No one wants dry hair; it doesn’t look cared for, it is hard to style and tends to break a lot. S**t! Yes, dehydration leads to hair problems: brittle texture, stray hair, split ends, and even dandruff. Lack of moisture is accompanied by dryness, which results in hair that breaks easily, lacks shine, and is difficult to untangle. So, if you want to fight dehydrated hair, you must know that the continued use of shampoos and conditioners is not enough. Instead, you have to change some habits and use particular products and tricks.
Do you want to take care of your hair as much as possible so that it always feels soft, moisturized, and looks shiny? Then don’t miss this article. We explain how to keep your hair hydrated and share with you some tricks to enjoy healthy hair.
Dry, damaged hair — why?
Many could be the reasons that lead to dry, damaged hair. Either too much styling, dyeing it often, or using the wrong products with faulty ingredients. But “beauty comes from the inside” is valid for hair, as it is for the skin. Malnutrition is a real issue, and many people aren’t aware of it. When hair is malnourished, it breaks easily, loses matter, movement, shine, and dries out noticeably. It’s no myth that healthy hair comes from a healthy body, which comes from a healthy diet. Hair is somewhere at the bottom of the list when it’s about nutrients received from the food we eat (heart, brain, and organs come first). So, only by having a rich diet, you ensure nutrients to your hair. Otherwise, the ends open up, hair becomes tangled, and can even become discolored — a reaction of the lack of nourishments in hair’s cortex.
How to effectively moisturize your hair
Undoubtedly, you can significantly improve your hair’s appearance with a moisturizing treatment. At the same time, kicking some habits can benefit you greatly without spending large amounts of money. To know how to moisturize your hair effectively, the first thing you need to do is changing some habits to minimize the chances of further damage to your hair.
Wash your hair less often
The frequency of hair washing is about each individual’s preference and is influenced by the length of hair, culture, sex, social pressures, and economics. When hair is dehydrated, daily washing won’t help, that’s for sure. Washing your hair every other day or three days a week is best for people with dry hair. The reason? Most shampoos are very drying because they contain synthetic detergents or surfactants as a primary cleanser, so you should avoid them. Anyway, if you have to wash your hair daily, you can try a No-Poo. Here are some recipes.
Always use conditioner
The role of conditioner is to replenish hair’s moisture after shampoo has stripped it off. You’d want to look for conditioners that contain coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter. “Coconut oil moisturizes and softens dull, coarse hair and prevents protein loss by nourishing and strengthening it with vitamins. Argan oil contains vitamin E for silky soft strands, and shea butter locks in moisture with vitamins A and E to heal and seal the cuticle, preventing breakage,” explains Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, for Byrdie. Ergo, every time you wash your hair, apply conditioner because it will provide your hair with some nutrients, and prevent dryness. Besides, tangling issues will disappear.
Limit the use of hairdryers and straighteners
Even if straighteners work at higher temperatures (300-365°F) than blowdryers (about 100°F), both damage the hair cuticle if used often and even more if you’re not using a heat protectant. High temperatures burn the cuticle’s outer part and affect the keratin’s chemical structure and the hair fiber, bringing up damaged hair. To prevent this from happening, limit the use of hairdryers and straighteners. Anyway, for the times you need to use a hairdryer, make sure you keep it at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion as this causes less damage even than when hair is dried naturally, as this study found out.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
To combat dry hair issues, in addition to a healthy diet in vitamins, minerals, and omegas, using products with a high percentage of active ingredients and oils, professionals recommend applying a moisturizing mask. Once a week, apply a moisturizing mask that allows you to regenerate your hair and protect it from external agents that may damage it, like dust, smoke, or UV. We like these products:
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
Matrix Biolag Raw Rehydr Mask
How to moisturize your hair with home remedies
Ofc, you can go to the salon for a professional method to help hydrate your strands to make them look silky and shiny. But if you instead want to hydrate your hair using 100% natural home remedies, here is a list of ingredients that produce excellent results if combined. For these to work well, you must mix them correctly and leave them on for 30-40 minutes.
- Avocado, honey & egg yolk
- Cocoa butter & coconut oil
- Milk, egg & almond oil
- Pumpkin & honey
- Avocado & natural yogurt
How to moisturize your hair with honey
Honey is a powerful natural ingredient that brings shine and nourishes hair. And because it’s full of astringent and antioxidant properties, it helps to protect hair from drying, make it stronger, and favor keratin production.
First, you have to mix 2 tablespoons of honey with half a cup of plain yogurt. The yogurt has moisturizing and antibacterial properties that will eliminate the accumulation of bacteria and dirt in the hair and enhance honey’s properties. Wet your hair with warm water and then apply the mixture from the roots to the ends. Let it work for 25-30 minutes, and, finally, rinse your hair.
How to moisturize dehydrated hair with avocado
If many natural moisturizing hair masks require an avocado, it’s because it is a fruit with natural fats and vitamin E that fight against dryness and protect the hair from toxins. To make a nourishing mask, add a banana to the mixture because it’s a fruit rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E that prevent hair loss and cleanse it deeply.
Separate the pulp of a ripe avocado, peel the banana and crush both ingredients. Leave the mixture in the refrigerator so that it does not rust, and go wash your hair as usual. After, with your hair still wet, spread the mask on your hair and massage your scalp with fingertips. In the end, cover your head with a shower cap for half an hour and finally remove the mask with plenty of warm water. Repeat once weekly.
You might also want to read:
- What You Need to Know to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Forever
- 7 Steps to Wash Your Hair Properly & 5 Common Mistakes You Make
- 8 Awesome Tips to Get Healthy and Beautiful Hair
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229938/ published in November 2011, by Yoonhee Lee
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458934/ published in May 2015, by Paschal D’Souza