If you have dry hair, you know how hard it can be to deal with. It looks dull and lifeless. It’s hard to get it to hold a style. It breaks easily. And, if there’s enough static electricity in the air, you can look like you’ve stuck your finger in an electric socket.
Dry hair is usually caused by damage to your hair and scalp. Using blow dryers and curling irons will do it. Chemical processing (like coloring or perming), exposure to chlorinated water, exposure to salt water, shampooing too much or with a shampoo that’s too harsh, and exposure to harsh winds or too much sun can also cause dry hair.
How can you improve the condition of your dry hair? Here are some suggestions.
Dry hair shouldn’t be washed more than necessary.
You probably don’t need to wash your dry hair every single day. Why not wash it every other day instead.
Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your dry hair.
Use a gentle shampoo designed for dry hair. And use a conditioner made for dry hair after every shampoo.
Using one product that claims to both shampoo and condition might save you time. But a shampoo/conditioner combo won’t get your dry hair very clean, and won’t do a very good job of conditioning it either.
Deep condition dry hair once every week or two.
A deep-conditioning treatment will help improve the condition of your dry hair, at least cosmetically. You’ll find plenty of conditioning treatments for dry hair at your local drug or beauty store. Or why not treat yourself and have your weekly or biweekly deep-conditioning treatment done by a professional.
If you have dry hair, you should avoid the blow dryer.
Whenever possible, give the blow dryer a pass. Instead, use a towel to gently pat your hair dry. Don’t rub, because that can cause further damage.
If you have somewhere to go, you might have no choice but to use the blow dryer. You can prevent or lessen the damage a blow dryer can cause by using some kind of thermal conditioning spray before blow drying.
Those with dry hair often have split ends.
If you have split ends, you can take care of the problem by getting a trim every six weeks.
Buy a hat to protect your dry hair.
If you’re going outside on a sunny or windy day, wear a hat. You can also protect your dry hair from sun damage by using a spray that contains sunscreen.
If you have dry hair, you shouldn’t swim without a bathing cap.
Chlorine and salt water can cause lots of damage, so you should wear a bathing cap when you go swimming, whether in the pool or at the beach. Even with a cap on, your dry hair might get a little wet. So shampoo and condition as soon after getting out of the water as you can.
Dry hair doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. With a little extra care, you can improve the condition of your hair and scalp, and having flyaway, hard-to-style, dry hair will be nothing but a memory.