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Wave goodbye to dry, brittle hair
Although the weather may have cooled slightly, the past few weeks of gloriously sunny days and baking hot temperatures have done wonders for our emotional wellbeing. Sunshine not only boosts our mood, soaking it up can increase vitamin D which is good for our bones and our health.
Getting outside in the sun is the perfect tonic for most ails, and we all know how important it is to guard against the risk of sun damage to our skin. However, despite being well aware of the risk to our skin, we regularly forget about protecting our hair.
Overexposure to sunlight can make hair dry and coarse. And for coloured hair this effect is even worse.
Dry hair can look dull and lacklustre. It can be greasy at the roots but dry at the ends, and it often doesn’t improve for washing. It also causes inelasticity which can cause a downward spiral in the condition of your hair. Because healthy hair stretches and springs back to shape, it shines in the light and holds a style. Dry hair doesn’t stretch and breaks under much lower resistance to healthy hair, meaning it not only looks limp, it will be harder to style and will be brittle.
Luckily, most of the time dry hair is self-inflicted rather than being genetic - so that means it’s something you can definitely fix with the right hair care routine. You don’t need to feel stuck with dry, brittle locks.
As with skin, dry hair just needs a bit of moisturising to get it back to its shiny, bouncy best. Depending on how dry, it might be worthwhile investing in a repairing hair balm. Like a thick body butter, this balm delivers moisture and much needed nutrients to the length of the hair from root to tip.
As chemicals can play a part in drying hair out, hydrating treatments should be kept as natural as possible. Look for herbs and ingredients from nature as these will work best to deliver moisture just where it is needed, without overpowering your hair.
For really lacklustre locks, an excellent treatment is to wet hair under the shower. Once you have shampooed and conditioned as normal, slather on the dry hair balm and then pop on a shower cap for a few minutes. This next step really works to lock in the moisture, and the longer you leave it, the stronger effect it will have up to a maximum of around ten minutes.
Take the shower cap off, brush you hair carefully with a wide bristled brush and then rinse the balm off. You can also get hair balms that you don’t have to wash out, meaning the moisturising treatment continues to work all day.
For the best results, and healthy, shiny hair that will turn the girls green with envy, use with a natural herbal shampoo and a similar conditioner that are specially formulated to work on dry hair. Once you’ve invested in some products to protect hair from further damage, you can get back out to enjoy the sunshine.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks