Feeling frazzled about your dry hair? You’re certainly not the only one.
Especially in more arid climates, or if you’re using heat to style your hair, you might encounter dry hair on a regular basis.
And while using a quality conditioner can help, there are some other factors to consider when caring for your ‘do.
Your scalp isn’t producing enough oil to lubricate it.
Sometimes hair doesn’t produce enough oil — and as we get older, our sebaceous glands stop producing as much sebum. This can lead to not just dry hair, but a dry scalp, as well (which is what causes dandruff).
Your hair isn’t keeping moisture in.
Each strand of hair is protected by a cuticle, shielding the strand from heat and other types of damage. The cuticle also helps to lock in the sebum that your scalp is generating.
When the layers of cuticle start to separate, oil escapes and leaves the hair exposed.
Excessive dryness can also cause split ends, where the hair shaft splits or frays due to heat applications or “mechanical stress” (like using a curling iron).
Some of this damage can be prevented and repaired, with a few adjustments in your hair care routine.
Stop washing your hair daily. This strips the hair of its natural oils and can actually lead to the overproduction of oils, disrupting your hair’s natural balance.
Use a shampoo that’s less harsh on your hair — and especially shampoos with toxic ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate or synthetic preservative. The Seaweed Bath Company handcrafts their shampoos using quality ingredients that feed and nourish damaged hair.
Try a deep conditioner on your hair every now and then. We’re big fans of the Deep Conditioning Root Repair Mask from Acure, which locks in moisture and protects your hair cortex.
And of course, our diet and physical health will also make a difference. Eating whole foods with lots of vitamins and minerals will help to ensure your hair is getting the love it really needs.
How do you prevent or repair your dry hair woes? Leave your suggestions and comments below!