Your hair shows off your personality and style. So when it suddenly turns dull-looking and brittle, it’s worth addressing. Ahead, we share five common causes of dry, damaged hair. Discover how to ditch your dry hair for soft, nourished hair.
1. Over-Use of Heat Styling Tools
Whether you like blowouts or if you can not go anywhere without wearing your curling iron, apply too much heat when combing is an important factor in dry, dull-looking hair. Do not use heat on your hair every day, as it can strip you of your natural moisture. If heat is essential, prepare it with a heat protector, such as the Smooth Blow Smoothing Cream by Garnier Fructis Style or the Perfector Flat Iron Garnier Fructis Style, before combing. Or adopt an air-dry hairstyle with an air-dry cream like Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream that can help control frizz while drying hair
2. Using the Wrong Hair Care Products
Using a hair care product that is not formulated for your hair type can have consequences, such as dryness. When selecting a shampoo and conditioner, always check the label of the hair care product before buying. Avoid people with alcohol, which can remove natural oils and moisture from your hair, and look for products formulated with nutritious oils for hair care such as avocado oil, argan oil or coconut oil.
3. Excessive Hair Washing
Maintaining proper hair hygiene is important, but washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils, so you should reduce washing. Curly hair may be more prone to dryness, so for those with curls, washing hair once or twice a week is enough. Use a deep, gentle conditioner to make the hair look and feel nourished as well. After washing hair, pat, do not rub, dry your hair. This helps prevent additional moisture loss.
4. Over-Use of Hair Dyes and Bleaches
The aggressive chemicals commonly found in hair dyes and bleaches can lift the natural oils your hair needs to keep it shiny and healthy. If you color your hair regularly, look for soft shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for dyed hair. The Garnier’s Whole Blends Color Blends hair care collection is infused with argan oil and blueberry extracts and helps protect the shine of color treated hair.
5. Environmental Factors
Overexposure to the sun, extreme heat, cold winds and low humidity can make a dent in your hair. Reduce the risk of damaging hair by wearing a hat on your hair on the beach or avoiding prolonged exposure to the elements. If you swim in chlorinated pools, protect your hair with a bathing cap. You also rinse your hair before (and immediately after) jumping into the pool to help keep your strands from absorbing all that chlorinated water.