What Causes Dry, Brittle Hair and How to Replenish Damaged Hair
Aug. 28, 2020
Luxurious, silky hair is a goal for almost everyone. But sometimes dry, brittle hair can stand in the way. Dry hair can affect everyone from men to women of any age but it’s more common in those who are older. The hair consists of three different layers. If your hair is healthy then the natural oils in the outer layer will protect the inner layers. The oils on the outer layer of the hair is what makes the hair appear shiny and healthy. When the hair is dry, the outer layer breaks down leaving the hair dull and dry.
Causes of Dry Hair
Sometimes the scalp may not be making enough oil to moisturize the entire head. If there isn’t enough oil to moisturize the hair, then it will inevitably become dull and dry. As we age, the hair naturally makes less oil meaning that hair is more likely to be dry. Healthy hair has a protective layer called the cuticle that acts as a shield against heat and sun damage. A healthy cuticle maintains its ability to hold moisture, but once the strand becomes damaged and the layers start separating – some oil escapes. A variety of things can lead to dry hair including environmental conditions, hair care and physical health.
If you live in a dry, hot climate then your hair may be more prone to drying out. If you are frequently exposed to the sun’s rays, then the moisture may be escaping from your hair strands. Frequently swimming in chlorinated or salty water can also cause the natural oils in the hair to be completely stripped.
If you find yourself washing your hair too often or using harsh shampoos, conditioners or styling products then this may be contributing to your dry hair. Dying or chemically treating your hair can also affect the hair cuticle and lead to moisture loss. Using blow dryers or hot tools can also damage the hair which can lead to dryness.
In some cases, an underlying health issue may be contributing to the hair’s ability to retain moisture. Some conditions include eating disorders, hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism. These conditions negatively affect the level of key nutrients needed for hair health which leads to dry, dull and damaged hair.
Analyzing Dry Hair
If you have severely dry hair that doesn’t seem to get better with changes to your hair routine, then you may need to make an appointment with your doctor. A professional may be able to identify any underlying issues and refer you to a specialist that can help. When determining if your issue is serious enough to seek medical attention, make sure you consider how long it has persisted, the severity and any other associated symptoms.
Treating Dry Hair
In many cases, dry hair can be treated with a few simple changes which includes:
- Washing your hair less often. Shampooing on a regular basis can strip your hair of protective oils and lead to dryness. Try limiting wash day to a couple times a week or less if your hair can handle it. Try applying nourishing hair oils and leave-in conditioners after washing to further promote shine and softness.
- Use products designed for your hair type. If you have thick, curly hair using products made for fine straight hair will probably leave your hair feeling dry and looking dull. Finding products for your hair type can make a huge difference when it comes to dryness.
- Avoid chemical treatments and hot tools. These treatments cause damage to the cuticle which leads to moisture loss.
- Use moisturizing products regularly. In order to restore moisture to the hair adding a hair serum or intensive treatment hair mask can make a huge difference. Doing a treatment at least once a week or adding a serum to your routine can revitalize the hair strand and lead to shiny, lustrous hair.
Dry hair signifies damage and if left untreated, your hair can become brittle and break easily. Since most cases of dry hair can be easily treated with a few simple changes, it’s important to act before the condition of your hair worsens. If your dry hair persists, you may need to contact your doctor.
Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
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Stay Young Forever? ✨
That’d be great right? Well in taking those steps, I definitely recommend these amazing serums. I was gifted the: Intoxicated Cosmetics: Snake Serum Bee Serum Snail Serum I started using the Snail Serum last night first and wow did I notice a difference. The Snail Serum mainly targets dryness. I used this in place of my usual night time serum and boy did I notice a difference. I N G R E D I E N T S : All Serums contain: ✨Niacinamide Bee Serum: Bee Venom Plant Based Stem Cells Royal Epigen Snake Serum Snake Venom Green & White Tea Extract Peptides Snail Serum Snail Peptide Hyadisine Echinacea Moronga Oil Extract I definitely will try the other serums in my routine as I get used to the Snail Serum but so far my skin is definitely happy. What serum would you like to try?
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My Farewell To Cherie
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At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
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