Why is your hair so dry?

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A recent WebMd article talks about the common reasons why hair becomes so dry and what you can do about it.

All hair has a protective layer called the cuticle, which lie tightly together to retain moisture. If these layers separate, they peel away and no longer contain the moisture, allowing natural oils to escape.

These oils are created within the roots of your hair, which keep it moisturized. If these roots don’t produce enough oil, your hair gets dry. When your hair is dry, your scalp is dry which results in dandruff.

Some ways hair can get damaged:

  • Natural oils are removed by using harsh shampoos or by over-washing.
  • Too much sun, wind or dry air result in dry hair.
  • Overly blow-drying, using a curling iron or any straighteners that use heat.
  • Chemicals such as dyes, perms and relaxers.

Some solutions for dry hair:

  • Only wash your hair one or two times a week.
  • Use a mild, dry-hair formulated shampoo which contains less drying detergents.
  • Use a moisturizing conditioner as it helps retain natural oils.
  • Replenish moisture by massaging jojoba oil or coconut oil into your scalp.

If dry hair persists, look into having a deep conditioning treatment from a professional stylist. If dry hair is accompanied by fatigue, weakness, an intolerance to cold, or hair loss, you could have a more serious health problem and should consult a physician.

Read more at: Why is your hair so dry?

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About Jessica Marini

Jessica Marini is a Patient Care Coordinator at Rahal. She is always looking out for the latest industry news to help better educate patients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her two rescue dogs Benji and Lily.

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