After a taxing day at work, a long, hot, relaxing shower seems like the perfect way to cool down and unwind for a good night’s sleep. However, you may not realize that excessively hot showers can cause your hair cuticle to open up and lose hydration. This in turn leads you to have dry, extremely brittle, crunchy, and dehydrated hair. Another reason why many people lack hydration in their hair is the genetic nature of their hair. Hair that is low porosity does not absorb water easily and thus tends to be drier towards the ends. People with low porosity hair also tend to have oilier scalps. On the other hand, medium or high porosity hairs easily absorb moisture and hydration, due to the structure of the hair cuticles. However, high porosity hair also loses water very quickly and is thus prone to frizz in humid environments.
WHAT IS DRY OR DEHYDRATED HAIR?
Dry or dehydrated hair is one that lacks hydration or water. It can be caused as a result of several factors. These include having low porosity hair, washing your hair with excessively hot water, colour-treating your hair, using hot tools to style it, etc. The obvious solution to dry hair will be adding something known as a “humectant” to your hair care routine.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) that is abundant in your body, especially in the extracellular matrix. Thanks to its popularization in a recent couple of years, it has become the favourite ingredient for everyone with dry and dehydrated skin. This ingredient can quench your skin’s thirst better than water itself. It can hold water up to 1000 times its weight- thus making it a perfect fit for you if you want to give your skin natural plumpness.
However, what most people don’t know about hyaluronic acid is that it can work wonders for your hair as well. As it is a humectant, it can attract water and add much-needed hydration to your lifeless hair. Your cuticle needs to be preserved and taken care of if you want the best hair sans any breakage or dullness. Hydration is one way by which you can avoid dryness, damage, and breakage.
How can you use hyaluronic acid for hair?
Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that can be used irrespective of your hair type, but people with low porosity hair will reap the maximum benefits from using it. However, one thing that you must keep in mind is that since hyaluronic acid is a potent humectant, it has the villainous ability to draw moisture out of your hair as well, rendering your hair drier. To avoid this mishap (blunder, actually), you should always layer hyaluronic acid with adequate emollients and moisturizing products such as conditioners and oils. Hyaluronic acid works best on damp hair. Plus, you can also use it on your scalp as a hydrating treatment, particularly if you have a dry and flaky scalp.