Friday, 7 September 2018

5 Hair Care Tips for Dry Hair

I have naturally dry hair that I've pretty much struggled with for most of my life. It has taken me YEARS to find a way to look after my hair well; keeping it feeling soft, smooth and healthy and find hair products to help keep my dry hair in it's best condition. 

I wanted to share my FIVE top tips with you...

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TIP #1

Just as water can dry out the skin, it can do the same to your hair. 
Over-shampooing can make dry hair much drier. Plus, when the natural oils produced by the scalp (sebum) aren't given chance to nourish the hair, this can leave the hair feeling dry, frizzy and more prone to damage. Plus, over washing away the sebum can cause it to overproduce, leaving your scalp feeling greasy. 

If you can, train your hair to be washed less! I now wash my hair just ONCE A WEEK! 
It may feel greasy or uncomfortable, to begin with, but it'll balance itself out within a couple of weeks, and it's nothing a bit of Dry Shampoo can't fix! (my fave Dry Shampoo smells Ah-may-zing, contains collagen and is tinted so can hide those pesky grey hairs that keep appearing - WINNING!

Give it a go!! Your hair will thank you for it!!

TIP #2

It has taken me SOOOO long to find hair products that suit. But I ADORE the products I use now and re-purchase over and over.

Look for a gentle moisturising shampoo aimed at dry hair. Shampoos that contain natural oils are fantastic for dry hair. Avoid silicone based products when possible, as these can coat the hair shaft stopping the natural oils from doing it's job, but if you do decide to (now you're only washing once a week anyway, right? ;) ) use a clarifying shampoo regularly alongside too. 

And choose a super nourishing conditioner plus an indulgent Conditioning Mask for an extra treat every couple of weeks.

I'm currently loving L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (£2.99 each/Boots); it has a luxurious, oil-rich formula that makes my hair look and feel really soft. One size doesn't fit all of course, as with skincare products, what works for one may not work for another; find products that work well for you and are aimed at your hair type. Every couple of weeks, I treat my hair to a deep conditioning mask. Now, this stuff is my MOST-FAVOURITE-EVER-HAIR-PRODUCT-IN-THE-ENTIRE-WORLD!! I've used many conditioning masks over the years, but this stuff, for me, is HEAVEN! ActiLabs Capill-Hair Conditioning Mask (£9.00) is designed to gently nourish hair, without adding weight. The silky soft formula is both sulfate-free and packed with the essential vitamins and nutrients your hair needs to stay soft, smooth and grow healthily. Packed with keratin and collagen to help with structure, shea butter to replenish moisture and wheat protein which is known to help thicken and add natural volume to hair, add shine and repair damaged hair, it makes my hair feel BLOODY AMAZING!! I honestly cannot stop touching my hair afterwards, it's definitely a holy-grail kinda product!!

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TIP #3

Dry hair is fragile and prone to damage, so needs a bit of extra care!
Handle gently; being rough can lead to breakage and split ends.

Gently pull shampoo through the hair from scalp to ends rather than scrubbing, applying conditioner from mid-length to ends and using a comb or brush that is designed specifically for use on wet hair will minimise damage. Rinse with warm water rather than hot and sealing the cuticle with a blast of cold water after conditioning. Squeeze water out gently and pat dry with a towel rather than rubbing. All of these things will help keep hair soft and smooth.  

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TIP #4

While it helps hair look shinier, heat is damaging to hair and is one of the main causes of dryness. If you can, let hair dry naturally. If not, choose a warm setting rather than hot and hold a few inches away from your head. Minimise heat damage by using heat protection.

As I only wash once a week, I give it a quick blow dry and then run through with my straighteners. I tend not to use any more heat throughout the week unless I'm feeling a few curls or loose waves. I use ActiLabs Capill-Hair 'Leave It' Conditioning Styling Lotion (£7.50) for a loose light-weight, soft hold. A leave-in conditioner that helps to protect hair strands, not only keeping it in place but helping it stay nourished and shiny all day long. It has a triple-action formula that is perfect if you want to style without a strong hold or the look of heavily-styled hair.

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TIP #5

Regular pulling of hair from the root can be damaging to any hair. If you can, leave it down to flow naturally as much as possible. If you have to wear it up, use hair ties that are less likely to rip or dent hair like Popbands; they look super cute on the wrist too ;) 

I try to wear my hair down as much as I can. If I slightly curl my hair at the beginning of the week, I can usually get away with wearing my hair naturally throughout the week. 
I spray my hair daily with Superdrug Argan Hair Therapy Spray (£3.99) which is a multi-purpose spray formulated with Argan Oil and Tahitian Monoi Coconut Oil extracts to condition and protect hair. I use it on wet hair, dry hair and every day to spritz through and run my fingers through my hair to detangle, keep it feeling soft, moisturised, reduce frizz and protect against environmental stress. I love it!!

And regular trims will help stay on top of those dead ends and keep it in good condition.

So there we have it.
The basic rules of keeping dry hair soft and healthy are to wash less, treat it well and add more moisture!

Do you have dry hair? What are your tips?

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  1. That's really good advice Hun X love Ur articles fill of great information and advice xxx

  2. That dry shampoo sounds ace with the colourant! Cheap too, so I'm going to try that.

  3. I used to wash my hair every single day and I know I was damaging it so now I do it every other and even though it's still a lot my hair loves me for it x

  4. I have dry hair but because I have psorasis i have to use specialised shampoo which doesn't help

  5. We have just moved house again and the water is causing chaos with my hair. I need to follow a lot of these tips too! Thank you! :)

  6. Really useful post although I have the opposite issue and have really oily hair and have to wash it at least every second day as it just gets too much, wish mine was dryer! Can never win hey

    Laura x

    1. We're never happy are we? :) Hope you find something that works for you!!

  7. I really needed this as I really need to take more care over my hair. I wash it way too often but it's an annoying cycle to get out of. Thank you for sharing these tips!


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