Dryness of hair occurs when hair is washed excessively, shampooed with harsh chemicals or blow dried. Malnutrition, hypothyroidism and anorexia nervosa are few other causes which make hair dry. Rigorous, repeated brushing, bleaching and perming cause dryness of hair. Excessive exposure to wind, water and polluted air also cause dryness of hair. According to texts of ayurveda increased vata causes dry hair.
Tips for dry hair
Avoid blow drying
Prevent using harsh shampoos and colorants
Use a low pH shampoo.
Apply few drops of oil to hair. The best way to apply it is to put a few drops of hair oil on your palm and start applying from end of the hair and work towards scalp.
Over brushing, exaggerated back combing, brushing wet hair, blow drying, coloring hair etc damage cuticle and cause splitting of hair. Malnutrition also causes splitting of hair.
How to prevent splitting of hair
Do not brush hair repeatedly.
Avoid brushing of hair when it is wet.
Use a wide toothed comb
Minimize or avoid using hair dyes, sprays and gels.
Prevent harmful effects of extreme weather conditions on hair, by wearing caps or scarves.
Apply hair conditioners to the tips of hair.
Cut the split hairs as soon as you spot them preferably 3 cms away from the split end.
Avoid elastic hair bands.
Remove bands, rollers and clips cautiously.
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