Dry Hair Causes and Solutions

Woman with dry hair
Dry hair can be a problem whether your hair is tinted or natural. The expansion of the hair shaft from the summer sun can be a delight for thin hair but disastrous for others.
What causes dry hair? Dry hair can be inherited from birth although this isn’t recognizable from infancy. As we age the dryness increases, just like our skin. Another reason for dryness can be foiling, tinting, bleaching or perming hair that robs the natural moisture from the hair.
Blow drying, curling iron’s, sun and salt wind are all contributing factors for this problem. Even the things we eat can provide nutrients or the lack of. Should we choose to eat the foods that offer nothing but calories our hair will also reveal this. Fish with its natural oils will bring much needed health to your body and hair. It takes about 3 days for the nourishment of what we’ve eaten to go to our hair.
Another tip is old fashioned brushing from the roots following out to the ends. It is like a home health treatment to your scalp and hair. Today few brush their hair, yet it promotes growth, increases circulation and moisture. This takes time and discipline but the rewards can be radiant. Exercise also promotes hair health. This doesn’t mean that if you have thin dry hair tomorrow it will be thick and a normal texture. But you should begin to see improvement in about a month.
A good hydrated moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and leave in conditioner are a must. Look for moisture or hydrate on the products you seek. Forget oil treatments as they do not go into the hair shaft but are good for the outer layer, coating it like a hat.
Moisture is what you need, because moisture is what is lost. Drink a lot of water. Not only will this help prevent wrinkles but help give the moisture to your hair. If you put a teaspoon of cod liver oil in your juices in the morning, eventually you will see a real difference in your skin and hair. Few will stop covering their silver strands with tint to prevent dryness so we have to replace the oils that are lost through this process.
Does your hair color have anything to do with dryness? What about being a redhead? Natural redheads have the thickest hair of them all and usually begin with a normal to oily lush rich mane. As the redheads age and the gray begins to come through dryness eventually creeps in. Brunettes usually begin with a lovely sheen and depending on their health and lifestyle go either way.
Brownettes, being closer to blonde lean toward dryness as the sun easily bleaches the top covering of the hair. Light Platinum Blondes are usually very dry and reacts exactly like it has been bleached. Medium Blondes can go either way and have a combination of oily scalp and dry ends, as does dark blondes. All of this depends upon heredity and lifestyle.
Thin hair can be oily or dry. I’ve seen both. Most thin hair seems to be dry. Thick hair can have a combination of an oily scalp and dry ends. This is why brushing your hair can be such an asset to you. You take the natural oils from the foods you’ve eaten with a nice stiff brush from your scalp and bring them out to your ends. The old time phrase of brushing your hair 100 times every night really does work. Always brush your hair before you shampoo it as it loosens and lifts up the debris much easier.
Rolling your hair with old fashioned rollers is much healthier than a curling iron or heat rollers. Besides, did you know rollers are back? Your style will last so much longer too. For added strength and bounce avoid dryer heat at all costs. Think of things you can do while waiting for it to dry. Make a grocery list, talk on the phone, check your email, write a letter, rock the baby, dust, mop, do dishes or even floss your teeth. Don’t say you don’t have time. Make a list of things that need to be done and check them off as you go. You will discover you have more time than you’ve ever had.
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