How to recognize dehydrated hair?
It is not always easy to recognize dehydrated hair. Signs of dehydration include dryness, frizz, split ends, and a lack of shine or shine. A wick test can also be performed to check the level of hydration. It's about passing a strand of hair between two fingers and seeing the resistance it presents. If the hair is rough or straw-like, it is lacking moisture and hydration.
Additionally, if your hair tends to be electric often, be coarse and fluffy, and form frizz, then your hair can be determined to be dehydrated.
- Dehydrated hair lacks shine and luster. It is dry and has that “straw” aspect well known to those who color repeatedly. This type of hair is rough, porous without being damaged and brittle.
Moisturize or nourish your hair?
When caring for your hair, you may have heard the terms 'moisturize' and 'nourish'. Although these two concepts are often used interchangeably, they actually serve different purposes when it comes to keeping your hair looking great.
Hydration is basically rehydrating the hair and scalp, locking in moisture to prevent the hair from becoming more dry or damaged. Nutrition, on the other hand, provides the nutrients and minerals needed to stimulate and promote healthier hair growth.
To know if your hair needs hydration or nutrition, you must determine if it is dry or dehydrated. Many people mistakenly think that dehydrated hair shows the same signs as dry hair; However, there are notable differences:
- Dehydrated hair is dull, lacks shine and has a foamy appearance with lots of frizz. In addition, your hair will generally be “electric”. This type of hair needs extra hydration.
- Dry hair is damaged. It is usually brittle and forked and may look like “straw”. It lacks nutrition and it is therefore important to provide it with the nutrients and minerals essential for its growth.
What are the causes of hair dehydration?
There are many causes of hair dehydration, the most common being weather conditions , harsh chemical treatments , and styling tools, all of which can rob your hair of much-needed moisture.
Dehydrated hair can therefore be due to many factors:
- Environmental factors such as sun, wind, cold or pollution.
- Overly aggressive hair products such as bleaches and dyes, permanents or styling products.
- Excessive drying with a hair dryer.
- Regular rubbing against clothes, the pillowcase or when drying with a towel.
- Too frequent use of styling tools: straighteners, curlers or curlers.
- Nutrient deficiency due to inadequate diet or vitamin and mineral deficiency.
- Too frequent washing or excessive use of hair products.
- A lack of moisturizer or the use of products unsuitable for your hair type.
- Your body lacks hydration because you don't drink enough water.
- Your hair type: curly hair is by nature dehydrated.
How to naturally moisturize your hair?
Moisturizing your hair in a natural way is quite possible. Many natural hair care products without chemicals exist to allow you to bring hydration to your hair quickly and simply.
Adopt a regular hair care routine
When it comes to hair care, hydration is key – and a regular, moisturizing routine ensures your hair stays luscious and healthy all year round. It is important to moisturize your hair monthly or weekly for the driest hair.
The moisturizing shampoo
If you have dehydrated hair, investing in the right shampoo can make all the difference to how your hair looks and feels. Choose a mild shampoo, without sulphates and without parabens so as not to dehydrate your hair. Instead, turn to moisturizing ingredients such as Aloe vera or shea butter.
The moisturizing mask
Moisturizing masks are essential to restore hair lacking in hydration. The use of moisturizing masks helps nourish and rehydrate the hair and scalp, which is particularly beneficial for people who have dehydrated or curly hair or who use chemical treatments. It can help restore suppleness and manageability to otherwise fragile and difficult to manage hair. Moisturizing masks have other benefits as well. Indeed, they provide protection against additional dehydration caused by heated styling tools. Plus, they boost shine to give limp, lifeless hair a much-needed boost of moisture and life. Plus, they can work instantly to transform dull, thirsty hair into strong, healthy locks.
Thus, making a moisturizing mask regularly helps to hydrate your hair in depth. Often, one application is enough to see that your hair is already better hydrated, but it is regular use that will hydrate your hair in the long run.
- You will find many moisturizing hair care products that hydrate your hair in a natural and long-lasting way.
In addition to the shampoo and moisturizing mask, opt for a serum or a moisturizing spray. The serum contains a blend of moisturizing vegetable oils and can be applied to damp or dry hair to provide regular hydration to your lengths and ends. The spray, meanwhile, can be sprayed at any time to keep hair naturally hydrated throughout the day. Another option available to you is to opt for a moisturizing treatment oil enriched with vegetable oils.
Use Aloe vera gel as a moisturizer
Aloe vera is an energy plant that is full of essential minerals and vitamins, ideal for nourishing dehydrated hair. Placed directly on the scalp, Aloe vera helps unclog pores, allowing maximum hydration and reducing scalp dryness and irritation. The anti-inflammatory nature of Aloe vera also helps soothe itchy scalp that can be the root cause of dehydration.
Additionally, Aloe vera can be used as a deep conditioner, as applying the gel to wet hair allows it to penetrate deep into the follicles while continuing to intensely hydrate. This intense moisture boost leaves your hair feeling refreshed, healthy and shiny.
To use Aloe vera as a moisturizer for your hair, start by opening an Aloe leaf and extracting all the gel it contains. Apply directly to damp hair, in sections, from roots to ends, before covering with a shower cap or towel for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
You will also find masks with Aloe vera, more practical and faster to use. These masks will combine several natural ingredients so that you can benefit from their many properties in a single application.
- Find out how to use Aloe vera for hair
Make natural hair masks
Making natural hair masks for dehydrated hair is a simple and effective way to restore and maintain healthy, hydrated hair. Natural ingredients nourish and condition hair while locking in moisture, leaving it looking intensely soft and shiny. By using natural ingredients such as honey, avocado, and coconut oil, you can restore your hair's natural moisture balance. The advantage of using natural ingredients is that there are no harsh chemicals or irritating additives that could damage the delicate strands of your hair.
Here is a homemade moisturizing mask recipe for hair lacking moisture:
To moisturize your dehydrated hair, mix two tablespoons of honey, two tablespoons of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mask to your lengths, section by section. Then leave this mask on for 15 to 20 minutes to give your hair time to absorb the nutrients. If you wish, you can cover the mask with a shower cap or cling film. Then, rinse the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water and wash your hair as usual, with a mild, moisturizing shampoo. Use this mask once a week or whenever you feel your hair needs it.
- A moisturizing mask based on natural ingredients such as honey, avocado or coconut oil will help deeply hydrate the hair. It can be done at home once or twice a month.
Use natural oils
If your hair is dehydrated, you may need to change your hair care routine. There are several natural oils that can help keep hair hydrated without much effort. Oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil are excellent moisturizers for dehydrated hair.
- Olive oil is rich in fatty acids which protect the scalp from drying out.
- Jojoba oil contains vitamin E and omega-9 fatty acids that help lock in moisture and tame frizz.
- Coconut oil contains lauric acid which conditions the hair, penetrates deep into the scalp and helps lock in protein loss from damage caused by heat or styling products.
- Argan oil restores shine and radiance to your hair.
- Finally, sunflower oil contains vitamins A, B, D, E and omega-9 fatty acids that help hydrate hair without weighing it down.
Our advice for optimal hydration:
Proper hydration is essential for healthy, shiny hair. So, after you've successfully deeply hydrated your hair, it's important to seal in and lock in moisture over the long term. Incorporating a few simple steps into your hair care routine can make all the difference.
Adopt an adapted and non-aggressive routine
To avoid suffering from dehydrated hair in the future, changing your routine is essential. Choose mild shampoos suited to your hair type. Be careful not to wash your hair too frequently, two to three times a week should be enough. In addition, use only a small amount of product and massage gently so as not to attack the scalp. Finally, rinse with lukewarm water to close the hair scales. Hot water should be avoided as it tends to dry out the hair and draw out moisture.
In the same way, do not attack your hair during drying. Prefer drying in the open air rather than with a hair dryer since heat is one of the causes of dehydration. To save time, opt for a microfiber towel. The latter is ultra-absorbent and above all softer for the hair.
Finally, brushing is also an important step to keep your hair moisturized. Always choose a hairbrush with soft bristles and suitable for your hair type. Brush your hair gently and delicately and do not pull on the knots. Start by brushing the lengths then from the lengths to the roots strand by strand. Do not neglect this step and do not go too fast in your brushing at the risk of attacking your scalp and damaging your hair fiber.
- Wash your hair with a mild moisturizing shampoo no more than three times a week to avoid dehydrating your hair. For the same purpose, use a soft microfiber towel and a soft-bristle hairbrush suitable for your hair type.
Avoid harsh products
Reduce the use of hair products containing chemical ingredients: coloring, bleaching or permanents can dehydrate your hair. Thus, avoid their use or at least reduce the pace.
Avoid the use of styling tools
Styling tools such as flat irons, curlers, and hair dryers are often used to achieve the desired look, but they can also have a detrimental effect on your hair. Excessive use of heated styling tools can dehydrate your braids, making them much more fragile and prone to breakage. This is because heat robs your hair shaft of moisture. If you frequently use heated styling tools, it's important that you give them extra moisture with shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for dehydrated hair.
In addition, remember to protect your hair fiber with a thermo-protective spray before each use of a heating device.
- Reduce the frequency of use of heated appliances, reduce the temperature of use and above all, remember to protect your hair from the heat with a protective spray.
Protect your hair
Environmental factors are another cause of dehydrated hair. It is therefore important to protect the hair from the sun, wind and cold. Thus, consider wearing a hat or scarf when exposed to these elements.
Also, opt for a silk pillowcase or a silk bonnet to protect your hair from rubbing against the pillow at night.
Adopt a balanced diet and regular hydration
Maintaining the good health of your hair also goes from the inside. Turn to a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy fats are needed to provide essential nutrients to keep your hair moisturized.
Likewise, it is important to drink water throughout the day. When you drink enough water, the nutrients it contains are diffused throughout your body back to the scalp. A hydrated scalp helps distribute oils evenly along your hair shafts, hydrating them for a softer, shinier look. By drinking water regularly throughout the day, you hydrate your hair from within.
- Change your diet and switch to a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. To hydrate your hair from within, drink water regularly throughout the day.