Managing dry and Damaged Hair
Hair is composed
primarily of proteins
(88%). These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. Keratin
protein is comprised of what we call "polypeptide chains."
Damage to the hair is usually caused by heat (irons, blow drying, curlers, heat
lamps, etc.), U.V. rays (Sun,
lights, tanning beds), mechanical devices (combs, brushes, curling irons, etc.),
relaxers, pool chemicals, the air, etc), or poor
(specifically -lack of proteins and essential fatty acids). But there are steps
you can take to restore your damaged hair and prevent it from going dry again.
Your hair is dry if:
it looks dull
it feels dry or rough
it tangles easily
it is difficult to comb or brush
it has been treated chemically (permed, bleached or
it is dry and frizzy.
Tips to Manage Dry hair
Dry hair is very fragile and needs special care. Be
gentle when lathering and avoid any pulling or yanking. Don't scrub with
your fingernails - this will not only irritate your scalp but can cause
hair breakage. Brush your lock gently and never when it's wet.
Allow your hair to air dry wherever possible. When you
must use your hairdryer, blow drying hair should be done correctly - use
it on a cooler temperature and aim it down the hair shaft.
Be careful not to over wash your locks. It's very easy
to strip away the natural oils if you wash it too often. Once or twice a
week is enough.
Rinse with water alone on off days.
Clarify your hair after you swim.
Use a moisturizing and nourishing
shampoo. Use only a mild, acidic shampoo that is labeled "for dry or
damaged hair." A good shampoo should have a pH of between 4.5 and 6.7.
Look for ingredients like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, or
Combat the damage of chemical treatments, colouring,
heat-styling and environmental pollution by deep-conditioning your hair
on a regular basis. This will help replenish lost moisture and keep
and resilient Use products that contain no alcohol, which can dry out
hair even more. In general,
conditioners with fragrance have alcohol, so avoid them. If your
hair is very dry, use an overnight conditioner. Mayonnaise is a great
natural conditioner. Leave it in your tresses for anywhere from 15-20
minutes before washing it out.
If you can afford, use a salon-grade shampoo and
conditioner; these products contain less "filler" ingredients.
Apply over-the-counter hot-oil treatment to repair dry,
damaged hair. Wear a shower cap over your hair while the hot oil is on;
rinse after 5 to 20 minutes. Olive oil and coconut oil work the best.
Reduce your use of hairspray,
gels and styling creams that contain chemical ingredients. With
excessive use, they can easily irritate your scalp and damage your hair.
Use a low or no ammonia hair color.
While, shampooing, do a scalp massage to stimulate oil
glands in the skin.
Do not use mousse on brittle, dry hair, use a
thickening lotion instead.
Every six weeks snip off frayed ends.
Beer is a good setting lotion to give healthy, shiny
look to dry hair. Spray it onto your locks using a pump bottle after
shampooing but before you blow-dry.
Treating dry hair also should include drinking plenty
of water, eating a diet of good proteins,
calcium. Eat seeds and nuts. They contain fatty
acids that will restore sheen to your hair.
If you spend a lot of time in the strong sunlight, use
sunscreen or protect your hair with a headscarf or hat.
Mix three eggs, two tablespoons olive or
safflower oil, and one teaspoon vinegar. Apply it to your hair,
cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes and then shampoo it out.
A really good recipe is to take a shallow
baking pan and mush a banana. Then stir in the
along with one egg,2 tablespoons plain organic yogurt, and 1
tablespoon jojoba oil. Work the mask ingredients well while stirring
to make sure they are well blended.
In the case of hair ruined by hot rollers or straightening, you may have a
few inches of relatively undamaged hair on the scalp. Get a medium-severe
to get rid of the frizzled hair tips, or leave the damage right where it is and
concentrate on protecting the good hair.