(Closed) exteeeemly dry hair

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you use a product to protect your hair before heat styling?  Thatis the worst on your hair, especially if you do it daily.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

do you use shampoo every time you wash it? i have really dry hair too, and only shampoo-ing like once a week helps out (i usually just use conditioner when i shower)

Post # 5
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Helper bee

What kind of shampoo do you use? If you are using something that you can buy at Target, that’s probably the reason. Go to a salon and pick up some good quality shampoo and conditioner. It might be expensive, but because salon brands are so much more concentrated, you only need to use a little tiny amount.

Also, try not to wash your hair every day. Braid it at night so it stays out of the oils on your face, and use a dry shampoo in between washes. Dry shampoos are awesome. I use AG’s dry shampoo, called “Fast Forward” it’s awesome. It comes in an aresol can, so you just spray it on your roots and it makes your hair feel super clean, and it smells AMAZING.  http://www.aghaircosmetics.com

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have problems with my hair being too dry all the time. A couple things that help-

i only wash my hair every 2 or 3 days. It took a bit of hat and ponytail days to get use to but my hair actually adjusted to less washes and doesn’t get as oily in between as it did at 1st. I don’t put conditioner on roots either.

i use a deep conditioner once a week that i leave in my hair for 5 min in the shower. And i use a thicker shampoo/cond on a daily basis for color treated hair. And a dry remedy serum after shower before blow drying. All these products are Aveda.

Also i use a soft round brush when blow drying. Takes a bit longer but it allows me to skip the flat iron quite a bit. The less heat you use the better

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

Honestly, wash your hair less. Washing your hair too much strips all of the natural oil out of your hair. Try going to, at least, every other day with the shampooing. I cant even tell you the difference this made with my hair when I stopped shampooing all the time. SO much softer and much more moisturized.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would second a lot of other bees above and say do not wash your hair everyday.  Its terrible for dry hair to shampoo everyday. Also try switching up what shampoo/conditioner/deep conditioner you use so you hair isnt getting used to it.  You can also get deep conditioning treatments at the salon.  If your scalp is super dry you can also get a prescrption strength shampoo from a dermotologist.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you can’t reduce your washing on weekdays, have ‘grubby weekends’ where you don’t shampoo it/only condition the ‘ponytail part’ of your hair. Use a natural bristle brush in the morning and at night to help spread the oils down your hair. Braiding it at night is also a good recommendation. One thing that may not be your hair but just the house/office is low humidity. Getting humidifiers in my home has helped reduce the static/frizziness in the winter for sure.  

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Lovespearls: Actually, its a myth that your hair “gets used to” a product. Your hair is, essentially, dead. If you use lots of products with silicones, you can get buildup. A good clarifying wash every so often can help that though. You dont have to switch shampoos.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

you don’t need to shampoo even after a workout, conditioner alone is fine! i shower right after working out too, but i just don’t use shampoo.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

If you’re experiencing dry hair and greasiness at the same time you are probably using too harsh of a shampoo too often.  Biolage is a good shampoo, but if you’re using the one I think you are it has Sodium Laureth Sulfate as one of its main ingredients.  Constantly using such a harsh ingredient strips your hair and scalp of moisture causing dry hair and an overly oily scalp.  It might take your scalp a while to get used to less stripping cleansing methods, but after a while your hair will stop producing so much oil.

The easiest method that is close to what you are doing now is to buy a sulfate-free shampoo.  I know L’Oreal, Giovanni, Burt’s Bee’s, Aubrey Organics and a lot of other companies make one.

If you’re interested in alternative methods just conditioner will clean your hair sufficiently.  You can take a bottle of cheap conditioner (like VO5 or Suave) that doesn’t have a lot of silicones that can cause buildup and use it like a shampoo.  Squeeze it through your hair and scrub your scalp with your fingertips then wash out.  If your hair feels dry you can follow up with a more moisturizing conditioner.

Using Conditioner Only (CO) can really give your hair a chance to recover some of its moisture.  Your hair will be just as clean without the shampoo.  However, if you are using products with silicones (you said you flat-iron your hair), you would probably want to shampoo once a week or once every other week depending on how much buildup you get.

If cutting out shampoo doesn’t seem like something you’re interested in there are a lot of different hair-washing methods.  You can try Condition-Wash-Condition (CWC), where you put a cheap conditioner (like VO5 of Suave again) on your length and only apply the shampoo to your scalp with your fingertips.  Once you rinse the shampoo enough of the shampoo gets on your strands to sufficiently clean them.  Then you can follow-up with a heavier conditioner like the Aveda or Biolage.

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I only wash my hair every three days or so.  And after the gym i only condition.  On the weekends I’ll leave the conditioner on longer in a shower cap to keep it all warm.

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