Beauty & Fashion >> Hair Care >> Treating Dry Hair

Dry hair looks dull and lifeless. This type of hair craves moisture, and in most instances requires a healthy dose of protein. Dry hair needs protection in the form of emollients and lubricants, which will lay down the outside cuticle layer of the hair and create shine. Humectants will attract and retain moisture within this type of hair. Daily cleansing and conditioning with moisturizing and emollient treatments will go a long way toward alleviating a dry, tight scalp, while replenishing lost moisture and proteins along the hair shaft. Moisturisers contain "humectants" that not only replace lost moisture but actually attract moisture and retain it in the cortex of the hair.

Therefore use moisturisers, which have "humectants" in it. Essential fatty aids (EFA's) are great moisturizers. One of the best and most cost effective essential fatty acids is safflower oil. The scalp produces the best EFA's called sebum but sebum cannot reach upto the entire length of the hair if the hair is long. Hence it is necessary that to treat dry hair you have to use proper conditioners and moisturisers.

Treating your hair with natural moisturisers as follows:
  • Take a few drops of safflower oil in your palms and carefully take your hair (while dry) and apply the small amount of oil to the ENDS first and work toward the scalp. By applying safflower oil your dry hair will have the proper amount of humectants to attract and retain moisture.
  • Leave this in your hair for atleast 2 hours before washing.
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (on ends only) every other day. Rinse with water alone on off days.
  • Avoid heat-styling (blow-drying, flat-ironing) as often as possible because it damages your hair.
  • When you're at the beach, spread some of the sunscreen you use on your body through your hair so that it doesn't dry out and get crispy.

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