How to care for dry hair


The bane of many a woman’s existence is dry hair. Thankfully, if you suffer from this affliction, you’re in good company. It’s remarkably common!

Causes of Dry Hair

Genetics

Some of us are just genetically predisposed to dry hair. If your hair is wavy or curly, you will be more prone to dryness. Adopting a hair care regime designed for curly hair will help.

Environmental Pollutants

If you’re a city dweller, your hair comes into contact with pollutants and toxic fumes on a daily basis which can strip hair of its health and leave it feeling dry. Alongside pollution, weather can have a detrimental effect. Sun strips the hair of softness whilst wind tangles and snow stresses.

Over Processing

The key culprit when it comes to dry hair is over processing. If you regularly use heating tools on your hair or dye excessively without treating hair, then it can become fatigued and frail.

Stress

Stress can have a far ranging impact on everything from heart health to skin to hair. If your hair is thinning or falling out when it hasn’t before, stress may be having an insidious influence.

Medication

Medication can have many side effects on hair including causing it to thin, fall out or making it dry. Typically, hair quality will return to normal once medication is discontinued.

Treatments for Dry Hair

Change up your diet

The best way to nourish hair is from within. Cleaning up your diet will make an impact. Multiply the number of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and oily fish that you consume. Hair is made from protein so eat high quality protein sources such as fish, leafy greens and lean meats. Healthful fats found in nuts, avocados and olive oil are also helpful. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugar, cigarettes and alcohol in excess.

Be street savvy

It’s impossible for us to evade our environments but we can dress accordingly. Be wary of wind, sun, rain and chlorine. Such extremes of weather are incredibly drying. Wear a hat, hood, head scarf or use an umbrella. Wear hair in a protective style such as a bun or braids to limit damage. When swimming a hair cap is a useful tool.

Lay off of the heat

Limit processing your hair to special occasions. Find day to day styles that don’t harm hair such as a bun or ponytail. Limit heat styling and if possible, use a boar bristle brush and a low heat setting on your hairdryer to straighten hair, rather than straighteners. Let your hair air dry at least once a week so that it gets a break. If you are turning to heat, use hair protection sprays and finish off with a smoothing serum.

Condition

Conditioner literally improves the condition of your hair. Dryness is something we are all trying to fight so focus on a conditioner that helps sooth dry hair. Deep condition hair at least once a week (twice a week is advised).

Hair Masques

You can buy hair masques on the market but you can also use home ingredients. Honey, avocado, egg, coconut oil and olive oil make great hair mask ingredients. Twice a week should help. Leave on for as long as you can. If you aren’t going out, leave on for the afternoon and wash off with cool water.