Having dry hair is one of the worst things for those of us with natural hair.
The thing about natural hair is that no matter what it needs water because keeping it moisturised is the key to having healthy natural hair.
If you are suffering from having dry hair for long periods of time then that could be very damaging to you.
If you do have dry hair then you need to look at doing some sort of dry hair treatment.
I’ve put together a list of 10 reasons why your hair could be dry and some dry hair treatments/remedies to combat it.
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Why is my hair so dry?
Natural hair can be dry for a number of reasons but the number one reason your hair can be dry aside from anything that you are doing is that your scalp is not producing enough natural oils.
No matter what your hair type is your scalp will produce its own natural oils.
These oils should naturally run down your hair strands to keep your hair moisturised but when it comes to curly or kinky hair things are not that simple.
It’s easy for oils to travel down the hair strand when your strands are straight but what about those of us that that have strands that curl and kink?
It’s not so easy for the natural oils from your scalp to travel. The oil would have to follow the pattern of your curls and that’s not so easy to do.
The chances are that the oil your scalp naturally produces will not get to moisturise your hair properly because they can not follow the strands.
This is why for those of us with much tighter curls, for example, 4c hair, hair is much harder to keep moisturised.
If this is you then you need to find other ways moisturise your hair.
You may also notice that some people produce more natural oils than others. There’s not a whole lot you can do to control this.
This is why you need to make sure you understand your hair very well in order for it to flourish.
Porosity matters too
You need to also understand your hairs porosity levels too. Porosity matters because understanding your hairs porosity levels will help you to know how well your hair may or may not absorb water.
Once you know this you will better understand how to go about moisturising your natural hair.
High porosity hair – Your hair absorbs water very well but because the cuticles are open quite widely it is very difficult for moisture to be retained.
Low porosity hair – Your hair does not absorb water easily as the cuticles are too tightly closed.
Normal hair – This is a great balance between having both high and low porosity hair. This is ideally where you want your hair to be.
10 Dry hair treatment remedies
1. Hot oil treatment
Giving your hair a hot oil treatment every now and again is a great way to breathe some life into your hair.
When you do a hot oil treatment not only does it strengthen your hair and reduce frizziness but it also fights dryness too.
You can do a hot oil treatment at each wash day or once a month as you see fit.
Some good oils to use for a hot oil treatment are:
Helpful post: Why you should try sweet almond oil in your hair
2. Protein treatment
Sometimes your hair just needs a good protein treatment.
Just note before you do a protein treatment that you know how sensitive to protein your hair is. If you want to know more about doing protein treatments on your hair and how they can benefit you should take a look at this.
Doing an occasional protein treatment helps to fill in any gaps that your hair strands may have.
If you can imagine a strand of hair that has gaps along it due to damage. It’s quite likely that those strands of hair are weak and could easily snap.
Doing a protein treatment helps to fill in those gaps and strengthen your hair.
This will also help your hair to feel and look a lot less dry.
3. Up your deep conditioning
Deep conditioning is a game-changer in my opinion. My hair always feels better after I have deep conditioned it.
Deep conditioning is essential because it is specifically made to penetrate the hair shaft and get to the core of your hair in order to replenish and revitalise it.
I would say its a good idea to deep condition your hair at least once a month to keep your moisture levels up. Make sure you follow the manufacturers’ instructions to get the best benefits from it.
Some people find it better to switch between doing a deep condition and protein treatment. If you find that works best for you feel free to interchange between the two.
4. Are you doing LOC or LCO?
Most people know about the LOC method by now, if you are not familiar with it you can read up more about it here.
LOC stands for liquid, oil, cream. It’s a great way to help you seal in moisture into your hair.
You can spritz your hair with water until the cows come home but if you don’t find a way to lock in that moisture then you can expect that your hair will be dry again in a few hours time.
This is the good thing about using LOC.
Some people have found that doing it in the order of LOC is not as effective as doing LCO.
If you are already doing LOC perhaps you need to consider LCO instead.
5. Rinse with lukewarm water
Another treatment you can do for dry hair is to make sure that you are rinsing your hair with lukewarm water and not hot water.
Using lukewarm water helps to seal the cuticles of your hair strands after you have washed it.
Doing this ensures that moisture is locked into your hair.
If you rinse your hair with hot water you run the risk that the moisture will evaporate from your hair before you have had a chance to do anything about it.
Another benefit to rinsing with lukewarm water is that it will leave your hair full of lustre.
6. Are you overdosing on shampoo
Shampooing your hair too much is a sure-fire way to make sure that you get dry hair.
Shampoos are great if you want to cleanse your scalp and get rid of build-up but it also leaves your hair feeling very dry afterwards.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use shampoo in your hair but what I am saying is that if you do choose to use shampoo then you need to make sure that you replenish the lost moisture in your hair.
This would be a good time to use a deep conditioner.
If you are shampooing your hair often consider cutting back and co-washing your hair in between instead. I think you will find that that will make a big difference to your hair being dry all the time.
7. Protect your hair from the sun
The sun is great for our skin but not so much for our hair.
The sun is hot which therefore makes it drying as well. If your hair is always exposed to the heat from the sun you may notice that your hair is much drier than usual.
It’s a good idea to tuck in the ends of your hair away from time to time. The ends of your hair are the weakest part of your hair, therefore, you need to protect them.
Putting your hair in a bun or doing a protective style such as braids is a great way to protect your hair from the harsh rays of the sun. Just be sure to keep moisturising it even if your hair is in braids.
8. Have you checked your regimen
Everything that you do with your natural hair boils down to your hair regimen.
Moisture such be an integral part of your regimen.
If you are experiencing a lot of dryness then you need to look at your regiment gain and make some necessary changes.
If you are only moisturising your hair during the week once perhaps its time to up it to twice and see if you notice the difference.
Don’t be worried about switching things up until you find what really works best for you.
Your hair needs can change so something that used to work for you 2 years ago may not work effectively anymore.
9. Make sure you are using the right products
Using the right products for your hair is so important. Before you chose a product make sure it is water-based.
Sulfates and parabens may not be good for your hair too. They can cause your hair to feel very dry.
Personally I would steer clear or anything like that unless you know that it works for you. I could be biased here because I’m a great believer in using natural products.
Feel free to check it out for yourself.
10 More water!
Water is key, water is the life of your hair. Make sure that you are using it not only by adding it to your hair but that you are drinking enough of it too.
You need to moisturise your hair from the inside out.
Your diet is a huge part of how your hair grows and how your body functions overall so keep an eye on what you are intaking.
Final thoughts on dry hair treatment
If you begin to implement the 10 points above you should begin to see a drastic improvement in your natural hair.
Tweak things as you need to because no two peoples heads of hair are the same even if you think you have the same hair type.
Dry hair is extremely damaging so make sure you are always working to battle it.