Dry hair? This helps with stressed tips!

 



Anyone with dry hair needs the right care. But what helps? We have the best tips for brittle hair.

Dry hair: This is the cause

In normal mode, each individual hair is closed. This way it reflects the light and shines particularly beautifully, while at the same time protecting the inner hair core. But especially in summer, the hair is heavily damaged: When swimming in the sea, for example, saltwater makes the hair swell up so that the scales stick out and the natural moisture evaporates. The salt crystals sit on the hair like little magnifying glasses and intensify the effect of the sun. This triggers a reaction that corresponds to a chemical brightening at the hairdresser. 

Important: If you go out in the sun, you should take this into account: It is best to spray a UV protection spray into still damp hair in the morning. If you are exposed to strong sunlight, you should repeat the application.

Dry hair is stressed hair

A few days at the beach area of course not that bad. But if you regularly blow-dry your hair hot, color your hair, or comb it not gently enough, your hair will be very strained - especially fine and long hair. Porous areas develop, sometimes even whole scales are torn out, the hair looks drained and hangs flat. The result: split ends and hair breakage. Strained hair can therefore be the direct result of dry hair.

The dryness of the hair can also be related to the hormone balance: While the scalp often produces too much fat during puberty, production decreases during menopause. This can affect both fine and thick hair. And curls are almost always dry, as the natural fat of the scalp does not slide down on them as well as on smooth strands.

Dry hair: Shampoo, conditioners, care tips

Dry hair needs moisture-binding substances such as vegetable oils (e.g. coconut oil), waxes, or urea, which cover the entire hair like a caring film. Meanwhile, there are even special product lines that distinguish between dry and very dry hair. To ensure that the hair can be combed well after washing, it is essential to apply a conditioner and wash it out. Wet hair is very sensitive and tears easily. If not combed carefully, split ends can be the result.

Conditioning products that do not need to be washed out are also advisable for dry hair. These include special care sprays that make the hair easier to comb and hair oils that are worked into the ends. But: too much hair care can also be harmful.

Therefore: The right shampoo, a hair treatment, OR a conditioner are a must and should be rinsed out thoroughly. After the hair washes, an additional leave-in product is recommended.

Strained hair: Shampoo, conditioners, care tips

Cosmetic chemists assume that stressed hair can be the result of dry hair and is rather fine. Therefore, special active ingredients are needed that can dock specifically to the porous areas and repair the damage with pinpoint accuracy. At the same time, the care must not be too rich, so that the hair is not too heavy and hangs flat after washing.

When buying care products, make sure that the shampoo and conditioner are especially suitable for damaged hair. These products contain repair substances that build up the hair from the inside. Nourishing ingredients such as oil, keratin, and panthenol help the hair to recover from the stress. A conditioner seals the hair structure after shampooing and protects against environmental influences.

Care instructions: Stressed hair should be given a blow-dryer and straightener break from time to time. If you don't want to do without a sleek look, you should conjure it up with a special gel, for curls you can cheat with a braided plait and beach spray. Simply braid a plait while wet - open it when dry and enjoy curls.

Important: Avoid hair rubbers with metal. These put unnecessary strain on the hair and can damage it. Also, the hairstyle should be changed every day. So you can be sure that the hair is not stressed in the same place every day.

Hair is dry and stressed? This is now the right care

Hair is brittle AND strained? In this case, you should first concentrate on caring for the porous areas and use products for stressed hair. In the case of slight damage, you will see an improvement after about five applications, but depending on the condition of the hair, it may take longer. Then change back to the normal care for dry hair.

Hair in winter - is an extra portion of care necessary?

Is it really necessary to change hair care in winter? Yes, because just like the skin, the hair also needs the care adapted to the season. Hair oil is an ideal companion in winter: calmly rub a drop (coconut oil or argan oil is also possible) into the palms of your hands several times a day and give the oil to the tips and lengths. In this way, even protruding hairs can be tamed. The extra care has several positive effects: The hair does not dry out so, and also the coloration holds better.

Now we should also treat the scalp!

And this applies not only to those who tend to have dandruff. The heat from a hairdryer, hot water, dry heating air: the scalp is in for a real treat. And that's not all: Normal shampoo cleans the hair but does not care for the scalp extra. If your hair is tight, it is better to use special shampoos that soothe and moisturize it. For acute itching, tinctures that are massaged into the skin and not rinsed out can help. Don't worry: Since they are completely absorbed, there is no "greasy hair!" alarm.

Silicones - do we really need them in shampoo?

Your hair hangs limply even though you wash it regularly? Some shampoos contain water-insoluble silicones that wrap themselves around the hair with every wash, gradually weighing it down. You can avoid this "build-up" effect by using shampoos with or without water-soluble silicones. How to find out if and which exactly are in a product? You can recognize them in the list of ingredients by the suffixes "-cone" or "-cane". If silicones are included, check on the Internet whether they are water-soluble.

Dry hair: The best household remedies

The best household remedy for dry hair is oils. Both the nutrient-rich olive oil as well as jojoba oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or argan oil. The oils donate not only humidity and care substances to the stressed hair splendor but put themselves also as protection around each individual hair.

A mask with coconut oil succeeds by melting three tablespoons in a water bath. Stir a raw egg into the melted liquid and let the finished treatment work into the hair for about 30 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.

An alternative hair mask can be used with dried hibiscus flowers. These can be bought in tea stores. Put a handful into half a liter of boiling water and let it steep for 20 minutes. Then let the tea cool down and apply it lukewarm to the hair. Massage well, let it work in, and rinse with water.

Caution: This should be avoided during care and styling

Whether fine or strong: after washing, the hair is about ten times more sensitive than before - so don't pull on it when combing, even if you are in a hurry. A cold shower or a vinegar conditioner will make the cuticle layer contract and the hair will react less sensitively. Heat also harms the hair: Therefore, it is better not to blow-dry it too hot or too often, but to let it air-dry. Do not use a straightening iron every day, protect your hair from the sun with a hat or cloth, or apply for UV protection.

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