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How to Determine Your Hair Type?

Last update: Sep 22, 2017 07:35, April Williams

Dry Type

Dry hair type can be a real problem for its owner. Once it is dry, the scalp is also dry: there is peeling, itching, irritation and dry dandruff. Strands are very sensitive to the impact of heated styling, dyeing, the wind, and cold. Dry hair also suffers from the wrong chosen cosmetics. Characteristics of dry hair type include:

  • dull;
  • brittle and inelastic;
  • easy to tangle, difficult to comb, especially after shampooing;
  • difficult to fix the desired shape during styling;
  • splitting of ends;
  • prone to loss; and
  • a strong feeling of tightness and discomfort after shampooing

Strands may be naturally dry (due to reduced oil secretion), but they can actually become dry under the influence of negative factors or due to old age. If your hair has started to show the signs of dryness, first of all, you need to eliminate the cause to help your strands recover:

  • refuse the regular use of blow dryers, flat irons, and straightening brushes, or at least use some preventive measures, if you want to have healthy hair without split ends;
  • do not wash your hair too often;
  • wash it well with fresh water after swimming in the sea or a swimming pool;
  • be sure to use moisturizers;
  • always use protective treatment while spending time in the sun;
  • do not neglect to wear a headdress both in cold and hot weather;
  • choose cosmetic products for the dry hair type only as they contain large amounts of necessary nutrients and moisturizing ingredients;
  • avoid chemical perming and straightening and bleaching — these procedures are too aggressive for the dry type. Opt for heat stylers, or even better brush straightener, as the advantages of brush hair straightening is obvious;
  • give up dyeing if possible, and choose gentle dyes (ammonia-free) if this is not possible;
  • consume more vitamins: eat more fruits and vegetables or take vitamin complexes;
  • use a wooden comb with rare teeth — metal combs can cause further damage;
  • do not comb wet hair;
  • apply special serum and oils to split ends after every wash;
  • try to have a haircut with hot scissors in a salon — this procedure solders the ends, preventing further delamination;
  • humidify the air in the room in cold weather (after all, heating devices dry the air and your hair)
  • do not be lazy to apply homemade masks based on various basic ingredients and essential oils several times a week — extra nutrition will speed up the recovery process;
  • drink plenty of pure water (the daily recommended intake is about 1.5-2L);
  • do not wash your hair with chlorinated water if possible (use boiled or filtered water) — chlorine drastically dries;
  • spray with thermal water throughout the day;
  • if nothing helps to revitalize it, contact your doctor — the cause of dryness could be caused by internal factors.

2 comment(s)

  1. Thanks for the info; I have now determined my hair type. My hair is medium-thick, curly and quite dry. Sometimes I love my hair to be looking sleek and straight after using my hair straightening brush, but other times I like to embrace my natural thick curls. I want a product which will enhance them, any suggestions on how and what to do?

    1. Trina

      Apply a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer with your fingers by scrunching the tips of your hair with the product. Using a leave-in product will greatly help with the dryness of your hair. You probably already know this, but don’t brush or comb your hair because it will make it frizzy. I hope this helps you.

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