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Dry Hair: Say Stop! 20 tips to fix it

There can be several reasons why you have dry hair.

Do not panic, it is quite possible to moisturize dry hair by having the right gestures.

Dry hair doesn’t disappear overnight, but with time, patience and the right care, your hair will be silkier and more manageable.

I have concocted a list of 20 tips for treating dry hair. You tell me the news !

Why is my hair dry?

Dry hair is usually the result of a lack of moisture .

Our scalp produces natural oils (sebum) for our hair.

However, unlike straight hair which allows these oils to slide over each strand, the sebum present on Afro hair struggles to spread to the ends.

This means that while your scalp may be soft and well hydrated, the ends may remain dry and brittle.

For this reason, many people believe that frizzy hair has a certain growth limit.

Quite the contrary!

The key to fighting dry hair is to establish a good routine. You should always:

  • Choose your hair products carefully.
  • Stay gentle on styling technique.
  • Pay attention to how you wear your hair.

Getting familiar with these 3 main points will help you understand your hair’s needs .

Now let’s see the tips to remedy dry hair.

Tip #1 – Water is your best ally

This advice may seem trivial to you, but water is not to be neglected.

Water constitutes about 60% of the human body.

Lack of water can cause dehydration of the dermis, epidermis and hypodermis that make up our scalp.

Therefore, you will not only be itchy. but above all unhealthy, dull, dry and brittle hair.

As a reminder, it is recommended to drink 1.5 liters of water per day , which represents about 8 glasses of water.

Tip #2 – Eat healthy

Just like water, nutritious food is essential for your body.

They play a role in hair health .

A healthy and balanced meal consists of foods rich in:

  • Proteins.
  • Dairy products.
  • Low fat.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Whole grains.

For a healthy scalp, choose foods rich in fatty acids (omega-3) such as salmon, nuts and avocados.

Increase your protein intake for stronger hair  by eating foods such as poultry and eggs.

To keep your hair hydrated, you should eat foods rich in vitamins A and C , such as green leafy vegetables like spinach and asparagus.

Tip #3 – Use the right products

Absolutely avoid products containing sulfates, silicones and parabens.

With these ingredients, your hair feels silky smooth and hydrated.

These ingredients deposit like a protective layer on the surface of the hair fiber.

But in reality, the hair dries out and is weighed down, without receiving hydration.

Tip 4 – Limit coloring on dry hair

Although they’re trendy, coloring can sometimes dry out your hair, especially if you’re bleaching to lighten the hair.

Avoid coloring completely until your hair is less dry.

If you’re re-coloring, stick to shades that don’t differ much from your natural hair color.

The further away you go from your natural shade, the harder the process is on your hair.

Another trick is to use coloring waxes or even henna.

Less aggressive than chemical colorings, you greatly reduce the risk of hair dryness .

Tip #5 – Do protective hairstyles

When your hair rubs against cotton or wool materials, your ends take a beating.

These absorb the moisture present in your hair. Consequently, the tips become damaged and promote brittle hair.

Wear protective hairstyles such as braids, twists, vanillas , buns, or even bantu knots to protect your ends and lengths.

Tip 6 – Protect your hair at night

In addition to protecting your mane during the day, the same goes for when you go to sleep.

Opt for satin cups or silk (or satin) pillowcases.

Your hair slides on silky fabrics unlike cotton.

Additionally, cotton draws moisture from your hair , again leading to dryness.

Tip 7 – Apply the LOC method

This method translated “ Liquid, oil and cream ” consists simply of applying water, an oil, ending with the application of a cream.

Nothing beats water to keep your hair hydrated. And who says hydrated hair, says healthy, supple and shiny hair.

Then, the oil will seal the hydration provided by the water by forming a protective layer, thus isolating the hair fiber from external aggressions.

Finally, the cream will close the scales, thus preventing any loss of hydration.

With this method, believe me, the dryness that threatens your hair will no longer be able to do anything against the cumulative benefits of this triple layer.

Tip n°8 – Reduce the frequency of shampoos on dry hair

Frizzy hair does better if it is not washed daily. Washing once a week is more than enough.

However, if you exercise regularly or swim during the summer, you must rinse off sweat, salt water or chlorine.

After each swim in the pool or intense workout, rinse your hair thoroughly with water and follow with conditioner.

Tip #9 – Rinse your hair with lukewarm or cold water

Rinsing with hot water deeply damages the hair while eliminating the sebum present on the scalp.

Prefer rinsing with lukewarm water.

For the last jet of water, use cold water, in order to close the cuticles of your hair, but also to preserve the hydration brought by water and care . Your hair will be shinier and more supple.

Tip : try to do a final rinse with a mixture of water and cider vinegar , to counter the drying effect of the limestone contained in tap water.

Tip n°10 – On dry hair, prefer the co-wash!

While knowing that daily washing is harmful to the hair , shampoo also tends to dry it out.

Indeed, the latter has rather a stripping effect, removing all traces of sebum on the scalp.

To overcome this constraint, you can opt for a wash with conditioner.

Your hair will come out as clean as a whistle, since conditioners contain washing agents.

Tip 11 – Let the hair air dry

Unlike other hair types , frizzy hair is very fragile.

The risk of hair damage is higher with frequent hair dryer use.

Letting them air dry will protect your hair from breakage .

Tip 12 – Pamper them with a DIY hair mask

Why buy masks containing chemicals, when you already have everything in your cupboards and fridge? Avocado, eggs, oils, bananas…

True sources of vitamins, the ideal is to make a mask at least once a week , in order to deeply nourish your hair.

Running out of recipe ideas? Discover some DIY mask recipes here.

Tip 13 – Do oil baths

In addition to bringing hydration into the hair shaft, they seal in the moisture that already exists .

Castor oil, jojoba oil or even avocado oil are excellent for dry hair.

The ideal would be to perform this treatment once a week, just before your shampoo, or even the night before.

Then cover your hair with cellophane and a scarf/cap so as not to stain your pillow during the night.

Briefly warm your oil in a bain-marie (or 30 seconds in the microwave), then apply the treatment to all of your hair, emphasizing the ends.

Leave on for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Tip : dampen the hair before applying the oil, to facilitate its absorption. Do not hesitate to use 2 or 3 oils at the same time, to enjoy the many benefits!

Tip 14 – Try Indian powders

It is good to be interested in Indian powders (or Ayurvedic powders) , because they have many virtues.

Each of them has its specificities.

But in general, they gently cleanse the hair and scalp, greatly reducing hair dryness, breakage and hair loss.

Over time, your hair will gain volume, suppleness and shine .

True allies for dry hair. So, test without further delay!

Tip #15 – Use a wide-tooth comb on dry hair

To reduce the risk of pulling out a huge amount of hair, it is recommended to use wide-tooth combs .

These have enough space between rows to allow for smooth detangling without tearing the ends.

Always detangle on damp hair in several sections, 4 to 8 sections is more than enough.

Tip #16 – Trim the ends

A bad habit to banish without hesitation, is letting hair grow with split ends.

Many people hope to gain centimeters by leaving their tips damaged… Quite the contrary.

You will have better growth by removing the damaged parts.

Do not hesitate to cut the tips every 4 to 6 months , so you only keep the healthy part of your hair.

Tip 17 – Let your hair breathe

With so many wigs on the market, it’s easy to forget to let your hair breathe.

The hairstyles under your wig such as braids and twists must be removed after 3 weeks / 1 month maximum .

Make sure to do a deep care and moisturize them.

Don’t hide your natural hair under a weave right after pulling out a hairstyle.

Instead, you can try styling your natural hair in different ways , such as bantu knots, twists, or a twist out.

This allows your hair to breathe, and above all to pamper it.

Tip #18 – Take dietary supplements

Based on vitamins, minerals and plants, these will work from the inside.

Indeed, solving a problem on the surface is not always enough. Dietary supplements are designed to boost the growth of your hair and to strengthen it .

Enriched with plants and vitamins, they contribute to hair regeneration, the results can be visible in just a few weeks.

Tip #19 – Cover your hair in bad weather

Weather can damage afro hair, especially when there is a lot of direct exposure to wind or rain.

These weather conditions strip away moisture, making your hair dry and unruly.

Protect your hair with a scarf, bandana or umbrella if you have to go out in this weather.

Tip #20 – Get enough sleep

As surprising as it may be, the best way to have healthier hair is to get regular sleep (6-8 hours a night).

Your body tends to heal its tissues while you rest.

So, make sure you get enough sleep every day.

Usually, sleep deprived people experience hair loss, due to weakness in the follicles caused by stress.

The next day, not only will you feel better by being more rested, but your hair will also benefit from your rest by maintaining its strength and shine.

If possible, you can also take short naps during the day to supplement your nighttime sleep.

Taking care of your hair can become child’s play if you change your habits.

Sooner than you think, you’ll be well on your way to adopting a routine that works for you and will help you achieve beautiful, healthier hair.

What have you already tested to treat dry hair?

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