Caring for Dry Hair
I currently coming out the other side of having the most dry, unmanageable hair known to man. So I' thought it was about time I talked about some ways to look after such an unruly hair type. Dry hair can be caused by a variety of things - Straightening, Blow Drying, Teasing, Colouring and over processing can all make the hair look a little dehydrated and dull. It's fairly easy to tell if your hair is this type because it's very noticeable (and common!) hair type.
Conditioning the hair is the most obvious and important step when your hair is feeling a dry. You should smother the ends to the mid lengths of your hair with a good, nourishing conditioner. Avoid using boiling hot water on the hair as this can also damage it further. Using a deep conditioning mask once or twice a week is also recommended. I like to use the Philip Kingsley Elasticiser when my hair is dry. I pop it on with a shower cap and leave for anything from 30 minutes to overnight. The longer you leave it the more time time it has to penetrate the hair.
When styling you probably want to use as little heat as possible. However with the modern lives we don't all have time to sit around waiting for our hair to dry. Mine can take upwards of 6 hours when left alone. However the downside of this it can leave to breakage when hair is dry. I'd recommend using heated styling tools on their lowest heat setting and always using a heat protectant. Also try using brushes which are designed to be gentle on the hair like the Tangle Teaser.
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Things like chlorine, salt water, UV sprays, hair dye and chemical treatments can all damage the hair further. So where possible to make sure you protect against these things. By either keeping the hair covered or trying out sprays and protectantss which you can use on your hair to protect it from the elements!
It's important to remember that what goes into your body does impact the health of your skin, nails and hair. Remember to drink lots of water as this can also effect the dryness of your hair. You can get supplements to help with hair glossiness but I havent tried anything personally. Im always skeptical of things like that as I think the best way to get in vital vitamins and minerals that will help grow your hair!