REASONS YOU HAVE DRY HAIR EVEN AFTER MOISTURISING
It’s is so frustrating when you’ve applied different moisturising creams to your hair but yields no result. If you follow all the required tips to get your dry hair moisturised, and it doesn’t seem working but gets worse, there might be some simple mistakes in your routine that are causing the dryness of your hair.
Maintaining the moisture of your hair can be somehow challenging especially with the change in weather that may likely affect the moisture in our hair.
There are also some questions you need to ask yourself when you notice your hair remains dry or the dryness is getting worse that is if you are faithful to your moisturising routine. Are you deep conditioning? Have you changed your hair products? Have you tried out the LOC (Liquid+oil+cream) method?
However, we will be giving you some of the reason your hair seems dry despite all effort to moisturise.
The porosity of your hair
Porosity is the extent of your hair’s ability to be able to absorb and retain moisture. It determines how moisture can easily penetrate your hair. A high porosity hair is considered as good because it has holes and gaps in the cuticle that makes it easy for moisture to penetrate, unlike the low porosity hair that has a tightly bound cuticle layer making it difficult for moisture to penetrate.
If the porosity of your hair is low, employ the use of heat when applying moisture to open up your cuticle, for example, use warm water, steaming or a heat cap to achieve this. Also, make sure you don’t go extra in applying hair products and stay away from protein treatments unless your hair lacks protein. Protein tends to make hair dry and stiff.
If the porosity of your hair is high and still cam trap in or retain moisture, then you can start experimenting with different oils and leave-ins. Oils that help to add moisture are castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil and a lot of them.
Your hair products
Some hair products can sabotage your effort in trying to get your hair moisturised without you even realising. A lot of hair products contains chemicals that can cause the dryness of hair. Meanwhile, some of the hair products can appear to be working for the meantime but with time, it does more harm than good.
Differentiating the hair products that contain damaging chemicals from the good ones is quite easy by checking the ingredients of products when you buy them. Ingredients to avoid are:
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Petroleum and Mineral Oil
- Synthetic colours
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Polyethylene and Propylene Glycol
Use products that contain natural oils, and butter as a replacement.
Too much Shampooing
When you shampoo your hair excessively, your hair can get drained of its moisture. Also, some shampoo contains ingredients that are harmful to the hair. It is recommended you shampoo your hair not more than once a week and at least once a month.
If your hair appears to be dry after regulating the number of times you wash your hair, try reducing the amount of time between washes and if no result still, then you can use clarifying treatment like apple cider vinegar or baking soda to your hair.
Styling your hair excessively can cause dryness of hair. Allow your hair to rest by using protective styles with low manipulation for a while.
When you are allowing the hair to rest, don’t forget to always moisturise your hair despite in a protective style. Give your hair a rich and deep conditioning immediately the protective style is removed.
This can sound ridiculous because it is known that dryness causes breakage, but some people don’t know that breakage also causes dryness. You can avoid hair breakage by detangling your hair gently by using a wide tooth comb and don’t towel-dry your hair after washing. Towel materials tangle and pull your hair, especially a curly hair, you can replace with a microfiber towel or even a cotton cloth.
Try out different protein levels
Moisture and protein need to be well balanced. Too much usage of protein makes the hair dry and stiff. Check the amount of protein you have in your routine and try to reduce it if possible.
Weather can be a determining factor to how well our hair gets its moisture. People that spend a lot of time outside tend to experience dryness of hair. When going out in extreme weather, protect your hair with a scarf, hat, or even swim cap to keep your hair moisturised.
However, if everything fails to work, the problem can still be one hidden ingredient in your routine. You can remove all hair products from your routine and use oils, natural ingredients, homemade treatments for about a month or two before gradually introducing your old products one after the other to help you identify the particular product behind the lack of moisture in your hair.