The Ultimate Remedy to Dry Hair
When you have dry hair, your hair strands become coarse, dull, brittle, or even frizzy. This can be caused by your health, hair handling habits, and various environmental factors can contribute to hair dryness. Let's take a look at each of these factors in detail.
What Causes Dry Hair
1. Health conditions
- Low sebum secretion
Hair can become dry due to the low production of sebum by your hair follicles’ oil glands.
- Nutritional deficiency
Your hair needs the same nutrients that help keep your skin and sebaceous glands functioning normally.
Oil glands make less oil as you grow older. Your hair can also grow dry due to the decline of estrogen and progesterone accompanying menopause.
- Hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism
People with hypothyroidism have an underactive thyroid that can’t produce hormones for different functions, including hair follicle growth. Meanwhile, hypoparathyroidism involves a decline in parathyroid hormone production, leading to hair dryness or loss.
- Genetic disorders
Abnormalities like Menkes syndrome and Cockayne syndrome involve the mutation of genes with functions related to hair growth.
- Poor blood circulation
Only small and weak hair strands emerge when there’s not enough oxygen and nutrient-carrying blood reaching your hair follicles.
Stress can lead to the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals that can weaken your scalp's moisture-retaining capabilities.
- Excessive heat
The regular use of blow dryers, curling wands, and flat irons or straighteners removes surface moisture as well as the natural oils bound to your hair.
- Overexposure to chemicals
Most gels, mousse, dyes, bleach, perms, and relaxers contain chemicals that damage hair when used daily. These include sulfates, sodium chloride, denatured alcohol, and silicone.
- Rough handling
You can weaken and thin out your hair strands through aggressive towel-drying, harsh brushing, and tugging for styling.
3. Environmental Factors
- Long or frequent exposure to wind and sun
Staying under the sun or the windy outdoors for extended hours can lead to hair dryness.
- Harsh weather or change in the seasons
If fall and winter in your area are cold and dry, your hair is also likely to get dry due to the weather. The same thing happens if your local climate is hot and dry.
- Long or frequent exposure to salty or chlorinated water
Frequently swimming at the beach or in a pool can also dry your hair.
8 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make for Healthier Hair
You can take these steps to infuse volume, softness, and shine to your hair:
1. Give your hair a weekly oil massage.
One way to rejuvenate a dry scalp is to massage your head with oil for 30 minutes to an hour once a week. Gently move your fingertips in a circular motion or use a scalp scrubber.
2. Don't over-shampoo and use conditioner regularly.
Your hair shaft repeatedly expands and contracts every time you wet your hair, something that can lead to hygral fatigue. To prevent this, shampoo every other day. Also, choose a brand that has no sodium chloride or other harsh chemicals mentioned earlier.
3. Use cool water when wetting hair.
Or at least use cold water when rinsing. Your hair shaft swells open and usually won't be able to close back completely, especially if you have dry or damaged hair.
4. Incorporate a hair serum into your regimen.
After drying your hair by gently dabbing a soft microfiber towel on your head, apply leave-in serum to further improve its texture and shine.
5. Reduce hair styling.
Handle wet hair with care as it's more elastic and easy to break in this state. Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush to remove tangles.
If you can't avoid blow-drying wet hair, apply a heat-protection spray or leave-in conditioner to reduce water evaporation. Always start with low heat and hold the hairdryer around six inches from your head. Also, put on a similar spray or conditioner when using curling rods or straighteners. Only use them on dry hair.
Meanwhile, try taking a month-long or so break from hair treatments if your tresses have gotten dry due to frequent dyeing and bleaching.
6. Choose products wisely and invest in quality tools.
Ensure that you use products without harsh ingredients. Moreover, choose blowers and flat or curling irons with temperature controls to reduce hair damage.
7. Watch your diet.
Include food rich in protein, vitamins, calcium, biotin, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, selenium, and copper. This means adding fish, leafy greens, fruits, spinach, nuts, and berries to your diet. Most importantly, remember to drink lots of water.
8. Use satin pillows or a silk bonnet while you sleep.
These smooth types of cloth can reduce friction on your hair. They also won't absorb the oils from your hair or skin the way cotton pillowcases do.
Moroccan Gold Series Can Bring Your Dry Hair Back to Life
Moroccan Gold's bath and after-bath solutions can help restore the health of your hair. This includes our hypo-allergenic and drug-free My Nudo Shampoo, argan and truffle hair masks, and our non-greasy Argan Oil. Meanwhile, our lightweight, anti-aging Truffle Serum can restore damaged hair.