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Why is My Hair so Dry?

One of the main concerns for natural hair guys and gals is dry hair. This is predominantly an issue for those of us with kinky, coily or curly hair-types. But wherever there is a natural problem, there is always a natural solution!


African American/African Descent Hair is the MOST fragile out of all the races because of our lovely curls, so it must be handled with the utmost care! Our Koily hair tends to be very dry, porous and brittle, mainly because the natural oils have a hard time making it all the way down to the ends. The curlier the hair is, the more fragile the hair will be. The only way to combat dry hair is through natural moisture! 


The good news is that African American hair produces more sebum than other hair types. Sebum is the natural oil produced by your body to naturally protect and lubricate your Koils. The hard news is that there are several agents which can disturb the moisture balance of your Koils and draw out all that moisture. So, what are natural and healthy solutions to keep that hair moisturized? Let’s have a closer look at those answers! 


How often do you shampoo your hair? Does your shampoo contain sulfates?

Washing the hair too frequently with a sulfate shampoo will dry out and damage the hair, leading to breakage and frizz. Most shampoos on the market contain Sodium lauryl sulfates and/or laureth sulfates which is a main ingredient in dishwashing liquids to CUT GREASE. Yes, you read that correctly: the products they use for dishwashing liquid are used in your generic shampoos. What does this mean (besides for being slightly disturbing)? These ingredients will strip all the good oils from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. 


The reason why it may not feel that way by the end of a washing and conditioning routine, is because the conditioners are packed with chemicals like resins, plastics, waxes and silicones which coat the surface of the hair, giving it that soft and buoyant appearance. Overtime, these ingredients build-up on the surface of the hair making it dull and problematic, leading to more unnatural hair products to cover up the problem.You see where we’re going with this?


Shampooing with sulfates is dehydrating for our curly locks and it is NOT necessary for cleansing our hair. Washing your hair with a hydrating conditioner, or Co-Washing is excellent for our hair; it will get rid of excess sweat and excess sebum. Co-washing will become your Curls best friend! 


Do you properly hydrate and deep condition your hair? 

To properly hydrate your hair you should:

  • spray your hair with water or use natural water-based products
  • seal your hair with natural butters or oils
  • AVOID products with drying alcohols: Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, and Butylcarbamate. Replace drying alcohols with Conditioning Plant Based Alcohols like Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol.

Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, hydration is essential for maintaining healthy hair. The ONLY ingredient which can hydrate hair is WATER! So why should you use natural oils and butters for softer, richer hair? Essential oils and natural butters work at sealing in the moisture into your locks. 


Koils by Nature recommends The Huetiful Hair Steamer which opens the cuticles of the hair, allowing natural conditioners or hair treatments to be pulled deep inside the hair shaft. While the hair cuticles are open, the Huetiful Hair Steamer bathes your hair with warm mist to replenish lost moisture. The Huetiful Hair Steamer works excellent with Koils by Nature's Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner. 

 

Have you included a deep conditioning practice into your monthly hair care routine? Deep conditioning is a formula designed to improve the health and condition of your hair. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair shaft, restoring vital vitamins and minerals into the hair. If you haven’t already incorporated deep conditioning into your routine, start by deep conditioning 2x a month until you see your hair retaining moisture (once you see a difference in your hair you can cut back to once a month.) Deep Conditioning is essential for retaining moisture, and finally rocking soft and well hydrated hair!  


Leave in Conditioners like Koils by Nature’s Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner & Soothing Herbal Gels with essential oils are excellent for moisturizing hair. They’re both water based products that contain oils rich in amino fatty acids and have a pH range of 4.5 to 5.5. You can use the build-up free Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner on your hair every day for naturally hydrated hair! 


Protein Solutions for Dry Hair 

Keratin is the protein present in the structure of your hair. Keratin is responsible for the health and wellness of your hair. Many men and women who have colored their hair opt for a protein based shampoo or conditioner, because the protein has been stripped from their hair through the dye. Protein aids in moisture absorption and helps the hair retain that added mositure. If you’d like to add protein products to your hair care routine, once a month is more than enough. If your hair becomes hard and brittle you may want to stop using products with protein. 


Increase Your Water Intake 

And finally, we can not stress this enough, drink more water please! Water is important for all metabolic processes in the body. It also helps with digestion and weight loss and improves the appearance of your skin and hair. Drinking at least ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day is key to having healthy skin, hair and nails. Mayo Clinic recommends 11-15 cups of water per day. Eating foods with high-water content (like fruits and vegetables) also will contribute to your water intake. And don’t forget, salty foods and caffeinated drinks like coffee, soda and caffeinated teas will dehydrate your body. Moisture starts from the inside!


Our Final Farewell to Dry Hair:

Our hair thrives on moisture and will only flourish when they are well moisturized. Extreme weather conditions, synthetic products, and heat can upset the balance of the hair and make the hair very dry, leading to breakage and frizz! If you’ve been experiencing dry and brittle hair, then it’s time to examine the products you’ve been using and your daily hair care routine. Make sure the products you use on your hair, from your shampoos to your gels, are working at hydrating and protecting your hair rather than drying and damaging your hair. Once you have your products all set, design a hair care routine that works for both you and your hair. Then get back to us and let us know how you and your hair are doing!


Are you experiencing dry hair? Tell us what’s going on and we’ll try to help you out in any way we can! 

Why is My Hair so Dry?

One of the main concerns for natural hair guys and gals is dry hair. This is predominantly an issue for those of us with kinky, coily or curly hair-types. But wherever there is a natural problem, there is always a natural solution!


African American/African Descent Hair is the MOST fragile out of all the races because of our lovely curls, so it must be handled with the utmost care! Our Koily hair tends to be very dry, porous and brittle, mainly because the natural oils have a hard time making it all the way down to the ends. The curlier the hair is, the more fragile the hair will be. The only way to combat dry hair is through natural moisture! 


The good news is that African American hair produces more sebum than other hair types. Sebum is the natural oil produced by your body to naturally protect and lubricate your Koils. The hard news is that there are several agents which can disturb the moisture balance of your Koils and draw out all that moisture. So, what are natural and healthy solutions to keep that hair moisturized? Let’s have a closer look at those answers! 


How often do you shampoo your hair? Does your shampoo contain sulfates?

Washing the hair too frequently with a sulfate shampoo will dry out and damage the hair, leading to breakage and frizz. Most shampoos on the market contain Sodium lauryl sulfates and/or laureth sulfates which is a main ingredient in dishwashing liquids to CUT GREASE. Yes, you read that correctly: the products they use for dishwashing liquid are used in your generic shampoos. What does this mean (besides for being slightly disturbing)? These ingredients will strip all the good oils from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. 


The reason why it may not feel that way by the end of a washing and conditioning routine, is because the conditioners are packed with chemicals like resins, plastics, waxes and silicones which coat the surface of the hair, giving it that soft and buoyant appearance. Overtime, these ingredients build-up on the surface of the hair making it dull and problematic, leading to more unnatural hair products to cover up the problem.You see where we’re going with this?


Shampooing with sulfates is dehydrating for our curly locks and it is NOT necessary for cleansing our hair. Washing your hair with a hydrating conditioner, or Co-Washing is excellent for our hair; it will get rid of excess sweat and excess sebum. Co-washing will become your Curls best friend! 


Do you properly hydrate and deep condition your hair? 

To properly hydrate your hair you should:

  • spray your hair with water or use natural water-based products
  • seal your hair with natural butters or oils
  • AVOID products with drying alcohols: Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, and Butylcarbamate. Replace drying alcohols with Conditioning Plant Based Alcohols like Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol.

Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, hydration is essential for maintaining healthy hair. The ONLY ingredient which can hydrate hair is WATER! So why should you use natural oils and butters for softer, richer hair? Essential oils and natural butters work at sealing in the moisture into your locks. 


Koils by Nature recommends The Huetiful Hair Steamer which opens the cuticles of the hair, allowing natural conditioners or hair treatments to be pulled deep inside the hair shaft. While the hair cuticles are open, the Huetiful Hair Steamer bathes your hair with warm mist to replenish lost moisture. The Huetiful Hair Steamer works excellent with Koils by Nature's Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner. 

 

Have you included a deep conditioning practice into your monthly hair care routine? Deep conditioning is a formula designed to improve the health and condition of your hair. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair shaft, restoring vital vitamins and minerals into the hair. If you haven’t already incorporated deep conditioning into your routine, start by deep conditioning 2x a month until you see your hair retaining moisture (once you see a difference in your hair you can cut back to once a month.) Deep Conditioning is essential for retaining moisture, and finally rocking soft and well hydrated hair!  


Leave in Conditioners like Koils by Nature’s Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner & Soothing Herbal Gels with essential oils are excellent for moisturizing hair. They’re both water based products that contain oils rich in amino fatty acids and have a pH range of 4.5 to 5.5. You can use the build-up free Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner on your hair every day for naturally hydrated hair! 


Protein Solutions for Dry Hair 

Keratin is the protein present in the structure of your hair. Keratin is responsible for the health and wellness of your hair. Many men and women who have colored their hair opt for a protein based shampoo or conditioner, because the protein has been stripped from their hair through the dye. Protein aids in moisture absorption and helps the hair retain that added mositure. If you’d like to add protein products to your hair care routine, once a month is more than enough. If your hair becomes hard and brittle you may want to stop using products with protein. 


Increase Your Water Intake 

And finally, we can not stress this enough, drink more water please! Water is important for all metabolic processes in the body. It also helps with digestion and weight loss and improves the appearance of your skin and hair. Drinking at least ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day is key to having healthy skin, hair and nails. Mayo Clinic recommends 11-15 cups of water per day. Eating foods with high-water content (like fruits and vegetables) also will contribute to your water intake. And don’t forget, salty foods and caffeinated drinks like coffee, soda and caffeinated teas will dehydrate your body. Moisture starts from the inside!


Our Final Farewell to Dry Hair:

Our hair thrives on moisture and will only flourish when they are well moisturized. Extreme weather conditions, synthetic products, and heat can upset the balance of the hair and make the hair very dry, leading to breakage and frizz! If you’ve been experiencing dry and brittle hair, then it’s time to examine the products you’ve been using and your daily hair care routine. Make sure the products you use on your hair, from your shampoos to your gels, are working at hydrating and protecting your hair rather than drying and damaging your hair. Once you have your products all set, design a hair care routine that works for both you and your hair. Then get back to us and let us know how you and your hair are doing!


Are you experiencing dry hair? Tell us what’s going on and we’ll try to help you out in any way we can! 

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  • Martha

    I washed my hair 2 weeks ago and it’s been dry ever since. No amount of product is helping. Before that it was fine. I cut all my hair off in September it was growing just fine. Now it’s stunt growth and dry ( looking like coconut husk).

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