5 Awesome Tips for Moisturizing Dry Hair
Managing dry hair is no fun, but it is possible. It is important to understand what dry hair needs and what you should be doing so that it can be manageable. We have put together our best tips for giving moisture to dried out tresses.
The first line of defense against dry hair is a healthy scalp. Our bodies are a wonder, there’s no doubt about it, one of the many anatomic wonders is the hair growth process. Our skin produces a waxy substance called sebum. If you produce excessive amounts of sebum, your hair is probably what is considered oily. Very little sebum production will leave you with dry hair. If you have dry hair you should be using a hydrating shampoo. Essentious Exonerate is a gentle cleanser with an aloe vera base that fully takes advantage of the plants’ healing and moisturizing properties. There are ways to encourage more production of natural sebum, and increasing your hair’s natural moisture should be your first step toward managing dry hair.
Increase the Production of Sebum
A diet rich in Vitamin A, which is found in HAIRFINITY, naturally helps to produce sebum. Increases in the amount of sebum will help to moisturize dry hair and provide the additional moisture that dry hair craves.
Brushing your hair is an excellent way to distribute sebum throughout your scalp. For hair with tight curls or coils you should always part hair into sections in order to brush without tangling.
Add Natural Oils to Your Hair
If you have dry hair it’s obvious that you need to increase the amount oil that you use in your hair care regimen. The question is which oil, how much, and what is the best way to add oil to your hair. No one wants greasy hair that is weighed down by oil, not only does it feel gross but it won’t give you a look that’s very desirable. Everyone’s hair is different, so experimentation is key to finding a hair care solution that works for you.
Whether you add these oils to your favorite shampoo or conditioner, use them as a conditioning treatment or a finishing serum, they will go a long way to giving your dry hair the moisture that it desperately needs.
Here are some of our favorite natural ways to moisturize dry hair!
Jojoba oil – the thick consistency of jojoba makes it an excellent scalp moisturizer. While it is not actually an oil in terms of texture, jojoba oil actually has a consistency that is more reminiscent of wax. The fact that jojoba oil is so close in molecular makeup to sebum ensures that your hair will maintain moisture, rather than the oil sitting on your hair and scalp.
Detangle with jojoba oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
A 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Such as lavender, grapefruit seed, peppermint
Add jojoba and essential oil to one cup of water.
Shake well to thoroughly mix the three ingredients.
Spray the mixture throughout your hair paying special attention to deeper tangles.
Begin the process of detangling hair with fingers or a wide tooth comb.
Coconut oil – use it as a pre-conditioning treatment, deep conditioner or find a product that contains coconut oil, such as Essentious Hydrate Conditioning Treatment or Essentious Rejuvenate Protein Treatment.
Coconut Oil “Warm” Oil Treatment
To use coconut oil for dry, damaged hair, make the oil slightly warm and apply it to the scalp and hair, working from the top down to the ends. Leave the oil on for an hour then wash with shampoo and conditioner as you normally would.
Coconut and Honey Hair Mask for Dry Hair
This time we combined the honey with coconut oil for extra silkiness. Your hair will be rejuvenated from the inside out! Honey and coconut oil work together in perfect harmony when coconut oil is added to honey it helps to seal in honey’s natural moisturizing properties.
•1 tablespoon raw honey
•1-3 tablespoon(s) cold pressed coconut oil. (Use more coconut oil for longer, thicker, or more damaged hair
Scoop honey and coconut oil into small pan and heat on stove top at low heat until melted, stirring briefly to combine.
Allow to cool, but not enough so that the coconut oil hardens. Apply to wet or dry hair, concentrating on vulnerable areas and ends of the hair. Comb through with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb and massage gently to cover from root to end.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes.
Rinse out hair mask. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Olive Oil – the natural powerhouse that has so many hair, skin and everyday applications is definitely on our faves list. But keeping in with making dry hair more manageable a deep conditioning mask with olive oil will give your hair perfect hydration.
Quick and Easy Honey Moisture Mask
This mask is one of the easiest because there are only two ingredients and chances are you’ll have one or both in your kitchen. Honey is an emollient which means it is a natural softener and it also improves the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Honey is also a natural antioxidant, so it will make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. Finally, honey’s high sugar content helps your hair retain moisture.
•1/2 cup honey
•2 tablespoons olive oil
In a bowl, mix honey and olive oil well. Apply mixture to clean, damp hair and massage gently into scalp.
Let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Know Your Alcohol
Nope, this is not about flavor differences of rum – but play close attention anyway. There are certain types of alcohol in hair care products that we want you to avoid because they can dry hair. These are short chain alcohols such as propyl and isopropyl alcohol (see first aid kits and medicine cabinets). Their low molecular weight, enables them to evaporate very quickly, as a result they are often used as an additive in hair care products to decrease drying time of hair. Which is great – except it will leave your hair dried and frizzy.
Not all types of alcohol is bad for your hair. Fatty alcohols, which are usually derived from a natural source, are often used as emollients. These ingredients help the cuticle lie flat, which gives the hair a softer, smoother feeling. Just beware that overuse of products that contain fatty alcohols can combine with your natural sebum and cause the hair to look greasy or feel tacky.
There are other types of alcohol that are used as humectants, which are great for attracting moisture to your hair. So whichever product you choose read the ingredients on the label. Using a hair care system, like ESSENTIOUS Hair Care, that has gentle ingredients that don’t require a chemistry degree to read is a great way to begin to moisturize and repair dry hair.
Wake Up Ready
Did you know that getting and maintaining hair that is properly moisturized and more manageable begins at night? Sleeping with your hair exposed does great damage, especially if this is continuos. Cotton absorbs moisture, so if you are sleeping on cotton pillowcases, the moisture is being zapped out and worsening your struggle with dry hair. What’s worse is that in addition to your hair drying out as you sleep – which can leave you with a tangled mess to unravel in the morning. Here are a few surefire measures that you can take to protect your hair against those moisture robbing cotton fabrics.
- Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail.
- Cover your hair with a silk scarf or bonnet.
- Use a silk pillow case.
- Protect the delicate edges of your hair with a silk wrap.
Technique is Everything
We’ve covered the importance using hair care products that have ingredients that will not cause you to have damaged, dry hair. But the technique you use when washing is just as important as what you’re using to cleanse your hair. Take a look at these tips for hair washing that will leave you with hair that is more manageable, and less tangled.
- Use a gentle shampoo
- Avoid tangling by NOT swirling hair around when applying shampoo. Instead try massaging shampoo into scalp only – the ends will get cleaned as you rinse your hair.
- When applying conditioner concentrate on the ends of your hair and work product up.
- Do not brush wet hair. Use a wide tooth comb and detangle from the ends and work up to the roots.
By incorporating these tips into your hair care regimen you’ll notice that your hair is more manageable when it’s time to style your hair. These simple yet effective methods will help you get the best benefits out of the task of washing your hair.
Dry Hair is Not Permanent
Care and patience are all it takes to take your hair from dry to dazzling. You need to be consistent in you care methods and you must take the same care and consideration for your hair as you do with your skin. Your hair is your best accessory, but if neglected the repair process can be a timely one. Do yourself, and your hair, a favorite and develop a regimen that works for your lifestyle. Everyone may not have an entire Sunday to dedicate to hair care, but what we can all do it experiment to find the product cocktail that’s perfect for your hair type and texture.
Unlike most hair products, which make your hair look good temporarily, Essentious actually improves the health and condition of our hair over time. With each use, you will see improvement of your hair. It will become more manageable, smoother, shinier, stronger, and more hydrated. You will need less styling products to give your hair a sleek and lustrous look because your hair will naturally look healthy. Essentious Hair Care is a unique system that harnesses the power of nature to gently clean, condition and replenish protein and minerals lost through daily hair care practices. All are Essentious products are Aloe Vera based, pH balanced, and infused with vitamins, proteins, and natural extracts for healthy hair. Order Essentious today!