No matter the time of year, dry hair can come around at any time, and most likely when you least expect it. Having dry hair means that the hair does not absorb or retain enough moisture to keep it looking and feeling healthy which in turn means that it may look lacklustre, feel brittle and fragile to the touch. But what causes dry hair?

Dry hair can be caused by many factors, including:

  • nutritional deficiencies
  • excessive sun exposure
  • contact with chlorinated water
  • excessive hair washing
  • excessive use of styling products and heat tools
  • use of harsh hair products
  • smoking
  • humidity 

The good news is that there are a few things you can do in order to help reduce the dryness of your hair and keep it both looking and feeling its best all year round. Making some lifestyle changes and taking preventive measures can help alleviate dry hair.

Tips to help prevent dry hair:

  • Avoid overusing hair styling products, hair dye, and bleach
  • Avoid overusing heated styling tools, such as a blow dryer, curling iron, and flat irons
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure by wearing a hat for protection
  • Avoid excessive contact with chlorinated water in swimming pools
  • Wear loose hairstyles instead of tight hairstyles 
  • Do not sleep with accessories in your hair
  • Apply a weekly moisturising hair mask or treatment
  • Use soft and padded hair accessories and avoid metal clips and other metal accessories
  • Avoid washing your hair too often as you’ll be stripping your hair of its natural oils
  • Use mild shampoos, such as herbal or sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners
  • Use cold or tepid water instead of hot water when washing your hair as cold water helps to seal the cuticles and reduces moisture loss whereas hot water may strip your hair of its natural oils
  • Protect your hair from harsh elements and chemicals at the beach or swimming pool by rinsing hair after being in the water so as to get rid of any unwanted chemicals that may linger in your hair after you’ve gotten out
  • Trim your hair frequently to prevent split ends showing up and getting worse
  • Wear hats and scarves to protect the hair from the sun
  • Drink plenty of water and follow a healthful, balanced diet to ensure your hair has the best chance of being in the best health it can be
  • Use a hot oil treatment once a week or every 2 weeks to give your hair added moisture in order to restore it back to its former glory

Final thoughts

Although dry hair comes and goes there are preventative measures that we can take in order to keep our locks not only looking its best but actually being in the best condition it can be. By following these preventative measures you’ll be giving your hair the best chance to both look and feel its best all year round. 

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