Caring For Dry Hair

Do you find that more often than not, you're having a bad hair day? Well, your hair is probably suffering from lack of moisture and lots and lots of damage. So, how do you get that luxurious head of hair perfectly styled, without the heat damage and painstaking styling time? Below are some reasons for dry hair and what you can do about it.

Reasons for dry hair:

Heat Damage - The most common culprit of dry hair. We tend to think: "How can I make my hair pretty today? How can I make it different-surprising?"

We do so much to our hair to make it appear beautiful; including straight ironing, blow drying, using hot curlers, and curling irons. Ironically enough, we torture our hair because we want it to look amazing-damaging it in the process. We stretch it in so many different directions it's hard to count and then hit it with the final blast of heat surrounding it on all sides. Sound pleasant to you?

Stripped Hair - There is nothing wrong with clean hair, but there is a difference between clean hair and stripped hair. Clean hair means removing any build up from the day including dirt and any other pollutants that may have affected your hair's performance and shine. Stripped hair means you've taken everything out. Everything. You've removed that dirt and grime and with it, you've stripped the natural oils that your hair needs to be healthy and moisturized.

Chemical Filled Products - Whether it be a monthly perm, straightening, hair dye, or silicone based styling products- you are ruining your hair. Ever wonder why in the at-home-hair-dye kits they have a special conditioner to use after a dye treatment? They provide it because you absolutely need it after applying dye to your hair or any other chemical treatment.

Steps to Healthy Hair:

Preventative Measures - If you absolutely have to style your hair every day for fear that your hair will fall out - then it probably will. But to prevent that from happening, use some type of protective styling products that will work with the heat instead of leaving your hair to fend for itself. Phyto, one of the world-leading brands in hair products offers some great specified collections for individual hair types including styling products that will work with the heat.

Don't Smell Your Shampoo - Do you love love love your shampoo because of it's scent? Chances are it is probably compensating for something lacking in the important stuff (also known as the ingredients). The fragrances you smell in most every shampoo these days require alcohol. It is a well-known fact that alcohol has drying properties.

Solution - Buy the shampoo for more than it's scent. There are exceptions to the "scent factor" many gentle shampoos use botanicals that are helpful to our hair instead of destructive- so play it safe and read the ingredients. If it has alcohol- don't buy it. If it has mostly botanicals, it's probably a very safe choice. Remember there is a difference between naturally based alcohol and chemically based alcohol.

If you don't get the right shampoo, you will end up stripping the natural oils that are meant for your hair and provide it with all of its moisture. If you can help it, don't wash your hair daily. Find a way to hide your oily hair by using head bands or slicking your hair back into a tight bun so you can keep those natural oils.

Remember price and quality. Many botanical shampoos are concentrated and only require a quarter size amount to free your hair of dirt where as other generic shampoos can be gone in a matter of weeks. With a botanical shampoo you are not only paying more for a concentrated product, but for real results. Brands that include natural plants extracts in their shampoo do wonders for your hair rather than just generating lather and adding a drop of extract to make it smell good.

Ease Up - If you have chemically relaxed hair that you dye monthly and sometimes decide to put in hot curlers for a girls night out- be careful. If you are going to put your hair through this much stress every time you go out for a night on the town you are weakening your hair's defenses. Take it easy. Go ahead and style for that special night out but don't torture your hair on a regular basis. Let your hair rest and regain its strength. Every once in a while, apply a deep conditioning mask. Pour on the conditioner like there was no tomorrow- concentrating on the ends. Leave it on overnight and in the morning rinse it off.

Another way to pamper your hair is with an oil treatment or scalp treatment. This will help rebalance your hair's natural PH level, encourages growth and healthy hair. Massage the scalp to help the pores create more oils and re energize the scalp. This is a great way to restore hair that has been striped of its natural oils to get smoother, shiny hair.

Since everyone has some level of dry hair, (yes, that means you) keep in mind these simple steps that can help you to have smooth, easy-to-style, healthy hair. Remember that prevention is a lot easier than repairing the damage done. So start now to get your hair on the right path towards health. Say bye-bye to bad hair days and hello to beautiful, truly healthy hair.

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Article Written - May 25, 2008.