Guys. I have been having a bad hair day for the past three months and had no idea why. Do you ever get that? My hair was so bad that even getting a cut didn’t do anything to improve it. I was so sad over it, thinking that the older I got, I was inevitably seeing the signs of aging. It was finally happening. My gorgeous hair was starting to go. I wasn’t ready for it to go!
But last night, I discovered something idiotically simple. The problem with my hair was that it was super dry! It felt like straw. The tangles and breakage were savage. I looked like I was wearing a rug on my head. I felt like a tumbleweed!
Causes Of Dry Hair
As someone who colors their hair pretty often by bleaching it out and putting in pinks and purples, my hair is definitely showing the damage. Bleach can be super damaging and drying to your hair if you do it too often or don’t take care of it in the proper way. And to be quite honest, I got lazy. My self care routine usually doesn’t make it to my hair.
Dry hair can happen for several reasons:
- Bleaching your hair
- Using too much clarifying shampoo
- Swimming in chlorine
- Shampooing too much
Clarifying shampoo is like a deep wash for your hair. It gets out chlorine from swimming and product build up. It’s great to use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to get out all that gunk, but overdoing it can lead to dryness because it strips the natural oils.
The other thing that can strip natural oils is shampooing your hair too much. My stylist recommends shampooing your hair every other day, and even every two days if it doesn’t look too gross. Dry shampoo is wonderful for those days in between. Setting up a new shampoo routine starts out feeling so wrong, but by the time your hair gets used to it, it will feel so right.
So how do you make sure you are giving your hair the love and attention it deserves? First, start including hair care on your self care list, because it definitely makes a difference in how you feel. Good hair day? Awesome day ahead. Bad hair day? Fuck everything. Get away from me.
How To Treat Dry Hair
First, make sure you are using the right shampoo for your hair type. It’s important to remember that not all hair is the same. Just because your friend or coworker or that chick from YouTube uses one shampoo doesn’t mean that it will work for everyone.
That being said, I love the Kenra line of hair products. They make a moisturizing shampoo that works great and doesn’t break the bank. Moroccan Oil is also a good brand, but can be heavy on long thick hair, weighing it down.
In my case, all my hair needed was a little conditioner. I can’t tell you the last time I used a conditioner in the shower. My hair drank it in immediately and I saw results after the first use. I continued to use it for two more consecutive shampoos, but conditioning every other shampoo is perfectly fine too.
The most important tips I can give for treating dry hair are:
- If you have colored hair, always use color safe shampoo!
- Use cooler water. Hot water can take out more moisture than is necessary.
- Use conditioner.
- Avoid chlorine or wash your hair after swimming.
- Cut back on the curling and straightening irons.
- Don’t wash your hair every day.
Using hot tools can fry and strip moisture from your hair. Give your hair a break. Also, never use a curling iron or straight iron on wet hair, as the steam will increase the heat and cause more damage. Always blow dry your hair before styling.
A great alternative to hot implements is curling rods, pin curls, and braiding.
In severe cases, I recommend coconut oil or deep conditioning.
Coconut oil can be applied all over the hair and scalp and left for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing. However, I must warn you, do not use hot implements on your hair after using coconut oil. It is extremely susceptible to heat and will burn your hair off. It’s best to wait until you shampoo again before using a curling iron or straightener. Even a blow dryer can heat it up enough to cause serious damage to your hair and scalp.
On a side note, coconut oil also makes a great moisturizer for dry skin. For more info about preventing dry skin, check out my post Wearing Makeup With Dry Skin.
Another alternative is using a deep conditioner. This is a solution that stays on your hair for about ten to fifteen minutes before being rinsed out. Again, Kenra makes a great deep conditioner called a hair masque. Just rub it into the ends of your hair and finish the rest of your shower before rinsing it out.
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I hope these tips help with your dry hair troubles. Do you have any other suggestions for treating dry hair? Let’s hear ’em!