Monday, January 12, 2015

Fix It: Dry Hair

One of the biggest issues I have with my hair is that it can get very dry. The fact that my hair is naturally wavy/curly and that I live in a dry climate only make it worse. If you are someone who battles with dry hair then hopefully this post is for you. I've put together a small list of changes that you can make in order to help your hair remain hydrated and healthy. I’m sure there are more changes that you can make and steps that you can take to prevent your hair from becoming dry, but these are changes that I have made and believe will help you as well.  
The number one tip I can give on how to fix dry hair is to cut back on hot tools and chemical processes. Using hot tools or getting chemical services done regularly can really suck the moisture out of your hair. Your hair needs moisture in order to create a protective barrier to keep it healthy. Without that moisture and protective barrier, your hair becomes more vulnerable and prone to damage. Sadly, once your hair has reached the point of being damaged it starts to split and break, which is a lot harder to recover from than simply being dry.

Use less hair products. You may not realize it but a lot of hair products can actually contain ingredients that will dry your hair out. Really try to embrace your natural hair for a while and let your hair breath. I know that sounds silly but trust me, it works. If you absolutely need to use some type of product, for one reason or another, then try using a product with more natural ingredients. This way you can feel better about reducing the changes of applying harmful, dry ingredients to your hair.  
One obvious method to restoring moisture back into hair is using a moisturizing treatment. Using an actual hair product can help but, again, you want to use a product that’s more natural so you don’t have to worry about what sort of chemicals are inside. Coconut, olive or jojoba oil work really great at replenishing moisture back into the hair. I've tried all three on multiple occasions and all of them have really helped. They’re natural, inexpensive and pretty easy to find where ever you are.

Do not wash your hair every day. When we wash our hair with shampoo it actually strips the natural oils from our hair. As mentioned before, those oils help to keep our hair moisturized. If constant washing is removing those oils, your hair becomes dry and then you have to apply more oil to keep it hydrated. Therefore, cut back on washing your hair and let the natural oils do their job. Makes sense right? Also, wash hair with warm or cool water. Cooler temperatures lock in moisture because it closes the hair shaft and prevents the moisture from escaping.

I will be honest and say that these tips haven’t completely changed my hair but they have made a big difference. I don’t want that statement to discourage anyone but, fact is, you can’t control everything. My hair is wavy and with that comes characteristics that I can’t change or control so I have to do the best with what I've got. Try these tips out and see for yourself if they make a difference or not. If you have any other suggestions on how to fix dry hair then please feel free to share!

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