The most common reason for limb lacklustre hair is the acute lack of moisture. Another sign of too little moisture in your hair is static electricity. While a moisture content of 10 % is sufficient for the skin, hair needs 15 to 17 % water.
Moisture Draining Factors
Dry heat deprives hair of moisture. When your hair is dry already daily blow-drying and the frequent use of heated rollers and flat irons will quickly turn your hair and scalp desert-dry. You should therefore use heat-styling tools sparingly and keep the blow-dryer settings on low-heat and full air flow. During visits to the sauna in winter you should be sure to wrap a towel around your hair to protect it from the dry heat (up to 100 °C or 212 °F). Protection against moisture loss works even better after you have worked a conditioning cure through your hair. The same applies to spending time at the beach. Wearing a hat, cap or bandana protects your hair from extreme moisture loss and the resulting frizzy hair. Keeping your hair properly moisturised is particularly important for colour-treated or permed hair.
Sources of Moisture for Your Hair
Water is a special medium. Drinking it provides the needed water to sustain the body’s metabolic processes and to support the cell structures. If used externally for a bath, shower or shampoo, water can drain water from skin and hair. This sounds paradoxical but it is true. It is therefore important to use moisturising hair care shampoos. Among the most efficient moisturising and conditioning agents in shampoos and hair rinses are Aloe vera, glycerol, panthenol as well as silk and wheat proteins. Thanks to their molecular structures, these active agents bind moisture inside the hair or coat each individual hair with a protective film. This keeps the hair smooth and seals the cuticles. The sealing effect allows the hair to better retain water.
How to Keep Moisture in Your Hair
The circulated air in airplanes is particularly dry and therefore not hair-friendly. While in flight you should therefore apply a trace of thermal or moisture protecting hair spray every hour. This keeps your hair style intact even during very long flights
Putting lotion on your hands is great. Especially in winter, you should get into the habit of running the palms of your hands over your hair right after you have applied hand lotion. This will provide a little extra moisture for your hair
Quite often, moisture is particularly lacking at the hair ends. A hair end tonic can alleviate this problem and the accompanying split ends by sealing and moisturising the hair ends
Before using a flat or curling iron you should always apply a protective thermal or styling spray
Don’t we have a hair moisturising tip for you! Crush the pulp of a ripe avocado and stir a tablespoon of wheat oil and the juice of a lemon into it. The resulting slurry should not be too thick. If necessary you may add a little water. Apply the slurry to the washed hair and wrap cling film around the hair. Keep the avocado slurry in your hair and under wraps for 15 minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly. You are going to love the result