First determine if your hair is really dry. There are three major signs you should consider:
- your hair has a lot of flyaways and static;
- if you have a curly hair, it is more crinkly than usually, and may go straight at the ends instead of being curly;
- hair color looks grey and dull.
Dry hair needs moisure and you need to use special shampoos and conditioners which do contain a penetrating oil. These shampoos will help your hair to become shiny again and look beautiful and healthy.
Choosing a right shampoo and conditioner for dry hair
Mostly, only water can really moisturize dry hair. Essential oils contain fatty acids which help to soften hair and add elasticity. Glycerin and panthenol help water bind better to the hair.
It is important for shampoo to cintain paricular oils. Oils may be of two types: surface-coating and penetrating. An ideal shampoo should contain both, because surface-coating oils help seal in water and smooth the cuticle and penetrating oils reach the cortex. Generally, look for shampoos and conditioners with penetrating oils, in case you cannot find with both :)
List of penetrating oils: Coconut, Olive, Aragon, Palm Kernel, Avocado.
List of surface-coating oils: Sesame, Jojoba, Mineral Oil, Grapeseed, Castor Oil.
Make a list of these ingredients and have it with you when you go to buy a shampoo and conditioner. First of all you should look for words “moisturizing” or “for dry hair” on the bottles. Check the labels. Water comes first, then come water binders, and oils come at the end.