Dry hair is becoming more common as shampoos get stronger and contain more and more industrial chemicals designed to make our hair feel different from the first time we use them. The reality of the situation is that we need to break the cycle of dependency if we want to stop our hair from being so dry. Find out how in this article.
Be careful with shampoo
Using more and more shampoo because your hair seems to be greasier at the roots (though it’s still dry at the ends) is one of the worst things we can do to our hair. In fact, it’s easy to do. And hard to get out of.
The first step is changing your shampoo for a more natural, gentle one. Although you might not enjoy the way your hair feels at first, because you are so used to using chemicals, this is the only way to repair your hair. Natural baby shampoos can gently clean and purify your hair without drying it out.
Treat your hair right
Dry hair is more likely to get tangled and split. Treat your hair gently while brushing. If not, you’ll have to cut off the split ends! This isn’t necessary if you are caring toward your hair. This includes using soft clips, bobbles and bands. Anything that comes in contact with your hair should be assessed to make sure it’s not going to damage it.
If you skip this critical stage in your hair care, it’ll be hard for your hair to regain its former, soft and shiny appearance.
Choosing the right conditioner can make all the difference to dry hair. It basically means everything. Try going for silicone-free products. If you have curly hair, it’s even more important. Try natural conditioners with lots of nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, avocado, chocolate, linseed and vegetable glycerine. Learn about the curly girl method, and you could potentially change the way your hair looks completely overnight!
If your hair is dry, but only at the ends, apply a conditioner for dry hair to the tips only. Or you could use an argan oil or coconut oil product to damp hair.
There are a number of different conditioner options to go for. Pre-shampoo conditioning treatments take the edge off harsh shampoos, and you don’t need to use as much shampoo since you have loosened the dirt and grim with the conditioner first! It is then more receptive to cleansing. This is a great option for chemically treated, damaged and naturally curly, kinky or wavy hair. Choose a conditioner that has no insoluble silicones in it. Lists are available online.
Fine hair can be weighed down by the rinse out type of conditioner, so if your hair is dry and fine, be careful of thick and heavy conditioners that will leave your hair moisturised (maybe even too moisturised, leaving it looking flat and a bit greasy) but kind of oily-looking. This applied to pre-shampoo conditioners, too.
Deep conditioning treatments. These should suit your hair type, too, and are great on chemically treated hair. Don’t use them more than once per week, though, or you could experience some nasty build-up.
Leave-in conditioners are applied to the hair once you’ve towel dried it or before, when it’s dripping wet, if you have curly hair and don’t use a towel.
Leave-ins are amazing for dry hair, and are essential for curly hair! Get the right formula, by experimenting and researching your hair type online and which natural products work well on people with your hair type. Aloe vera is great for most hair types, as is glycerine, but products that contain oils like coconut oil, argan oil and shea butter work best on thick and kinky hair types. Some experimentation is necessary, but you’ll love the way some products solve your dry hair issues!
For a super conditioning, dry hair-saving ritual oiling, fill a bowl with 3-6 tablespoons of almond, coconut, avocado or olive oil. For medium-length hair, use 3. For very long hair, use 6! Heat in a microwave or on the hob for 10 seconds or until it’s warm.
With a towel on your shoulders, apply the oil and brush through. Massage into your scalp, wrap your head in a shower cap or old towel. Leave for 30 mins or overnight. Shampoo with warm water then continue with your normal hair routine.
Brushing can lead to breakage, so minimising it where you can. Comb with a wide-toothed comb while there is conditioner still on your hair in the shower for best results, or brush the tips only.
Vinegar based treatment
Vinegar can work as a perfect acidic rinse, which closes the cuticles along the hair shaft and knocks off any residue build up.
Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water. After conditioning, apply the mixture, and let it sit on the hair for 2-3 minutes. Avoid getting it in your eyes! Rinse, and then style as normal.