5 causes of dry hair and how to treat dry hair
Your hair is your crowning glory. It frames your face and can show off your personality and style. So when your beloved hair suddenly turns dull-looking, brittle, and straw-like, your focus immediately turns to remedying the hair problem. Before taking action, you’re likely wondering what’s stripping your hair strands of their natural oils to begin with. Ahead, we share five all-too-common causes of dry, damaged hair—plus, quick and easy fixes to help keep bad hair days a thing of the past. Discover how to ditch your dry hair for soft, smooth, nourished, healthy-looking hair.
1. Over-Use of Heat Styling Tools
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but using hot styling tools every day may be doing more harm than good to your hair. Whether you have a penchant for blow-drying your hair strands, a soft spot for hair straighteners, or simply can’t go anywhere without your curling iron in tow, applying too much heat when hair styling is a major factor of dry, dull-looking hair.
What to Do: Try not to use heat on your hair every single day. Applying heat daily to hair can strip the hair of its natural moisture. If heat is imperative, prep your hair with a heat protectant, such as Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Cream or Garnier Fructis Style Flat Iron Perfector, prior to hair styling. Also, instead of cranking the temperature of your device all the way to the top, opt for a lower setting. Even further, why not embrace an air dry hairstyle? Try an air dry hair cream like Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Air Dry which can help with frizz control while you dry hair sans hot hair styling tools.
2. Using the Wrong Hair Care Products
It’s not for nothing that hair product labels indicate the best hair types for the item. Using a hair care product that’s not formulated for your hair type can have consequences such as unwanted dryness.
What to Do: When selecting a shampoo and conditioner, always check the hair care product label before purchasing. It sounds simple, but different shampoos work in different ways. Try to avoid those that have alcohol, which can strip away your hair’s natural oils and moisture, leaving it looking and feeling dry. Instead, look for a shampoo that is specifically formulated to moisturize, nourish, and replenish your hair when you wash. Better yet, look for one that is made with nourishing hair care oils—such as, avocado oil, argan oil, or coconut oil.
If you don’t immediately condition your hair after shampooing, you’re doing it wrong. Hair conditioner is an essential step in your hair care routine, especially if you want to help prevent dryness. And don’t skimp on the time you leave your conditioner in! For the best results, follow the instructions on the bottle instead of just rinsing out right away.
3. Excessive Hair Washing
Maintaining proper hair hygiene is important, but washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils. Nobody wants greasy hair, but it may not be necessary to wash your hair every day, especially if dry hair is a problem for you.
What to Do: Wash your hair less often. Curly hair can be more prone to dryness, so if you are blessed with a halo of natural ringlets it’s wise to lay off the lather. Washing your hair once or twice a week should be enough. Be sure to use a gentle deep conditioner to keep hair looking and feeling nourished. After washing hair, pat—don’t rub!—your hair dry. This will help prevent additional moisture loss.
Dry shampoo is also a great way to stretch the time between shampoos. Just like you should use a regular shampoo that’s formulated for your hair type, you should also use a dry shampoo that’s fit for your hair. It can also add hair volume, texture, and a mattified appearance to the look of your hair!
4. Over-Use of Hair Dyes and Bleaches
The bad news: Harsh chemicals commonly found in hair dyes and bleaches can lift the natural oils your hair needs to keep it looking glossy and healthy. The good news: You don’t have to give up your platinum hair entirely.
What to Do: If you like to reinvent your hair color regularly, take extra care of your hair to ward off excess dryness associated with frequent exposure to harsh chemicals. Look for gentle shampoos and conditioners rich in oil that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Formulated with argan oil and cranberry extracts, Whole Blends Color Care Hair Care collection helps protect the radiance of color treated hair.
5. Environmental Factors
Did you know the climate you live in can also dry out your hair? Overexposure to the sun, extreme heat, cold winds, and low humidity can all take a toll on your hair. Much like a bright colored piece of fabric, direct sunlight can begin to fade the vibrancy of your hair with time. If you reside in a tropical climate, chances are you spend a lot of time outdoors in chlorinated water as well, which is notorious for its drying effect on hair.
What to Do: Help reduce the risk of hair damage by wearing a hat over your hair on a beach day or prolonged exposure to the elements. If you swim in chlorine pools often, protect your hair with a swim cap. But, if you can’t bear the look, you can also rinse your hair before (and immediately after) jumping in the pool to help prevent your strands from soaking up all that chlorinated water.
Hopefully, these hair care tips and tricks above have taught you more about some causes of dry hair and how to keep your hair looking vibrant and soft. Still looking for more easy hair care tips to help prevent dry hair? Below, some more hair care, style, and lifestyle changes that are easy to implement and can help prevent dry hair.
Cut Your Hair Regularly
When it comes to keeping your hair healthy and your dry-looking strands under control, a routine haircut (approximately every couple of months) can definitely do the trick. It doesn’t need to be a drastic haircut or restyling, it just needs to get rid of about a centimeter or half inch of dry, split ends.
Avoid Hairstyles That Strain Your Hair Strands
If you often pull your hair back into an elastic band… don’t! If you wish to tie your hair back into a ponytail, top knot, or even braids, we recommend reaching for a hair elastic that is protected by fabric material and doesn’t contain any metal pieces, as the metal bits can promote hair breakage.
Be Gentle When Brushing Your Hair
Brushing your hair is no time to take out your frustrations. Be gentle! To detangle your hair strands, opt for a boar bristle hair brush. These softer bristles can help keep your hair hydrated from the root down to the ends by helping to distribute sebum evenly.
Eat A Well-Balanced, Healthy Diet
If you are what you eat, you’ll want to ensure that you are eating a well-balanced, healthy diet. Doing so can not only help your body function properly, it can promote healthier-looking hair, too! And while you’re at it, stay hydrated with the recommended amount of water.