Dealing with Dryness
It’s one of the most common complaints stylists hear, “My hair feels so dry!” If you’re bothered by your dry hair, you’re not alone. It often takes more than a daily conditioner to combat dryness because it’s not simply a case of dehydration. To make your hair soft, smooth, and lush, you need to get to the root of the dry hair problem.
Is your hair curly?
Curly hair is commonly considered dry thanks to its unique makeup. All hair has a protective outer layer—called the cuticle layer—that is almost scale-like. When the scales are flat, it makes hair feel smooth, but when the scales are raised it has a rough texture. Curly hair has both flat and raised cuticles so it feels dry even though it’s not—the cuticle layer just needs to be smoothed. DESIGNLINE Texture Balance Shampoo and Conditioner hydrates, nourishes, and evens out the cuticles for a silky smooth feel.
Has your hair been chemically treated?
Chemically treated hair (color, highlights, perms and relaxers) can feel dry, especially when it’s had multiple chemical services like a perm and color. Each time you get a chemical service, it weakens your hair and damages the cuticle layer, making it feel crunchy and dry. The best way to repair and smooth chemically treated hair is to use a protein-packed product like Biolage Repair Inside that will strengthen and moisturize.
Do you frequently use hot tools?
Hot tools like your hair dryer and curling iron can be damaging to the cuticle, leaving hair scorched, frayed and prone to split ends. But that doesn’t mean you must stop using them, just take preventative steps to keep your hair healthy. While hair is damp, apply a heat protection product like Style Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Spray and then blow dry and curl or flat iron. If your hair is already dry from heat styling, restore your moisture level with It’s a 10 Miracle Silk Shampoo and Conditioner.
What’s your hair texture?
The texture of your hair is strongly influenced by its moisture content. Coarse hair is naturally low in moisture, while fine hair is the opposite. If your hair is coarse and feels dry, or even a little wiry, replenish the moisture with a product pairing like Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner that is emollient and rich in moisture to soften the texture. If your fine hair is feeling dry, apply a rich conditioner to the ends only—too much moisture at the roots and crown can make it limp and oily.
Other factors to consider when solving the dry hair dilemma include hard water, medications or medical treatments, and not drinking enough water on a daily basis. If you’ve considered all these common causes and haven’t found an effective solution, talk with your stylist about other options. A professional deep conditioning treatment may be what your dry hair needs to feel soft and smooth.