Got a Sahara Dessert on your hands? Whether you are relaxed or natural we have all had to deal with dry hair issues at some point in our hair journeys.
Unlike split ends where you could get away with having them for a month or so, dry hair is a pressing need that needs a quick fix with immediate results otherwise devastation and a setback could take over.
So what if you could correct your dry hair issues once and for all? What some people fail to take into account is that dry hair correction, particularly if you have naturally porous hair, is not a single ‘set and forget’ fix. Dry hair can be corrected pretty easily but to prevent recurrence, it also requires ‘top up’ treatments little and often in order to keep your hair in check. How often depends very much on your own hair and this is all part and parcel of learning your hair during your individual hair journeys.
So without further ado, here are 5 sure-fire ways to correct dry hair issues for good.
Steaming you hair is like therapy literally, no matter how many times you decide to do it, your hair will always come out feeling great. There are a couple of reasons why steaming is awesome, the first is that it opens top layers of the hair strand (the cuticles) allowing moisture and your great ingredients from your products to penetrate as much as they can.
Steam treatments are wonderful for the scalp as well because the heat encourages circulation, stimulating the hair follicles encouraging good health and in the long run, great growth. If you have dry hair issues steaming your hair should be at the top of your priority list for a long lasting quick fix and if you don’t own a steamer*, you can try our method here of steaming your hair without a steamer.
2. Picking The Right Deep Conditioners – Thicker DC’s With A Balance Of Moisture And Protein
You might have the luxury of picking any kind of shampoo especially if you do not use it often, but conditioner, you have to take your time with and pick the right one for your particular circumstances.
One of the most important things in your regimen is balancing protein and moisture. Your hair can pave over cracks from the protein and hold on to more better when you add moisture to it. Another thing to consider is if the conditioner has some ‘umph’ to it, a thick conditioner with some great healthy ingredients like natural oils* may be just what the doctor ordered if your hair is dry.
Once you have the perfect conditioner, use it to deep condition your hair, or just co-wash, either way you will be on your way to fixing your dry hair issues.
There is nothing worse than doing all you can to get your hair moisturized, soft, smooth and shiny in the morning and by mid afternoon it’s starting to look and feel like a birds nest.
Many of us can attest to the fact that sometimes dry hair can be stubborn and porosity your bitter enemy, so your sealing game needs to be on point. Heavy oils and butters* act as sealants so that when you spend time to moisturizing your hair, the heavier the oil or butter makes it less likely that the moisture will escape the strands.
Seal your entire strand but pay very close attention to the ends of the hair. A sealed hair strand behaves differently from one that is not sealed, you should notice curl definition, clumping and a feeling of softness and smoothness for much longer. Get to know your hair when it is properly sealed so that you can determine what works best for you.
Baggying is what we like to call the old faithful. It is a staple for many of us whether relaxed or natural and is a definite way to restore moisture to thirsty strands.
The idea is to trap the moisture for a period of time hoping for some great penetration as we sleep or go about our day. You can choose to baggy the ends of the hair or your whole head depending on the dryness and where it seems to happen the most.
Target baggying can be super effective for the ends of the hair and baggying in general is a sure fire way of helping your hair retain moisture. It would be great to note here that baggying is so effective that if done too often you can end up with hair that is over moisturized and mushy so be very careful when doing this method.
5. Daily Moisturizing
Surely this is a no brainer! Daily moisturizing is just doing your due diligence when you know that you have dry hair issues. If your seal game is on point you might be able to get away with moisturizing every two days, but it just depends on where your hair is on the health scale.
Daily moisturizing can mean anything from spraying your hair with water or a conditioner mix in the morning to moisturizing in the same manner at night and setting the hair to hold the moisture as you sleep. Either way it should be an ingrained habit especially if you suffer from dry hair.
Originally posted 2013-05-20 15:00:38.