There are days wherein your hair has its own agenda and you can’t just seem to take control. Have you noticed your hair having the same texture as a bristle? Are the ends dry and brittle? Do the strands point in all directions? A straw-like hair is every woman’s nightmare – when all of the moisture and lustre have said goodbye to your locks. Don’t despair, though. There is an end to your nightmarish hair because with the right hair care regimen, you can turn straw into silk.
Why Does Hair Become Like Straw?
There are a myriad of reasons why hair’s texture turns into something like straw. However, it is usually summed up by the fact that the hair is overprocessed and overworked. This means that it can either be because of too much heat styling, too much fiddling with your hair with harsh brushing techniques, or too much harsh formulas being used on hair. The hair looks like straws because the cuticles are rough causing the structure to look completely stripped of moisture and lacking nourishment.
Washing Straw-Like Hair
The most essential step in repairing straw-like hair is through gentle shampooing. The operative here is gentle – you need to deal with this kind of hair methodically and with utmost care. This means no wild rubbing or aggressive scrubbing of the scalp. When you have found a shampoo that is designed to re-hydrate your hair, gently massage the formula onto your hair and scalp.
If possible, though, wash your hair only twice a week. When you shampoo too often, it will get rid of the natural hydrating oil that your scalp produces. This natural oil is vital in bringing back suppleness and that silky, smooth texture onto your hair, which cannot be replicated by any bottled hair care product.
Conditioning and Leave-In Cures
From this point on, it is mandatory that you use conditioning products to fix and restore straw-like hair. Normal conditioners would not work in this case. Find a conditioner that is designed to hydrate your locks and add shine. This isn’t the time to go for the cheap kind because you want something that really works.
In addition, you should get a deep conditioning treatment and bi-weekly hot oil treatment. Both conditioning treatments are designed to bring back lost nutrients from your hair so it can speed up the repair process and feed your thirsty tresses.
A leave-in treatment containing ingredients such as Acai berries and cranberries are also ideal for fixing straw-like hair. This treatment not only nourishes your hair from within but also protects it from all possible sources of damage.
For best styling results, anti-frizz products work much better than a leave-in treatment for your straw-like hair. This kind of treatment is best for a thick and full head of hair. The product coats the individual strands and protecting the cuticles so it will become shinier and smoother.
When styling, refrain from blow drying even when you’re in a hurry. Always air dry and use a wide-tooth comb when trying to remove any tangles or frizz. But if you must use a blow dryer, don’t use a setting higher than medium and keep the air stream at a low setting. Also, blow dryers with ionising technology and diffuser attachment offers gentle styling.
Have you dealt with straw-like hair before? How did you fix it?