Dry, frizzy hair leaving you feeling frazzled? Fret not. The answer to getting back its healthy, hydrated bounce may lie in simply, ‘pooing it right.
So how do you do that?
Let's start at the root of the problem. Hair is naturally porous, but also has a lipid barrier (integral hair lipid, in science-speak) that protects it from damage. But when it is stripped of its natural oils and hydration, this lipid layer is lost, causing the hair to become overly porous and defenceless.
This stripping of the lipid barrier can happen from over-washing (yes, there is such a thing), brushing while wet, chemical hair treatments, heat & sun damage, environmental pollution, and even nutritional deficiencies.
These cause the hair shaft to get weathered over time, even changing the structure of the hair. The exterior hair cuticle rises (that explains the frizz), and wears out, and the adjoining cells no longer stay in place. As a result, the hair shaft becomes more delicate and prone to fracturing and breaking.
Do the ‘poo!
Like we said, giving hair the right shampoo is key. Whether your scalp produces less sebum naturally or you have dry strands due to thermal damage or a chemical technique, you require a hydrating product. And the best ones for you will have ingredients that make dry hair feel softer. Such as dimethicone and cyclomethicone which add softness and lustre to the hair, making it appear healthier.
Look out for products with conditioning agents like polyquaternium, hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, as well as hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride - these shut down the cuticle, making hair smoother and more manageable.
Cut it out!
Frequent haircuts are your best friend when it comes to hair health. And of course avoid heat and chemical treatments as much as possible. If you see split-ends, make sure you get it professionally trimmed right up to where the hair shaft is whole again. If the split-ends are not removed, the split will climb up the hair shaft, causing breakage and more damage.
Check with your trusty hair stylist for treatment procedures that smoothen existing damaged hair shafts, and help repair damage in the early stages.
Ditch the itch
Excessive itching can be an indication of dermatitis, scalp flakes, and potential hair loss, which stem from dry scalp dryness. Improperly washed hair, chemical and environmental damage, can all cause these scalp conditions. Don't scratch that itch though. Just make sure you avoid sulfate-containing shampoos and hair products that are fortifying or volumizing - these dehydrate your scalp even more.
Don’t think twice, just swipe right
When you see a shampoo that has hydrating properties, go for it. Look for words like smoothing, hydrating, and moisturising on the label. And for ingredients such as aloe vera, egg protein, shea butter, soy milk, and glycerin. These are true friends of your dry hair and scalp.
Fear the frizz no more!
You will find all these ingredients and more on haeal.com - in our nature-based shampoos like the Aloe Vera Shampoo - that are crafted specifically to tackle hair and scalp dryness. Simply choose the one that is perfect for you, and watch your hair live its best life.