We all struggle to treat dry hair at some time or another. Treating dry hair is a very important element of healthy hair care.
You may not realize exactly the huge effect that moisture, weather, hair appliances, and fabrics have on the health of your hair. I will help you to uncover some very simple methods to treat dry hair starting today!
Dry Hair Care with Moisture
Eliminate dry hair by ensuring that you’re getting enough moisture. Moisture comes from two sources: externally and internally.
If you aren’t shampooing and conditioning your hair daily, you should be moisturizing it daily with a penatrating oil like Jojoba Oil or a specific moisturizer.
Make sure that you using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Conditioning is especially information for African American women. You can also add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to our conditioner to make a nice treatment.
Remember to deep condition at least once a month. For extremely dry hair, you should deep condition every 2 weeks. Doing this can help repair your frizzy, brittle, Straw-like hair and keep it from breaking and splitting.
I hope you’re drinking enough water! Eight 8-oz glasses of water per day should help with the dryness you’re experiencing. Making sure your hair is getting enough moisture is extremely important especially if you are using heated tools to style your hair.
Limit Usage of Heated Tools
One of the easiest ways to treat dry hair is also the hardest to actually do. Limiting your usage of heated tools will have a dramatic effect in reducing dryness.
Everytime you blowdry, use a flat iron, or curling iron, you are sapping the moisture from your hair. Try to let your hair air-dry occasionally.
If you enjoy the straight look from a flat iron, try doing a wash n’ go look alternately. Experiment with various no-heat styles. In addition to limiting heat usage, you should also pay attention to what else could be causing dry hair.
Are you paying attention to the clothing that you’re wearing? Do you wear wool hats in the winter to keep warm? Wool coats? Wool sweaters? Wool is a danger to hair!
Wool basically eats your hair very slowly. Notice those bits of hair on your hat when you take it off? That’s the wool having a bite to eat of your precious hair and make it brittle!
Wool isn’t the only culprit. Thick cotton sweaters also sap moisture from your hair.
Be careful of your hair on your wool coat and in that wool hat. Wear a satin bonnet or a silk scarf inside your wool cap. No one will know! Take it off once you get inside and you’ll have the same beautiful, moisturized hair that you left the house with!
If you don’t, over time your hair will become damaged and you’ll see your ends thinning.
At night, you should also make sure to use a satin bonnet, wrap, or scarf so that your hair doesn’t rub against the cotton pillow case and cause you to wake up with unruly hair.
If you can’t fathom wearing a bonnet or silk scarf, sleep on a satin pillow-case with your hair pinned up.
I know you probably don’t think it’s all that serious but let me tell you, it really is! I have known quite a few people who had to get drastic hair cuts at the end of winter due to their lack of knowledge on un-friendly fabrics as well as weather conditions.
Don’t Touch is the Best Treatment
Ever hear of hand-in-hair syndrome? I know it’s so tempting to keep your hands in your hair when it’s soft and silky to the touch or maybe full of corkscrew curls.
Did you know this could lead to dry hair? Your pretty little fingers are wiping your hair clean of moisture when you do this.
I know I am guilty of having a favorite section of hair that I love to twirl. Know how it repays me? It gets dry and is prone to split ends.
Wearing your hair up will also keep you from touching and twirling your hair! If it’s not hanging down in your face, you aren’t reminded of it and thus, you leave it alone! Treat dry hair with care and keep your hands off!
As you can see, there are many ways to treat dry hair and most of them are related to how you got dry hair in the first place.
Learning effective methods for no-heat styling and tricks to limit other drying factors will all contribute to you achieving long, healthy hair.