Yes, dehydration leads to lots of hair problems: brittle texture, stray hair, split ends, and even dandruff. Not to say lack of moisture can also make hair break easily, lacks shine, and more difficult to untangle. So let me get this straightforward: if you’re dealing with dehydrated hair, relying only on your shampoo and conditioner won’t go you too far. You have to act from the inside out as this is where healthy and bouncy hair comes from. That means changing some habits there and there will be necessary, along with using targeted products and following a diligent routine.
Welcome to your masterclass on how to keep hair moisturized.
Why is my hair dehydrated?
Many could be the reasons for dry, dull hair. Either too much styling, dyeing it often, or using the wrong products with faulty ingredients. But “beauty comes from the inside” is valid for hair, as it is for the skin. Malnutrition is a real issue, and many people aren’t aware of it. When hair is not nourished enough, it breaks easily, loses matter, and dries out. However, the hair is somewhere at the bottom of the list when it’s about nutrients received from the food we eat (heart, brain, and organs come first). So, only by having a rich diet, you ensure nutrients to your hair. Otherwise, the ends open up, hair becomes tangled, and can even become discolored — a reaction of the lack of nourishment in the hair’s cortex.
How to keep natural hair moisturized
Indeed, you can enhance your hair’s appearance with a burst of hydration from a moisturizing treatment. Yet, kicking some habits can benefit you greatly without breaking the bank. These daily habits will set you up for healthy and hydrated hair that doesn’t break and is easy to style.
Wash your hair less often
When hair is dehydrated, daily washing won’t help, that’s for sure. Washing your hair every other day or three days a week is best for people with dry hair. The reason? Most shampoos are very drying because they contain synthetic detergents or surfactants as a primary cleanser, so you should avoid them. Anyway, if you have to wash your hair daily, you can try a No-Poo. Here are some recipes.
Always use conditioner
The role of the conditioner is to replenish hair’s moisture after shampoo has stripped it off. Look for conditioners that contain coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter. “Coconut oil moisturizes and softens dull, coarse hair and prevents protein loss by nourishing and strengthening it with vitamins. Argan oil contains vitamin E for silky soft strands, and shea butter locks in moisture with vitamins A and E to heal and seal the cuticle, preventing breakage,” explains Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. Ergo, every time you wash your hair, apply conditioner because it will provide your hair with some nutrients, and prevent dryness. Besides, tangling issues will disappear.
Limit the use of hairdryers and straighteners
Even if straighteners work at higher temperatures (300-365°F) than blowdryers (about 100°F), both can damage the hair cuticle if used too often — even worse if you’re not using a heat protectant. High temperatures burn the cuticle’s outer part and affect the keratin’s chemical structure and the hair fiber, bringing up damaged hair. To prevent this from happening, limit the use of hairdryers and straighteners. Anyway, for the times you need to use a hairdryer, make sure you keep it at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion as this causes less damage.
Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, meaning it can help keep hair moisturized all day long. Besides, honey is full of astringent and antioxidant properties, protecting hair follicles from environmental damage and favoring keratin production.
How to use honey as a hair moisturizer
First, you have to mix two tablespoons of honey with half a cup of plain yogurt. The yogurt has moisturizing and antibacterial effects that can eliminate the accumulation of bacteria and dirt in the hair as well as enhance honey’s benefits. Wet your hair with warm water and then apply the mixture from the roots to the ends. Let it work for 25-30 minutes, and, finally, rinse your hair.
Lock in moisture with shea butter, avocado, or coconut oil
Shea butter, avocado, and coconut oils are great for a flaky and irritated scalp as well as hydrated hair. They’re a rich source of essential fatty acids that are known to add moisture to the hair and have nourishing properties.
How to use avocado as a hair moisturizer
Separate the pulp of a ripe avocado, peel a banana and crush both ingredients. Leave the mixture in the refrigerator so that it does not rust, and go wash your hair as usual. After, with your hair still wet, spread the mask and massage your scalp with your fingertips. Cover your head with a shower cap for half an hour and finally remove the mask with warm water. Repeat once weekly.
Eat healthily and use targeted products
In addition to a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and omegas, using hair products with a high percentage of active ingredients and oils that target the lack of moisture is your ticket to hydrated hair. By the same token, avoid products containing alcohol, SLS, and fragrances as they can be drying for hair. We recommend applying a moisturizing mask once a week to encourage hair to regenerate and protect it from external agents that can damage it, like dust, smoke, and UV.