What causes dry hair?


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Dry hair is caused by the overuse of styling products and environmental exposure. Habits such as excessive shampooing can rid the hair of elements that keep it nourished. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can also affect the hair's health and can cause the hair to become brittle.

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Exposing the hair to excess heat through the use of blow dryers, curling irons and electric curlers can cause dryness. Also, chemicals like chlorine, found in swimming pools, can strip the hair of its moisture. Local water supplies may also have a high mineral content, having an affect on hair health.

Dry hair can be prevented and corrected. To start, limit the use of both chemicals and heat on the hair. Also, wear a cap when swimming and cover the head when in the sun. Natural dry hair treatments assist in keeping the hair nourished. Try an oil massage by mixing coconut oil, crushed almonds and lemon juice. Warm the mixture and massage on the scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes by covering the head with a warm towel. After this, wash the hair well. Another home remedy is mixing half a cup of vinegar and two cups of water. Apply this after shampooing and then rinse out after letting it sit for a few minutes.

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