How to fix dry, brittle hair
If your hair is feeling dry and brittle after the long days of summer, there’s plenty you can do to get it back in shape. Sunshine provides our bodies with much-needed vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for healthy hair growth. But the flip side is that sun-drenched days can leave our hair feeling dry and brittle.
It’s not just the sun. In the summer months and, in particular, on our summer holidays hair might be subject to chlorine damage or damage from salt-water. Both can be drying and when you layer on the use of heated styling tools it can leave hair feeling frazzled.
But there’s nothing to say you can’t tackle dry, brittle hair and get it back on form with a dry hair treatment.
Follow our Tips for Treating Dry, Brittle Hair
Deep Condition to Add Moisture to Hair
- For starters, treat hair to some deep conditioning by putting on a hair mask. Leave it on for as long as possible before you rinse.
- We recommend leaving our Restore and Shine Hair Maque on for at least a couple of hours if your hair is fine and for thicker hair types you leave it on overnight. (you might want to put a micro-fibre towel on your pillow to protect it). Rinse the next morning and style as normal.
- Apply your hair mask and pop on a plastic shower cap. This will generate heat and intensify the treatment.
- If the hair is excessively dry and brittle, we recommend using our Restore and Shine Hair Masque twice a week for the first two weeks and then revert to weekly treatments. Check manufacturer’s instructions before doing this if you are using another brand of hair mask.
- Treat your hair once a week, every week. Maintaining the moisture of hair is not a one-off endeavour! Routine and consistency are key to getting your hair in the best condition.
Recommended Reading: If you want to know more about hair masks and deep conditioners we recommend taking a look at the following blogs. You can find tips on how to get the most from your hair mask and why avocado is a super-hair ingredient.
Condition Every Time you Wash your Hair
- When hair is dry and brittle, the cuticle (protective outer layer of the hair has lifted). The cuticle is made up of lots of tiny scales. Environmental factors such as the sun can cause the scales of the cuticle lift. This leaves the core of the hair (the cortex) vulnerable to dryness. Conditioner to the rescue!
- We cannot stress enough how important conditioner is to your hair care routine. Conditioner hydrates and smooths the cuticle. By smoothing and sealing the scales of the outer layer of hair, it helps the cortex to retain moisture.
- As moisture is added to hair it becomes more flexible and less prone to breakage. Keep topping up the moisture with regular conditioning to get rid of the dry, brittle texture.
- Don’t forget, always use a conditioner even if you have oily roots, the ends still need moisture so just avoid the base of the hair.
- Try leaving your conditioner on for a few minutes longer than normal, too.
Take the Heat off your Hair
- If you can, lay off the heated styling tools for a while this will seriously help your hair. We know that’s not easy for everyone to do but if you can reduce the amount of heat your hair is being subjected to, it will help! Here are some ideas to reduce the impact of heat on your hair.
- Switch the hairdryer on a cool setting.
- Leave your hair to air dry once a week. If your job requires you to be suited and booted and fully styled, it may not be possible during the week. But opt for a more relaxed style at the weekend.
- Rough drying is a technique that can be used to reduce drying time. Use your hands and turn your head upside down for extra volume. Stop when your hair is almost dry and then style with a brush, a comb or your fingers to move hair into place.
- Use leave in conditioners to prep the hair before styling. They are a great way of adding moisture to the hair, making them a good antidote to the heat from the hairdryer.
Recommended Reading: Leave in conditioners are a great styling option for dry, brittle hair. Find out how they can improve hair condition in our blog, Leave In Hair Conditioner: We give you the Heads Up!
Choose Semi-Permanent Colours for a more Gentle Approach to Hair Colour
- In order for the hair to absorb colour, colour treatments have to open up the cuticle. Over time this causes the hair to be drier than it would be naturally. In the summer months, the sun exacerbates this dryness.
- If you keep layering on permanent colour to your hair, i.e. not just the roots but also through to the ends of the hair, it will become more brittle and you may even experience breakage.
- Semi-permanent colours are a great alternative on the ends of hair. They provide great results and are much gentler on the hair.
- We recommend always getting your hair coloured by a professional in order to get the best results.
Get Rid of Split Ends
- Getting regular trims is the only permanent fix to split ends. You have to take much of the hair. Just enough to clean up the ends and keep on top of any breakage.
- Regular trims are particularly important so that split ends don’t ride up the hair shaft and cause more damage.
Split ends can be a frustrating when styling hair: For a temporary fix to split ends, we have developed a formula in our styling range that temporarily seals split ends. It works by releasing tiny bubbles of keratin and argan oil into the hair. They seal the hair and give you a smooth finish when you style.
Hydrate Hair from Within
- Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate the hair and, if you don’t already, try to eat more nutrient-rich foods such as nuts, seeds (pumpkin) and oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.
- Foods high in B6 and vitamin E, including avocados, bananas and leafy greens.
We’ve got some favourite foods that help to promote healthy hair. You can find out more in our blog, Healthy Hair: Choose the Best Food for Hair Growth
Go on, don’t accept dry, brittle hair. Give hair a holiday of its own.
Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. As a niche brand, we are passionate about our products and delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. If you have any questions about our products, would like advice on the best products for your hair type, or have another question about how to look after your hair, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org