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How to Deal with Dry, Dull Hair

8 Common Causes and How to Cure Them

Are you exhausted on your quest to find the perfect remedy for your dry hair? If daily conditioning isn’t helping, there could be a myriad of underlying reasons for those lifeless locks. From chemical processes to too much heat exposure, the ways in which you treat (and don’t treat) your hair and your body can cause the hair blahs. But anyone can get silky, shiny tresses by trying a few healthy tips. The following are eight of the most common causes of dry, dull hair that are curable, and even preventable.
Cause #1: Inadequate Water Intake
Be honest: Are you getting your eight glasses of water every day? If not, what are you waiting for? Drinking water can work wonders on not just your body, but your hair, too. We all know that our bodies are made mostly of water, so if you’re still not taking in what you’re putting out through exercise and other daily activities, your hair isn’t quenching its thirst.
The Cure: Drink. More. Water. Plain and simple. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like the taste of good old H20, you’re not alone! There are plenty of other, tasty ways you can get your eight a day. So, drink up and watch how much shinier and more hydrated your hair will become.
Cause #2: Not Shampooing Smartly
Do you wash your hair every day? You might want to rethink that routine. Knowing when to shampoo your hair, and what shampoo to use is an important aspect of keeping your hair hydrated and healthy. Allowing your hair’s natural oils to build up for a bit will protect your hair from becoming too dry.
The Cure: Shampoo your hair every other day with a gentle shampoo. If your hair gets oily between washes, try using a dry shampoo. This type of shampoo is super easy to use and works quite well to soak up excess oil. When looking for shampoo, don’t forget to check those ingredient lists. Some moisturizing shampoos contain harsh sulfates and sodium chloride, both will strip protective oils from your hair. And the next time you shower, keep the water cool when rinsing. Water that’s too hot will result in frizz and dryness.
Cause #3: Heavy Heat Styling
If you use a blow dryer, flat iron or other heat styling tools every day, you’re doing more harm than good when it comes to your dry hair. All of these beauty items can be convenient when it comes to styling, but taking a break every now and then will result in healthier tresses.
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