Some of us are battling with dry hair today but there are so many reasons which can contribute to dry hair and we are not aware of it. Though, dry hair does not mean we are having health problem but certain factors such as smoking, heat styling, sun exposure and humidity are the reasons we have dry hair.
There are few things you can do to reduce the dryness of your hair.
1. Avoid washing your hair everyday
Washing your hair daily will strip your hair of its sebum. Sebum is the natural oil that makes your hair easier to maintain. Shampoo traps oils, so if you do it often, your hair will dry out and prone to breakage. You don’t need to strip your hair of sebum everyday. Change your hair care routine and try to give a day in between washing. Also, try using mild shampoos which are mearnt specifically for dry hair.
2. Vitamin Intake
Vitamins are good for the body and hair. But certain vitamins impact the health of your hair like vitamin A, vitamin C and biotin. Vitamin A helps skin produce sebum; sebum moisturizes the scalp and keeps your hair healthy. Our body cannot make vitamin C on their own, so it is important we ingest it. Vitamin c neutralizes free radicals and oxidative stress which contributes to hair loss while, biotin is a B-complex vitamin important for hair and nail growth. When you have biotin deficiency, your hair tends to thin and dry. Therefore, supplementing biotin or other vitamins helps to support dry scalp and dry hair. Consume these vitamins to make a tremendous change on the health of your hair.
3. Say no to heat styling
If you ever wonder why you have extreme dry hair even after following all the hair care routine for dry hair, these could be the reason. You may have been heat styling to curl, straighten or blow drying your hair as a daily routine for years. Heat styling can change the structure of your hair proteins, break hair easily, making you to have overly dry hair with rough hair texture and split ends that break off easily.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil improves the appearance of your hair, it fills in the gaps of your hair strands and penetrates hair fibers, stops itchy scalp and split ends. The fatty acids in coconut oil, reduces protein loss from hair. Coconut oil can soften hair, add sheen and help repair dry hair. Rub some coconut oil in between your palms before applying it to your dry hair focusing on the ends and the root of your hair; leave the oil on your hair for 20 minutes before you rinse. You can also use it as a leave-in treatment.
5. Trim your hair
Surprisingly, trimming your hair can make it grow by removing unhealthy hair. You have to trim the split ends to avoid weighing down new hair growth and robbing your hair of its shine thereby, making it looks dull and brittle. No amount of conditioner can make your hair grow or bring back its shine without trimming. Also, these can make your hair hard to style and also making it feels dry. You should trim your hair every three months and notice that your hair will become healthier.
6. Omega -3
Omega 3 serves as a very good nutrient to the hair and nourishes the hair while promoting its growth. It prevents hair from drying out, improve hair shine and keep your scalp from flaking. Omega 3 can help improve hair from inside because it’s filled with proteins and nutrients. You can consume omega 3 or foods rich in omega 3 to keep your hair from thinning out and getting dry. Foods such as sardines, salmon, mackerel and oysters can help improve the health of your hair.
7. Cold showers
Hot shower can scald the hair or strip its oil, making your hair to look dull, dry and damaged. While cold showers are gentle on your scalp and can make your hair grow, it refreshes your scalp and revitalizes hair strands; closes up your pores and keeping in the moisture, making hair feel less frizzy and shinier.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel helps to smooth and repair damaged and dry hair due to its vitamins and minerals. Aloe Vera has enzymes that moistures and conditions hair, calms itchy scalp, reduce dandruff, promote hair growth, cutting down the chances of hair breakage and strengthens hair strands. Rub Aloe Vera gel into your scalp and hair, let it sit for an hour; rinse the gel with a mild shampoo. Do this two times a week.