Dry hair is a common problem for many people, especially those with thick or curly hair. Shampooing too frequently, using harsh shampoos and styling products, coloring and perming are all harmful to your hair. In addition to that, you expose your hair to chlorine, sun, wind and heat. Factor in, too, the damage you get from hair dryers and curling irons. Proper care and regular conditioning can fix even severely dry and frizzy hair.
Shampoo Less, Condition More
Avoid shampooing your hair more than twice each week unless your scalp is dirty or sweaty. Shampoo contributes to dryness by stripping away the natural oils produced by your scalp. Choose shampoos and conditioners that contain humectants to lock in moisture. Deep condition hair at least once per week. To reduce frizziness, rinse your hair with cold water, which makes the hair cuticle stay flat so that hair appears smoother.
Take Care of Your Hair
Improper styling can increase dryness and lead to broken hair and scalp irritation. Do not rub your wet hair with a towel after showering. Instead, wrap a towel around your hair and leave it in place for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb excess water. Once your hair is partially dry, detangle it using a comb or your fingers. If you must blow your hair dry, do so on low heat and in a downward motion to reduce frizz. Avoid using flat irons and curling irons whenever possible, and choose styling products with sunscreen to protect your hair from sun damage.
Over-processing with hair coloring and perms is a major cause of dry hair. To avoid chemical damage caused by perms and coloring, use hair products without peroxide and ammonia and wait as long as possible between processing. Newer hair coloring products contain conditioners that may actually benefit dry and frizzy hair.
Use Essential Oil
Essential oils can restore moisture to dry hair and help control frizz. The Joseph Kellner website recommends Argania oil for use on dry hair, as it contains essential fatty acids to attract and retain moisture in the hair’s cortex. Apply one to two drops of oil to dry hair, using the palms of your hands. Start at the ends of the hair, where dryness is usually most pronounced, and work your way up toward the roots. If your hair is too oily following application, you have used too much oil. Remove excess oil by rinsing with apple cider vinegar after shampooing. Avoid using non-essential oils on dry hair, as these coat the hair and actually interfere with moisture absorption.