5 causes of dry hair and how to treat dry hair
Your hair shows off your personality and style. So when it suddenly turns dull-looking and brittle, it’s worth addressing. Ahead, we share five common causes of dry, damaged hair. Discover how to ditch your dry hair for soft, nourished hair.
1. Over-Use of Heat Styling Tools
Whether you love blowouts or can’t go anywhere without your curling iron in tow, applying too much heat when styling is a major factor of dry, dull-looking hair. Don’t use heat on your hair every day, which can strip the hair of its natural moisture. If heat is imperative, prep it with a heat protectant, such as Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Cream or Garnier Fructis Style Flat Iron Perfector, prior to hair styling. Or embrace an air dry hairstyle with an air dry cream like Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream which can help with frizz control while you dry hair.
2. Using the Wrong Hair Care Products
Using a hair care product that’s not formulated for your hair type can have consequences, like dryness. When selecting a shampoo and conditioner, always check the hair care product label before purchasing. Avoid those with alcohol, which can strip away your hair’s natural oils and moisture, and look for products formulated with nourishing hair care oils such as avocado oil, argan oil, or coconut oil.
3. Excessive Hair Washing
Maintaining proper hair hygiene is important, but washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils—so cut down washing. Curly hair can be more prone to dryness, so for those with curls, washing your hair once or twice a week is enough. Use a gentle deep conditioner to keep hair looking and feeling nourished, too. After washing hair, pat—don’t rub—your hair dry. This helps prevent additional moisture loss.
4. Over-Use of Hair Dyes and Bleaches
Harsh chemicals commonly found in hair dyes and bleaches can lift the natural oils your hair needs to keep it looking glossy and healthy. If you color your hair regularly, look for gentle shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Garnier’s Whole Blends Color Care Hair Care collection is infused with argan oil and cranberry extracts and helps protect the radiance of color treated hair.
5. Environmental Factors
Overexposure to the sun, extreme heat, cold winds and low humidity can all take a toll on your hair. Reduce the risk of hair damage by wearing a hat over your hair on a beach day or avoiding prolonged exposure to the elements. If you swim in chlorinated pools, protect your hair with a swim cap. You also rinse your hair before (and immediately after) jumping in the pool to help prevent your strands from soaking up all that chlorinated water.