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Natural Products for Dry Hair
What is it?
Dry hair develops when your hair doesn't get or retain enough moisture. Hair, which does not have enough moisture to maintain normal shine and texture, is termed as dry hair. This reduces its sheen and can make it appear frizzy, lifeless, and dull.
Your scalp isn’t making enough moisture. Hair has no natural lubrication. It relies on oils made in the hair root to keep your hair moisturized and looking lustrous.
Sometimes, hair doesn’t make enough oil, which leads to dry hair. (Likewise, roots in overdrive lead to oily and greasy hair.) As you age, your hair naturally makes less oil. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp goes along with dry hair. Dry scalp peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders.
The moisture you have is escaping. Each strand of healthy hair has a protective layer called the cuticle. Just as shingles shield your home from rain and sun damage, the cuticle shields your hair from heat and sun damage. In a healthy cuticle, the layers lie tightly together and keep moisture in. When a cuticle’s layers separate and peel away from hair, its ability to hold moisture is compromised - some oil escapes.
Symptoms of Dry Hair
Dull & Lifeless Hair
Lack of moisture causes hair to loose bounce, luster and shine, and look dull and lackluster.
Hair Breakage & Decrease Elasticity
Dry hair, more brittle and less elastic than normal hair, is more prone to breakage. Did you ever try to use an old rubber band that had dried out? As soon as you stretched it--it broke. Dry brittle hair behaves the same way--the less give (elasticity) your hair has the less moisture it contains and the more easily it breaks.
Brittle, Rough or Harsh Texture
Does your hair feel like silk or like straw? Dry hair has a rough and coarse-to-the-touch texture. Dry hair is often frizzy or has lots of fly-away strands.
Itchy & Flaky Scalp
When the skin on your body is dry, it is often itchy and flaky. The skin on your head, your scalp, is no different.
When the end of a hair strand separates into two or more pieces--you have split ends. Most agree that there is no way to fix split ends--the only good solution is a good trim. But you can help prevent them by being more gentle with your hair and adding a good natural conditioning balm to the ends. There are many folks with split ends that do not have dry hair!
Dry and Frizzy Hair
Dry, frizzy hair is dull, lackluster and usually characterized by a feeling of dryness, split ends or hair that is brittle and breaks easily. This type of hair feels rough, and not smooth and silky and is generally indicated by frizziness, fly away hair and a lack of shine. Dryness can be caused by insufficient oil production by the sebaceous glands on the scalp or due to hormonal imbalances, diets deficient in proteins and vitamins or due to chemical treatments.
Treating Dry Hair
The Path to Beautiful Hair Begins With Natural Cleansing
All shampoos are not created equal!
Use a natural, moisturizing shampoo made with organic ingredients that will gently clean the hair and scalp without stripping away natural protective oils.
Commercial shampoos are actually made from harsh detergent cleansers, synthetic chemicals, and stabilizers that are harsh on the hair and scalp. In order to compensate for the stripped natural oils, you reach for the bottle of conditioner. Commercial conditioners simply coat the hair and weigh it down.
If your hair is dry or damaged, you can help replace missing oils by using natural, organic hair balms and hair oils that nourish hair, seal in moisture and keep hair hydrated and healthy.
- Moisturize Daily: If your hair is very dry, use balms or oils daily to help decrease split ends, stop frizz and add shine back to dull, lifeless hair. After shampooing place a small amount of oil or balm in the palm of your hand, rub palms together and smooth over the length of your hair (wet or dry) evenly. Then comb hair thoroughly to get the oil evenly distributed. Or apply to just the dry ends.
- Deep condition once a week: treatment: Wrap oiled hair in a warm towel for 30 minutes or longer or even overnight. Wash and style as usual.
Other Things To Do
Shampoo less often: Even using a gentle shampoo can be drying if done too often. If your scalp starts looking a bit oily, a natural dry shampoo can help by absorbing excess oils on the scalp.
Let your hair air dry: Keep blow dryers to a minimum. It may take a few weeks for your natural shine and texture to show through. If you must use a dryer once in a while, use the warm or cool setting and keep it several inches from your head.
Be Gentle: Dry hair is fragile hair. When shampooing do not scrub or wring hair and use a lukewarm water rinse. Hot water can be damaging to dry hair.
Use a comb instead of a brush: Brushing hair rips through snarls and can leave your hair looking frizzy and rough. Use a wide-toothed comb while hair is wet.
Stop chemical hair treatments. Chemical treatments, like dyes, perms and relaxers, even if done once, can cause long-term damage.
Things to Avoid
Possible Causes of Dry Hair
- Harsh shampoos strip away the hair's natural oils
- Overuse of chemical-laden styling products
- Blow drying or curling irons
- Alcohol-based styling products
- Seasons--sun, swimming, wind, cold, and dry indoor air
- Chemical treatments, like dyes, perms and relaxers
- Insufficient oil production by the sebaceous glands due to hormonal imbalances or diets deficiencies
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