We often blame the sun or the weather for our dry hair. But the culprit to lackluster tresses is more than just the changing season.
While weather-related factors can contribute to hair’s dryness, we also have to understand the “whys” and “hows” of our hair’s current state. There are many ways to rehydrate lifeless locks.
If the hair is dry, it’s either it isn’t producing natural oils or the hair structure isn’t holding moisture. Meaning the hair allows moisture to escape, causing extreme dryness.
The Reasons Behind Dry Hair and How to Solve Them
1. The hair cuticles are in a “disturbed” state.
When your hair cuticles cannot lock in moisture, it will certainly look dull. Think of hair cuticles as roof shingles overlapping on a roof. If they are “compact”, your hair will look shiny and vibrant because they’re not allowing moisture to escape. But if they are disturbed or loosened, moisture can escape and hair becomes brittle and dry.
Things that you can do to avoid this:
Don’t abuse heat-styling tools. Frequent use of blow dryers, styling hair irons, and hot curlers can wreak havoc to our precious strands. They distort our hair cuticles. They strip our hair’s innate moisture. This is exactly what flat irons and rollers do to our hair.
There are steps that help minimize damage from thermal use. One is by applying hair protection before ironing or curling the hair. They serve as a barrier between the heat of iron and hair. Another is by reducing the heat setting. And by just quitting it altogether. There are plenty of amazing hairstyles that’ll make you look fabulous without using thermal devices.
2. Excessive washing or underhydration
If you shampoo your hair daily using harsh commercial shampoos, you will definitely strip away your hair’s natural moisture or oils. To combat the effects of damaging hair washes, you can take several steps. One is by switching to a natural hair shampoo. Shampoos containing organic oils and are sulfate-free are non-damaging and don’t dry out your hair. Instead, they can help rejuvenate lackluster tresses with their hair-boosting ingredients.
Also make sure to choose a shampoo that’s suitable for dry hair. Usually they are packaged as 2-in-1 shampoos; or shampoos that also come with hair conditioning. Another thing that you can do is to not to shampoo your hair daily. On your off days you can instead use hair conditioners only.
3. Overuse of chemical treatments
Whether it be dyes, straighteners, or perms, the use of chemical hair products can surely damage and dry out your strands. So instead of using chemical-based products, you may try natural DIY hair dyes or consider ammonia-free hair colors. Also there are natural and non-toxic hair straightening alternatives that you can use instead of hair relaxers from the salon.
4. Bad hair brushing
Your combing style may be one of the culprits of your dry locks. Metal brushes or poor quality brushes, can tear your hair, disturb your hair cuticles, and rob your hair of moisture.
To combat these consequences, do these steps. Use a wide tooth comb when brushing. Start from the tip to detangle your strands first before working your way to the top. You may also apply leave-in conditioners to help combing a lot easier and smoother, preventing premature breakage and cuticle damage. Also treat your hair with a boar bristle brush for a much gentler hair brushing. Last but not least, don’t comb wet hair. Let it air dry first before combing it.
Moisturizing TipsTake time to give your hair a weekly hot oil or hair mask treatment. You can simply apply natural essential oils of your choice. Or make your own DIY hair mask at home with ingredients such as avocado, coconut, and olive oil. A weekly dry hair treatment can really offer a world of difference to your dry tresses!
Know your hair vitamins. Taking vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, antioxidants, zinc, sulfur, silica, to supplement a balanced and protein-rich diet is a great way to revive your hair.
For excessively dry and damaged hair, do an overnight hair treatment mask. Simply apply coconut oil or any other deep conditioning hair packs and cover it before sleeping. Wash and condition your hair per usual the next day and you’ll really see and feel the big difference!
Trim your hair. The ends of your hair are the driest so it only makes sense to snip them off and grow better, more moisturized hair. Hair trimming also helps to keep your hair healthy and free from split ends.
These steps aren’t really as difficult as they sound. Try them out and you’ll see how your hair will significantly transform and achieve a smooth and glossy look like never before!