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Hair gets dry and dull-looking for a number of different reasons. There could be
genetic factors involved, dietary deficiencies (low levels of Vitamin B, inadequate
essential fatty acids, lack of proteins) and/or bad lifestyle practices. To repair
and prevent dry brittle hair, you have to make a few simple changes to your daily
routine to add shine and put moisture back into your crowning glory.
Make Dry Hair Soft and Silky Smooth
1. Stay Away from Frequent Hair Coloring
While color treatments can give you an exciting new look and bring out your unique
personality, coloring your locks too much or too often can dry out hair, especially
if bleach in part of the process.
If you want to color/dye your hair, I suggest you either wait till it becomes stronger
and healthier, or use a no ammonia or low peroxide hair color that is gentler on
dry damaged hair. And, how long you should wait before you color your hair again?
The recommended time interval between hair colorings is a few weeks, about 2-3 months
Popular hair color brands with ammonia free and low peroxide formula include Herbatint,
L’Oreal Natural Match No-Ammonia Color-Calibrated Creme Hair Color, Clairol's Herbal
Essences Bold 'n Brilliant Color, and Naturtint.
2. Avoid Intense Heat Sources When Using Hair Styling Appliances
Heat from styling tools – blow dryers, heat lamps, curling irons and flat iron –
can damage your hair, stripping hair of its natural oils, leaving your hair dry and
If you have to blow dry your hair on a regular basis, make sure to hold the nozzle
at least 5-6 inches away from your head and use a medium/cool setting. And, avoid
direct air flow at any one section for more than a few seconds at a time. It's also
a good idea not to blow dry your hair until completely dry; it's best to leave a
little moisture in.
Consider other alternatives to heat styling such as air drying, wet wraps, pin curls
and steam rollers.
Also, be aware that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, and tanning beds, as well
as pool chemicals can wreak havoc on your hair. To protect your mane from chlorine
damage, always clarify your hair after a swim. Clarifying shampoo helps remove chlorine,
salt and other hair buildup.
3. Protect Your Hair While You Sleep
Did you know that your cotton pillow cases and sheets can damage dry hair further
when you toss and turn in your sleep? While you sleep, your hair rubs against the
pillow or sheets, creating friction. The friction can result in hair breakage, split
ends and dryness.
To keep unwanted friction from destroying your tresses, protect hair by wearing a
sleeping cap, scarf, or use pillowcases made from soft smooth fabrics such as silk
or satin. Unlike cotton or wool, silk and satin are much gentler on dry hair. They
allow hairs to slide smoothly when you move in your sleep and hence less likely to
snag hair fibers.
4. Avoid Over-Shampooing
Washing your hair every day or more is not necessarily a good thing. Research suggests
that over-shampooing can wash out natural protective oils and moisture, causing your
hair to become dry.
You should wash your hair, about 3-4 times a week to help your scalp produce natural
oils. If daily shampooing is unavoidable, especially during hot summer months or
after a fitness workout, make sure you use a mild low pH shampoo, don't scrub your
scalp too much and use only cool water.
To avoid the adverse effects of over-shampooing, always follow up with a good quality
hair conditioner after shampooing.
5. Condition Hair Daily
Conditioners are a must if you desire shiny, silky hair. Conditioning dry hair every
single day keeps it soft, bouncy and well-moisturized.
Simply apply a generous amount of conditioner on your hair and cover with a plastic
shower cap or saran wrap. Make sure to towel dry or gently squeeze excess moisture
out of your hair before applying conditioner as water can dilute its concentration
and stop it from working effectively. Then leave it on as long as possible to allow
For severely dry hair, deep condition at least twice a week. You might also want
to consider salon conditioners that contain high-quality proteins which penetrate
deeper into the hair shaft and lock in moisture. They might be a bit more expensive
than those in the drugstores but trust me, it doesn't take much time before you see
and feel the difference they make.
And, since you mentioned that olive oil does very little to improve dry hair problem,
I highly recommend you try out this incredible product – Moroccan oil. It absorbs
into the hair very quickly to give you immediate shine and strengthening benefits.
Moroccan oil has a lovely fragrance that dissipates fast after application and it
doesn't feel greasy at all.
By Tiffany Moore
My hair is dry and the ends look brittle even though I avoid chemical treatments.
I've tried to soften it with olive oil once a week and conditioners don't seem to
make my dry, coarse hair smooth either. I want my hair to look very shiny and silky,
and manageable. Any solutions/tips to fix dry damaged hair problems? – Kim, Montreal.