How to Moisturize Hair in a Dry Climate
So, you’ve just found out you live in a very dry climate and your hair is so brittle that your ends are starting to break.
How do you keep your hair hydrated and moisturized? Here’s a list of helpful things to do if you’re in a dry climate, where the humidity level often dips below 40%:
Hydrate Your Hair More. You’ll need to add water to your hair much more often than other naturals do. Women who say they only wash their hair once every couple of weeks probably do not live in a dry climate like you do, so you should not follow their advice.
You need more water in your routine. You don’t always need to use shampoo; your hair isn’t necessarily dirty. It’s just dry.
Try adding cowashing and rice water rinses to your regimen between washes so that you’re getting your hair completely saturated in the shower more than once per week.
Skip excessive oils. Moisture comes from water, not oils. When you live in a dry environment, you need all the water you can get. Think about this: When you’re stranded in the middle of a desert, you’re reaching for the water, not the bottle of olive oil, right?
It’s true that oils will help to seal moisture in, but that method only works if you have a lot of water in your atmosphere and you don’t need to constantly re-hydrate your hair.
Once you have to add water to your hair several times per week (and you do if you reside in a dry climate), you won’t want anything blocking your way and limiting the water’s chance of reaching the hair shaft.
Drink More Water. Drinking enough water is a good way to create healthier and more lustrous hair. Your body produces better hair when it’s hydrated. Most experts recommend drinking about 8 cups of water per day.
However, 8 cups may not be enough if you live in a climate where the atmosphere is constantly leaching water from your body. If you’re struggling with dry hair, you’ll want to up your water intake.
Use a Water Spray Bottle. Spray your hair with water every day. This may seem obvious but keeping a spray bottle on hand in your bathroom is a good way to make sure your hair doesn’t get parched between wash days.
A spray bottle is not as hydrating as letting the water completely saturate your head in the shower, but it will help. You can also add a couple tablespoons of conditioner to your spray bottle to make a detangler.