With so many different hair types, textures and thicknesses out there, most people will have varying experiences about what constitutes a “normal” hair day. But if you’ve been dealing with excessive dryness or brittle hair, there are ways to remedy it to bring your locks back to a healthy and properly-nourished state.
Dry hair occurs when your hair either doesn’t produce enough natural oils to keep it healthy, or they’re being stripped away. These natural oils, also known as sebum, are responsible for nourishing the hair, while helping to properly seal the cuticle and lock in moisture and shine. And dry hair is not to be confused with dehydrated hair, which results from a lack of water.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of dry hair:
We’ve discussed symptoms and causes of dry hair, so now it’s time to tackle the issue head-on.
Proper hair care starts in the shower, and dry hair needs moisturizing hair care products. Start by swapping out your old shampoo and conditioner with something hydrating: MOMO moisturizing conditioner and MOMO moisturizing shampoo are designed to detangle, hydrate, and leave all hair types soft and silky. Both products are formulated with Cartucciaru melon extract from a Slow Food farm in Italy — this melon has extremely hydrating properties, featuring vitamins A, C, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. If your dryness is a result of excessive heat or chemical styling damage, you’ll want to try a conditioner with a more intense kind of repair. NOUNOU conditioner for processed hair moisturizes and nourishes bleached, permed or relaxed hair, making it soft and easy to detangle.
At least once a week, swap in a deep conditioning hair mask for your usual conditioner. This will provide targeted attention to your dry strands, packing in extra nourishment and hydration. Featuring Roucou oil rich in ellagic acid, nourishing OI Hair Butter will turn all dry strands into soft, frizz-free, luscious-looking hair.
Heat exposure will only make dry strands drier, so try to swap out the blow-dryer when you can and give your hair a break.
For those days when you have to expose your hair to heat, use your styling tools on the lowest heat setting possible. And always remember to use heat protectant styling products before using a blow-dryer, flat iron or any other heat tool, and be gentle with your hairstyle techniques!
Using a hot oil hair treatment has a ton of perks for dry or damaged hair: aside from reduced frizz and dryness, you can also help make your hair stronger against breakage and split ends. If you like home remedies, you can use any common oil like avocado, olive oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, argan oil or coconut oil, or even a multifunctional hair oil that has a range of benefits.
We’ve discussed how certain nutritional deficiencies can lead to dry and lifeless hair, so make sure your diet is well-rounded and incorporate different types of food to keep your hair healthy. I personally take biotin supplements, and have seen new growth from them over the past year. If you have certain food allergies or aversions to different kinds of food, you can always supplement for things you might be lacking (consider checking with your doctor to see what they recommend). And of course, stay hydrated! This will help bring essential moisture to your scalp to keep everything running effectively.
Healthy hair is reliant on moisture — consuming excessive amounts of alcohol is very dehydrating, which means your body is being stripped of the hydration it needs to function properly, even when it comes to hair health. Try to be responsible and stay hydrated when you’re enjoying a night out… your hair (and head) will thank you!
The beauty world is seeing a surge in keratin and bond-building treatments as a way to repair dry, chemically-damaged hair. At its base level, a hair bonding treatment repairs chemical bonds in your hair, which cause visible damage, dryness and frizziness when they’re broken. So if your dryness is a result of damage from a chemical hair treatment, swap in a bond-building hair mask to restructure and nourish the hair shaft.
Dealing with dry hair can be frustrating — hairstyles might not come out the way you’d like, frizz is probably a daily struggle, and breakage means always being worried about causing more damage. Luckily natural and sustainable hair products from companies like Davines can make it easy and effortless to nourish your way to less dry strands. So once you’ve swapped in some hydrating hair products (and moisturizing masks), make sure you’re eating a well-rounded diet, staying hydrated, and consider additional treatments like hot oil and bond-building products. If you have any other tricks or tips that have transformed your dry hair, let us know in the comments!
by Lauren Hannel, featured contributor
Photos by @goldandglowco
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