Dry hair can look dull, lacklustre and flat. However, with a few simple hair care tips, techniques and the right products, you can restore its shine and volume, putting your hair back in the limelight.
WHAT CAUSES DRY HAIR?
Did you know that dry hair is not necessarily the same as damaged hair? Dry, dull hair can be the result of the scalp not producing enough natural oils to lubricate the scalp and hair shaft (and can often be accompanied by white flaky skin), while damage is usually caused by external elements. The most common of these the overuse of heated styling tools and processes such as relaxers or perms, the weather, and colouring too often or incorrectly. These can all damage the quality of the cuticles, and even the cortex itself, causing a loss of shine and breakages all the way down the fibre.
WHERE HAS THE SHINE GONE? THE REASONS FOR DULL HAIR
Dullness and a lack of vitality are usually signs of damaged hair. Why? On normal, healthy hair, the cuticles (the layers of protective scales that cover the hair fibre) lie flat over one another. This not only makes hair feel smooth and prevents tangles, but it reflects the light, making the hair appear shiny - but not greasy. When these cuticles are weakened or damaged, they do not lie smoothly, but remain coarse and upright. This prevents the light from reflecting off the hair, and leaves its cortex vulnerable. The result: dry-looking and dull hair.
HOW TO KEEP THE SHINE OF FRESHLY COLOURED HAIR
We all love the shine of post-salon hair, but it can often seem like it disappears within weeks. Sometimes, unwanted tones can even develop, like brassiness (an orange hue on blond hair) or reddish undertones on brunettes. This is due to the hair's natural melanin showing through, or the breakdown of the artificial colour within the hair fiber. To prevent this, and keep your hair colour glossy and bright for as long as possible, use haircare formulated specifically for coloured hair – which will care for your colour, but still cleanse build-up.
Try Serie Expert Vitamino Color for everyday colour protection and enhanced shine, or Source Essentielle Colour Radiance Balm from our natural haircare range, for colour longevity with 99% natural origin ingredients.
TRY OILS AS PART OF YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE
A common misconception is that hair oil can make your hair look greasy. They can actually be the ideal solution for dry or dull hair. Formulas rich in oils, can also create a protective barrier for the hair, without feeling greasy or heavy, leaving it looking and feeling super shiny.
The Mythic Oil range, rich in natural oils, is a great solution for dry hair: Its range of shampoo, conditioner, mask and heat protection cream provide a nourishing feel while protecting the hair from breakage. Or, try the 10 in 1 Oil Nutrifier haircare collection from Absolut Repair for damaged hair.