There’s nothing worse than hair that is dry and damaged. Not only does it look unhealthy, it can be hard to deal with too. Finding out what is causing your dry hair is the best way to get rid of the problem once and for all. There are many things that can lead to dry strands so figuring out what’s causing yours may take a bit of trial and error. In some cases, dry hair may be chalked up to several factors. Here are some of the most common. Here’s to a good hair day every single day!
1 Taking Hot Showers
I know how great a hot shower feels, but the extreme temp can be really bad for your hair (and your skin). It sucks the moisture out and leaves hair parched and lifeless. Instead of blasting your hair with hot water every time you shower, turn things down to lukewarm. This is enough to get your hair clean without stripping it of its natural oils.
2 Too Much Heat Styling
Being a slave to your blow dryer, curling iron or straightener can really do a number on hair. I used to blow dry my hair straight every day, but it never looked very good. Once I learned to love my curls, my hair started looking a whole lot healthier. Try air drying and you might just love how natural and easy your hair looks without the dry, brittleness that comes with daily heat styling.
3 Chemical Hair Treatments
If you get your hair permed or relaxed on a regular basis, it may be very dry. Those harsh chemicals aren’t good for your strands and can take the moisture right out of each of them. I know it’s hard to take a break from a look you love, but consider going natural for a while and giving your hair a well-deserved break.
4 Washing Too Often
Washing your hair too much removes all the natural scalp oils your hair needs to stay hydrated and healthy. This can leave you with dry strands that you hate. Give your hair a break for a day or two between washings and comb it regularly to distribute the oils. Don’t worry – your hair won’t look greasy, but it will be shiny and gorgeous. However, going too long between washings can leave your hair dull and greasy. One to two days between is ideal.
5 Spending Time in the Sun
Too much sun exposure can work like a hot shower in that it pulls hydration from your hair. If you are an outdoorsy girl, you don’t have to give it up. Take precautions to protect your hair and you can enjoy your life outside without sacrificing your locks in the process. Wear a hat to keep your hair covered and you’re all set.
6 Windy Air
Do you live somewhere where the wind blows a lot? This can pull the moisture from your scalp and hair. The best thing to do when it’s ultra windy out is to wear your hair pulled back or pile it under a cute hat. An occasional windy day isn’t likely to harm your hair, but if it’s a regular thing, you may be suffering the consequences.
7 Using the Wrong Products
Using products that contain harsh chemicals on your hair can lead to dryness, especially if you use them daily. This includes shampoo and styling products. Switch to natural products with mild ingredients, which can really help. You might also consider doing a hot oil treatment once a week or so to help combat dryness.
Do you have dry hair? What do you think causes it? What other advice can you share for taking care of dry strands?
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