Dry hair is usually caused by day-to-day wear and tear, regular heat styling, and hair chemical processes such as hair coloring, perming and chemical hair straightening. The environment can also zap all the moisture from your hair just through daily exposure to the sun, wind or chlorine and sea water if you’re an avid swimmer. Dry hair can also just be part and parcel of your natural hair type.
To try and help you to combat the problems caused by dry hair, and to repair some of the damage caused, we’ve put together our best hair tips for dry hair.
Tips for Dry Hair
The first tip for looking after dry hair is to switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner so that when you wash your hair you’ll help to boost and nourish your locks. Just remember to only wash when you need to as over washing your hair will strip out all of your natural hair oils and dry your hair out even further.
Add to your hair washing routine a weekly intensive conditioning treatment or hair mask and you’ll be giving your hair strands the best chance of repairing themselves. We recommend also asking your hairdresser about any dry hair salon treatments the next time you’re getting your hair cut or colored.
If your locks are seriously dry then using hair oils can help. Hair oils that feature coconut or olive in them are great for long hair, and lighter oils with jojoba or almond will suit fine hair types.
When it comes to styling your hair, try to limit the use of heated hair straighteners, hot hair rollers and blow-dryers as much as you can. If you’re straightening your hair then our article, Hair Straightener Tips for Salon Straight Hair at Home, will give you step-by-step instructions for salon straight hair that should last for days - cutting down your need to straighten every day.
As for hair styling products, serums are good if you have dry hair and will coat and moisturize your hair strands.
Also, don’t forget to protect your hair strands with heat protection products before even firing up your heated styling tools, and try to stick to just one type of heated tool (for example, just a blow-dryer or just a hair straightener - not both!) to limit hair damage.
By using these hair tips you should be able to minimize and repair dry hair. And if you team them with long term solutions such as a diet full of healthy foods and water to keep your strands well looked after from the inside, and a new hairstyle or cut which requires less styling time for you (and causes less stress and dryness to your hair strands) you should be well on your way to much healthier hair!