Why does my hair always look so DRY?!
Do you find yourself constantly asking this question? Many naturals do and often find themselves trying to add serums, oils and water to magically make your hair have some sheen or shine. When it comes to maintaining moisture in your hair, sheen is one of the main characteristics you are told to look out for but many naturals notice the sheen they crave has a lot to do with our natural coils and curls. To boost hair luster you really need to understand hair.
Straight hair reflects light, while highly textured hair with it’s curls and and bends actually refracts light, giving it a dull appearance. There is a difference between our hair’s natural less-than-sheen look and being dry. Yes, it is possible for your hair to be lacking luster, but it doesn’t always mean that the hair is dry or lacking moisture. There are many reasons as to why some natural hair seems to look more dry than others, but here are 3 main ways to boost your hair luster for the sheen you crave.
Drink water for hair luster
Are you drinking enough water? Yes, natural hair craves moisture, but far too many naturals only think about moisture on the outside. If you haven’t been drinking an efficient amount of water, then your hair could be reflecting it. Water is needed to keep every portion of the body healthy, including the hair. Not drinking enough water can cause dry hair, dry scalp, and many other minor physical changes that are totally preventable.
Try drinking at least 4 -6 water bottles a day in order to maintain a healthy amount of water intake. Try fashionable water bottles as they are easy to carry around and make it less of a chore like the popular Motivational Fitness 1 Gallon Water Bottle.
If your hair is too acidic or too alkaline, it may give off the appearance of being dull. A healthy pH for hair 5, which is slightly acidic. Mildly acidic products flatten the cuticles, making the hair more lustrous. If products that are alkaline are applied to the hair, the cuticle is lifted which results in dull, brittle hair.
The only way to combat this problem is to invest in some pH strips like the Plastic pH Test Strips above o test the acidity of your products and adjust your usage accordingly. Use products that offer your hair a little bit of acidity to lay the cuticle flat in order to increase the amount of shine.
Hard water is caused by too many minerals in the water supply, mainly calcium and magnesium. This high mineral content causes a film to form on the hair which causes build up on the scalp and prevents moisture from entering the hair, resulting in dull hair.
If you find that you’re washing your hair in hard water, you can invest in a water softener, get a shower filter, do an acidic-based hair rinse like vinegar or lemon/lime juice, use bottled water or use a clarifying shampoo in order to both prevent and remove the film from your hair. You can also invest in a shower filter to remove those impurities from your water before they even get to your head.
A popular showerhead filter is the AquaBliss High Output Revitalizing Shower Filter that’s reasonably priced and easy to install. Also gets high ratings on Amazon.
While these are only a few of many reasons as to why your hair could be a little more dull than you’d like, you should also remember that not everyone’s hair will have sheen and that’s okay! Sometimes the fact that your hair is not lustrous is just because that’s its natural state, so embrace it.
Are you having problems with dry or lackluster strands?