient though. Its made tough to withstand some pretty abusive treatment! Heck, if ladies can pull a truck or tractor with their hair, it must be tough as nails!
Thankfully, hair cells that make up your hair shaft form overlapping scales that protect the inner layers of your hair. The hair shaft is then covered by the sebum that’s formed by the sebaceous glands. Pretty amazing stuff huh?
However, different elements (like the sun, wind, salt, and chlorinated water), chemicals (like hair color, perms, and bleach especially), and overuse of hot appliances can draw moisture away from your hair and can damage the cuticle of your hair. When the cuticle gets damaged, your hair may lose its natural luster and may become frizzy or dry with split ends
If you have been ‘overdoing’ it with curling irons and chemicals though, you really shouldn’t wonder why your hair is dry. You’ve got to upkeep your hair just like you upkeep your skin. Your skin will become dry if you don't moisturize it regularly and so will your hair!
To help restore moisture, use mild acid-balanced conditioning shampoos and follow up with moisturizing conditioners that contain oils. Leave the conditioner on your hair (not your roots), for at least a few minutes before rinsing. (Longer if possible!) Use a wide toothed comb and run it through wet hair either after conditioning or straight away when you get out of the shower. Remember that dry hair is fragile, so go easy on it!
A simple method for restoring moisture when hair is dry, is to place 1 or 2 drops of oil, (any kind), in your palms and rub them together to heat it up.
There should only be enough to make your hands "shine" in the light. Scrunch the oil into your hair ends and work up the hair shaft toward the scalp. Leave it in your hair to help protect vulnerable sections.
A few drops of oil on dry hair isn't really noticeable but is highly beneficial. Plus, it's such a small amount, your hair won't become oily or greasy or anything like that. You still need to condition your hair regularly, so don't get neglectful. If you do this often enough, you will ensure your dry hair will have the proper amount of humectants to attract and retain moisture. The key is that a small amount goes a long way if repeated often enough. Slack off, and your hair could become dry again!
One of the best oils for parched hair is jojoba oil. Who knew? Add a few drops to your favorite conditioner or use it in hydrating masks
Other than using oils, there are many other things you can do.
Dry Hair Tips That Work
Use a nourishing shampoo and a conditioner combo that's especially made for parched or damaged hair. They will have essential ingredients that help remedy parched hair.
Allow your hair to air dry whenever possible.
Add a few drop of Manuka honey to your favorite shampoos and conditioners. Honey is a great way to tame your hair and add moisture.
Set hot appliances to the medium or low setting only and use chemicals responsibly.
Limit washing your hair. Some people are just obsessed with shampooing, even if their hair isn't dirty. Problem is, when you shampoo too much, you stress your hair. If your dry hair is getting worse, use no-rinse conditioners to help replenish your hair.
Co-wash your hair instead of shampooing.
Your body makes its own natural oils that should be used to moisturize dry hair. God gave us all two hands! Use your fingertip pads to massage your scalp when you can. Regular scalp massage stimulates circulation, which in turn stimulates oil production.
Use super soft, boars hair bristle brushes to brush out your hair. These flexible bristles are better able to relocate hair’s natural oils down the entire hair shaft.
For short term, using a small amount of a non-alcohol based shine product on dry hair will give instant sheen and a healthy looking appearance, even if your hair is sub par.
Naturally dry hair, unlike parched hair that's caused by over-processing or coloring, is not weak or brittle, so it's safe to use conditioners that contain ingredients like ammonium salts to make your hair soft and manageable.
If your hair ends are extremely dry, use protein or balsam conditioners. Protein it vital for hair that's tough and helps restructure your hair.
If your ends are snapping off, it might be a good time to trim them. You can cut off your own ends or have your hairdresser trim at least 1/2" to ensure your hair won't keep on splitting. If your hair is extremely dry from root to end, you may want to get a short(er) haircut and try growing it out again.
For styling products, look for products that are alcohol-free, especially alcohol free hair gels. These products are a lot less drying to your hair.
When you're slathering your legs with body lotion, take a little bit in your palms and distribute lotion throughout your hair. Alternately, use mayonnaise or soft butter in much the same way.
Wearing a hat in the sun is a great option for those fun days at the beach. Heat of all kinds, dries your hair out and can leave it lifeless.
L-Methionine is a sulfur-packed amino acid that prevents brittle hair. You can get more sulfur in your diet just by adding a pinch of epsom's salt right into your drinking water daily or just eat cabbage regularly.
Check the labels and ingredients in the products you use, to be sure that you're not contributing to dry hair conditions. You know how sneaky companies can be when they're trying to sell their stuff!
Dry hair is certainly something we've all experienced at one time or another. Occasionally having it isn't a real problem because your hair has a tendency to bounce back! It can be a problem over time however and needs to be pampered as soon as possible for the best results!
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