A good number of people have dry hair. Some think it’s just a matter of genetics because there are people who have naturally dry hair.
Take for example people who have curly hair. Curly hair has higher chances of becoming dry because the oil from the scalp has a harder time spreading through the length of your hair strands.
The curls somehow prevent it from easily flowing from your scalp until the tips of your hair. That is why you would notice curly-haired people usually have frizzy hair or have split ends. These hair problems can be attributed to lack of moisture.
But some believe that genetics is not the only culprit for this. How you take care of your hair is also a big factor in achieving a good moisture for it.
You can have straight hair and it can still be dry and frizzy. You can’t blame genetics for that. This is why your hair regimen is equally important.
Here is a simple moisturizing hair regimen that you can do in your own time.
Step 1: Moisturize from within
Drinking 8 glasses a day is not only helpful to your skin and your health in general. It is also beneficial to your hair. With enough water, your body will be able to function at its best and the glands that are supposed to provide moisture in your scalp will be able to do so.
Step 2: Cleanse your hair
Washing is very important because it helps you get rid of the dirt on your scalp and hair strands. It cleanses your hair of anything that could potentially prevent the oil from spreading.
Washing varies for different people. Some wash every day, some wash once every two weeks. While there is no strict rule as to when or how often you should wash, you should be able to figure out what works for you.
Try to wash once every two weeks and check if your hair is well-moisturized. If it becomes too greasy, then you have to wash more often than that. Try washing once a week, every other day, or every day until you get the desired results. Take note that it is not advised to wash every day because too many chemicals might be overpowering for your scalp.
When you wash your hair, make sure that you use a sulfate-free shampoo because it helps prevent dry hair. It also has fewer chemicals which in turn can make your hair become healthier. Another tip when cleaning your hair is that you stick to the same shampoo for at least three months straight. If you keep on changing hair products you won’t be able to see their effects on you because they don’t work overnight.
Step 3: Massage your scalp
You can do this as you wash your hair with shampoo, or when you’re doing nothing at home. By massaging your scalp, you can either do it with your hands or with a comb. It’s going to help in producing and spreading the oil to your hair strands. So the saying “brush your hair 100 times” is not entirely useless.
While you don’t have to brush your hair 100 times (and it’s not advisable to do so because it leads to hair breakage), you just have to massage your scalp from time to time so that it is able to produce more oil for a more moisturized hair. When you do this while using shampoo, make sure that every part of your hair (from roots to the tips) has shampoo on it.
Step 4: Put conditioner
Conditioner is very helpful and this step should not be missed. You can miss cleansing from time to time, but never skip the conditioner. It’s because conditioning your hair is a more intense way of treating it and giving it the nutrients it needs.
It can also be a supplement to cleansing because some conditioning hair products have ingredients that help remove dirt, stench, and debris. But more than that, conditioner is supposed to seal the nutrients in your hair. They act as a coating wherein the nutrients from the shampoo are sealed in your roots.
Step 5: Detangle hair strands
As mentioned earlier, curlier hair has higher chances of being dry because oil finds it hard to travel along hair strands. The same logic works in tangles. When your hair is tangled, oil does not reach the tips making your hair prone to damage, specifically breakage.
When you detangle, make sure that you do this carefully because if you just forcibly brush your hair to remove the knots and curls in it, then you aren’t really doing your hair a service. Instead, you are putting it in a more terrible state because it ruins the strands themselves.
Step 6: Moisturize all throughout
Who says that you can only moisturize during a shower? Moisturizing your hair can be as easy as sprinkling water on your scalp so that it doesn’t remain dry. This is important especially if you have curly hair.
Just get a small spray, fill it up with water, and spray on your hair several times a day. You can spray during noon time because this is when heat is always at its highest and the moisture you got from the shower has already been “dried up”.
You can also add naturally moisturizing products to your spray or apply it after you spray. This will further make your hair smoother and healthier all throughout the day.
In the end, these steps are supposed to be followed religiously. Do this every day and without fail so that you can see the difference. If it seems that your hair is still dry, then maybe the hair product you are using is not fit for your hair’s characteristics or you have to moisturize more often.
It would be very helpful if you already know your hair type so that you can adjust your hair care regimen to suit its needs. Don’t worry, consistency and hard work will surely reap great results for your crowning glory.
Danny Puopolo is the Creative Director and Manager at rakis.com.au. He is the 2016 winner of the Shu Uemura Muse Image Awards and a member of the Loreal Professionnel National Artistic Team.