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There are many reasons why hair gets dry. The main 5 reasons? UV radiation from the sun, harsh chemical shampoos, overwashing, using heat tools, and failing to get regular trims.
While these issues can lead to dry hair, there are ways you can address the dryness and improve your hair care routine for a more luxurious, hydrated look.
Why Are the Ends of My Hair So Dry?
If you look in the mirror and notice brittle hair with frayed ends, breakage, and split ends, now is the time to start taking action. Your damaged hair strands may not look the way you want, but there are options to get back the healthy hair you love so you can feel confident in any style you wear.
Dry hair can happen because you're washing your hair too often, using a harsh shampoo, or exposing your hair to UV rays that cause damage over time. If you use heat styling tools, then those could be delivering damaging heat even with some heat protection in place.
Depending on the severity of your damaged hair, you may need to get a haircut at your local hair salon to chop off dead ends. Heat damage often leads to an irreversible process that can leave your hair feeling dry and stringy. Which is something you can avoid with the right treatments to repair damage earlier.
Does Silk Help With Dry Hair?
Silk doesn't absorb moisture from your hair. This means it helps you maintain your natural hair by locking in hydration while you sleep. Additionally, it encourages the natural movement of your hair in your sleep, so it causes less breakage.
100% mulberry silk is so smooth that your hair will slip and slide over the material rather than getting caught up on rougher textures. Switching to a silk pillowcase can help with hair loss, whether you sleep on silk after you wash your hair or you fix dry hair into a style before you go to bed for the night.
Good Habits for Repairing Damaged Wet Hair and Dry Hair Ends
There are plenty of causes of dry hair to watch out for, but you can't prevent all damage. If your hair is already damaged, there are some things you can do to help repair it.
1. Improve your diet and drink more water
One excellent way to improve the look of your hair is to drink more water and get more of the nutrients it needs to grow out strong. Try getting biotin in your diet, as well as all your daily recommended vitamins and nutrients, to give your hair back its luster.
2. Stop using so much heat
Of the most common choices for helping minimize damage to your hair is cutting down on heat. When you use a flat iron or are blow-drying your hair, use a cooler setting. You should use just enough heat to style your hair.
With your blow dryer, setting it to cool will get the job done, though it may take a little more time (remember that it is even better if you can let your hair air dry).
Your curling iron or flat iron might typically be set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, but if you can use it at between 350 to 375 degrees, you'll be more likely to style without damaging your luscious locks.
Don't forget to spray on hair products with heat protection before you style your hair with hot tools, or you could end up over-drying hair and trying to fix dry ends.
3. Get an appointment for a haircut at your local salon
Another option to help your hair is to get your hair trimmed regularly. It's normal for the ends of your hair to get dried out due to sun exposure, dry weather, the use of hot tools, harsh shampoos, and other causes.
Getting a trim every six to eight weeks will help you reduce the number of split ends and help improve your hair's overall health so you don't see as much damage. Additionally, when you cut off split ends, you'll protect the hair shaft, making it easier to grow your hair longer rather than having that damage travel upwards.
When you notice your hair is damaged when wet (if it looks like ramen noodles), you'll want to make an appointment and head to your local salon for a keratin treatment as soon as you can.
One branded product you may have heard of before is Olaplex, but there are many different products that can help rebuild broken protein bonds and encourage hydration to repair the damage. Keratin products are almost like miracle workers, and they may save significant lengths of your hair from the chopping board.
4. Moisturize for stronger strands
For dry hair, you need to focus on moisturizing and hydrating your strands. You don't do this with excess water exposure but instead by putting on a shower cap and washing your hair less often. The less you wash your hair, the more likely it is to recover (thanks to your hair's natural oils).
So, if your hair feels dry, it could be because it is stripped of the oils it needs for protection. Fortunately, your body makes more, so you just need to stop washing your hair for a few days to get it back to looking like it should.
In the meantime, you can try some helpful conditioning and oil treatments to soothe dry follicles and help them stop looking so frizzy and uncontrolled. Try coconut oil, argan oil, cocoa butter, and deep conditioners containing shea to hydrate immediately
5. Key Tip: Maintain Your Natural Oils for a Stronger Hair Shaft
While you can always add oil back to your hair care routine, one of the better options is to work with your natural oils instead. Each hair strand naturally has oils that protect it from root to tip. You may strip away those oils when you blow dry or style your hair with heat styling tools. The same is true when you wash and scrub the hair to get rid of oily roots or clean the scalp.
Maintaining your natural oils gives you a better balance and minimizes the risk of your hair looking dry and brittle. Depending on your hair type, you may want to wash it only every two to three days, for example, while using dry shampoo to wick away oil near the scalp.
Another option is to brush the natural oil down the hair shaft and wear your hair just a little oily before you wash it. While you may not want a lot of natural oil making your hair look too slick, a little bit can protect hair strands for less breakage over time.
Products to Use to Protect Your Hair
You can use all kinds of products to protect your hair and ensure it gets the moisture it needs. A good hair oil protects the hair shaft while also providing deep nourishment. A deep conditioning treatment helps restore moisture to hair that has been stripped of hydration, making it feel softer and more resilient.
Try a hair mask, leave-in conditioner, and oil-based hair care products to minimize damage to your dry hair and help brittle hair recover. Oils like argan oil or coconut oil are a good place to start, but explore a variety of products to find what works best for you.
Why Choose Blissy Silk Pillowcases for Dry Hair
Blissy silk pillowcases help minimize hair breakage, so you can start seeing an improvement in your hair's overall look. Since silk doesn't absorb excess moisture from your hair, sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps prevent hair damage and keeps your locks in good shape while you get a good night's sleep.
Silk generates 43% less friction than cotton, and, as a natural fiber, is safe to sleep on. It's comfortable and has multiple benefits for hair including:
- Reduced breakage
- Reduced frizz
- Reduced static
- Better shine
- Smoother hair
Blissy pillowcases are 22-momme (the ideal silk weight!) and are made from grade 6A mulberry silk. With this high-density, high-quality silk, you will notice fewer broken strands on your pillowcase each night and stop asking "why are the ends of my hair so dry?" And potentially, more hydrated hair overall. Best of all, silk pillowcases are for all hair types, so no matter who you are, you can use silk to improve your hair care routine every day.
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