Hair becomes dry when the hair shafts do not absorb or retain enough moisture, resulting in a brittle, lackluster appearance. This can be due to illness or nutritional deficiencies, use of harsh hair products, excessively washing your hair, exposure to chlorinated water and frequent use heated styling tools or hair dye. In this case you have to promote the secretion of sebum, preventing the removal of moisture from hair, and moisturizing your hair. Here are some of the causes and tips for prevention of dry hair.
Follow a proper diet
You should know that an inadequate diet leads to problems with digestion and other medical conditions that in turn lead to formation of dry hairs. Take regular dosage of B vitamins, Inositol, Folic acid, and minerals (magnesium, sulfur and zinc). B vitamins are important for the health and growth of the hair. Vitamins B are found in beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soy beans, nutritional yeast, bran, nuts and eggs. So follow a healthy diet that is rich in proteins, vitamins and other nutrients so that you have a beautiful hair.
Have biotin supplements
Biotin is very important for hair health. It is needed for healthy hair and skin. Eat plenty of foods high in biotin and/ or take it in supplemental form. Biotin is present in brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. You can also use hair care products containing biotin. Inositol, Folic acid and minerals are also vital for hair growth. Healthy fatty acids from fish like salmon and tuna are also important to improve hair texture and prevent dry, brittle hair.
Do not burden your hair with chemicals
Excessive shampooing leads to damage of hair. While shampoos are really essential to cleanse your hair, these will also wear off the natural oils produced. Use quality products only that are specially meant for your hair type. Also, use a conditioner compulsorily after the shampoo so that you can prevent it from drying out further. Remember not to use the conditioner on hair near your scalp as this part is naturally oiled by sebaceous glands. Towels dry your hair whenever possible.
Avoid hot tools
Using a blow dryer or curling iron too often is the second common cause for dry hair. The over-use of heat through hair dryers, curlers only intensifies dry hair. So if you totally avoid these tools, it is really better. It is great to air dry your hair in the natural sunlight.
Avoid silicon based products
To find out if a shampoo and conditioner contains silicone or not look at the ingredients on the label. If the ingredients on the label say Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone or silicone, avoid using the products. Silicones coat your hair making it look shiny in the short term. However, they slowly start coating hair completely, creating a buildup and effectively sealing off moisture from reaching the cuticle.
No perms please!
Using chemical hair dyes or perming your hair can cause dry and lifeless hair. Follow the hair dye treatment only if required and also the perms to be done only when there is a real necessity to do it. But using natural substitutes for these will still be a great idea.
Alcohol is always not good for hair
Many blogs report that shampoos containing alcohol are drying for hair. These tips may or may not be true and depend on the type of alcohol present. For example, fatty alcohols such as cetearyl alcohol, acetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol actually moisturize the hair and make them soft. So when you are looking at the ingredient list in a shampoo you better be aware of the type of alcohol that is present.
Avoid exposure to sun
High exposure to the sun and wind leads to dry and brittle hair. You can put on hair protectors like hair sunscreen, serums or also you can use a simple scarf or a hat to protect the hair from any kind of sun damage.
Avoid chlorine water
So these were some of the amazing tips for treating dry hair. Some would be external tips- aiming at keeping your hair moisturized and some would be internal tips promoting hair growth and secretion of oil for shiny smooth hair. Along with these remedies for local application, it is important to make sure your hair gets an ample supply of nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals that ensure good health. Therefore, it is vital to eat a healthy balanced diet that provides sufficient nutrients for good hair growth.