|Toya's hair tips: what causes the hair to be so dry?
Today my tip comes from the question "what causes the hair to be so dry?" I get asked this question all the time! This question is actually what made me decide to create by L. Jones Products. I wanted to create something for women to be able to use at home that would give their hair the proper amounts of moisture. The truth is that many women, especially black women have oil glands in our scalp that are not very active. What this means is that it could take up to two weeks before our hair starts getting oily on its own which is why many black women shampoo their hair every two weeks. Then you have other ethnicities where the women have to shampoo their hair daily. That is because the oil glands in their scalp are much more active. While we cannot control the activity level of our oil glands, there are a few adjustments we can make in order for our hair to be more moisturized.
|causes of dry hair varies, but there are some things you can do
- Drink enough water: This is the easiest thing you can do. Our bodies are made up of about 75-80 percent water so if we do not receive enough, our skin and scalp will become dry. Drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. This is the only way to properly hydrate your body from the inside. Being properly hydrated will help all of your moisturizing hair products work much better.
- Use moisturizing products: If your hair is extremely dry it is very important to use moisturizing products (like these) on your hair so that it won't become even more dry. The process of moisturizing the hair using products includes layering the moisture.
This is how you layer the moisture in your hair. Start with a moisturizing shampoo. The by L. Jones Extreme Moisture Shampoo is sulfate and paraben free, and is the first step in the layering. While gently cleansing the hair, this shampoo includes moisturizers and silk.
The next step is to use a deep conditioner. The Intense Moisturizing Deep Conditioner is what I recommend if you are seeking only extra moisture. This conditioner contains a multitude of oils and moisturizers that make the hair extremely soft and easier to manage. If you're looking for both extra moisture AND protein to reverse damage, use the Creamy Custard Reconstructive Treatment.
The next step in the layering is to add leave-in conditioner. The by L. Jones Original Collection Leave-In Conditioner is very lightweight and gives the hair an additional layer of moisture, as well as it also helps you to detangle much easier. The Vanilla Milk Leave-In is very much like the Original Collection Leave-In, but in addition to providing moisture it also has a hint of protein to help hair with chemicals and damage become much stronger.
- Weather changes: In cases of extreme cold, the hair tends to be more dry simply because there is not much moisture in the air. In the summer months, the hair is much more moisturized because there is so much more moisture in the air. Be sure to always deep condition in the winter as well as apply leave-in conditioner.
- Medication: Many medications have adverse reactions on the hair and one of them is that it can dry the hair out. If this is the case for you please speak with your doctor about alternative solutions. Do not just stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first!
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