Dry hair lacks moisture, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. As a result, moisture-deprived hair also lacks the smooth texture and brilliance found in moisture-balanced hair. Moisture loss occurs for a variety of reasons, including the use of harsh soaps, poor eating habits, environmental conditions and an underlying medical condition. Proper care and lifestyle changes can help quench your stressed locks, improving its overall health and appearance.
Wash your hair every two to three days, instead of every day. Once a week is ideal. Frequent washing strips your hair of oils, further exacerbating a moisture problem. Choose a shampoo that has a low pH, which is gentle on the scalp.
Condition your dry hair after every shampoo with a conditioner that contains humectants. Run the conditioner through your damp hair from root to tip using a wide-toothed comb. Leave-in for two to three minutes, rinsing afterward with cool water.
Towel dry your hair after rinsing. Blot your hair with the towel; do not rub. Allow your hair to air dry whenever possible. If you must use a blow dryer, set it to the lowest heat setting holding the blow dryer at least 6 inches away from your hair.
Visit your physician. She can help determine whether your dry hair stems from a health condition, such as thyroid disease, or malnutrition. Some medications can also have an effect on the condition of your hair and scalp.
Eat a balanced diet that contains lean proteins, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and dairy. Adding vitamin A, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can help improve the overall health of your hair, which includes replenishing oils to your scalp.
- Avoid hair care products that contain alcohol. Alcohol can cause further dryness to hair that is already having a moisture problem.
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