If you have ever experienced dry and brittle hair, you’re not alone. It’s a very common hair issue, but with many causes. Here are 7 different things that attribute to dry and brittle natural hair with possible solutions.
1. You’re Over Clarifying
Are you going crazy with the bentonite clay treatments or apple cider vinegar rinses? Maybe you didn’t realize your shampoo is a clarifying shampoo vs. a moisturizing shampoo? These things can dry your hair out. This happened to me. But its a quick fix just take it easy on your clarifying treatments. Space them out a little more or limit them in drier weather.
2. You’re Under Clarifying
Build-up can weigh down hair and keep it from receiving the moisture it needs. This is especially true if you use heavy oils and butters or exclusively co-wash. If your hair feels heavy, overly oily, or even tacky; its time for a clarifying treatment. Read: 5 More Reasons To Clarify Your Natural Hair
SEE ALSO: 10 Cowash Conditioners You Should Know
3. Your Hair is Damage
There are a number of things that can damage your hair. It could be the sun’s rays, winter’s wind, or self-inflicted over processing; just too much heat from your favorite blow dryer/ flat iron. Whatever the case maybe, your hair is dry, brittle, and DAMAGED. It can take your hair weeks or even months to recover, but it is possible. First, cease and desist the hair damaging behavior. Then follow-up with a good trim and deep condition regularly with both a protein and moisturizing deep conditioner to repair weak and broken hair. If you like to make your own here’s a list of 5 DIY Deep Conditioners.
4. You’ve Skipped Trims
As your hair gets longer, your ends experience wear and tear. This results in dry and unruly ends. The only solution is to remove those dead ends with a trim. You will want to heat stretch the hair with a blow dryer and cut 1/4 to 1/2 cm above the split ends to fully remove the damage. This will also ensure an even trim.
5. You’re Moisturizing Improperly
There are tons of products that claim to moisturize hair. But the truth is that water and fully saturating your hair with water is the best way to moisturize. You should moisturize as often as needed. For some that means moisturizing daily with a DIY Moisturizing Spray or water-based moisturizing product.
6. You’re Eating an Unbalance Diet
Nourish your hair from the inside out. The best ways to promote healthy hair growth is by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and taking a daily multivitamin. Here are 10 Foods That Help Your Hair Grow.
7. You’re Not Moisturizing and Sealing
Whether you use the LOC or LCO method doesn’t really matter. (Although, I do prefer LOC Method with These Products) What matters is that you are first hydrating your hair with water and sealing with either a cream or oil. Water easily evaporates when not locked in with a sealant (a product that seals in moisture). An oil rinse is also a great solution for adding a little extra moisture boost. Here about it here.
I hope you found this list helpful. Here are a couple other post for quick moisture fixes.
What are some reasons that your hair is dry?
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