Lose the Heat
Either stop using blow dryers, flat irons, or curling irons, or severely limit their use. The heat can make your hair very dry and burn it. Burned hair can’t be fixed, so avoid it in the first place. Trim of the ends of your hair that are very dry, split and damaged, and use a pre-treatment to protect your hair before every use of heat on your hair.
Washing Dry Hair
The shampoo is one of the biggest culprits of dry hair. The sulfates can easily damage your hair and scalp. Start by using a moisturizing shampoo and decreasing the amount of shampoo you use. Use just enough, no more than a quarter size amount, and apply it to your scalp. Don’t massage it through the rest of your hair. When you rinse out your hair, the soap will still reach the length of your hair and clean it without doing as much damage.
If possible, switch to a sulfate-free shampoo or a cream cleanser. You can also try using a very lightweight conditioner as a cream cleanser. Just apply it all over your scalp, scrub your scalp gently with the pads of your fingertips and rinse thoroughly. If you use these methods and your hair gets too oily, give your scalp some time to adjust. If you notice build up, use a regular moisturizing shampoo once or twice and then go back to your regular routine.
Always use conditioner, especially if you normally have dry hair. The conditioner is very effective when used on a regular basis. Use a thick, moisturizing conditioner. If you get oily hair easily, don’t apply conditioner to the scalp, only to the length of the hair. Concentrate more conditioner on the ends because they are older and may be drier.
When your hair is dry and your regular routine is in good shape, use a deep moisturizing treatment for dry hair for added moisture. Look for a deep treatment at the drugstore that is meant to moisturize better. Try leaving your regular conditioner on for 20 to 30 minutes if you don’t have a deep treatment.
Make your Own Deep Treatment
If you don’t want to buy another deep treatment, there are ways to add more to your regular conditioner to make it more moisturizing. Into 4 parts conditioner add 2 parts aloe vera gel, 1 part olive oil, and 2 parts honey. Stir thoroughly to combine and apply to clean wet hair after squeezing out all excess water. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or put on a shower cap. Wrap your hair with a towel and let it sit for 30 minutes or longer.
You can enhance the treatment by using a blow dryer on low heat over the towel to keep your hair warm or by wrapping a hot towel right out of the dryer over your hair. Heat opens up the cuticle of the hair allowing more moisture to get in.
Close the Cuticle
Just as heat opens up the cuticle, cold closes the cuticle. After finishing your shower, rinse your hair with water that is as cold as you can stand. This will close the cuticle and help seal in moisture. This is also a great way to reduce frizz.
Now that you know how to treat dry hair, try some or all of these ideas. They will help to tame the frizz, eliminate the crunchy, dry feeling of your hair, and make it look much better.