Healthy Hair Care From A Professional Hairstylist

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Recommended Hair Care Routine (Dry Hair)

No More Dry Hair!

Having dry hair is no fun at all! No one likes having hair that looks brittle and dry, so if your hair is prone to dryness you definitely want to handle that immediately.  Here are a few signs that you are experiencing dry scalp/hair:

  • Your hair visibly looks dull and dry
  • Your hair looks brittle
  • You have mild flaking on your scalp
  • Your hair soaks up any oil or moisture that you put in it
If you are experiencing some or all of the signs listed above here is my recommended regimen for your hair:

  1. Shampoo first with a clarifying shampoo.  Although there are not many oils in your hair, you want to start with a clean slate.  Rinse thoroughly.  
  2. On the next shampoo, use a deep conditioning or moisturizing shampoo.  Pay close attention to cleansing your scalp, as if your scalp is properly nourished your hair will reap the benefits.  When using a great moisturizing shampoo, you will immediately feel your hair being nourished afterwards.  If you don't, continue on your search for a great product until you find one.  See my list of product reviews to start.
  3. Apply a deep moisturizing conditioner and let sit for about 10-15 minutes, preferably under a hooded dryer.  Allow to cool for 5 additional minutes and rinse with lukewarm or room temperature water.  
  4. Apply a leave-in conditioner, comb through, and style as usual.
  5. Repeat weekly.
Using great products is key when combating dry hair.  If you are using the right shampoo and conditioner, you will notice that you don't need to use a lot of extra product, like oils and serums, to make your hair shine.    These are great items to use in moderation, but you should never rely heavily on oils and serums as they only coat the hair instead of penetrating it.  Here are a few additional instructions to help you to banish that dry hair:
  • Never shampoo your hair with scalding hot water.  This only opens up your cuticle allowing any moisture that is in there to slide right out.
  • Avoid direct heat, or heat from styling tools, if possible.  If this is not possible for you, limit your usage of your styling tools to once per week.  Too much heat has the same effect as using water that is too hot
  • When using your styling tools, make sure they are on the right temperature.  They should not be on the highest setting, especially when you are already suffering from dry hair.
  • Continue your regimen until you see results.  If you don't add a moisturizing treatment to your routine every fourth week.
This regimen has been tested, tried, and true. Let me know if this helps you!
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