You’ve seemingly tried everything and no matter what, your hair still feels dry and brittle. You think to yourself: “Well, maybe this is the way my hair will always be. Why bother?” I’m here to tell you that before you throw in the towel (and several bottles of costly hair lotions in the trash) that dry hair isn’t impossible to deal with. There’s no “magic bullet” but there are things that you can do to make sure your hair is getting what it needs.
Water — inside and out
Contrary to the advertising of beauty companies your hair doesn’t need their products. You may want their products but your hair can do just fine without them. The most important ingredient you need to tackle dryness is water.
Yes, that sounds simple but before you roll your eyes, I don’t only mean water on your hair but water intake in your body. Your hair isn’t an essential organ, so if your water intake is limited, your body will allocate it to other parts of your body, leaving your hair dry and brittle.
Don’t take water for granted. Make it a part of your beauty routine by regularly wetting your hair and regularly drinking water.
Whipped Butter Sealant
Okay, so you’re drinking enough water (about 8 glasses per day), you have a balanced diet and you wet your hair regularly but it still feels dry. The leave in conditioners and hair creams you’re using may not be enough. Consider layering a light oil or butter on top of your strands to maintain moisture throughout the day.
Try BGLH Marketplace’s Mango Shea Blended Butter. It is lightweight, and easily spreadable, but very powerful at locking moisture into strands.
Mango Shea Blended ButterFrom: $7.00
Aloe Vera + Oil
“But, Geniece” you say, “I’ve done all of these things and my hair still feels dry!” Okay, now we’ve moved away from the reality of dryness to the perception of dryness. Here’s what I mean; if the cuticles of your hair don’t lie flat it can make your hair feel scratchy and coarse which can imitate a feeling similar to dryness. At this point your hair shouldn’t be at risk of breakage, but there are things that you can do to diminish the feeling of dryness.
Whole leaf aloe vera juice or gel (the kind you store in a refrigerator) can help your cuticle to lie flat. Dampen a section of your hair with aloe vera juice or gel, then apply a dime sized amount of Mango Shea Blended Butter. Twist that section and in 2-3 hours compare it to the other sections of your hair. The hair should feel smoother and softer in comparison.
When all else fails…
You’ve tried everything mentioned above and still your hair feels dry. If your hair is not breaking and you are regularly retaining length, then the answer may be quite simple: Your hair isn’t deprived of moisture but the texture of your hair makes it feel like it is. Case in point: I can be just as diligent with my hair care in the summer as I am in the spring. My hair will still feel drier in the summer due to exposure to heat.
Excessively dry hair (barring health issues) can usually be resolved with simple changes to your routine. But if you’re doing everything right and your hair is thriving in every other respect then embrace your texture even if it doesn’t feel soft to the touch.
What are your favorite methods of combatting dry hair?