Let’s face it, dry hair is no fun. When you have it, it feels like that “bad hair day” is every day and there is no hope for those tresses. But that is not the case!
Before we get down to business, you may be wondering why you have dry hair to begin with. It could be from a number of causes, including harsh shampoo, shampooing too much, hair dye, hair perms, chlorine in swimming pools, always using a hair dryer or too much sun and wind. Not to mention, there may be internal factors at work, including certain medications or your nutrition.
Now that we know why it happens, here is how we fix it.
Be careful with shampoo
You may think shampooing your hair everyday will make it squeaky clean and healthy, but that is not the case. Shampoo can contain harsh chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils, which are what make it soft and shiny to begin with. Shampooing every other day is a good rule of thumb.
Look for the right conditioner
When you have dry hair, you need some conditioner, but it is important to look for those with little to no alcohol, which can make hair even more dry. Still not getting the results you want? Try an overnight conditioner, which you apply before going to sleep. Put on a shower cap and rinse it out in the morning.
Stay away from heat when possible
Using hot rollers and a hair dryer is basically welcoming dry hair with open follicles (so to speak), but hey, we all have to style our tresses! If you have to use a hair dryer, put it on a low setting and avoid stretching or pulling your hair. Try to stay away from hot rollers because they stretch the hair while the heat shrinks each strand, making for quite a bit of breakage.
Homemade hair treatments
That Miracle Whip has never given such delicious results. Take two to three tablespoons of mayonnaise and massage it into your hair, then let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse out and enjoy nicely conditioned hair.
Another at-home treatment includes olive or argan oil – massage about a tablespoon into your hair and then wrap your tresses in a towel. After 20 minutes, rinse out and style it as you like.