Looking forward to some summer fun? Sunshine, salt water, and chlorine are essential ingredients for summer, but they tend to dehydrate your hair. Winter offers no escape from dry hair, either – wind and cold, dry air can also make your hair look dry and lifeless.
At any time of year, you can use these tips to revive your dry hair and keep it healthy and hydrated…
1. Choose Shampoos With Moisturizers
Not all shampoos are created equal. Some of them remove the natural moisture and oils from your hair.
If you suffer from dry hair, make sure you're using a shampoo that is specifically formulated for dry hair. These shampoos are usually labeled "moisturizing" or "replenishing."
Shampoos containing lots of alcohol should be especially avoided, because alcohol makes dry hair even worse.
2. Let Your Hair Dry On Its Own
If possible, don't blow-dry your hair at all - just let it air-dry. The heat generated by blow dryers, flat irons, and other hairstyling tools not only makes hair even dryer, but also can make it brittle and prone to breaking.
If air-drying your hair takes too much time, use a towel to blot out as much moisture from your hair as you can, then use a blow dryer to get it completely dry. (Be careful not to rub very hard with the towel. Rubbing may damage hair, especially dehydrated hair.)
3. Brush Your Hair Two Times A Day
Brushing your hair doesn't just keep it neat - it also moves natural oils from your scalp further down the shaft of your hair. When your hair is dry, brush it gently with a soft-bristle brush, using long strokes that go all the way down your hair. Avoid pulling or tugging on your hair.
Brushing hair removes dirt and other particles that may damage the hair, plus it stimulates the production of natural oils in the scalp, giving your hair extra shine.
Never brush your hair when it's wet. Instead, remove tangles with a wide-toothed comb.
4. Apply A Deep Conditioner Weekly
If your hair really needs help in the hydration department, take some time once a week to apply a deep conditioning treatment. These treatments usually have to stay in for 15 to 30 minutes, to give them a chance to penetrate the follicles and hair shafts.
Deep conditioning treatments are available at any good drugstore. The best products contain protein and moisturizers such as olive oil.
5. Eat Healthy
Your hair is a part of your body, too. Eating a healthy diet affects the health of your hair.
Your diet should include lots of fruits, leafy green veggies, whole grains, good fats, and lean proteins. The nutrients your hair especially needs are protein, vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and silica, which helps your hair stay shiny, healthy, and strong.
Good sources of silica include bell peppers, cucumbers, asparagus, and potatoes (with the skin on).