'Why is my hair so dry?´
'Why is my hair so frizzy and dry all the time?' You may have asked yourself this question countless times and probably by now are convinced that you're just unfortunate to be born with 'dry hair'. So you buy products targeted to 'dry hair' and you move on, convinced there isn't much else you can do about it.
However, 'dry hair' isn't a hair type. 'Dry and frizzy hair' is very likely just a combination of habits you (perhaps unknowingly) keep perpetuating that overall just suck the moisture out of your strands and no matter how many home remedies you try, you'll always be stuck if you don't target the problem at the root. Don't know what these habits are? Well, here are just 7.
# 1 Bed time Routine
Washing your hair during the week may be part of your routine and a must, but perhaps you're either too tired to wait until your hair is fully dried to go to bed or simply don't have the time to. However, your hair is its weakest when wet due to the swelling caused by the water to the hair shaft, leaving the hair cuticle slightly open. That allows moisture to easily escape in addition to making it more susceptible to breakage. Now couple that with sleeping on a cotton pillowcase which is known to absorb moisture and you've got recipe for dry hair. What can you do about it? Number 1, dry your hair as much as possible before bed. Number 2, switch to a silk or sating pillowcase or bonnet as cotton will leave your strands thirsty even on a normal hair day.
# 2 Shower Routine
What you do in the shower also plays a part in giving you frizzy hair. For instance, if you're one that loves the feeling of hot water in your scalp, just stop it. The same way you've heard how drying hot water is to the skin the same logic you should apply to your hair, as the heat coupled with the shampoo will wash away all the oils from the hair. Just remember how effective hot water is to washing a greasy pot. Problem is, your hair isn't a pot. Your strands need the moisture to retain the length. So go for lukewarm water and use cold water to rinse off your conditioner. Another bad habit is the use of shampoos either too often or too harsh. Opt for sulfate-free and more organic brands and, if you can, give your hair a break with some dry shampoo.
# 3 Lack of Trims
When was the last time you trimmed your ends? Truth is, and you probably already know this, your ends are the eldest part of your hair. They have been here the longest and have gone through the majority of the drying, brushing, washing, flat ironing that you've done. All the wear and tear will be visible and the split ends won't shy away, so maintaining those ends as fresh as possible is key. In order to do that, you should aim to get a trim 8-12 weeks, depending on your hair type/condition.
# 4 Heat styling
Using heat tools too often or at a too high temperature will certainly leave you with dry hair and cause you irreversible heat damage. To prevent that, lower the usage of these tools and, when you do, make sure you use a heat protectant prior to it. In between days, you can try other hairstyles that don't require heat to give your hair a break. Alternatively, try using a lower temperature if you really must. It'll take you longer, but it'll save you a lot of inches in the future.
# 5 The Products You Use
Conditioners, leave-ins and oils are all designed to help us retain all the moisture lost during the shampooing process. However, not all products are created the same and an expensive product will not guarantee that it'll give you the moisture you need. Water is the moisture you need. Whatever you apply on top will be aimed at sealing it in as the particles will likely be too large to penetrate the hair shaft. Hair products that contain alcohol are not your friend as these are drying to the hair. And silicones, while great to create a barrier during heat styling, prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, overtime resulting in dull and dry hair.
# 6 Dry Scalp
The oil produced in your scalp, the sebum, is there for a purpose. It is meant to coat the hair strands and keep them hydrated. Due to the numerous bends, curly hair girls naturally have a harder time ensuring that the sebum reaches the entire hair. If your scalp is naturally producing less sebum than it should, you'll naturally experience drier hair. This could be either due to nutritional deficiencies (e.g. Vitamin A), hormonal changes, medication or underlying medical conditions, so if getting your nutrient levels right isn't helping, then best to seek professional help.
# 7 Excess protein
Your hair, like your fingernails, are made up of a protein called keratin. This is what makes your hair strong. Nevertheless, for healthy hair growth you need a balance of moisture/protein, since while one gives your hair the inner strength, the other ensures it is malleable and is able to bend, twist and turn when you need it to. You could be overdosing on protein. Perhaps consciously for instance through chemical treatments aimed at making your hair straighter, e.g. keratin treatments, or you could be doing so without realising via your current hair products containing things like soy protein or silk amino acids. What can you do about it? Make sure you check the ingredients list of your products and alternate between protein and moisturising treatments.
That's it. Now, why don't you share with us your best dry hair tip?
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