• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Things That Cause Dry Hair

If there is one thing more annoying than waiting for your hair to grow longer, it is having dry hair.  Nobody likes dry hair, especially the way it makes the hair feel and look.

The only good thing about dry hair is that it can easily be taken care of.

All it takes is to realise the root cause for your dry hair and take steps to cure it.

1. Chemical Services

Regular chemical services on the hair remove the protective layer of the hair and penetrate the middle, cortex layer.

The cortex layer contains the cells that affect the strength, colour, and texture of the hair.

Chemicals alter these structures to change the appearance of the hair.

If you are not careful, getting permanent colour especially lighter shades can cause severe dryness in your hair.

2. Overexposure to Heat

Staying out in the sun for long hours can lead to your hair drying out.

When you plan on being out in the sun for such long periods, it is best to either keep your hair tied up or protect it from the radiation using a hat or scarf.

 Hair dryer

                        Caption: Woman exposing her hair to heat using a hair dryer

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Not only the sun, heat from various tools used on the hair such as hair dryer, hair straightener etc also cause severe damage to hair.

Using too much heat on the hair dries out the hair and makes it brittle.

Only use heat in your hair on special occasions and use a heat protectant that won’t weigh the hair down.

3.    Nutrition

Poor nutrition and diets that lack vitamins and proteins cause hair to become unhealthy, dry, and brittle.

Consuming too much fat and sugar does not really affect your hair unless you exclusively eat sugar and fat alone.

A diet must include a balance of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and plenty of water to keep hair shiny and healthy.

A body that is malnourished due to illness or lack of food cannot produce healthy hair because it does not have the nutrients and building blocks necessary to grow strong hair.

Under these conditions, hair not only becomes dry and brittle, it also starts falling out.

4. Not Drinking Enough Water

Though your hair is made of dead cells, your hair follicles are always alive and are creating cells that require hydration to produce stronger cells.

Drinking water is the best solution to most of the health problems.

Staying hydrated makes the hair look healthy and glossy. You wouldn’t even need chemical treatments!

Drink water

Caption: Couple consuming water for their good health

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Not drinking enough water can cause dry hair as well as dry skin. Drinking at least 3-4 litres of water everyday can-do wonders for the hair.

5. Shampooing More Than Necessary

Shampooing once on wash day is usually enough. Excessive washing can cause the hair to lose its natural oils.

Hair must be washed with warm water to easily remove the dirt and a good shampoo must be applied to the scalp.

It is also important to keep a check on the quality of your shampoo.

Harsh shampoos can also be a major factor causing dry and brittle hair.

The Wrap Up

There are many reasons to dry and brittle hair, some of which can be serious.

All these causes are similar to each other as they all in turn affect hormonal levels, which affects hair strength and growth.

Medical treatments for major illnesses, surgery, transplants, and bypasses also cause brittle hair.

Over explosion towards heat and chemicals for various hair treatments and improper care can create havoc to your healthy hair.

If regular care is neglected, the damage could gradually worsen until the structural stoutness of the hair breaks down.

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