With so many different hair products available, it can be difficult to choose the right ones. Depending on your unique hair type, the length of your hair, if you have dyed your hair, and other factors, the wrong hair product can leave your hair damaged and brittle. Using the wrong products however, is just one of the reasons why your hair could be overly dry.
Causes of Dry Hair
There could be a number of reasons as to why your hair is dry and brittle. One reason may be a lack of moisture. This happens when the oil glands in the scalp have been depleted, or if there is an excessive amount of heat applied to your hair from heat applications like blow drying, straightening, or curling. It could also mean that you have a weakened immune system as a result of illness, nutritional deficiencies, poor eating habits, or stress.
Some other causes of dry hair include:
- Hormonal imbalance, due to age or pregnancy
- Damaging chemicals in shampoos
- Washing your hair too often
- Overexposure to chlorine in swimming pools
- Not conditioning your hair after every shampoo
- Dying, perming, or relaxing your hair often
- Exposure to tobacco smoke
- Medical conditions like diabetes, anemia, and thyroid disorders
- Excessive UV-ray exposure
Treating Dry and Brittle Hair
Wash Hair Correctly
When you wash your hair, it is ideal to use a sulfate-free shampoo and apply it only on your scalp. Washing the entire length of your hair can dry out your ends, so concentrate the shampoo on the top of your head, and let it rinse out through the ends.
Condition Hair Consistently
Make sure that every time you wash your hair, you use a conditioner and concentrate it on the tips of your hair. Using a conditioner can significantly help damaged hair by increasing shine, lessening static, and offering protection against harmful UV rays. Along with consistently using conditioner, try adding a deep-conditioning treatment into your routine once a week to further add moisture to your hair.
Protect Hair Against Chlorine
Since chlorine can be damaging to your hair, it is beneficial to wear a tight-fitting swim cap while swimming, especially if you do so frequently. It is also advisable to deep condition your hair after swimming to replace lost moisture.
Limit Hair Treatments
Every time you use heat on your hair, it dries out the hair, eventually leading to damaged and split ends. To combat dryness from heat applications, limit the frequency of these hair treatments and use the lowest heat settings.
Wear Your Hair Loose
Have you ever put your hair in a ponytail and felt as though it was pulling on your scalp? This can lead to breakage, especially when it is done repetitively and in the same spot. Try using scrunchies so your hair is pulled back less tightly and mix up the kinds of hairstyles that you wear.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Following a healthy diet with plenty of water and packed with proteins, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and zinc will allow your hair to regain strength and grow back healthier than before.
Try Low-Level Laser Therapy
If you are experiencing dry, brittle, and thinning hair, you may want to try low-level laser therapy (LLLT). LLLT works by stimulating the stem cells in the scalp by enhancing their ability to perform cellular respiration. With their increased activity, your hair follicles are able to grow more effectively, reversing the miniaturization and thinning of hair follicles.
LaserCap is an FDA-cleared form of LLLT to promote hair regrowth in both men and women. As a light and flexible cap lined with laser diodes, this treatment method is convenient and accessible to everyone. If you would like to learn more about what LaserCap can do for you or why you are experiencing dry hair, contact us today to get started.