Dry Hair Causes

Overview 

Some people were born with it and some people were not. Not everyone has the exact same color, shape and type but that can be changed by a professional. We are talking about hair! Many people are born with hair color, shape, style and texture that they are not happy with. People with curly hair wish for straight hair and those with straight hair would die for luminous curls. Hair grows from the root and is part of the skin via the hair follicle at the top of the head. While it may be hard to believe, hair is made up of three different sections, the medulla, cuticle and cortex. The cortex is the section that contains the color of the hair. The cuticle is the outside layer that hairdressers will tackle when they need to fix your do. The hair has three different sections of textures, which include: the pattern, consistency and volume. For an easier way to distinguish different hair types, hairstylists and dermatologists will section off different types of hair into four categories: kinky hair, wavy hair, straight hair and curly hair. Regardless of the type of hair you have, everyone has had at least one dry hair day!   

Symptoms 

You may think that you are using the wrong shampoo when you start to notice your hair roots becoming too tangled. Damaged and dry hair are usually a package deal. Other symptoms of dry hair include: 

  • Dullness 
  • No shine 
  • Itchy scalp 
  • “Fly-always” 
  • Dandruff 
  • Split ends 
  • Frizzy  
  • Rough hair 
  • Breakage 
  • Inability to be styled  
  • Tangled hair  
  • Brittleness 

Causes 

As mentioned previously, hair is made up for three layers. When one of those layers, the outermost layer, becomes damaged this can lead to a head of dry hair. Here are the leading causes of dry hair. 

  • No moisture- You do not need your hair to feel as moist as a freshly-baked cake but your hair needs some moisture. Oils is what make the hair look luscious and fluffy. Without enough oil and lubrication, your hair will fall limp and look dull. Not enough oil in the hair may not be a problem that you can immediately resolve because it could be an issue that your hair naturally is less oily.  
  • Chemical use- You may enjoy having your hair look like Beyoncé one day and Marilyn Monroe the next, but your hair really takes a toll when using chemicals. Bleaching your hair to get the perfect shade of color is one of the best ways to make your hair dry and dull! Avoid dying your hair and keep the natural color intact.  
  • Washing too often- Having dry hair does not mean that your hair is dirty. People often lump the two words together when discussing hair type and texture. Washing your hair every day or more than once a day is a sure-fire way to make it appear drier. By using a mild shampoo and washing your hair no more than twice a week can cause the hair follicles to relax and naturally regain their strength.  
  • Dry scalp- No one wants little flakes of white “snow” on the shoulders. There little flakes are known as dandruff and they can be a social nightmare. Dry scalps can be the leading cause of dry hair and dandruff. Using the right dandruff removal shampoo like Head & Shoulders can really do the trick.  
  • Sun damage- Who told you that excess sun exposure was only bad for the skin was not lying. The hair is part of the skin and therefore it too should be protected properly from sun damage. Sun damage cause oil to escape from the hair follicles and it leads to really dry and unmanageable hair. Wear a hat and sunblock all-year round to avoid getting a sunburn and dry hair.  
  • Constant use of hair products- Hair products such as sprays, mouse, gel, curling irons, blow-dryers and hair straighteners can cause significant damage to your hair. The constant use of heat from dryers and irons cause the moisture to become non-existent in the hair leaving it to become dry! Take a step away from the straightener and opt for an all-natural hair look.  

Prevention  

Here are some prevention tips on how to avoid dry hair. 

  • Use the right shampoo for your hair type 
  • Wash your hair less frequently 
  • Stay away from the heat of irons, curlers and straighteners 
  • Avoid excess use of hair dye 
  • Use sunscreen and wear a hat