Hair Care For Dry Hair
Dry hair tends to look dull and drab, and it has many causes. Hair dye, shampoos with harsh chemicals, and exposure to sun and chlorine are just a few of the many reasons hair may go dry. Fortunately, there are many products available for dry hair, as well as several tips you can follow to prevent hair from becoming overly brittle.
Shampoos And Conditioners For Dry Hair
Most every brand of hair care products that make shampoos and conditioners have special formulas created for dry, brittle, and damaged hair. Many shampoos contain sulfates, which are mineral salts that contain sulfur. Sulfates are used to make the shampoo lather up nicely, but they can also dry out hair. The best shampoo for dry hair and dry scalp
does not use sulfates. Nourishing shampoo also has a lower pH, or acid level, than regular shampoos, so they are less damaging. Conditioners that are designed for dry hair contain proteins from rice, corn, and silk that coat the hair strands to help protect them from damaging elements and breakage. These conditioners also contain fatty acids, such as Omega-3 or Omega-6, that penetrate the hair follicles to strengthen them.
Regular conditioners are designed to be rinsed out, but some products, called leave-in conditioners, have been created to apply to hair and not rinse out. Most leave-in conditioners rely on glycerin rather than oils for moisturizing. Glycerin products are ‘humectants,’ which means they absorb water. Glycerin-based leave-in conditioners help seal in moisture on the hair shafts. To use a leave-in conditioner, you simply apply the conditioner and then dry and style your hair as usual. It protects against damage from blow drying and the elements, and also helps to detangle hair. These conditions can be used daily.
Hot-oil treatments are dry hair treatments
that are meant to be used as frequently as once a week to help prevent damage to hair and to improve the look and feel of dry or damaged hair. There are many different hot-oil treatment products on the market, many of which contain olive, jasmine, coconut or jojoba oils. Although instructions vary somewhat per product, typically the small tube of oil is warmed by submersing it in warm water, and then applied to the hair. The product is massaged thoroughly through the hair, and then the hair is wrapped in a towel. After a period of time, usually around 30 minutes, the hot-oil treatment can be washed out. Hot oil treatments restore moisture and help prevent damage from chemicals, heat styling, and the elements.
Tips to Avoid Dryness
In addition to the many products designed for improving the look and feel of dry or damaged hair, there are several things you can do on a daily basis to help prevent hair from becoming dry and brittle. One tip is to take a mildly warm, rather than hot, shower. Warm water is less drying than hot water. You should also limit the amount of heat styling used on your hair. Whenever possible, skip blow drying and allow hair to dry naturally. To further prevent damage from heat styling, don’t use a curling iron, straightener, or hot rollers on your hair every day. Finally, protect your hair from the drying effects of the sun and wind by wearing a hat outdoors.