How to Take Care of Dry Hair: If you have dry hair, understanding the cause can help you find proper treatments. When hair that touches the scalp turns oily while the ends stay dry, styling damage is the usual culprit. Chemical treatments, curling irons, hair straighteners, and frequent shampooing contribute to this problem. If the scalp doesn't produce enough oil, hair can't stay lubricated. The same applies when cuticles separate and let oil escape. The following tips can help combat these issues and lead to healthier looking tresses.
Style and Color: Getting the right cut won't cure dry hair, but it can make it look better. You don't have to chop it all off; just use a style that flatters the natural texture. If you have straight hair, get a cut that looks good without the use of heat-styling tools. Wavy hair benefits from styles that allow for natural movement. Try to abstain from coloring your hair. If you do use dye, opt for highlights or use semi-permanent shades.
Hair Care Products: Common misconception dictates everyone should wash hair daily. Since shampoos can damage follicles, washing dry hair one or twice a week suffices. While many hair care products for dry hair exist, the chemicals within might cause more harm. Opt for gentle products that moisturize and don't contain sulfate, paraben, chloride, glycol, formaldehyde, betaine, palmitate or triclosan. Since it can be difficult to find beauty products without these ingredients, you can even turn to your kitchen for help. Use small amounts of safflower, olive or coconut oil to combat dryness. Start at the bottom of the hair, and work your way up, but don't apply on the scalp.
Brushes: Since many hairbrushes have artificial bristles, they can cause damage. For the best benefits, use one that has natural bristles and spreads the scalp's oil down to the hair shaft. Brushes made with boar bristles work best on dry hair. Their softness makes them ideal, even for children's hair.
Protection: Did you know sun light and pool water can worsen dryness? Luckily, you can protect your tresses from damaging rays and water chemicals by covering them. When outdoors, simply wear a favorite hat in sunny weather. If you enjoy swimming in the pool, bathing caps work wonders. If you don't like how they look, protect your hair with a layer of leave-in conditioner or detangler before diving in. Since dry hair often comes with damage, using these tips can help alleviate symptoms. If you still have problems with dryness after trying these methods, you can request a deep-conditioning service from your stylist. In the case of hair loss, fatigue, weakness, and related physical symptoms, consult a healthcare professional to rule out health issues.