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.