What Causes Dry Hair and How to Fix It
For individuals with tinted and natural hair alike, dry hair can cause problems. The summer sun helps expand the hair shaft, which is great for people with thin hair, but can be a nightmare for others.
Some individuals inherit dry hair from birth, although it is not recognized when they are infants. The older we get, the dryness increases, similar to the skin. Hair treatments such as bleaching, perming, coloring, etc. can rob moisture from your hair and cause it to be dry as well. To much sun, wind, using a blow dryer and curling iron are all common causes for dry hair.
One tip for healthy hair is a good brushing from root to end. Many people today do not brush their hair, yet they should. Brushing your hair increases moisture, promotes circulation, and promotes growth. Brushing takes time, but the rewards are worth it.
Hair health can be promoted through exercise as well. It will take about a month for the results to show, but regular exercise can help with dry hair problems.
When looking for shampoo and conditioner, it is important to find one that has hydrates or moisturizes on the label. These products are crucial to solving dry hair issues. Oil treatments do not work because they only work on the outer layer of the hair and do not get into the hair shaft. You need moisture because this is what is missing. Drinking plenty of water is essential; it not only will help prevent wrinkles, but will moisturize your hair as well. Adding cod liver oil to your morning cup of juice can help replace lost nutrients and you will see a huge difference in the health of your skin and hair over time. Very few individuals will give up covering their gray hairs through tinting. Since nutrients are lost during this process, it is important to replace them.
Do certain hair colors typically suffer more from dry hair? For instance, redheads, typically redheads have thick, luxurious heads of hair, which runs from normal to oily. As they age, and gray hairs come along, dryness tends to come with it. Brown-haired people will typically start out with a nice sheen and can go either oily or dry, based on their lifestyle. Light brown hair will typically lean toward being dry as it is closer to blonde hair and the sun bleaches the top hairs easily. This is the same for medium and dark blonde-haired people. People with platinum blonde hair will typically suffer from dryness, almost as if they bleached their hair. Once again, heredity and lifestyle will directly affect this.
People with thin hair may suffer from very oily or very dry hair, but most of the time thin haired individuals suffer from dryness. People with thick hair typically have a combination of an oily scalp and hair that is dry at the ends. This is where brushing your hair can help, as it will spread the oils from your scalp down through the ends of your hair. Brushing your hair before you wash it can help loosen up the debris in it, making it easier to clean.
Old-fashioned rollers are much better to use on your hair than a curling iron or a heated roller. Additionally, curling your hair with rollers will make the curl last much longer. Dryer heat should be avoided to add bounce and strength to your hair. While you are waiting for your hair to dry, think of things to do such as playing a game on the computer, talking to a friend on the phone, do the dishes, brush and floss your teeth. Do not use the excuse that you do not have time, make a checklist, and check off items as you wait.
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