You might have naturally dry hair or you may have created it by your treatments and products. Either way, dry hair looks dull and lifeless and can be difficult to style. Here’s how to bring life and shine back to dry hair.
1. Avoid Too Much of a Good Thing
You love heat styling, you want to use shampoo every day, and you can't do without dyeing. If that's the case, you should be ready to deal with dry hair sooner rather than later. It's no problem to heat style or shampoo your hair, but don't overdo it. Space out the time between shampooing or chemical treatments to revive your dry hair.
2. Reduce the Number of Times You Wash
Your scalp naturally produces oil that lubricates your hair. If you have dry hair, you might not be producing enough. Not shampooing every day can help what oils are produced do their job. If you can’t give up the every day poo routine, be sure to steer clear of any product identified as “clarifying” because although designed to remove built up product, it can also strip your natural oils.
3. Supplement Your Natural Oils
If you aren’t producing enough oil to keep your locks luscious you can supplement with natural oils. There are plenty of hydrating oily mask recipes online. Or you can use argan oil. Even simply rubbing olive oil into your hair, covering it and leaving it for 30 minutes will help.
4. Blow Dry Sensibly
Use heat protection products every time. And on some days, skip the heat styling altogether. If you really need to blow-dry your hair, you should consider turning down the temperature a bit. Use a high quality blow dryer and set it to low heat when styling. Be sure to allow your hair dry first before you use a straightening iron. Have you thought about using Velcro rollers instead of heating products?
5. Use Leave –in Conditioners
There are some really good leave-in conditioners that can be purchased for a reasonable price. Products that include argan and Moroccan oils are a good choice. They might be too heavy if you have dry, fine hair so leave those and look for products containing dimethicone or panthenol both which provide moisture and shine without adding weight. If your dry hair also has split ends, look for products containing keratin.
6. Eat the Right Stuff
You need to add certain foods to your diet and say goodbye to some. It is important to eat food rich in protein to your diet to help keep your hair healthy. You may also want to eat walnuts, salmon, and other similar foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Taking capsules of borage oil or flaxseed oil will also load up your body with omega3s, which in turn will revive dry hair.
7. Protect Your Hair in the Summer
With more time spent out in the sun, it's hard to keep your hair in the best shape. To avoid dry, damaged ends, it is important to deep condition your hair weekly. The best thing is to apply a deep-conditioning treatment right before you crash at night. Wake up next morning and rinse your hair well for smooth hair. Also, buy a few haircare products with built-in sun protection and wear a hat to protect your hair from damaging UV rays.
8. Select the Right Winter Accessories
Your hair and scalp will lose moisture quickly during the winter, which in turn will cause dandruff, breakage, and slow growth. You may try to combat the cold by wearing wool hats, but those hats aren't going to work great for your hair, as they will absorb moisture and oil, leaving your hair dry and rough. The best thing is to line your winter hats with a silk scarf to keep moisture intact, and to avoid stubborn flyaways as well.
9. Treat the Causes of Dry Hair
Are you doing everything you can to protect your hair from heat, cold, and harmful chemicals but your hair is still dry? This could be due to some other underlying causes, such as the use of certain medications, hormonal changes during pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and certain therapies such as chemotherapy. Notice your symptoms and discuss it with your doctor to identifying the underlying cause of why your hair always looks parched.
I hope these tips help you deal with your dry hair. Please tell us what you try and whether it works.