Understanding What Causes Dry, Brittle Hair and TheBest Treatment Methods
Brittle or dry hair is a result of a lack of moisture and nutrients in your hair. You may be surprised by this if you wash your hair daily with a high-quality product, such as the Redken range.
Using the right products is important but you also need to understand dry hair and how to best treat it.
The Cause of Dry Hair
A lack of moisture and nutrients in your hair doesn’t mean you’re not feeding your hair properly. It actually means it has low porosity. This means that your hair struggles to absorb moisture. You’re most likely to notice the issue when your hair feels brittle and damages easily. It can also appear frizzy and dull.
As well as low porosity, dry hair can be a result of frequent exposure to sun and wind, drying your hair. This is especially true if your hair doesn’t have any protection from the elements.
In addition, a dry scalp or less oil production can make your hair dry. Oil production does reduce as you age and with hormonal changes, increasing the likelihood of dry hair.
The good news is that you can do something about it.
Treating Dry & Brittle Hair
There are several things you can do to solve your issue with dry hair:
This may go against your natural instincts but a high-quality shampoo, such as the Redken range mentioned earlier, can give your hair all the nutrients it needs even when only used twice a week.
Most people can reduce the number of times they wash their hair and it will still look fantastic. The problem isn’t the shampoo, (providing you’re using a good one), it’s the drying process that strips the moisture from your hair.
Avoiding shampooing so much means less damaging blow dries.
Wherever possible you should wrap your hair in a towel after you’ve washed it and leave the towel in place for thirty minutes. This will help your hair to absorb moisture. Rubbing your hair will eliminate the moisture and damage the hair cuticles, increasing the amount of dry hair.
When you wash your hair you should also condition it. Make sure you choose a conditioner that moisturizes. This will help to keep your cuticles flat, which increases their ability to hold oil.
Having a professional deep condition done periodically will also be beneficial.
Coconut oil and jojoba oil are two of the best ones for adding moisture naturally to your hair. They are full of fatty acids and vitamins which help to keep your hair healthy. That means it will be better at holding moisture.
Vitamin D and B12, along with iron, folate, and selenium all help to keep your hair moist and healthy. Don’t rely solely on your shampoo, you can take supplements to ensure your body is getting enough of these important minerals. It will help your hair.