How to Hydrate Dry Hair?
Moisture is essential for healthy hair growth. Without moisture, your scalp will become dry and brittle. When you are trying to grow your own hair out, it is very important that you maintain a good balance between maintaining moisture levels in the scalp and keeping the strands from getting too damaged during the process of growing them out. You need to keep moisture levels up in the scalp so that your hair follicles have enough energy to produce new hairs.
If you don’t get enough moisture into your scalp, then your hair will eventually fall out due to lack of nutrients. If you do not give the right amount of nourishment, then it won’t grow properly or even stay put! Your scalp needs a balanced mix of both water and oil in order for it to function properly. A mixture of these two elements is what makes up your hair’s natural moisturizing system.
The most common type of hair care products used to moisturize dry hair include:
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which are known to provide nourishing benefits to the skin. It contains oleic acid which helps protect against free radical damage and linoleic acid which helps prevent premature aging.
Honey – Honey has antibacterial properties which help control dandruff and fights off the effects of dry scalp. It also has humectant properties which help to draw in moisture from the atmosphere to keep hair moisturized. It is also good for treating split ends since it helps eliminate dryness at the root of the hair.
Jojoba Oil – This type of oil closely resembles the natural oils which are produced by our skin. Its structure is very similar to the natural oil your skin and hair produce, so it is easily absorbed into the scalp without clogging your pores. This oil contains anti-inflammatory agents as well as antioxidants which help nourish the scalp and eliminate dryness.
Castor Oil – Since the castor oil strongly adheres to the hair strands, it helps prevent moisture from escaping. It also provides a protective barrier against any external heat sources such as flatirons or curling irons. This oil is also capable of inhibiting fungus and bacteria, so it helps protect against dandruff.
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