We all know that moisturized hair is healthy hair, but it can be challenging to keep your hair hydrated. Regardless of your hair type, hair dryness may be a real struggle. In this article, we will tell you exactly how to make your hair less dry.
Dryness and Your Hair Type
Girls and guys with all hair types may experience hair dryness from time to time. Let us fill you in on hair-type specific recommendations for reducing dryness in your hair.
Type 1 and 2 Hair
People may think that type 1 (straight), and type 2 (wavy) hair never gets dry, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Though scalp oils can easily lubricate looser strands, the hair may still get dry from time to time. Harsh shampoos, heat tools, and other chemicals can strip the hair of all moisture, leaving it dry and prone to damage.
Products to Help
To remedy dryness in type 1 and type 2 hair, try the following:
- Apply light oils to your hair. Light oils like grapeseed oil, argan oil, and sweet almond oil all provide deep moisture without weighing down your strands.
- Use a moisturizing conditioner. Not all conditioners are created equal. Choose one that has moisturizing ingredients, like aloe vera, oils, and glycerin.
Type 3 and 4 Hair
If you have type 3 (curly) or type 4 (coily) hair, you may already be aware that these hair types are the driest of them all. The scalp’s oils are unable to adequately lubricate curly/coily strands. So, these hair types are predisposed to dryness and more prone to breakage.
Products to Help
To remedy dryness in type 3 and type 4 hair, try the following:
- Deep condition your hair. Instead of using a regular rinse-out conditioner, consider deep-conditioning your hair with an ultra-moisturizing hair mask.
- Apply heavy oils to your hair. For parched hair, reach for heavier oils like castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.
Change Your Haircare Routine
Your hair could also be dry because of your haircare routine. The following list will fill you in on some hair care routine changes that can make your hair less dry:
- Limit heat tool use. Heat tools deplete the hair of moisture and nutrients. If you use less heat on your hair, it will be able to hold onto more moisture.
- Wash your hair less often. The more often you wash your hair, the drier your hair may be. Wash your hair only when it begins to feel or appear dirty.
- Use cooler water when washing your hair. Washing your hair with hot water can cause hair dryness.
Bonus tip for all hair types: Incorporate a lightweight leave-in conditioner into your daily hair routine. Sometimes, all you need is an extra dose of moisture to get you through the day.
Now you know several tips to help bring moisture back to your hair. We hope that these tips are helpful to you in your hair journey.
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Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.