Dry Hair Tips, Remedies & Causes

Updated: Jun 15, 2019

Dry Hair (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)
Dry Hair (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)

Do you whine a lot while brushing your hair because of dryness? Is your hair dry, stiff and lifeless? Is your hair unmanageable and frizzy? Your hair can get dry when your scalp doesn’t make enough oil to soothe your hair. Hair has no natural lubrication and relies on oils made in the hair roots, responsible for keeping your hair lustrous and moisturized. Since the roots are under the skin, it also leads to dry scalp. Dry scalp peels and sheds, giving you dandruff flakes on your shoulders. Hair naturally makes less oil when you age.


Dry hair can result from external factors, such as extreme sun and wind exposure, or from internal causes, such as nutritional deficiency or medications. These are the primary external factors for those lackluster locks:

  • Presence of high minerals on local water supplies

  • Extreme sun and wind exposure

  • Too much use of a blow dryer or curling hair

  • Presence of chlorine in swimming pools

  • Hair perms

  • Hair dye

  • Too much shampooing

  • Using harsh shampoo

  • Internal factors that cause dry hair include:

  • Prolonged illness

  • Nutritional deficiency

  • Certain medications

  • Cancer treatment

If you have dry hair and have tried all the products in the market from shampoos to serums to expensive treatments, then it's time you make some changes in your daily routine. Here are some tips to attain smooth, silky and healthy hair.

Hair conditioner- Get a hair conditioner with no alcohol as alcohol strips away moisture and natural oils from your hair. A conditioner with no to little fragrance tends to contain no alcohol. Consider applying an overnight conditioner if you are having an extremely dry hair.

Avoid Hot Water - Hot water takes away all natural oils from your hair making them dry. Use cold water to wash your hair as it locks in the scales on hair cuticles and moisture. It will also give your hair smoothness and shine.

Avoid Sun Rays - The direct sunlight takes away moisture from your hair. So, keep it protected with a leave-in conditioner containing UV filters. Use umbrella or hats to cover your head.

Trim Regularly - Be sure to trim your ends regularly after 4-5 weeks to keep your hair soft and shiny from root to tip.

Avoid Gels - Go for mousses and spray gels. Avoid using heavy gels when combing fine hair as they can contemplate hair down, causing it to look floppy and tangled.

After Wash Care - Let your dry for a while before proceeding for styling. Apply a texturizing serum or cream framed for dry hair only. Use a hair brush made with wild boar hairs and prefer cold air for your blow dryer.

Avoid Using Too Many Chemicals - Did you know that hair color close to your natural hair color needs less handling? Including permanent hair color, relaxers and perms in your routine can take away the natural moisture of hair and weaken the strands. Your hair might look dull and frizzy if you undergo too many chemical treatments.

Heat - It’s indeed really important to protect your hair from harm caused by flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers. Set your styling tools to low temperature if you have fine hairs. Slightly higher temperature is recommended for medium and coarse hair. You can also go for a heat styling cream while your hair is still damp.

Bed Care - Don’t forget to take care of your hair while you sleep. Get rid of tangles with a boar-bristle brush before going to bed. Brushing also helps spread out the oils from your scalp. Make a loose bun if you have long hair. Go for a silk pillow if you have short hair as it causes less friction. Also, never sleep with any sort of accessories in your hair.

Brushing Habit - Don’t brush your hair more than two times a day- in the morning or before the bed. Brush when the hair has fully dried and use a boar- bristles brush. Use a comb having a wide tooth to gently detangle wet hair.

Diet - Include lots of fatty acids, mineral salts, and vitamins in your diet. So, eat more vitamins A, E, and K by consuming soybeans, dairy, avocados, rice bran, broccoli, and carrots. Increase your intake of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which can nourish a dry scalp with natural oils. Don’t miss out important nutrients that you need to produce healthy hair.

Vital Ingredients - Go for products with natural oils like shea butter, sorbitol, glycerin, argan oil and olive. Avoid shampoos with petrolatum and mineral oil, which stops outside moisture from getting in.

Winter Care - Use silk scarf during winter instead of woolen hats as they actually absorb moisture and oils, leading to dry hair. Hair and scalp rapidly lose moisture, giving you slow growth, dandruff, and breakage during the winter. Use a humidifier at night to put moisture back into the air and to help your hair from becoming dry and damaged.