When the hair is dry or damaged, it loses its elasticity, becomes fragile and difficult to style. Keratin scales do not adhere tightly to each other as a result of which the hair becomes rough, dull, does not shine, clings to each other, and often breaks when combed.
Such hair requires special care, and in our article, you’ll find out how to treat damaged and dull strands. You can also subscribe to our MyStraightener Blog to read about new beauty products, daily hair care, and helpful life hacks.
Five Reasons Your Hair Is Dry
Dry strands can be caused by the following factors:
- Vitamin deficiency and an unhealthy diet. In this case, hair treatment should be started with a medical examination and general strengthening of the body. Dry hair often signals that you should change your diet and eat more vitamin-rich foods. For example, Vitamin A fills dry and damaged hair with strength and shine, and Vitamin E gives it elasticity.
- Bad habits. Smoking, alcohol and even coffee adversely affect the health of the hair.
- Stress. If you often worry, suffer from sleep disorders or depression, you cannot avoid the problems of dry hair. A trip to a specialist and the right treatment will help prevent this problem.
- Improper Hair Care. Excessive use of beauty products, hairdryers, and curling irons can also result in dry strands.
- Environment. Sunlight, sea salt, wind, and other external factors damage hair and make it fragile.
Treatment No. 1: Proper Washing.
Let’s start with proper washing and drying.
- It is recommended to wash your hair once a week so as not to wash off subcutaneous fat. Use shampoos and conditioners for dry hair with Shea butter, avocado, glycerin, and panthenol. For example, Absolut Repair Lipidum by L’Oréal Professional or Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Hydrate Coconut Milk Shampoo.
- Wash your hair with warm water as hot water overdries your hair.
- If possible, try not to use the hairdryer and do not comb the hair until it is completely dry.
- Try not to rub your hair as this can damage the cuticle flakes. Instead, wrap your hair in a towel and gently squeeze it.
- Apply a thermal protective agent to your hair even if you don’t blow dry it. You can try Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray or Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Iron Spray.
Treatment No. 2: Nutritive Masks.
Nutritive revitalizing masks are especially important for dry hair. As with shampoos, dry hair masks should contain oils, so pay attention to the mask with glycerin and coconut oil Nutrifier Mask from L’Oréal Professionnel or Kerastase Blonde Absolu Anti-Brass Hair Mask. With the masks, your hair will get the necessary hydration and important elements.
You can also try homemade masks or a mixture of oils. A mixture of oils will help hair maintain the water balance of your strands. You can make any combination of the following oils: almond, olive, burdock, grape seed, or jojoba. Mix them thoroughly, slightly warm, and apply to the hair without touching the roots. Wrap the hair and leave a mask for 1-2 hours. Cabbage and honey mask helps restore the lipid balance of the strands. You will need cabbage juice, honey, and aloe. Take products in equal amounts, mix, then rub the mask into your hair and leave for 30 minutes.
Treatment No. 3: Lamination.
The lamination procedure involves applying a product that envelops each hair with a thin film that is rich in oils, vitamins, and keratin. As a result, a film is formed protecting the strands from negative influences. You can do it yourself at home. After the procedure, your hair becomes shiny, soft, and silky-smooth. Lamination will help from split ends, but the effect lasts for 1-2 months. Duration depends on the frequency of hair washing and the quality of care. To save the result, the procedure is recommended to be repeated. Try Ollin Laminating Shampoo or Lamination Elixir by Concept.