I have clients telling me how dry their hair has been feeling. I have been there a time or two. As a hairstylist, I have changed my hair color multiple times. We (the hairstylists) hardly ever scheduled time for beautifying ourselves. We take any opportunity possible to apply color or receive a quick trim. My hair has history of being dry, crunchy, brittle and lacking lustrous shine.
Logic dictates: If my skin is dry and lacking shine, what would I do? I would moisturize! The same rule applies for hair.
Hair requires moisture especially if its color processed, curly, exposed to natural elements such as sun and salt water, and in chlorine or other minerals. Just as an FYI, there is chlorine in our city water and iron is a mineral most commonly found in well water. These factors dry hair and removes moisture. Our bodies naturally produce oil to maintain our moisture. Our sebaceous glands produce the amount of oil we need for hair, but shampoo strips the natural oils. It is vital to replace the moisture that our natural oil provides back into our hair.
There are several options.
A simple at home solution is coconut oil. Coconut oil is moisturizing and pH balancing. It can penetrate deep into your hair shaft. Your hair will actually soak up the oil and will not look greasy after several hours. The easiest method to apply coconut oil to your hair is via a bath. It is also a great excuse for taking the time to pamper you! Begin filling the tub with water and add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Soak. Remember to soak your hair in the coconut water. My best advice: do not shampoo your hair until the next day. Let the coconut oil soak into your hair overnight. The following morning, shampoo and condition your hair. Voila! Your hair is now thanking you.
P.S. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing your skin too!
If coconut oil does not sound like your cup of tea, then there are other options. There are salon professional hair masks and treatments available for purchase to use at home. My personal favorite is the It’s A 10 hair mask. I have the large size bottle with a pump dispenser available for purchase or it can be purchased at major retailers. I recommend using the hair mask or treatment once a week. If there is a day you spend at home cleaning your home, take a few moments to shampoo your hair and wring out excess water. Apply the hair mask/treatment to hair and let it soak as long as possible. I typically tie my hair up into a bun and let it soak in all day. The final step, of course, is to rinse your hair and style as usual.
What if schedule and life does not allow time for at-home moisturizing for hair? Don’t worry! There are salon hair treatments available! My current favorite in salon treatment service is Pravana Demi-permanent Shine Treatment. It’s a 20-minute under heat process. It leaves all hair types soft, smooth and glossy! It’s fast and effective for the modern day woman.
Another in salon option is the CAT treatment by Redken. It infuses the damaged and brittle hair with protein to revitalize its strength. Depending on the extent of damage, a professional hairstylist will determine the course of action with CAT.
I hope this information is useful. If there are any further questions about curing your dry hair, do not hesitate to ask. I would be happy to help you determine your best course of action. There is hope for your dry hair! Just remember to moisturize!