There’s nothing more beautiful than healthy, natural hair. Whether you wear it long, short, or somewhere in between, healthy hair is a perfect head turner. Celebrities like Amandla Stenberg, Tracy Ellis Ross, and Esperanza Spalding are partly known for how beautiful their natural hair is. Though many people would assume that the keys to their hair are wildly expensive products and exclusive stylists, the real key to their beauty is making sure their hair is properly hydrated.
In this article, we’ll help you identify signs of dehydration, how it can happen, and what products and methods can help you quench your scalps thirst.
How Do I Know My Hair is Dehydrated?
Your hair can shed for a multitude of reasons. But if you find that there’s more shedding than normal, you might have an issue with dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body redirected the water inside you to vital body parts (i.e., muscles, circulatory system, etc.). This redirection can leave your hair lacking, which causes shedding.
Hydration is a major part of keeping your hair strong. Hydration gives your hair the ability to open and close its shafts (the protective portion of your hair). Without this mechanism, you can suffer from frizzy hair and breakage. If breakage isn’t corrected over time, you can experience hair loss, reduce length, and lose definition in your curls.
- Itchy, flakey scalp
Having an itchy, flakey scalp is not only the most common symptom, but the most embarrassing for many people. It can be difficult to tell if you suffer from dandruff or if your scalp is shedding. The best way to figure it out is to increase the quality of your moisturizing products. If you find that you’re still suffering from flaking, make sure that you consult your doctor.
- Course hair
If you find that your hair is rough to the touch, then you may be suffering from dehydration. The best way to test this is by checking the ends of your hair. If they feel course, give yourself a trim and increase the quality of your hydrating products.
- Dull color
Dullness might be difficult to notice at first, but it is a common symptom of dehydrated hair. Hydration nourishes the pigment protein in your hair and adds shine to your hair.
What Causes Hair to Get Dehydrated?
- Heat Damage
The look of a straight sleek, natural hair is always beautiful, but it can come with a price. Using a heat on your hair that’s above 400 degrees (Fahrenheit) or not using a protectant can cause you to suffer from heat damage. Heat damage can make your hair appear dry and brittle.
- Environmental Obstacles
Whether you live in the city or in a small town, a change in the environment can drastically affect the quality of your hair. Environmental factors like smog, extreme weather, harsh winds, and lack of humidity can be terribly stripping to your hair.
- Dehydrating Products
Many companies advertise products that “promote” strong and hydrated hair, but the back of the bottle tends to have a different story. Many companies like to add ingredients with dangerous sulfates and harmful alcohols that often cause terrible damage. It’s best to avoid these ingredients, especially if they’re the first five ingredients.
- Using Too Much Oil
A common dehydrating habit amongst naturals is using homemade, unfiltered oils as their moisturizer. Though these oils have important vitamins and minerals, it’s ill advised to use these oils outside of specific products. Companies like Locks & Mane balance these types of oils and minerals for optimal hair health – so it’s best leave the chemistry to them.
Hydration & Where to Find It
- Invest in a high-quality shampoo & conditioner
The first step to a great hair care routine is your wash day. Try using products that truly support hydration, doesn’t contain sulfates, and improves the look of your hair. We suggest trying Rejuvenating Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner contain argan oil and are free from sulfates. According to Healthline.com 1, argan oil is “rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.” Argan oil is perfect if you suffer from itchiness, flaking, and inflammation.
- Moisturize your hair daily
It’s easy to be so busy that you can skim out on, or simply forget, certain beauty routines. It’s important to make sure that you don’t neglect to check the quality of your hair. A quick spray of water or adding in a good moisturizer will keep your hair hydrated and safe.
- Keep your hair protected
Now that the moisture is in your hair, it’s important to keep it in. Make sure that you’re wrapping your head at night, wearing protective styles every now and then, and trimming your hair regularly. Combining these methods will not only improve the moisture you retain in your hair and scalp, but it will promote growth as well.
- Give your hair a boost with a mask
If you’ve already established these habits but if feel like it could be better, then you should try a hair mask. Using a hair mask once a month or bi-weekly may help give you the boost in quality that you need. We highly recommend using our Intensively Repairing & Strengthening Hair Mask. This mask contains all-natural ingredients that can promote hydration and increase the quality of your hair.
- Drink water
Simply not drinking enough water can adversely affect your hair. A few ways to encourage you to drink more water would be investing a fun water bottle with markers, adding fruit to your water, or setting timers to drink a certain amount at different points of the day.
Dry hair and an itchy scalp should never affect your productivity. By using our recommended products and practices, you should be able to enjoy your hair the way it was intended. Let us know in the comments how these products helped you.
What are some ways that you like to keep your hair hydrated?
- Hill, A. (2018, December 10). 12 benefits and uses of Argan oil. Healthline. Retrieved October 3, 2021, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/argan-oil#TOC_TITLE_HDR_14.
- How dehydration impacts your hair, skin, and nails. Arlington Dermatology. (2021, June 23). Retrieved October 3, 2021, from https://www.arlingtondermatology.net/2020/11/20/how-dehydration-impacts-your-hair-skin-and-nails/.