The Best Dry Hair Care Tips? Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes I Did!
Are you trying to manage your dry and frizzy hair? Are you struggling to keep your hair moisturized and healthy? Do you know the best dry hair care tips? Dry hair is the starting point of damaged hair. Learn from my 10 big mistakes and steer clear of all the bad habits that make your hair dry and damaged!
My mistakes can be your best dry hair care tips!
In last week’s 1st part, I shared my first 5 dry hair care tips. Why don’t you take a look at them? How to care for dry hair when washing and conditioning.
In this 2nd part, I’m going to elaborate on the rest of my mistakes. They are basically bad habits that led my hair to dryness or made it difficult for my hair to hold on to its moisture.
Let’s reverse my mistakes to your dry hair care tips!
(…and take some action!)
6) I was brushing my hair while wet.
Bad, bad, bad thing!!
Now I’m brushing my hair carefully to detangle it before washing.
After shampooing, when my hair is damp, I apply an oil as a moisture sealant (these days I prefer using jojoba oil) and I comb the hair tips and lengths to spread the oil evenly. I use a wide tooth comb to avoid any hair stretching or harsh combing.
One more thing I used to do without realizing it was to rub my hair with the towel. I was only trying to dry it faster because I was usually exhausted from work and I wanted to get it over with.
But these are bad habits that cause frizz, damage and eventually make the hair brittle.
7) I used to straighten my hair every time I washed my hair.
For the past two years I’ve cut back a lot on heat. I rarely use hot styling tools or even a hair dryer.
You’ve probably heard this hair care tip many times, but hot styling tools make our hair to lose its hydration.
The steam you see when you’re curling or straightening your hair is the water that evaporates, leaving your hair dry and thirsty!
Therefore, you should give your hair a break from styling.
The cuticle is the outer part of the hair shaft and is formed from dead cells, overlapping in layers. In a healthy cuticle, layers lie tightly together and keep moisture in. Dryness makes the cuticle’s layers to open permanently, letting moisture in and out, without being able to hold on to it.
8) I wasn’t drinking enough water and I wasn’t eating right.
For this bad habit I have to blame the really long hours that I used to work for many years.
The demands, pressure and stress were so high that I kept forgetting or couldn’t find the time to drink water or eat properly.
I’m sure some of you know exactly what I mean, don’t you?
And if I did manage to eat something, it was usually chocolate to keep my spirits up (I know…so wrong!!). Thankfully, I was drinking my morning green tea (since I don’t drink coffee) and sometimes I made a real effort to eat something nutritious. But most of these times I was just bringing my food back home just to eat it for dinner!
So, don’t go all day on an empty stomach, since you and your hair need the vitamins, proteins and minerals. And don’t forget to drink water, your hair gets hydrates from the inside too!
Learn more about the importance of drinking water and how it’s related to hair health.
Check out 15 of the best foods for healthy hair growth!
9) I had a perm….What an unfortunate incident!
I had a perm in my early 20s and I regret it ever since.
Before the perm my hair was straight and soft. As you can imagine, all I wanted to do is to add some hair volume. Having a perm seemed the right choice back then. However, that decision affected and altered my hair’s structure forever, sadly!! After that, my hair stands were never as soft as they once were.
So think twice before you have your hair chemically treated!
10) I used to dye my hair too often.
Yep, hair dyes can and do dry the hair!
Unfortunately, I can’t stop dyeing my hair and I have to blame my grey hairs for that. This is one mistake I have to keep on doing! However, I try to dye it less often (I used to color my hair every 20 days!) and I choose hair colors that are close to my natural brown color.
Remember, blonde shades and bleaching dries the hair!
More dry hair care tips:
- Go easy on the moisturizing process, because over-moisturizing can also lead to hair damage and breakage, ok?
- Dry hair can be the symptom of a health issue, such as a hormone imbalance or the result of overexposure to environmental conditions, like the sun or the wind.
In case you missed Part 1: How To Care For Dry Hair?
Are you having any bad hair habits? Would like to share your dry hair care tips?
To You With Love.
Great tips, I’m currently in the process of going lighter from having it dyed nearly black and it’s been making it really dry, so I’ll definitely use some of these tips to make sure it doesn’t get even drier.
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Yep, that’s a harsh process, so do that! I’m sure these 10 tips will help you. Thanks for your commment Kelly!
Great tips. I use far too much heat in styling and I dye my hair monthly, so it’s not really a wonder my hair is as damaged as it is. Will up my game though.
Kat you should definitely try to cut back on heat. Pre-poo treatments have helped a lot too, especially oily ones! Why don’t you give it a try?
Thank you Elliot!
great tips, i don’t brush my hair whilst wet anymore i use a wide-toothed comb and i only straighten it when I’m doing something important. Although I do dye my hair more often than I think I should.
I’ve seen a major hair texture improvement since I’ve cut back on straightening it. Constant use of hot styling tools do damage the hair! It would be so beneficial if you could cut back on coloring too. Thanks for your comment Kitty!
This is all true and I know it all long time now, but somehow I never try enough to take better care of my hair! So sad.
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I know what you mean! That’s why it’s good to be reminded of these tips from time to time, right? 😉
My hair most of the times isn’t really dry except for the split ends… I always use a leave in conditioner on the ‘bad hair’ days so the ends look less dry 🙂 Love your tips!
Thanks Saranda! The ends are the most damaged part of the hair. If you have split ends it’s best to trim them often because they cannot be repaired.
Great tips, loved reading this post! My hair is sooo dry, hate it…
Thanks Elien for your kind words! I’m sure if you put these tips into action, they will help you manage your dry hair.
Lost & Abroad
I never heard of the brushing your hair when wet thing. Good to know!
I’m glad you learned something new!:-) Thanks for letting me know!