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Why Is My Hair So Dry? 5 Common Causes & Fixes

Wondering: why is my hair so dry? No matter your hair length or type, dry hair is one of the most common hair complaints. In this article, we go through the most common causes of dry hair and what you can do to resolve and fix your dry hair woes. 

The Weather 

Wondering why your hair is so dry when it’s autumn/fall or winter? The drop in temperature, can play havoc with your hair. So if you notice that your hair is getting drier during these transitional months but you haven’t made any changes to your routine, it’s probably due to the colder, drier weather which can strip your hair moisture and make it feel dry, brittle and dull. 

Make sure to counter weather-induced dryness this by following the LOC and LCO methods. The acronym indicates the order by which the products (L = liquid O = oil and C = cream) should be applied to your hair. Using this method (with our Moisture Surge Set) after you’ve washed your hair will help you lock in moisture and combat dryness. 

Hair Washing (The Wrong Way)

We know that washing your hair frequently can dry it out.  The reason your hair can become dry and damaged from over washing is because of hygral fatigue. This is a weakening of the hair which is caused by the repeated expansion and contraction of hair each time it is washed (the hair shaft expands as it fills with water and then contracts as it dries). Ultimately, hygral fatigue can result in dryness, breakage, weak hair and split ends – basically, everything we want to avoid!

One way to avoid hygral fatigue is by pre-treating your hair coconut oil before washing it with a good sulphate-free, natural shampoo, which is gentle enough to use every day.  Coconut oil has been proven to protect hair by binding to the proteins in the hair shaft meaning that fewer water molecules can bind to the hair and less swelling happens. 

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Another way to look after your hair is by drying your hair quickly. This is because it minimises the opportunity for damage to the hair structure. But that doesn’t mean you should reach for your hair dryer! We recommend steering clear of heat and using a microfibre towel turban to avoid any heat damage. Not to mention, you want to avoid having wet hair outside as wet hair is a better culture medium for infections. So, avoid throwing your wet hair into bun or pineapple and dry your hair as much as you can before heading out.

Friction From Your Pillows

Cotton is super absorbent, so those fibres basically rob you of all the moisture that you’ve been working on locking into your hair. So, upgrade your night routine and trade your cotton pillowcase for a satin or silk one. Or if you don’t want to mess up your bedroom decor, just wear a satin or silk bonnet or headscarf. This will help you retain moisture and reduce friction on your hair.  So make sure that you’re sleeping with a protective bonnet/scarf or pillowcase. 

Heated Styling 

Using heated styling tools such as straighteners, curling tongs and blow dryers can zap the moisture out of your hair (not to mention lead to heat damage). We recommend going heat-free when it comes to drying, styling and stretching you hair. 

Chemical Treatments

The chemical processes like relaxing hair or colouring hair can leave your hair very brittle with increased breakage. Think about ditching or reducing these chemical treatments. 

Editor’s tip: Thinking about transitioning? Our Newly Natural Set comes with everything needed for new naturalistas embarking on their natural hair journeys

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