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How to Choose Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair

How to Choose Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair
How to Choose Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair
The hair on our heads is one of our most visible physical features. Thus, it's no surprise that it's also one of the most important physical attributes when it comes to beauty. But you have lots of options for bringing out the best in your crowning glory. Whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, you can find a style that complements your features.
But what about the dryness of your hair? If your hair is too dry, it will be hard to make any hairstyle look its best. Enhancing your hair's beauty starts with selecting the right products. 
Dry hair lacks luster and shine. You might wonder what causes it. Several factors contribute to dry hair:
  •   Age -- With age, oil glands produce less oil, leading to dry and brittle hair.
  •   Medications -- Certain medications can make your hair dryer. Ask your doctor if any you're taking could contribute to your hair's dryness.
  •   Nutritional deficiencies - A diet that lacks essential fatty acids (healthy fats) can cause hair loss.
  •   Hormonal changes -- Hormonal changes during pregnancy and after menopause reduce oil production.
  •   Health issues - Health conditions such as an underactive thyroid gland can cause dry hair.
  •   Environmental factors - Living in a dry environment can also make your hair dry and rob it of its shine.
  •   Overprocessing - Chemical treatments, like hair coloring and perming, degrade your hair's keratin structure. This leads to dryness and breakage.
Choosing a Shampoo for Dry Hair
To bring out the best in your hair, choose the right shampoo. Stores that sell haircare products are packed with a dizzying array of shampoos. All claim to be the best for your hair. Which should you choose?
If you have dry hair, your hair will lack shine and your scalp may be dry too. The purpose of shampoo is to cleanse your hair, but to do it in a way that doesn't rob it of all its natural oils. Yet the wrong shampoo will overly strip your hair of its natural protective oils or not clean your hair at all causing buildup, which can exacerbate dryness and itchiness.
If you have dry hair, choose a shampoo with moisturizing ingredients like mango butter and amino acids. Look for sulfate free formulas. These detergents can strip away natural oils from your scalp and hair. 
A good shampoo for dry hair should be effective enough for a one-time wash to properly cleanse the scalp and hair shaft.
Choosing a Conditioner for Dry Hair
What's the next step after shampooing? Conditioning! Using the right conditioner will improve how dry hair looks, feels, and behaves. It will also hydrate dry hair and help it stay in prime condition.
With so many conditioning options on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Choose a product that contains moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, mango butter, jojoba oil, and olive oil. These will seal in moisture and protect your locks from environmental stressors.
Dry Hair Needs Moisture and Protein
Oils seal in moisture and keep water from evaporating from the surface of your skin or scalp. They also add shine and softness to dry hair. Oils are beneficial for people with curly or coarse hair because they don't weigh down curls or make frizz worse.
Then, consider your hair's underlying structure. Keratin is a protein that gives your hair strength. To prevent breakage and reinforce your hair's keratin structure, choose a conditioner that contains hydrolyzed protein. Protein is vital for fine, brittle hair that needs extra strength and protection against breakage.
Another ingredient to consider is silicone. Silicones coat each strand of hair. This leads to less oil loss after rinsing out your shampoo or conditioner. It also protects your hair from the drying effects of blow dryers and hair styling tools. The fine particles of silicone in silicone-based conditions also reflect light. This makes your hair strands look shiny and smooth. However, it is important to regularly clarify the hair from silicone buildup as too much can block the hair fibers from absorbing moisture. 
The Bottom Line
Hair wellness begins with your health and what you do at home with the products you use. But also tap into the expertise of a good hairstylist to keep your crowning glory healthy and looking its best. They can help you clarify or treat your hair as needed. They can also be trusted to help you choose healthier options for your hair creating a healthier you.