How to Treat Dry Hair
The causes of dry hair and how to treat it
Your hair is your best feature. It frames your face and can show off your personality and style. So what happens when it suddenly turns dull-looking, brittle and straw-like, your focus immediately shifts to fixing the hair problem. Before you take action, you need to figure out what is stripping your hair strands of their natural oils to begin with. The experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough can discuss treatments and create a custom program for you!
Here are some common causes of dry, damaged hair with quick and easy fixes to help bad hair days a thing of the past. Discover how to trade in your dry hair for soft hair for soft, smooth, nourished, and healthy hair.
Heat styling tools
Using hot styling tools every day may be doing more harm than good to your hair. Whether you feel the need to blow dry your hair after every wash, love your hair straightener or can’t go anywhere without using your curling iron, applying too much heat when styling your hair is a major factor of dry hair.
What to do: Try not to use heat on your hair every single day. Applying heat daily to hair can strip it of its natural moisture. If heat is a must, prep your hair with a heat protectant prior to styling. Also, instead of putting the temperature of your device all the way up, opt for a lower setting. It’s not a bad thing to try air drying your hair sometimes and letting your natural texture shine through.
Hair care products
Dry hair can simply be the result of using the wrong hair care products. If you are using a product that’s not formulated for your hair type you can be doing more damage than you think.
What to do: When selecting shampoo and conditioner, always check the label before buying. Different shampoos work in different ways. Try to avoid any that contain alcohol, which can strip away your hair’s natural oils and moisture. Look for a shampoo that is specifically formulated to moisturize, nourish and replenish your hair when you wash. You also need to condition your hair immediately after shampooing to prevent dryness.
Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils. It’s not necessary to wash your hair every day, especially if dry hair is a problem for you.
What to do: Wash your hair less often. Curly hair can be more prone to dryness so if you are blessed with a halo of natural ringlets, wash less often. Washing your hair once or twice a week should be enough.
Hair dye and bleach
Harsh chemicals commonly found in hair dyes and bleaches can lift the natural oils your hair needs to keep it looking great.
What to do: If you like to change your hair color often, take extra care of it to ward off excess dryness associated with frequent exposure to harsh chemicals. Look for gentle shampoos and conditioners rich in oil that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair.
The climate you live in can dry out your hair. Overexposure to the sun, extreme heat, cold winds and low humidity can all take a toll on your hair.
What to do: Help reduce the risk of hair damage by wearing a hat over your hair on a beach day or prolonged exposure to the elements, even in the winter.
Hopefully, these hair care tips and tricks have taught you more about some causes of dry hair and how to keep your hair looking vibrant and soft. If you are still unsure about what to do, enlist the assistance of your local hair salon to help you beat the dry hair blues.