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5 Surprising Reasons for Dry and Brittle Hair — and How to Save It

Categories : Hair, Hair Tips

Dry and brittle hair isn’t a hair type, it’s a hair condition. Even if you have “normal hair” or “oily scalp” can develop dry hair. It feels rough, it looks dull, and it easily breaks off whenever you brush. The ends look like straw, and when you run your hands through it you can feel rough patches. What is going on?

You went on vacation

The beach (and the hotel pool) can wreak havoc on your hair. Your strands were soaked in salt water and chemicals, plus exposed to the blazing sun. And if you tried to control your bad hair days with lots of styling products, the problem gets worse — many of them contain alcohol, which dry out your hair even more.

Your office air conditioner

And while the weather in Singapore never changes (basically, it’s summer all year round!) we still go through daily extreme temperature shifts: standing in the sun, then going into extremely cold airconditioned rooms, also stresses out the tresses.

Too many smoothing treatments

Don’t get us wrong — we love, love, love hair treatments. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. While smoothing treatments can help control frizziness and add lots of shine, they can deposit proteins that can make hair brittle. Space out the salon treatments, so you maximize the benefits.

Hormonal changes

Any huge changes in hormones can affect both our skin and our hair. Some things that can trigger the shift: pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, or maintenance medications that affect the thyroid.

Brushing wet hair

Hair is more fragile and brittle when it’s wet, so if you brush it straight out of the shower (or rub it vigorously with a towel) you can damage the strands. And you know how split-ends can get worse, right? It may start at the tip, but pretty soon the entire strand is rough and brittle.

What You Can Do For Dry, Brittle Hair

Dry, brittle hair needs extra moisturization and extra gentle care. Resist the temptation to style it with heat tools or styling products, which can worsen the damage. Yes it looks horrible, but a few weeks of pampering will bring it back to health. Here’s what you can do.

Get a good conditioner

Just like dry skin needs thicker creams, dry hair needs a good conditioner. Try: Clynn By Nature My Haircare Hair Conditioner.

Beauty Insider 2019 Awards: Best Hair Conditioner

This is one of the best conditioners for dry and brittle hair. Its triple-strength formula is full of proteins that make your hair soft, smooth and silky again. But even if it’s very rich, it won’t clog your hair follicles or leave any sticky residue. That’s why even if you use it often, your hair doesn’t get weighed down or lose any volume.

This conditioner is safe for coloured hair, and doesn’t contain any parabens or oils. It uses natural moisturizers that nourish your hair, without any potentially irritating or drying additives or preservatives.

Use it to heal damaged hair, control frizziness, and add shine. If you have very fine hair, concentrate the conditioner mid-shaft to the hair tips. However, if your scalp is dry and itchy, massage it from the roots to the tips.

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Make a DIY Hair Mask

Once a week, treat your hair to a nourishing hair mask. You can actually make one from ingredients you already have in your kitchen! Check out our hair mask recipes for fine hair, itchy scalp, and thinning hair.

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Take a hair supplement

Nurture hair from within! Many of the best beauty supplements will improve your skin, nails and hair! Some of them contain especially effective nutrients like keratin and biotin, which will encourage healthy hair growth.