The average human head has 150,000 hairs (normally) and confrormists that they are, when one’s dry, they’re all dry. But unlike a dry flower garden or polished rice, the solution is not simply to add water. Water, in fact, may be responsible for the hair’s parched condition, particularly it we’re talking about water of the salty, chlorinated or sudsy variety.
Swimming and overshampooing are two common causes of arid, fly-away locks. It can also include colorings, permanents, electric curlers, excessive blow-drying, and too much exposure to wind and sun.
Whatever the culprit are, your poor, abused hair needs help — badly! You can almost hear all 150,000 of them down on their little split ends, pleading “Save me!!” Here’s a quick course and beauty tips on how to rescue dried-out hair.
SHAMPOO WITH CARE
Who among you shampoo everyday? (me is raising my hand). Shampooing however doesn’t only wash away dirt, it washes out the hair’s protective oils. If you’ve dried your hair out from too much lather, give your hair a needed break — try washing less often. And use only a mild shampoo, one labeled “fro dry damaged hair.”
When hair becomes dry, the outer layers, called cuticles, peel off from the central shaft. Conditioners glue the cuticles back to the shaft, add lubricant to the hair, and prevent static electricity (which create frizz). Pick a conditioner that works well for you and use it after every shampoo.
GO HEAVY ON MAYO
Mayonnaise makes an excellent conditioner. Leave the oily white goo in your hair for anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour before washing it out.
SNIP OFF THOSE FRAYED ENDS
Dry hair tends to suffer most at the ends. The answer? Snip ‘em off! Ones every six weeks or so should keep those frayed ends under control.
DESIGN YOUR HAIR WITHOUT HEAT
Heat is what makes the desert a desert: it also contributes to dried-out hair. Two of the most intense sources of heat are curling irons and electric curlers. Rediscover those unheated plastic cylinder rollers from years gone by. For straightening, wrap slightly moist hair under and around rollers for about 10 minutes. For curling or adding wave, try using sponge rollers overnight or sleeping with moist braids.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM THE ELEMENTS
Whipping wind can fray your hair just like a piece of fabric. Sun, too takes a mighty toll. Solution: wear a hat, both on breezy, balmy summer days, and gusty, frosty winter days.
DON’T SWUM BARE HEADED
Chlorine is one of the most destructive things to hair, so make a rubber cap part of your regular swim attire. For extra protection, first rub a little olive oil into your hair.
HAVE A BEER
You are smiling! Yes, a beer! It is a wonderful setting solution lotion. It gives a crisp, healthy, shiny look, even to dry hair. The trick is to spray the brew onto your hair using a pump bottle after you’ve shampooed and towel-dried, but before you blow-dry or styling. And don’t worry about smelling like a lush – the odor of the beer quickly disappears.
CONSIDER A TRIP TO THE BEAUTY PARLOR
A professional moisturizing treatment can work wonders for your dried-out head of hair. A real good steam treatment with ouls and creams lasts about an hour; but afterward you can really tell the different.
Quick Tip: Got rotten banana and rotten avocado? Don’t throw them away! Mash them together and apply to hair – they have lots of nutrients and is great for the hair. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it carefully.