Hair is made up of what is essentially a dead protein called keratin, notes the American Hair Loss Association. That means when it becomes damaged, it has no way of healing itself. Dry hair is more easily damaged than healthy hair because it is brittle and malnourished. If you suffer from dry hair, a new, hydrating hair routine is likely in order. Keeping your locks moisturized means that your hair stays healthier, with less breakage and damage over all.
Use Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Switch shampoos. Most shampoos are made with sodium lauryl sulfate, a detergent which produces the satisfying bubbling action that you use while sudsing up your hair. But SLS can dry out hair that is already damaged, which is why you then need rich conditioners, says HairLossBuddy.com. Switching to a sulfate-free shampoo or reducing how often you use an SLS shampoo can help keep your locks hydrated and help your conditioner to be more effective. Sulfate-free shampoos are usually sold at organic markets.
Do a Weekly Treatment
A weekly conditioning treatment helps restore moisture to your hair without leaving it feeling greasy or oily. Buy weekly hot oil or other conditioning treatments at the drugstore, or make your own using avocado, olive oil and egg, all which can give your hair an extra boost of moisture. Mix one peeled and mashed avocado with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and an egg, and apply to your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Avoid Heated Styling Tools
Your dry hair could be the product over styling. Heated styling tools like flat irons, hair dryers and curling irons can all leave your hair depleted of moisture. Avoid styling when you can, suggests DailyGlow.com. Allow your hair to air dry naturally. If you must style your hair, dry only until it is about 80 percent dry and allow it to air dry completely. When using flat irons or curling irons, do so only when your hair is completely dry so as not to singe hair. Use heat protecting products if you using styling tools more than three times per week.
Have Fewer Chemical Treatments
Dyes and perms can wreak havoc on dry hair. Chemically relaxing your hair can leave it feeling parched for moisture. If you can, avoid using a relaxer or choose a lye-free relaxer. If you color your hair, only do so every six weeks, and only address the new hair growth at the roots instead of constantly coloring your whole head of hair. Use a weekly conditioning treatment directly after any chemical process.
Use Natural Oils
Sometimes, dry hair manifests as split ends and flyaways. Use a natural oil, like coconut oil, to add shine and keep flyaways under control. Douse your fingertips with a little oil, and apply to the ends of your dry hair for all-day moisture and a more natural way to get the shine that your dry, dull hair is lacking.
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