Dry hair is not a hair type, but it’s a condition that can be treated. Each strand of healthy hair has a protective layer called the cuticle. In a healthy cuticle, the layers lie tightly together and keep moisture in. When a cuticle layer separates and peels away from hair, its ability to hold moisture is compromised.
There are many factors that can affect your hair and make it coarse, rough and dry.
- The Weather
Overexposure to the sun, swimming, and products with alcohol can dry your hair dramatically. Even in winter due to extreme cold followed by overheated indoors your hair becomes parched and dry.
- Smoothing Treatments
Too many smoothing treatments done very frequently can leave your locks super thirsty. The buildup of protein in the hair causes it to become brittle.
- Hormonal Changes
Birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause can have an adverse effect on the hair, including dryness and brittleness.
- Daily Heat Styling
Whether it’s the dryer or flat iron, daily heat to the hair will strip the hair of moisture. This causes quite a bit of unnecessary damage that can be easily avoided.
- Gray Hair
As you age, your hair naturally makes less oil. If you have gray hair, then you are dealing with a natural deficiency that comes along with gray hair. Gray hair becomes coarser, dry and rebellious due to the lack of essential nutrients, minerals and oils.
What can you do?
Quench the thirst
Moisturise. Give your hair a hot oil massage, then cover with plastic and a hot towel. Sebum produced by your scalp coats each hair and helps to retain moisture. If your hair is damaged, you can help replace the missing sebum by giving your hair a hot oil massage.
Work on the Cuticle
Repair your hair cuticle with wheat germ oil. Natural ceramides are fat cells that bond your hair cells together, making the cuticle of the hair smooth and strong. Harsh chemicals destroy the natural ceramides. The cuticle lifts and your hair becomes dull and weak, leading to split ends and breakage. A natural source of ceramides is wheat germ oil. Massage a teaspoonful of warm wheat germ oil into your scalp and hair before shampooing.
Provide your hair with good nutrition
Drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin supplements can improve the health of your hair. Good nutrition leads to healthy, shiny hair. Eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water provides the vitamins and minerals your hair needs. Eat four servings of fruit a day and five servings of vegetables. Include healthy oils, such as walnut or olive oil, in your diet rather than animal fats. Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Leave it alone
Wash your hair less often, so that you strip less moisture from your hair and scalp. Get a good haircut that suits your hair so that you use fewer chemical treatments and spend less time using hot styling tools. Use a brush with smooth bristles to add shine and avoid breaking your hair. Wear a hat in the hot sun. Rinse your hair after swimming.
So Shiny and vibrant hair look healthy and can take years off your face. But like anything else hair also requires constant maintenance. Pay some attention to those traces and enjoy lovely hair forever.
Coconut Cream Mask:
This mask is kind of… sticky, sweet and time consuming to say the least. It’s also worth every minute. Take a chunk of coconut cream and warm it up in your hands. You may gring it and make it into a paste too. When it’s soft and pliable massage it into your hair. Slowly and carefully wrap your hair up into a warm towel and let the mask sit on your hair for one hour. Wash out with a mild shampoo and let your hair dry normally. This will certainly add shine to your dry looking hair.
If beyond home remedies see your doctor. When nutrition levels in your body drop especially Ferritin, Vitamin B 12 ,Vitamin D or any minerals like zinc & magnesium your hair can go brittle and break easily. Hormonal issues like thyroid disorders, pcod , high testosterone or post pregnancy hair fall can also cause the hair to become coarse & brittle.
Hair treatments like Derma rollers and nutritional injections to scalp improve blood supply and nutrient levels in hair. Hair supplements also help to improve the health of your hair and prevent breakage . Diet planned according to your nutrition intake and life style also adds to improving brittle hair .