Your hair relies on a constant balance of natural oils and proper treatment to keep each strand moist. Unfortunately, even with regular hair care, your hair can become dry and brittle. Dry hair can look unhealthy and may even contribute to hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. To return moisture to your hair, there are several natural ways you can treat it from the comfort of your own home.
The way you use shampoo can help treat problems with dry hair. Moisturizing shampoo can be a helpful part of your overall treatment for dry hair. Keep in mind, however, that over-shampooing can also contribute to dry hair. Shampoo uses surfactants to wash sebum oil and dirt away from your hair and scalp. While this leaves your hair clean, sebum oil is a necessary part of keeping your hair and scalp moisturized. When dealing with dry hair, try shampooing less often (such as once every other day or less) and keep adjusting until you find the right balance between moisture and cleanliness.
Daily use of hair appliances, such as blow dryers and curling irons, can also contribute to dry hair, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some hair appliances introduce high levels of heat to your hair strands, accelerating the loss of moisture. If you must use a hair dryer or curling iron, choose the lowest heat setting to help reduce damage to your hair.
The activities you choose to do can also have an affect on dry hair, especially during the summer time. For example, spending too much time in the sun can have a drying effect on your hair, according to the Nemours Foundation. Spending too much time in chlorinated swimming pools can also dry out your hair. Wear a hat in the sun and always wash out chlorine from your hair directly after swimming.
Introducing chemicals to your hair, such as through hair dyes, relaxers, and perms can also dry out your hair. This does not necessarily mean you have to give up dying or perming your hair. Instead, space your hair treatments out. For example, don’t get your hair dyed one day and then permed a few days later. Give your hair a couple of weeks to gain back its moisture and recuperate from the first treatment.
Using a conditioner every time you shampoo your hair can also help with dry hair. Conditioners strengthen the hair and reduce static electricity, resulting in healthier hair strands. Along with conditioners you use in the shower, you can also use leave in conditioners or overnight conditioners.
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