HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE DRY HAIR?
Dry hair is about porosity and your strands’ ability to absorb and retain moisture. You can try floating your hair in water to determine the level of porosity as hair with low porosity will repel moisture when wet and will float while hair with high porosity will sink. The higher the porosity the more damage in the cuticle with the gaps in between allowing too much moisture, causing lifting of the cuticle surface, resulting in frizzy hair. The key to moisturizing dry hair is identifying the level of porosity first.
DRY HAIR FAQS
1. What are dry hair symptoms?
The first symptom of dry hair is the lifting of the scales of the fiber which caused the surface of the hair to feel rough to the touch. This is because the external and internal nutrition structures of the hair breakdown. What follows is frizzy hair, dull hair, hair breakage, and split ends. All of these are common indicators that you need to moisturize dry hair.
2. Why is my hair so dead and dry?
It’s possible that the scalp is dry and does not generate enough natural oils to moisturize the hair. Other reasons for dry hair can be from over brushing, washing hair in water that is too hot, or washing hair too frequently thereby stripping it of essential oils. Other possible causes are not using heat protection when heat styling leading to drying out of lengths and ends, and of course using the wrong products that are intended for other hair types or concerns that are not in line with your hair’s needs.
3. Is dry hair damaged?
Dry hair is not synonymous with damaged hair, although severely dry hair can lead to damaged hair. Dry hair is the strand’s inability to absorb and retain moisture, while damaged hair is the corruption in the structure of the hair fiber itself. An easy test to do on your own head of hair is to gently pull a strand at both ends and see how stretchy it is. If it’s able to expand by around a third and then returns to original length, then it’s healthy. However, if there is no pull, then it’s a sign of damage. If the hair stretches out but does not return to original size, then your hair is dry and in need of moisturization.
4. Can dry hair cause hair fall?
The many reasons for why you could be experiencing dry hair can also be leading to breakage that may be causing hair fall. Breakage of dry hair from aggressive brushing and breakage from over-heat-styling are just some of the common reasons for dry hair turning into falling hair.
5. Can dry hair cause thinning?
When dryness leads to sustained damage, it’s possible to see thinning. Anything that works to erode the hair shaft over time such as use of harsh shampoos, aggressive brushing, excessive drying, as a few examples, can lead to hair thinning over time.
6. Why is curly hair dry?
Curly hair and coily hair is more prone to dryness than straight hair because the natural oils produced by the scalp have a harder time traveling down the shaft of curly, wavy and coily hair compared to straight hair. Therefore, dry curly hair needs extra moisturizing to prevent drying out.
7. Why is my hair so dry even with conditioner?
This depends on the porosity of the hair. Hair that is more porous, in combination with a conditioner that is not moisturizing enough can beget dry hair. Dyed hair and hair with certain textures, such as curly hair, naturally have higher porosity and may require deep conditioning like the usage of hair masks and serums, beyond just using a conditioner alone.
8. Why is my dry hair brittle?
Brittle hair is a common symptom of dry hair, and the most common culprit for this is dryness caused by excessive heat-styling, frequent hair washing, and over-using products with sulfates.
9. Why is my hair dry after bleaching?
Bleaching agents penetrate the hair fiber and weaken the bonds which can lead to loss of color, strength, shine and elasticity, giving hair the appearance of dryness and frizz. Bleached hair needs the most meticulous care and extra moisturization to retain a healthy look and feel.
10. Why is it bad to air dry hair?
Hair is most fragile when its wet, so the longer time that the hair is in the wet state, the more damage can occur. This is especially important when brushing wet hair as it can be more sensitive and prone to breakage. It is a good idea to blow dry hair on a cool air setting to limit this potential time for damage while air drying.
HOW TO TREAT DRY HAIR
1. Wash dry hair less
Frequent washing can strip the moisture from dry hair.
2. Use cleansing conditioner instead or a sulfate-free shampoo
Shampoos with chemicals can dry out hair, cleansing conditioners rely on natural oils to cleanse and conditioner the hair at the same time.
3. Rinse with cool water
Hot water can dry out hair leaving it dehydrated. Cool water can seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.
4. Apply leave-in conditioner
Boost moisture after towel drying.
5. Brush gently
Aggressive brushing can lead to erosion, which can lead to dry hair and damaged hair.
6. Limit heat styling
Blow dry hair on cool temperature setting and protect dry hair from the heat by using heat protecting styling products.
7. Deep condition weekly
Infuse as much moisture as possible with hair masks with high potency of nutrients for nourishing and moisturizing dry hair.
8. Trim your hair
The ends are usually the most dehydrated and brittle parts of dry hair and trimming every 4-6 weeks will keep them looking healthy.
BEST DRY DAMAGED HAIR TREATMENT – KERASTASE IN-SALON FUSIO DOSE TREATMENT
Kérastase has a bespoke in-salon service called Fusio-Dose that gives hair immunity to dryness in just fifteen minutes. The tailor-made treatment for dry hair is custom blended for each client depending on their level of dryness, using three different professional products. First, the in-salon professional performs a diagnosis with a special magnifying camera to determine the state of health of your hair and scalp. The diagnosis leads to a prescription for the type of treatment.
Second, the hair is washed with the appropriate Kérastase Nutritive shampoo for dry hair (Irisome or Magistral) depending on the level of dry hair. Next, the stylist custom blends the moisturizing treatment and applies it to the hair strand by strand. The formula is left on the hair for 5 minutes, then rinsed and styled as desired. The results are instantaneous. For best results, make it part of your cut and style appointment or book an in-salon treatment for lunch break and you will notice an immediate improvement in your dry hair. If you would like a little more information, see your top 10 questions about fusio-dose, answered here.
HOW TO MOISTURIZE DRY HAIR WITH HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY AND FRIZZY HAIR
Kerastase Nutritive is our best-selling collection ideal for normal to dry and severely to extremely dry hair. The iconic “orange” bottles are your at-home moisturizing solution for all types of dry hair seeking moisture. This innovative routine for dry hair and scalp care, combines advanced technology and powerful ingredients, providing intense nourishment and treating the hair from the inside out by delivering softness, shine and suppleness from within. The greatest benefit of the Nutritive collection is that it doesn’t just treat the surface of the hair, it penetrates deep to truly restore hair to optimal health and then protect it from future dryness.
Nutritive Irisome is a formula that is a powerful blend of Gluco-active nutrients - lipids, proteins and glucose that restore the fiber’s nutrients to prevent hair from drying out, and Iris Rhizome Extract - a powerful nutrition reserve that defends the hair from dryness, to optimally nourish each fiber and create a shield on the hair’s surface to provide 72 hours of immunity from dryness.
Nutritive Magistral taps into the prodigious properties of The Benjoin Tree Resin, known for its ability to replenish lost nutrients from within and fill areas in need of nourishment to prolong a tree’s lifespan. Extracting this miraculous tree resin ingredient and combining it with the Irisome Complex at its highest concentration, the resulting formula provides hair with optimal lipids, proteins and glucose to restore and replenish the driest hair starting at the core. Ceramides are also added for shine and added protection, and Xylose helps with heat protection. The result is deeply nourished, moisturized hair, that is radiant, shiny and soft to the touch.
Both the original Nutritive Irisome for normal to dry hair and the Nutritive Magistral collection for severely dry hair are designed to be used in a 4-step dry hair care routine.
CLEANSE with a Kérastase shampoo for dry hair
Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Shampoo
Exceptional hair nutrition shampoo for normal to slightly dry hair.
Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo
Exceptional hair nutrition shampoo for sensitized, dry hair.
Nutritive Bain Magistral
Fundamental nutrition shampoo for dry to severely dry hair.
TREAT with a Kérastase conditioner for dry hair
Lait Vital Conditioner
Benefits: Designed for fine, severely dry hair, Fondant Magistral provides deep nourishment, high manageability and extremely supple texture.
Fondant Magistral Conditioner
Fundamental nutrition conditioner for dry to severely dry hair.
Crème Magistrale Hair Balm
Fundamental nutrition balm for dry to severely dry hair.
DEEP CONDITION with a Kérastase hair mask for dry hair
Exceptionally concentrated nourishing hair treatment for extremely sensitized, dry hair.
Exceptionally concentrated nourishing hair treatment for extremely sensitized, dry hair.
Fundamental nutrition masque for dry to severely dry hair.
PRIME with a Kérastase leave-in treatment
Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer
Blow dry heat protectant for dry hair.
NIGHT CARE with a Kérastase serum for dry hair
8H Magic Night Hair Serum
Overnight beauty sleep nourishing hair serum for dry hair.
WHAT IS THE FRAGRANCE OF KERASTASE NUTRITIVE
The Kérastase Nutritive Collection has been known for its beautiful, iconic scent. Nutritive Magistral continues the legacy with a fresh and light fragrance. Its tonic top notes are sparkling citruses aerated by white musk that reveals a delicate heart of jasmine and peony. The base notes contain woody notes full of character evocating the Benjoin resin.
KERASTASE NIGHT CARE FOR MOISTURIZING DRY HAIR
There are several things that can happen to hair at night. The friction of the pillow can cause breakage, movement can cause loss of definition and heating inside can increase dryness. For added protection and overnight restoration, we have our Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum – a deeply nourishing hair serum for overnight replenishment. Featuring 100% absorption for lightweight feel, with a fragrance that is developed to evolve during use to help soothe into sleep and wake up energized. Learn more about our best-selling overnight hair serum for dry hair.
HOW TO PROTECT DRY HAIR FROM HEAT
Blow dry your dry hair without damage using one of our essential hair primers that protect hair from heat styling tools for safer, healthier hair styling. Within our Nutritive collection we have the Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer for dry hair – a polishing nourishing dry hair primer combats roughness and dullness while blow drying. Learn more by reading our article on the Power of Heat Protectants.
Shop All Of Our Thermique Heat Protectants
Discover the complete range of heat protection and hair perfection. Available for several hair types, Thermiques reamin a Kérastase essential,
a first setp in all of your heat styling adventures.