DRY HAIR IS THE WORST!
Is your hair as dry as the desert? I know mine goes through dry spells in the winter and in the summer. So why does this happen? Gals, this is a no-brainer, but dry hair happens when your hair doesn't receive or retain enough moisture. When this happens, your shine is dulled, and it appears frizzy and lifeless. Anyone can have dry hair, but it's most likely to happen as you get older. Let's just not talk about age today! Boo!
Did you know that your hair has 3 layers? This surprised me because our hair strands are so small! If your hair is healthy, natural oils in the outermost layer protect the innermost layers. They also reflect light, making your hair have that gorgeous shine. Shine and luster are two very important signs that you have healthy hair.
When your hair is dry, the dullness and breakage is caused by the outer layer of your hair strand actually breaking down.
Just to name a few reason that you may have dry hair:
1. LIVING IN A DRY HOT CLIMATE
2. OFTEN BEING IN THE SUN OR WIND
3. FREQUENT SWIMMING IN CHLORINE OR SALT WATER
4. TOO MUCH WASHING
5. USING THE WRONG HAIR PRODUCTS
6. DYING OR BLEACHING YOUR HAIR
7. BLOW-DRYING YOUR HAIR REGULARLY
8. CONSTANTLY USING CURLING IRONS, STRAIGHTNERES, OR CURLERS (HEAT IT BAD)
10. HYPOPARATHYROIDISM - YOUR THYROID PRODUCES TOO LITTLE OF PARATHYROID HORMONE DECREASING CALCIUM IN YOUR BLOOD
11. HYPOTHYROIDISM-YOUR THYROID DOES NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH THYROID HORMONE. EARLIEST SYMPTOM OF THIS IS DRY HAIR
12. MENSKES SYNDROME-CELLS CAN NOT ABSORB ENOUGH COPPER
So, um, wow! There are tons of reason you may have dry hair! So, what can you do about it???
Do you remember when I said that dry hair can't retain moisture even after it has been given moisture? Well, that's a big problem! There are hair masques that address this issue. A hair masque is a treatment that opens up the hair cuticle and allows it to soak up and hold moisture for longer. For people with dry hair, they need to do a regular hair masque treatment 1-2 times weekly.
My favorite hair masque is Monat Super Moisture Masque. You use is 1-2 times weekly and you leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Most hair masques require that you follow with a conditioner, but with this specific one, there is no need for an extra step since the conditioner is already built in. And I just love the fact that it's naturally based and full of healthy amazing essential oils. You can find this product at lesliescott.mymonat.com. Click on the Hair Quiz Button to take a fun hair quiz that will point you in the right direction for the best products for you specific hair type.
People with dry hair must also find the right shampoo. You want to find something that has the most amount of moisturizing ingredients possible. There are many moisturizing shampoos and conditioners out their but finding one that cuts down on frizz without weighing your hair down can be a problem. I have searched high and low and the best one by far is, yes, you've guessed it, Monat Renew Shampoo and Monat Smoothing Shampoo. They both work to hydrate but the Smoothing Shampoo is geared to both hydration and frizz reduction.
My favorite conditioners for dry or over processed hair is Monat Restore Leave In Conditioner and Monat Deep Smoothing Conditioner. Personally, I like to use the Deep Smoothing Conditioner in the shower, rinse it out, towel dry my hair, and put the Restore Leave in throughout my hair before drying. Double the moisture for me, is never a bad idea! Check out my personal story with Monat!