You can easily recognize dry hair by taking a quick test. Check your hair for shine and compatibility. If your hair lacks shine, looks dull and is difficult to comb, it is the first clear sign of dry hair. In principle, every single hair is closed by a dandruff layer. The light can be reflected and the hair shines. If the structure of your hair is roughened, porous areas will appear, which allow the dandruff to protrude. The hair then feels strawy, split ends and hair breakage occur more often. Your hair tends to protrude, or to “fly”. Often a sensitive and itchy scalp is an indication for dry hair.
The most common causes
In contrast to normal hair or greasy hair, dry hair is supplied with too little fat by the sebaceous glands or is removed by external influences. If your hair is dry, this means in most cases that the protective keratin layer (dandruff layer) of your hair will protrude – your hair often becomes brittle, porous and loses its natural shine over time because the light can no longer be reflected. Especially in summer, your hair will be particularly strained from the outside. Salt water, chlorinated water and strong sunlight can dry out your hair and attack the keratin layer. Salt crystals, which are deposited on your hair after a refreshing bath in the sea, act like small magnifying glasses and intensify the effect of the sun even more. Also too hot blow-drying, chemical hair dyeing or careless combing can put a strain on your hair in everyday life.
Especially thin and long hair reacts to harmful environmental influences with increased hair breakage and dehydration of the scalp and hair, which is why the right care is particularly important for this type of hair. However, dry hair can also have completely different reasons. The personal hormonal balance also has an effect on the condition of your hair. While the scalp often produces too much sebum at the beginning of puberty and oily hair is often the result, sebum production decreases with increasing age. Hair structure is also crucial for moisture. For example, curly hair is usually quite dry due to its structure, because the sebum, which the scalp produces naturally, does not slip down as well on it as on smooth strands.
Top 5 care tips against dry hair
1. Use the right shampoo
The right shampoo is crucial when it comes to shiny hair. You should therefore individually address the needs of the hair and scalp. Because every type of hair (dry, greasy, normal) needs special care. Dry hair should be provided with sufficient moisture so that the keratin layer of the hair is strengthened and the protruding dandruff layer is closed. Unlike greasy hair, your shampoo needs less detergent substances because less sebum and dandruff residue has to be removed. In order not to strain dry hair unnecessarily, you should therefore use a mild shampoo. Chemical additives, especially silicones, are taboo! They dry out your hair very quickly. Moisturizing and moisturizing vegetable oils such as organic cactus fig oil, organic sesame oil or organic broccoli seed oil are ideally suited. These give your hair smoothness, provide it with sufficient nutrients and prevent split ends and hair breakage. Without any build-up effect.
2. Avoid heat
To prevent your hair from drying out further, it is particularly important to avoid all sources of heat. This includes hot washing, hot blow-drying, sunlight as well as the (hot) beloved straightening iron or curling iron. It’s best to let your hair dry in the air or just blow dry cold. Say good-bye to straighteners and the like – the heat only strains your hair unnecessarily. Sounds hard? It is. But you get used to it. And the longer you put your hair on heat withdrawal, the healthier and smoother it will be and the better it will be to style it again. Even without harmful aids. With time, your urge to use a hair dryer, smoothing iron and the like will automatically decrease. Try it out!
3. Make hair cures and use hair oils
Your hair is strained and dried out daily by sunlight, brushing, blow-drying or salt and chlorine water. For very dry hair, we recommend using a rich hair treatment once or twice a week. The extra portion of care prevents your hair from appearing dull or in the worst case even from breaking off or splitting. Hair oils applied directly after washing also help particularly well with dry hair. Great also for the tips, because these are coated with extra protection, lose less moisture and become more resistant. But be careful: hair treatments and hair oils should only be applied in lengths and tips, never on the scalp! Otherwise your hair will quickly appear overnourished and stringy. Your scalp must readjust and find its way back into balance. Only then will your hair be provided with the necessary moisture all by itself, without you having to feed it in large quantities from the outside. Give your hair the time it needs to regenerate in the long term. They will thank you for it!
4. Do not rub dry
As a child you often put your hair into a soft towel after washing and rub it thoroughly to get it dry faster. Not a good idea. Because of the friction the dandruff layer is opened again and makes the hair look strawy and dull. Protruding hair scales get tangled up particularly easily and lead to brittle, stressed hair. Better: dab the hair gently with a towel or knead dry in a towel. Do not rub!
Tip: With microfibre towels this works particularly well! They absorb twice as much moisture and their fine structure is gentler than the coarse structure of a cotton towel.
5. From the first step to the lace hairdryers
Head over heels is the fastest? Right, but it’s the fastest way to break your hair. If you want a shiny mane, you have to blow-dry it properly. Correct means: first blow-dry your hair when it is dry and then let the (preferably lukewarm or cold) air flow glide from the roots into the tips. This closes the dandruff layer.
Tip: If you gently pull your hair down with the brush (don’t tear it!), you smooth your hair and automatically bring it into the right shape!