‘Straw, brittle’ and ‘dry’ definitely aren’t adjectives one aspires to have their hair described as; totally not #hairgoals! Unfortunately, dry hair is a problem many heads are faced with, proving to be a much harder problem to get rid of as opposed to contracting. That’s where BondiBoost step in. We’re here to give you a lesson in hair CPR and bring those dead locks back to life; keep reading!
What causes dry/brittle hair?
In essence, dry/brittle hair is the first tell-tale sign of undernourished locks. Clearly missing their preferential shine and luster, dry hair can be caused by a range of factors including:
- Over styling with heat-tools
- Chemical damage from coloring or bleaching
- Using the wrong types of hair care products
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Excessive sun exposure
- Contact with chlorinated water
- Excessive hair washing
But enough talking about what you’re doing, let’s discuss what you’re not doing and how you can get rid of this hairy situation.
1. Up the fats
Did you know that what you eat (or don’t eat) can significantly affect the quality of your hair? Ensuring you’re eating sufficient amounts of healthy fats, mainly Omega-3s, is a crucial component to hair manageability many fail to recognise.
The whole food, overt sources of fats and Omega-3 fatty acid chains are readily absorbed by the body and prevent dry/flakey scalps. These nutrients are also vital to ensuring hair remains elastic and supple all year round.
Up the fats by incorporating healthy foods in your diet such as nuts, seeds, avocado, salmon, mackerel, eggs, olive oil and coconut.
Check out our recipe for ‘Healthy, Herby Salmon Patties’ for your daily dose of Omega-3s.
2. Ditch the sulfates
Ahhh the’ S’ word. Sulfates are not a friend of the BondiBoost Team, and they certainly aren’t a friend for your dry hair! Sulfates are a common ingredient used in conventional hair care products, especially shampoo and conditioner.
While effective at removing dirt and grime from the hair shaft, they also strip all other essential oils and nutrients from hair that is vital for its health. See how this could be a problem when trying to combat dry hair?
Without essential, natural oils, your poor locks become severely dehydrated and dull; they don’t stand a chance! But don’t worry, you can totally still have your cake and eat it too; just opt for sulfate-free hair care products.
Take our Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner, for example. This dynamic duo has been specially formulated to effectively remove dirt, grease and grime from hair without the need for sulfates. What’s more, it’s got bonus natural oils to deliver an extra punch of moisture to the scalp, all aiding in keeping hair supple and full of luster.
3. Stay out of the sun
While it’s excellent (and essential) to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, excessive exposure to the sun can really exacerbate your hair’s moisture issues (or lack thereof). UVA and UVB rays can damage the hair’s cuticle (the outside cover of the hair strand). Just like burnt skin, sun-damaged hair is totally #notavibe, with hair appearing porous, fragile and parched.
Always protect hair when outside for extended periods by covering your hair with a hat or other form of head protection. Not only will this do your hair wonders, but your skin will thank you in the long run also!
4. Use a heat protectant before styling
We’re going to take a wild swing and guess you probably would be opposed to touching 200 plus degree temps without protective gear? If your answer was an overwhelming #hellyes, then it’s safe to assume your hair certainly wouldn’t appreciate it either. In reality, if you forgo the good ol’ heat protectant before heat styling your hair, you’re essentially doing just that!
‘Ssszzz’… hear that? That’s the sound of your poor locks frying at the hands of your straighteners, curlers, Wave Wands etc., sans heat protectant. Moral of the story? Always spritz heat protectant on strands before styling. It’s a simple and easy tip that will do your hair a million favours
5. Try a weekly hair mask If you’re going to go to all the trouble to revive dead and damaged hair, you may as well do everything in your power to boost natural oils back into your dehydrated strands. That’s where a weekly hair mask comes in.
These bad boys are designed to be applied liberally throughout the scalp and hair, once a week, providing a potent shot of nutrients through natural/essential oils. The BondiBoost Miracle Growth Mask is jam-packed full of nourishing oils (Castor, Argan, Macadamia, Abyssinian and Jojoba), helping hair regain manageability, strength and moisture.
So there you have it - the BondiBoost Team’s top five tips to reviving dry and brittle hair. Comment down below if you’ve tried any of these tips and/or any other ways you’ve been able to bring dead hair back to life!