Many individuals are suffering from excessively dry skin. However, the cure for this problem is not adding more water into your hair care routine. In fact, water is often the reason behind the dryness, along with frequent swimming, over-shampooing, environmental causes, harsh chemical treatments, genetics and lifestyle factors.
Hair and Water
Normally, our hair contains up to 10% moisture content. Once these levels drop, the hair can no longer attract and keep moisture adequately and the sebaceous glands will not produce sufficient levels of natural oils which commonly keep the hair healthy and shiny. Fortunately, if the dryness of your hair is triggered by factors such as the weather, lack of oil or exposure to heat, there are effective ways of restoring moisture to your locks.
Treatment for Dry Hair
Shampooing keeps the hair clean, but can also be damaging once you overdo it or use shampoo types which are not suitable for your hair type. If you do not have oily hair, you should wash your hair with shampoo 2 or 3 times a week. If your hair looks clean and healthy when you shampoo it less often, do it. Also, while washing your hair, pay special attention to the scalp and the hair roots. The rinsing water will take care of the rest. Note that low pH shampoos are ideal for preventing dry hair since high pH shampoos lift the cuticle, allowing moisture to become vapor.
Conditioners are yet another way of keeping your hair healthy and properly moist. When you wash your hair, make sure you pat it as dry as you can, using clean, soft towels, before applying any conditioners. During the winter, your conditioner should be left on for no more than 3 minutes and during summer, this action should last for a minute or two before you rinse it out with cool or tepid water.
Blow dryers and hair irons are also some of the most common causes of dry hair. Thus, use these only when absolutely necessary and keep them at the lowest heat setting possible. As for gels and other hair styling products, make sure you use variants made for dry hair since these contain moisturizers.
Stay away from harsh environmental factors and keep your hair protected from these. Wear hats, caps, swimming caps and other pieces of clothing in order to keep your hair safe from rain, snow, wind, sun and all other damaging factors.
Finally, pay your hairdresser a visit, at least once in every 6 weeks. Trimming and cutting split ends will result in healthier hair as a whole and will allow your hair to revitalize.
If the above mentioned approaches do not work for you, try alternative methods such as oil treatments, aromatherapy or dietary changes.