1 – Protect your hair from the elements!
Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter when it comes to dry hair as both sunny and cold weather conditions can present a number of problems. UV radiation, for example, can be just as damaging to your hair as your skin, stripping it of its essential oils and moisture and encouraging the spread of nasty free radical molecules. Yet, the chances are you probably wouldn’t think of applying some sort of protection to your hair, would you?
So, short of slapping suncream on your hair or hiding it beneath a woolly hat for the duration of winter, what are your options?
Well firstly, don’t add any unnecessary stress to your dry locks – as I shall go on to discuss, hairdryers, straighteners and curling tongs can all take a toll on your hair so perhaps consider cutting down their use during the hotter summer months. It also pays to avoid chlorinated pools and salt water during this time and, when winter finally kicks in, consider using a more intense moisturising conditioner!
2 – Take it easy on the thermal heat!
As I’ve just mentioned, hairdryers and straighteners can spell disaster for your hair, especially if you’re using such products on a daily basis. Did you know, for example, that blow drying your hair can damage your hair cuticles leading to weaker, thinner hair? Not ideal! That’s why it’s really worth considering how you dry your hair – for example, it can help to use a lower heat and to hold your dryer at least 6 inches away from your hair.
If you’re attached to your straighteners and curlers, try to investigate other styles that don’t require thermal heat for at least a couple of days a week to give your hair a break. Most important of all though, make sure you take steps to protect your hair before you apply any heat. This is where natural oils such as Argan oil can come into play.
Argan oil is derived from argan kernels and has been used for generations in Morocco. It’s rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E and contains a secret weapon again dryness – omega 6! Omega 6 is an essential fatty acid that, when applied to hair, can help to prevent breakage and encourage your hair to retain more moisture.
My go-to argan oil would have to be John Masters’ 100% Argan Oil. This formula contains nothing but 100% pure organic argan oil – no preservatives, no synthetic chemicals. All you need to do is simply work a small amount through damp hair and then go on to style your hair as normal.
3 – Pay attention to your styling products
If you suffer from dry hair, the chances are it’s going to be a bit more sensitive and vulnerable to harsh chemicals. Thus, it’s extremely important that you consider what you’re putting on your hair – hair sprays, gels and mousses usually contain abundant amounts of harsh and abrasive chemicals, from SLS to parabens. These unwanted extras can wreak havoc on your hair, stripping it of essential oils and making it more prone to breakages, split ends and dryness.
That’s why I always recommend going for more natural alternatives that contain plant-derived ingredients that are specifically aimed to soothe, nourish and control your hair. John Masters take centre stage again here as they offer a range of natural, nurturing products that are designed to help you manage your hair and achieve the style you want. Their Hair Spray, for example, contains extracts of cleansing aloe vera and calming bergamot while their incredible Sculpting Clay is infused with refreshing peppermint oil and kaolin.
4 – Avoid overwashing your hair!
If you think that by washing your hair every day, you’re not only keeping it clean but also providing it with more nourishment then you’re definitely wrong! Overwashing your hair is a real problem that can result in a flaky scalp, hair breakages and frizz. So how many times should you be washing your hair a week? The answer can vary but ideally, you should be leaving a couple of days in between washes!
But what if your hair becomes oily in the meantime? Well, that’s where a product like Dr Hauschka’s Hair Tonic can come in handy. This formula works to revive and brighten both oily and dry hair types, without leaving your hair looking greasy. It helps to bring balance back to your production of oil and nourished hair follicles so you have hair that’s less prone to breaking and frizz!
5 – Don’t be afraid to use deep treatment conditioners!
If dry hair is really getting you down don’t be shy about using deep treatment conditioners and serums! Whether it’s a monthly or weekly routine, products that provide more intense nourishment shouldn’t be shunned; they should be embraced as they supply a concentrated amount of nutrients to your hair, giving you rapid relief from split ends and dry frizz.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a conditioner like John Masters’ Organic Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor, a strengthening conditioner for dry, damaged hair, or their Organic Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer, an amazing product for taming flyaway strands and delivering an extra wave of hydration!
Invest in a deep treatment product and incorporate it into your routine – even if you don’t plan on splashing out much, a coconut oil hair mask can do the trick just as well!
6 – Feed your hair!
Applying nourishing products and keeping your hair away from heat is all very well but if I just focused on these tactics I’d be overlooking a major contributor towards the health of your hair – your diet! What you eat can make a huge difference to your hair as it relies on a balance of different nutrients, from protein to omega fatty acids to iron. If your hair isn’t getting these nutrients, then it will become more fragile and susceptible to breakages and damage.
If you’re concerned about your hair, I’d focus on getting a balanced diet that includes plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, protein and fatty acids. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, pulses, lentils, nuts and seeds are a good way of incorporating these particular nutrients into your diet or, if you feel your hair really needs an extra boost, you could try a supplement like A.Vogel’s Hair Complex.
These tablets are a potent source of free-radical fighting antioxidants as well as nutrients like magnesium and silica, which are great for strengthening your hair. Try taking these tablets in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and see if you notice the difference!