Fixing Dry Hair

Dry hair can be defined as hair that’s lost its ability to attract and retain moisture, it feels dry to the touch and looks dull and lifeless. It is characterized by a dual deficiency in moisture and lipids (sebum), which alters its elasticity and suppleness.

How does dry hair look like:

  • it is fragile
  • has split ends
  • looks coarse and wiry
  • looks frizzy
  • difficult to comb and brush
  • breaks easily
  • isn’t elastic
  • feels rough and dry to a touch
  • difficult to style
  • easily becomes electrified
  • tends to tangle
  • is porous


  • excessive sun and wind exposure
  • over-shampooing
  • heat styling – curling irons, hot curlers, flat irons, hair dryers
  • improper hair care and using harsh hair products
  • chlorine / in swimming pools/ or salt water
  • frequent perms
  • bleaching, hair coloring
  • prolonged illness and genetics
  • exposure to harsh chemicals
  • living in dry environment
  • hormonal changes, puberty, stress
  • frequent grooming
  • hot temperatures and dehydratation
  • your state of health
  • high mineral content in local water
  • certain medications
  • nutritional deficiency
  • applying too much styling hair products

It is usually caused by improper hair care, which includes – washing daily, using harsh shampoos, not applying a conditioner, over-use of curling irons, flat irons, always blow-drying, frequent bleaching, hair coloring. It can also be a result from excessive sun exposure for example, from taking certain medications / such as Birth control pills/, living in a dry environment with high temperatures. Using hair dryer or curling iron everyday are the things that always aggravate the condition as they make it even drier and damage the hair seriously.


  1. 1 Shampoo regularly
    Unlike oily hair, this type shouldn’t be washes too often. Twice a week will be enough. Don’t shampoo every day as it may become even drier. Always use a shampoo specifically designed for dry hair as it contains more humectants / moisturizing ingredients/. Make sure your shampoo is mild and cleanses well. It shouldn’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals. Look for a low pH shampoo to keep moisturized. When you apply the shampoo, massage your scalp gently to improve blood circulation. Massage the scalp with the tips of the fingers instead of the fingernails to avoid scalp irritation. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and never rinse with hot water as it dries out. At the end finish with a cool rinse to remove all traces of shampoo residue.
  2. 2 Use a conditioner
    A conditioner is a must for those with dry hair because it needs moisture. If it needs conditioning use a post-shampoo conditioner rather than a conditioning shampoo. Apply a conditioner every time you wash. Look for a nourishing conditioner specifically designed for dry hair, containing essential oils. It will replace the lost moisture in your hair. Apply the conditioner to the entire hair, concentrating on the ends. A good conditioner will coat the hair shaft with a thin film and smooth down the roughened cells and fill in uneven surface. Leave the conditioner on for approximately 3-5 minutes to penetrate deeply into the hair and then rinse thoroughly.
  3. 3 Do a deep-conditioning treatment
    If it is very dry you should do a series of conditioner treatment 2/ 3 times for about two weeks to make the hair stronger and to bring the hair back to a more healthy state. A deep-conditioning treatment may include – deep conditioners, hot oil treatments, nourishing and hydrating hair masks. A hair treatment with oils will penetrate deep into the hair and scalp and will nourish.


  • Massage your scalp every time while shampooing to improve blood circulation.
  • Brush from top to bottom to stimulate the scalp and to bring sebum to the ends.
  • Give a break and let it rest, but keep it clean and well-conditioned.
  • You can apply pure acacia honey to the scalp to nourish. Leave the honey on for 15 minutes.
  • Always wear a hat when you are out in the hot summer months.
  • Going natural is the best way to avoid any hair problems.
  • Spray some setting lotion to help manage the hair, to close the cuticle layer and make the hair easier to comb.
  • Use a light scalp oil /almond oil, olive oil/ to lightly oil the scalp every 4 to 5 days.
  • Purchase the same line of product for all products – they are formulated to work best together.
  • Make sure all products are of high quality.
  • Consider using hair products with SPF and never use hair care products containing too harsh ingredients.
  • Don’t use two-in-one products.
  • Get a haircut every 5 weeks to prevent split and damaged ends.
  • Never use too greasy hair products to style.
  • Leave shampoo on for a three minutes and then rinse.
  • Always use hair products designed for dry hair.
  • Don’t use too much styling products, instead coat just the ends of the hair.
  • Don’t worry to change your shampoo even after the first usage if you are not satisfied with the result.
  • Look for products containing vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, UV protective filters, moisturizing ingredients, essential oils.
  • Avoid everyday blow drying.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your body and hair hydrated – at least 1.5 liter a day.
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements, especially vitamin B complex and vitamin E to bring shine and moist.
  • Avoid coloring, bleaching or hair straightening too often.

What do you think about this post?

    • sonia wrote:
      I love this article! I have dry,frizzy,chemically-overprocessed (due to relaxers)hair and everything thats goes along w/ those line, but this article has helped alot. I will take your advice into conccideration the next time i buy hair product and wash my hair and dry my hair... I love the fact that you have posted up products for my hair type because I'm hispanic but my hair isn't like hispanic hair. It's curly but in a scense that it is naturally wiry, and poofy to the extreme. So my hair is right inbetween an African Americans hair type and a Hispanic Hair type, I've done relaxers but the breakage associated with them has made me stop. So the bottome of my hair is faded medium brown and straight, the middle part is brown and a little straight and poofy, and my roots/ top part of my head is my natural hair which is black. I currently use Head and Shoulders shampoo and Phyto Organics Condition (Humectin), and I use gel and John-Freida frizz ease serum (for chronic frizz) but nothing has really helped. My hair is always poofy and frizzy... And my stylist has told me to stop using gel because it dries my hair, but i continue to use it because nothing else lets me have my hair down without stay in its place (although it is frizzy)... I was wondering if you have any tips or advice on stling products or things I can do to my hair.. P.S. please write back.

    • maggie wrote:
      I know exactly what your talking about girl! everyone says “go with your natural hair!” But, I have never met ANYONE with hair like me!!! My hair isn’t straight, curly, OR wavy!!! It is straight in some parts, frizzy and super curly in other parts, wavy in parts, and kinky in other parts!!! It is ridiculous! I either have to make it more curly, more wavy, or straighten the whole thing! I can’t go natural, because it would litteraly look like i couldn’t decide what to do with my hair, so I did everything!!!

    • Maha Sheikh wrote:
      Dear Sir or Madam , Thanks for giviving us usefull comments

    • shirleva wrote:
      My hair was once silky soft, naturally curly, and wavy! I would straightin it everyday. But it would be straight and beautifully curl at the ends-like it was alive. My hair always had body. it was beautiful!! I never had to use relaxers because my hair is a mixture of African American and Indian. Now its damaged and dull : (. I dont put heat to it. It's so puffy and dry, I cant even wrap it! Im trying to do everything I can to bring it back. I don't know what to do. Except cut it all off uuh! HELP!!

    • asha wrote:
      great post... gonna start treating hair well at once. thank you very much for these tips.

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