Straw-dry hair is a common occurrence. Their lack of sebum sometimes makes them brittle, rough to the touch, and often impossible to style!
This hair requires a lot of maintenance, but with a few tips, well-targeted care, and a good dose of attention, we can remedy the situation and soften it.
Grandmother’s tips, advice from the pros, beauty elixirs, and hair routine: we give you the battle plan to put an end to dry hair.
1. Bet on the right shampoo-conditioner duo
If we had to take only one action, it would be this one. Today there is a shampoo and a conditioner for each type of problem.
By looking carefully, online or in supermarkets, you can precisely target dry and brittle hair, curly and dry hair, dull and dry hair, etc.
If you hesitate or want a tailor-made product, the good idea is to turn to a hairdresser, in the salon, who can advise you.
It is often a little more expensive but the advantage of a well-chosen product is that it will offer promising results!
2. Leave on a mask
When you have dry hair, you can’t do without a good hair mask once a week. Real basic care with the objective of nourishing and hydrating the hair fiber, can also repair.
All hair care brands offer masks for dry hair. You can find them for all budgets and all hair types (dry wavy hair, dry itchy hair, fine and dry hair, etc.).
If you prefer, you can also consider a natural solution by concocting a homemade mask. It is not difficult to spot a grandmother’s recipe based on yogurt, aloe vera, egg, avocado, or essential oil, there are plenty of them!
Whether you choose a commercial or homemade mask, the method of application is the same.
The material is distributed over all of the wet hair and then a break time of half an hour is respected (at least 20 minutes if time is of the essence). The active ingredients must be allowed time to penetrate the hair fiber.
Then, rinse with lukewarm water to remove traces of the mask and finish with cold water to tighten the scales.
3. Opt for an oil bath
It is an essential natural treatment to pamper dry hair. An oil bath is a possibility of soaking up the hair, lacking in lipids, and essential fatty acids which they lack.
Several oils are beneficial for dry hair: coconut oil, castor oil, and argan oil make up the top 3.
We proceed first by separating the hair into several sections and then by applying the oil, strand by strand so that all the hair is well impregnated. We then put on a turban or a charlotte and then we wait!
Regarding the exposure time: the longer, the better! The ideal? The whole night! In the early morning, the residue is removed with mild shampoo.
4. Dry your hair (without burning it)
We can never repeat it enough: heat is the enemy of hair. It is therefore essential to protect it. The hair dryer is not prohibited but there are precautions to follow so as not to dry out the hair fiber further.
The good idea is to coat your hair with a protective spray that will act as a shield. That said, it’s still best not to set the hair dryer to maximum heat.
A common mistake is of sticking the tip of the hair dryer to the wick, it is quite risky because it may burn.
The good gesture: we hold the tip about fifteen centimeters from the wick, this is enough for the warm air to spread and dry the hair.
5. Protect your hair from aggression
Very logically, when you have dry hair, you have to protect it from anything that could dry it out further.
In summer, we are wary of UV rays by applying sunscreen to the body and face, but we often forget the hair. But they can burn too!
We, therefore, draw a protective spray that sheaths the hair fiber and forms a barrier against the sun. The good news, it also works to protect against chlorine from the swimming pool or salty seawater.
On the other hand, we avoid oils at all costs, in the sun, which could fry the hair!
6. Take care of your diet
We don’t all have dry hair for the same reason. When the cause is a vitamin deficiency, it is relevant to monitor your diet and, if necessary, to supplement yourself.
Dry hair that falls needs to boost its intake of vitamin B and A as well as iron and magnesium. Foods rich in group A vitamins: evening primrose or borage oil, fish liver oil, wheat germ, carrots, oily fish, etc.
We also favor brewer’s yeast, pollen, and oilseeds to raise our vitamin B levels.
It is difficult to be faultless and to absorb all the essential nutrients you need every day, which is why a course of dietary supplements can give a boost to restore the shortcomings.
We flee at all costs an online purchase and we go to a pharmacy to get a balanced and qualitative complex. Of course, in the event of pregnancy, menopause, or any other particular situation, we report it to the pharmacist.
7. Space your shampoos
Even when using an organic and/or very mild shampoo, the golden rule is not to wash your hair daily. The shampoo-water combo will accentuate the dryness and therefore make the problem worse.
In reality, hair rarely needs daily cleansing anyway! Washing your head once a week is enough.
Obviously, common sense prevails: if you’ve done sports and want to eliminate perspiration, don’t hesitate.
Finally, in the particular case of dry and oily hair ( dry lengths, oily roots ), we try to solve the problem with dry shampoo.
8. Avoid chemical treatments
Clearly, when your hair is really very dry, it is more fragile and it is therefore not worth exposing it to additional aggressions.
Coloring, wicks, discoloration, Brazilian smoothing, or even permanent are to be ruled out.
These hair treatments contain hyper-drying substances such as ammonia, you risk ending up with dry and damaged hair or even completely dehydrated hair …
9. Treat yourself to a salon treatment
If you do not see any improvement and your hair remains dry despite the care and it is, in addition, damaged, you must deploy drastic measures by entrusting your hair to a professional.
There are different treatments enriched with keratin but the protocol is often the same. The hairdresser starts by performing a detoxifying shampoo and then uniformly applies the keratin treatment.
The hair is then wrapped in a protective film and then the heated helmet is used for about twenty minutes before rinsing.
This type of care will allow rehabilitating in-depth and durably the hair.
10. Play on the hairstyle
There is no miracle when you have very dry hair; it’s not always easy to style them and we are tempted to camouflage them. The effective hairstyle solution, in this case, is to tie them up.
A slightly disheveled bun with a few strands that escape or a rumpled braid hides the spikes or brittle lengths well.
However, a regular haircut will do them the greatest good. Indeed, this prevents the wicks that are too dry from continuing to be damaged and the forks from rising.
11. Do not abuse styling products
Most styling sprays, mousses, gels, or lacquers contain alcohol in their formula. It’s effective in taming frizz but on closer inspection, it’s not a good option for dry curly hair let alone for dry, brittle frizzy hair.
Indeed, one of the effects of alcohol is to dissolve the lipids, here it is about the oils of protection of the hair, in clear the sebum. This means that this type of styling will strip the hair fiber of its sebum and therefore dry it out even more.
We check the list of ingredients on our styling to make sure that it contains little or nothing. If you find ethyl alcohol, alcohol denat, or even isopropyl alcohol at the top of the list of ingredients, it is better to rest the product.
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