At Tameology, we get tons of emails, calls and social media messages regarding dry and brittle hair. Why is it happening? How can it be remedied and prevented? Well, keep reading to find out how we advise our clients on conquering this hair issue…and to find out how you can still enter our September giveaway!
First, let’s discuss some of the reasons why you may have dry, brittle hair in the first place.
Heat styling is well-loved. Let’s face it, it can be great! You can achieve super-straight, super-sleek styles that are magazine-cover worthy. But heat tools (blow dryers, curling irons and wands, flat irons, etc.) can pose great risk to hair if they are used too often. Overuse can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, and increase split ends.
When the weather changes, so do your hair needs. In colder months, your hair is more prone to dryness due to extreme cold temperatures outdoors followed by extreme warm temperatures indoors.
Quite simply, your hair is affected by your hormones. Pregnancy, birth control, other hormone changing (and regulating) medications, and certain medical conditions can change your body’s hormone balance, causing your hair to become dry and brittle.
Wrong Hair Care Products
Using the wrong products (i.e. drying shampoos and conditioners, products containing excessive amounts of alcohol, etc.) can wreak havoc on your hair.
Brushing Hair While Wet
Many people love to brush their hair while wet, but this can cause breakage and split ends.
Now that we know why your hair may be dry and brittle, we can focus on some remedies.
Hair, much like skin, needs moisture. And dry hair needs even more! Make sure you are using moisture retentive products to keep your tendrils hydrated.
Comb. Don’t Brush.
Instead of brushing your hair while wet, try combing it instead. Use a wide tooth comb and a hydrating leave-in conditioner. This should minimize breakage and help your hair retain moisture.
Minimize Heat. Or Avoid It Altogether.
If you must use heat to style your hair, make sure you use a great heat protectant to minimize the dryness and damage that heat tools can cause.
Hair that has been damaged or has split ends needs intensive therapy. Deep condition with heat weekly. If you find that your hair is not improving, try deep conditioning twice a week. Once your hair improves, gradually move to monthly deep conditioning sessions.
Use Shampoos and Conditioners Free of Harsh Sulfates.
Sulfates [insert scary music here]! Yes, sulfates can be scary. After all, they can strip your hair of the moisture it so desperately needs. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain drying sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). But note, not all sulfates are bad. Behentrimonium Methosulfate doesn’t dry the hair out. In fact, it’s so gentle that it’s recommended for baby skincare products! Also, it’s a great conditioning agent because it adds slip to the hair (which aids in detangling) and it helps close the cuticle. Likewise, Cetrimonium Methosulfate is a mild conditioning agent that adds softness to the hair.
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