5 Things that Make My Hair Dry



One of the questions that I get almost daily is about dry hair. It can be frustrating when you are dealing with dry hair and don’t know what’s causing it. It’s important that we determine first what is making our hair dry and then follow steps to combat those issues. Dry, brittle hair may be the reason you are struggling to retain length, so I have compiled a list five things that make my natural hair dry and solutions to solve those issues.

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How Much Product Should I Be Using?

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by Mary Wolff

More than a few naturals have been accused of being product junkies. Whether you just love the anticipation of trying new hair care products, or you are addicted to applying your favorites a little heavy handed, knowing the right amount of product to use is essential for several reasons. If you are going through products too quickly, spending more than you budgeted, or your hair feels heavy and unhealthy, the amount of product you use may be the culprit. While you may be using too much, there’s also a chance you are using too little on other product types so it’s best to know the general rules of thumb for product amounts. Have you ever stopped and wondered, how much product should I be using? If so, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used products and how much is enough to get the job done.

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Why You Should Wash Your Natural Hair in Sections

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by Mary Wolff

Washing your hair can feel like a chore, especially if you have a lot to work with. For curlies looking to make things easier and more manageable, washing natural hair in sections is a good idea. An all-over cleansing might be ineffective for your hair and you may not be getting the clean you think you’re getting. For a better clean, let’s look at reasons washing natural hair in sections might be the solution you need.

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Here's How To Stop Hair Shrinkage

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by Mary Wolff

For curlies, hair shrinkage is a fact of life. It happens to most of us at some point and there are a few ways to deal with it. While you can just embrace it as a part of your natural hair journey and roll with it as it comes, there are a few tried and true methods that can put an end to shrinkage. Here are a few must-know tips on how to stop hair shrinkage.

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5 Tips For A Good Hair Day Every Day


by Mary Wolff

A good hair day can make any day seem better. If you have ever experienced a truly heinous hair day, you know this is true. When your hair looks and feels great, you feel confident and ready to take on the day. To make sure you rock your curls with confidence on the regular, here are my 5 tips for a good hair day every day. 

Here's Why Your Hair Is Still Dry When There's Moisture In The Air


by Mary Wolff
If you have curly hair, you know it is a science to figure out what works best for your hair. You know the importance of keeping hair properly moisturized to lock in hydration, but what about the moisture found in the air naturally? If you have ever wondered how your hair is dry with moisture in the air, read on to find out. This type of moisture isn’t as helpful with hydration as you might hope.

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Here's Three Negatives to Returning Back to Relaxed Hair


by Mary Wolff

The journey to embracing your natural hair can be a challenging road to travel. If you are thinking of turning back or are convinced relaxed hair is better than natural hair, there are a few negatives to relaxed hair that you need to know. These negatives to relaxed hair might just help you make a more informed decision for the health of your curls.
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Ways to Dry Natural Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Drying your hair can be a hassle. Curly girls know all too well what happens to strands when you over dry with a heat process like a dryer. Hair can become brittle, dry, damaged, and frizzy. Some curly girls stand by their blow dryers until death do they part. Looking for a different approach to mix things up while still getting the job done? If you’re looking for ways to dry natural hair without the damage or breakage caused by heated methods, here are a few of my favorite suggestions on the matter.

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Becoming Best Friends With Humidity


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By Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

The #1 problem in the natural hair community is combating dry hair. For our textured hair this is definitely an issue. Cold weather robs our strands of moisture. The spring and summer months we can turn it around. Humidity can over-saturate the hair with moisture. Then when it dissipates the hair is left feeling super brittle. When we talk about humidity it is usually brought up as a bad thing but it really isn't.

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Why Your Scalp Is Dry And 3 Ways To Change It


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Pat, pat, pat. Scratch, scratch. Lemme just stick that bobby pin right...there. You've been scratching your head trying to figure it out. Why is your scalp so dry? When the seasons change, our hair can, too. Drier air in winter and sweltering temps in summer can dry out your scalp. Each day, the skin on your head is making room for more new cells, causing the old cells to slough off and leave you with itchiness and flakes.

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3 Ingredients For Hair Growth




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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Better, faster, stronger. 

Kanye's lyrics are the soundtrack to our hair! We all want longer, stronger, healthier hair. Despite what you've been told, it is possible to grow long, healthy, natural hair. So what's the secret? Do you need herbs and spices? A special miracle oil? The juices and berries Prince Akeem used in Coming to America?

How to Moisturize Dry Natural Hair


by Vashti Patrick-Joseph of Veepeejay.com 

One of the complaints I hear all the time is “my hair is so dry!” A few days ago, while in CVS two young ladies walked up to me and said, “what do you put in your hair? It looks so healthy and soft. Mine is so dry”. Right there in the hair care aisle, we chatted about natural hair & dryness.

Today I’m sharing some of the things we talked about. Here are 5 reasons why your natural hair may be dry.

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Does Dry, Brittle Hair Always Mean Protein Overload? #OrNah

 
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Our hair needs a perfect balance of moisture and protein for optimal health. Our hairs are made of about 70% keratin, which are long chains of amino acids. Our hair is made of protein but that is not all our hair needs to be healthy and grow. We need moisture to keep the hair from being dry, brittle, and breaking off and our hair needs protein to stay strong and to help repair the damage we inflict in day to day styling and the environment we live in. Basically, too little moisture or protein can be a problem and this delicate balance, if swayed too much in either direction, can be detrimental to the health of one’s hair. Desiree.Lesa from Curly Q&A may be struggling with this very balance as she wonders if her dry hair is in need of a protein treatment.


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Dry as the Desert...


Hola Chicas!

I just came from hanging out with FrizzCurls427 and we realized that we've been battling the same problem lately... unforgivably dry curls! My hair is so friggin' dry! I mean parched, dried out, crunchy...just plain icky. Granted, I'm not wetting it much these days, mainly due to boredom and laziness, but I mean, DANG, it's DRY. I figure it could be from 1 of a few things:

1. Fewer co-washes- Which also means fewer deep treatments

2. Winter winds- I wear my hair out 99% of the time. Maybe there really is something to that protective styling that long haired naturals speak so highly of.

3. The wrong products- I've strayed from my faithful products lately and maybe I need to go back to what I know (DevaCare).

4. Protein laden products- I've been experimenting with products that contain light, naturally derived proteins. In the past, protein play resulted in dry, crunchy curls. Which brings me back to number 3... if it ain't broke...

Dryness left to fester results in split ends and breakage. I've tried to stave off splits by doing a trim, but I need to get proactive!

This dry styling routine has resulted in less shedding, and my hair seems to be doing good overall. The dryness is just so annoying... it's up in a bun today, and I plan to rock it out like this for the next few days. Blah.

So, are you dry too? If so, what's your best guess at the cause, and what do you plan to do about it?!

Later Gators,
Nik

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