What to do about dry hair

smiling teen on flower petalsDry hair is never a good thing as dry hair becomes damaged more easily, and will split, break, and be course. The following is a look at what you can do about dry hair:

Tip one: Brush your hair out well each day using slow gentle strokes. This is going to help dry hair because it will keep the pressure off the already damaged ends. In addition it will remove unwanted pollutants and particles from your hair that can cause further damage, and last but not least, it will help to bring the natural oils from your scalp skin down through the strands of your hair. The result will be hair that is not nearly as brittle, a good distribution of oils to keep it from becoming too dry, and a more shiny, lustrous look. All of which are great results.

Tip two: Protect your hair from the elements. Dry hair is often caused by too much sun exposure, wind exposure, etc. So, you are going to want to do what you can to protect your hair from these things, and to reverse any damage. The best way to do this is to first buy a spray on protection product that protects against sun damage. Second, consider wearing hats, wraps, scarves, etc. if you are going to be in the sun regularly or for prolonged periods of time. Third, condition your hair regularly so that it stays moist, consider using a jojoba oil and rosemary mixture. You can buy this, or make one of your own. Lastly, consider using hot oil treatments once a month or so to help replenish the natural oils in your hair.

Tip three: Protect your hair from summer fun such as chlorinated swimming pools, salty oceans, and lots of up-dos. You do this by using anti-chlorine shampoos, shampoos with moisturizers in them, by avoiding getting your hair too wet, etc., by washing your hair and conditioning to get rid of sun screen, salt, sweat, etc. And, lastly, wear your hair down on occasion to give it a break from the strain of always being pulled into a ponytail.

Tip four: Avoid shampoos that are extremely alkaline or that contain alcohol.
These dry hair out further. Instead, opt for natural shampoos, and shampoos designed for your specific hair type, as they generally have ingredients that will help with the dryness that is natural from exposure.

Tip five: Cut off damaged hair. When hair is dry, the cuticle is easier to break, or lose, and thus you get more split ends. If you do not remove them, they continue to split up your hair. So, keep split ends or dead hair cut off. Even if you are trying to grow your hair out, cutting off damage will help, as your hair can’t be repaired with shampoos, etc. It can be strengthened, but once the damage is done, the only way to repair it is to remove the dead hair.

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