Struggling with dry and frizzy hair? We know it can be a bummer. No sweat though, dry hair is perfectly normal, and something so many of us deal with at one point or another throughout our lives. There are lots of factors that may lead to dry hair. Everything from the weather, hair products, styling tools, your hair’s natural curl pattern, and genetics may be an underlying cause of dryness. Whatever the case may be, dry hair is easily treatable. Finding the proper hair care routine is a lifelong journey that evolves as you age and your hair changes. With a bit of patience and experimentation, we promise you can achieve your best hair day sooner than you think.
Let’s start by talking about what causes dry hair. Although everyone’s hair is unique, there are some common causes of dry hair and frizzy strands. We’ll take you through them here.
Generally, when our hair feels dry and weak, it’s due to a lack of sebum on the scalp. Sebum is a natural, waxy substance produced by our sebaceous glands. It coats and protects our skin and is located all over the body but is especially present on our scalps. We know “oil” is a taboo word when it comes to hair care, but some sebum is essential to hair health. It keeps strands moisturized, healthy, and protected.
When we over-wash our hair, especially with the wrong products, we strip our hair strands of the sebum they need. That’s why choosing a shampoo that is sulfate free is so important.
Sulfates are chemicals found in most drugstore shampoos that are far too effective at cleansing. Often stripping the hair and scalp of the natural oils it needs to maintain a healthy looking mane. This can wreak havoc on your scalp’s natural balance and leave hair looking dry and frizzy.
Shampoos are a likely culprit behind dry scalps and dry hair, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other products, as well as styling tools, that are linked with dry hair.
Hair sprays, gels, dyes, bleaches, and chemical relaxants are among the products that may leave your scalp dry and your hair frizzy. Additionally, heat tools including hair straighteners, blow dryers, and curling irons can contribute to dry locks as well. Daily use without proper preventative steps can take its toll on your hair.
Finally, and arguably the most frustrating causes, are those that we have no control over. Curly hair is more likely to be dry, this also comes back to sebum. As we learned above, our scalps are covered in sebum. Sebum travels from the root of our hair follicle down the hair strands. Sebum travels fairly quickly through straight hair, but curly hair has more bends and curves which makes it harder for the natural oil to travel down the hair strand.
Additionally, as we age our hair follicles are impacted and we often start to grow weaker and more brittle hair as a result.
While we can’t necessarily control the natural causes of dry hair, we can take steps to moisturize our hair and replenish its protective bonds.
When we over-wash our hair, especially with the wrong products, we strip our hair strands of the sebum they need.
Let’s review how you can bring moisture back to your hair with a few easy steps.
One of the best ways to help your dry hair is to look at the products you’re using. Start with the shampoo — does it contain sulfates or other harmful chemicals like phthalates? If so, it’s time for that bottle to hit the recycling bin. Look for shampoos that don’t include harsh ingredients and instead feature natural cleansers like essential oils. Our Balancing Shampoo won’t strip your hair and helps soothe irritation associated with a dry scalp. It also totally keeps dandruff at bay if you experience flakes and build-up.
Don’t stop at the shampoo. Your conditioner, heat protectant, mousse, and hair spray should all prioritize the health and stability of your hair and scalp with scalp-healthy ingredients that promote healthy-looking, moisturized hair. Read the ingredient label and look out for parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, and synthetic fragrances.
There’s two types of hair damage to discuss: damage that can’t be undone and damage that can be reversed. For damage that can’t be undone (like split ends) you’ll need a haircut to heal fully, but for reversible damage, your locks just need a little extra love. Taking a break from heat styling allows our scalp’s natural moisture to restore bonds around the hair strands, so they become more resilient and strong. Allow your hair to air dry for a few weeks and see what it does for your hair’s look and feel. If you’re devoted to your curling iron, several heatless curl methods should give you the same or similar look, but without the damage. And lastly, if you must use a blow dryer, try a diffuser at a cool temperature.
Hair masks and deep conditioners provide ultra-moisturizing treatment that will leave your hair feeling soft, buoyant, and healthy.
It’s also helpful to exfoliate your scalp using a scalp brush before doing a hair mask to rid your scalp of buildup and debris which can damage hair follicles and leave hair frizzy and untamed. It’s the perfect activity for a Sunday self-care day.
It’s no surprise that the things you eat and drink have a significant impact on the look and feel of your hair. Like skin, our hair is naturally reactive to the health of our body. It needs ample hydration and a mix of vitamins and minerals to thrive. Start with upping your water intake to promote a hydrated scalp and moisturized hair. Consider adding vitamin supplements or antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods into your daily eating habits. This includes foods like fish, blueberries, nuts, and beans.
Last but not least, you want to take steps to protect your hair from the outside world. Too much sun exposure can weaken your hair follicles and strands, leading to dry hair.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your scalp to keep the skin on your scalp healthy. And added protection with a UPF hat that protects against UV rays is always a good idea. This goes for cold weather too, which can also dry out hair.
There are many factors that impact our hair health, and lots of ways that we can take our hair from dry, damaged, and frizzy to moisturized and healthy-looking and feeling.
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