Taking care of dry hair
Why is hair dry?
The origin of hair lubrication
Hair becomes dry due to a lack of sebum. Hair grows from a follicle in the bulb at the junction of the deep dermis and the hypodermis. Its hair shaft is supplied with blood by a small vessel which carries all the vital elements: amino acids, minerals and vitamins.
The sebaceous gland that surrounds the hair shaft produces sebum, the natural lubricant of the hair. In particular, it feeds the cuticle. This thin, protective outer layer contains the nourishing part of the hair that is essential for its development and forms tiny scales that are superimposed on each other.
Factors causing dry hair
Heredity is the primary cause of dry hair. You may have inherited a hair system from your parents that does not manage the supply of sebum and lubrication to the hair.
There are also all the external factors to consider:
- exposure to sun and weather;
- Recurrent wearing of helmets or other accessories that prevent the hair from breathing (sportsmen, motorcyclists, etc.);
- care with overly aggressive products;
- repeated colouring and bleaching ;
- use of heated appliances: hair dryer, straightener or curler;
- hair constantly tied up, with too tight accessories that break it.
Dry hair does not contain enough keratin and lacks sebum. Its scales lift, making it rough to the touch. It loses its elasticity and becomes brittle. The ends of the hair can become split and its appearance dull.
Get a brush that is suitable for dry hair
The choice of brush is crucial to avoid damaging your dry hair. Boar bristle brushes are the most popular. Made of keratin, they are soft and help to tighten the scales of dry hair. Boar bristles are the most likely to restore shine to your hair.
You can also get brushes designed to be used in the shower for massage. They stimulate microcirculation on the surface of the scalp, as well as sebum production. On the other hand, if you have long hair, you can detangle it more easily under water and avoid breakage.
Test the ionic brush
You can try the ionic brush to repair your dry hair.
The Ionic Brush is battery operated and acts as a repairing treatment. It rebalances the electricity of the hair by releasing negative ions that neutralise the positive ions - naturally present - that weaken the hair fibres. Its action strengthens dry hair, while it reduces split ends, frizz and facilitates detangling.
Choose soft accessories to tie your hair and leave it loose as often as possible
You may like to tie your hair up and do various hairstyles. Of course, this is not something you should be deprived of, but you should also leave your hair loose, as constantly tying it up weakens the hair fibre.
Also choose soft accessories. Avoid metal or plastic that is too stiff and don't over-tighten your hair ties. If you squeeze dry hair too much, it will break.
Trim split ends
If your hairstyle does not require frequent visits to the hairdresser, you should check the condition of the ends between appointments. If they are split, you should cut them off. On the one hand, your hair will immediately look healthier; on the other hand, this cut activates its regrowth.
Avoid aggressive and repetitive colouring
It's tempting to colour dry hair because it gives the hair more shine. However, you risk creating a vicious circle: chemical colouring assaults the hair and makes it even drier, so you may have to wait longer between colourings.
If you prefer a colour other than your own or want to cover up grey hair, look for the most natural colours possible and space out their use.
Reduce the use of heating appliances
Hair dryers, straighteners or curlers use heat to shape your hair. However, they make the hair even drier and damage the protective scales of already dry hair.
Try to use these appliances sparingly. Wait for your hair to dry naturally. Don't rub your hair too hard with a towel to avoid breaking it. If you need to blow-dry your hair, only use your hairdryer for finishing touches. As for the straightener or curler, reserve their use as much as possible to give your hair a chance to recover.
When using a heated tool, treat your hair with a heat protection spray. This is a must to preserve your hair.
Protect your hair from external aggression
When you are exposed to the sun or chemicals in the swimming pool, for example, take good care of your hair when you get home. In addition to shampooing, you can use a nourishing mask once or twice a week to compensate for the lack of sebum.
You should choose your products carefully. Organic products are the best choice, as they do not use synthetic products from the petrochemical industry, unlike mass-market products. In addition, their composition is free of silicone and sulphates.
Our Detangler and Thermo-protector sprays are good heat shields. So, before any exposure, remember to spray your hair to preserve it, in addition to wearing a hat or other accessory that will also protect you.
Druide's Nutrient Rich Volume & Shine Shampoo
Druide has developed a specific shampoo for dry and fragile hair that repairs your hair and restores its shine and suppleness.
Organic Volume & Shine Shampoo - dry, coloured hair is a hair care product with wheat proteins. These plant proteins fill in the gaps on the hair surface. They coat the hair in a protective film and smooth the cuticles.
With this shampoo, a virtuous circle is stimulated: the hair scales form a protective envelope again and your hair is deeply revitalised. Your hair is revitalized in depth. It no longer fears external aggressions and is less likely to dry out. It regains its shine and suppleness.
Druide shampoo also contains extracts of mandarin, lemon and ylang-ylang. These active plant ingredients help to tone the hair. Its active ingredient bamboo silica naturally smoothes the hair and improves its elasticity.
Take time to let the shampoo set in
Even if you don't have time for every wash, try to find a time at least once a week to treat your hair to wheat protein shampoo. Ten minutes is enough!
Wash your hair once with a quick, gentle massage. Rinse, then repeat the action. With the same amount of shampoo, the equivalent of a small nut, you get more lather.
Take two minutes to massage your scalp with your fingertips. You stimulate the blood circulation on the surface of the scalp, which tones the hair system, while helping the active plant ingredients to penetrate the hair structure.
Leave on for up to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
With dry hair, it is advisable to apply a conditioner systematically. The mask or quick treatment is recommended at least once a week.