Do you find yourself staring in the mirror wondering what is happening with the hair looking back at you these days? It looks as dry as the Mohave Desert, and you cannot quite pinpoint the cause for such a parched appearance. Sure, multiple environmental factors are weighing those tresses down, ranging from the climate you live in to excess exposure to the sun, but is it possible you are the common denominator in the overall appearance of your hair’s present state? Are you over-drying your hair?
Curly and Coily Hair types are Prone to Dryness
Curly hair is particularly prone to being dry. The reason for this has everything to do with curls having a far greater difficult time transporting natural oils along the shaft to seal in moisture. Women who have a looser curl can naturally hold onto moisture because their natural oils can travel the shaft from root to tip without encountering too many obstacles. But those who have curls that are of the kinkier or coily variety have a harder time with moisture because it requires a bit more support to help seal in moisture from root to tip. Therefore, these gals have to follow a consistent regimen of sealing in moisture to cut down on the risk for hair that is as dry as the tumbleweed blowing through the desert.
What is Over-drying?
Over-drying happens when our hair loses its ability to retain moisture naturally. Overly dry hair is not difficult to recognize. You have undoubtedly seen it at some point during the lifecycle of your natural hair’s growth. Many naturalistas describe hair as feeling rough or crunchy. This hair struggles to hold a style and may even appear to be fried, dull or limp.
This condition may occur naturally or as the result of our hair care practices.
How are you Over-drying Your Hair?
Get ready to take a few notes. Despite all of the environmental factors that trigger over-drying of hair like ultraviolet rays from the sun, dry air or even a dip in the pool, we may be the most significant influencer of our hair’s dryness. Here are five things you may be doing that contribute to over-dryness.
1. Failure to Moisturize Your Hair Properly
Moisturizing hair is truly a ritual that some women underestimate the importance of performing. The products you purchase to moisturize your hair can have detrimental effects on whether or not it can hold moisture. Have you ever bought a product that promised to infuse moisture only to find later that it robbed your locks of the little bit of hydration it had? All products are not equal, which means you must become your hair’s advocate and read those labels carefully.
Tip: Look for hair products that do not have harmful chemicals and which compliment your use of water. Why water? Water is earth’s natural hydration agent. Avoid hair care products that contain alcohol, sulfates, mineral oil, paraben, ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol-based fragrances. These are ingredients that can dehydrate hair. Choose products that contain ingredients like shea butter, biotin, proteins, safflower seed oil or avocado oil.
Any natural hair care product you choose to add to your hair hydration ritual should have properties such as those found in Shinkafa’s Leave-in Conditioner With Biotin which can help to seal in moisture after application.
2. Ignoring Existing Hair Damage
It is likely that your hair has been dropping hints that it is suffering from damage, but for whatever reason, you may be missing all of the signs. If your hair feels excessively course to touch, is shedding at an increasing rate, refusing to hold a style, lacking in elasticity or overly frizzy, chances are you have hair damage. Pay attention to what your hair is trying to tell you.
Tip: To treat hair damage, a consistent regimen of deep-conditioning practices can properly hydrate your hair. A deep conditioner such as Shinkafa’s Keratin Hair Masque does wonders to return hair that is experiencing damage to a healthier state, reconstructing hair while infusing moisture at the same time. It’s mix of vitamins, amino acids, and proteins – each contributing to the rebuilding of hair’s elasticity. Using a deep conditioner every two weeks will work wonders for your hair.
3. Heat Application Practices
Some women swear off the use of heat altogether, but thankfully you don’t have to. Some of us live by our blow dryers, curling wands, and flat irons. Unfortunately, the truth remains that heat can be particularly damaging to natural hair. These heating tools have a nasty habit of drying out our hair and weakening each strand. Over time, hair can become brittle and from there its shed city.
Tip: Try placing those blow dryers and hot irons on the lowest possible setting. Also, consider the use of a thermal protectant on your hair. Some natural hair mavens swear by them and will implore you never to skip the use of these powerful serums. Shinkafa’s Hair Polish Finishing Serum provides a protective barrier on the hair strand, giving frizz control, hydration, anti-breakage, detangling, and a healthy, soft, vibrant sheen. This serum is excellent heat protectant and also works well as a daily hair finish.
4. Your Shampoo Choices
Shampoos can be harsh on our hair. While many of us may be looking to get rid of the dirt and product build-up, the last thing we are angling for is a complete stripping of our hair. Once we strip our hair, it becomes more vulnerable to overdrying, and we know that then opens the door for a bevy other problems. So avoid the harshness by avoiding parabens and sulfates. Removing those two ingredients from your shampoo can be one of the biggest game changers you can do for your hair.
Again, in addition to these two ingredients, alcohol, mineral oil, ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol based fragrances are each examples of ingredients to avoid.
Tip: Beware of clarifying shampoos. Clarifying shampoos are not the same as moisturizing shampoos. To keep hair from overdrying always look for a moisturizing shampoo. Read those labels! Select shampoo that is paraben and sulfate free. Shinkafa’s Anti-Frizz Detangling Keratin Shampoo with Biotin offers an excellent blend of ingredients that can help to nourish and restore hair that is overly dry to a healthier state.
5. Your Diet is Awful
What we eat or drink plays a significant role in the health of our hair. Vitamins and minerals give our hair its strength, vibrancy, and length. Water plays a pivotal role in hair health and the rate at which your hair grows in just about the same way the food you eat dictates the strength of your hair. Do not underestimate the power of a healthy diet.
Tip: Indulge in the foods that help your hair to grow. Aim for foods that are rich in vitamin B, C, and E. Don’t cheat and go out to buy supplements which can cause other issues for you. Most hair growth supplements will cause your face to breakout. Try instead to get your vitamins and minerals via the foods you eat.