Tips // Dry Brittle Hair
Published 11/15/18, 3:52 PM by Fleur Scalp Care
Dry & brittle hair can be difficult to manage, especially when it's frizzy and prone to breakages. It could result in itchy scalp and dandruff.
What causes Dry Brittle Hair?
Our hair is made of a tough protein, keratin. While the hair shaft is the visible part like the leaves of a plant, the hair follicle is like the roots of the hair. Read more about our hair anatomy here.
Generally when our hair doesn't get or retain enough moisture and protective sebum, it can start to lose its shine appearing dull & frizzy, thus more prone to breakages.
Sebum production is a natural process that lubricates and protects our scalp and hair; an excess in sebum production can lead to oily scalp & greasy hair. When the hair doesn't get or retain enough moisture, it may result in irritable scalp, dry & brittle hair.
There are also other external causes that could strip the moisture protection leading to dry hair & scalp. Environmental stress such as spending a lot of time under the direct sun in a hot and dry climate or frequent treatment and styling that uses harsh chemicals such as perms and relaxants.
Incorrect hair care practices such as shampooing too frequently is also one of the leading cause. Shampoo cleanses by stripping away the oil and dirt on our hair and scalp, frequent shampooing cab strip away more sebum than it can be replenished.
Another simpler cause could also be dehydration especially living in a hot and humid climate coupled with spending at least 8 hours a day in an air conditioned and dry environment. Our bodies is made up of 60% water, and so is 10-13% of our hair. Water is important to keep our cells hydrated and functioning correctly.
When our hair and scalp is too dry and left untreated, it could lead to other symptoms such as brittle hair, itchy, irritable scalp and dandruff.
How to manage dry and brittle hair?
Most cases of dry and brittle hair can still be easily managed, the best approach to this is to start with a scalp analysis to determine the cause in order to render the proper treatment.
Generally, most people can treat dry hair with a few changes in your hair & scalp care routine.
Switching to natural & organic hair care products that's suitable for your hair type
Reduce the frequency of shampoo and use a conditioner when you do
Reduce the frequency in chemical treatments especially if you frequently dye or perm your hair
Stay hydrated and protect your hair and scalp with a hat or umbrella from additional environmental stress
Fleur provides free consultation and analysis for your scalp & hair. Book your appointment with us today: https://www.fleurscalpcare.com/book-an-appointment