Dry hair usually grow thick at the root and thin out at the surface which brings about the possibility of having some split ends compared to people with normal hair. Dry hair may be natural or caused due to some medication or lack of a proper balanced diet but no matter what the reason is, if your hair snap off easily while combing or brushing them and straw like textures, chances are that you have dry hair which would need to be treated with care.
Medically speaking, the body produces some hormones known as androgens that basically influence the ability to secrete sebum that is a naturally produced oily substance that keeps our hair lubricated. This does not mean that those born with normal hair can never get dry or damaged hair. In fact overdoing hair styling and using a lot of chemical based shampoos and hair gels can sap out the nutrients from even good hair leaving them high and dry. What’s worse is that even atmospheric pollution tends to have a drying effect on the hair.
Remember dry and damaged hair are a sign for you that the hair need attention and it’s up to us to ignore the warning signs which can do far more damage to the hair, to the extent of even baldness in some or we can wake up smell the coffee and try and incorporate some changes in our lives which can help our hair grow back with their strength and lustre. Here are some of the points that are useful for people with dry and damaged hair.
Tips To Make Dry Hair Healthy
Be Careful With Shampoo
Almost all hair experts agree that too-frequent shampooing is one of the primary reasons responsible for frazzled and dry hair. It is true that shampoos basically cleanse out the hair sweat, dirt, and excess oil but it’s also true that while doing so shampoos often act as harsh detergents which also wash away all the natural hair oil leaving not only the hair but even the scalp dry.
Most experts suggest that ideal shampoos for dry hair should have a pH value between 4.5 and 6.7. Alkaline shampoos are said to be more harmful for people with dry hair than alkaline shampoos. Even if your shampoo is gentle and satisfies all conditions, it is not advised to use a shampoo more than three times a week for best results.
Be Kind/Brush Softly
Dry hair have already lost out their natural ingredients which make them very fragile and chances of breakage of such hair are almost double compared to normal hair. It is hence advised to always be kind and gentle to your hair at all times even on a frustrating day when you would like to pull your hair apart. Jokes apart, using fingernails can also damage the weak and dry hair so instead of using fingernails, you are better advised to gently rub your scalp with your fingertips that would actually stimulate the oil glands in the scalp.
The use of a good gentle conditioner is often recommended by doctors and hair experts because a natural conditioner not only brings back the shine to the hair which has been under the influence of harmful chemicals of the shampoo but also helps in retaining the natural nutrients of the hair. Having said that, remember not to use the conditioner on hair near your scalp, as the sebaceosu glands naturally oil’s the scalp.
Don’t Blow Dry
The use of blow dryers and hot combs should be avoided at all costs because they would do more damage to your already dry and brittle hair than any good. Hot combs have a tendency of stretching the hair while exposing it to heat. While heat would make the hair even more dry and devoid of lubrication, stretching the already fragile dry hair can cause breakage. Experts suggest that one should avoid blow drying of hair especially for dry hair but if you must use artificial heat, keep the blow-dryer on its lowest setting and avoid pulling or stretching the hair while drying.
Avoid Hair Colors
It is a fact that over 50 million women in the US dye their hair regularly and the number only increases each day as most of us start when we see even a streak of gray hair. One of the main chemicals in most hair dyes is ammonia that not only saps the nutrients out of the hair but also acts as a catalyst for hair loss. Experts suggest using natural hair colors devoid of ammonia that are far gentler on the scalp as well as on the hair. A compound Phenylenediamine (PPD) is present in over 2/3 of chemical hair dyes, and is known to be toxic to the immune system, skin, nervous system, respiratory system, liver and kidneys.
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