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Dry Hair? 3 questions to ask first.

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Dry hair is a common problem for many, especially during the winter months (especially if you have forced air like me). Sometimes when we notice the signs like frizz, static or the dreaded 'chewed-up' ends it means it's time for a trim and sometimes it's because our hair care routine is no longer meeting our needs.

When evaluating your routine, keep in mind these 3 questions to help determine if your hair's needs are truly being met. To learn more about your hair answer 'Yes', 'No' or 'Sometimes' to these 3 questions.

1. Does you hair absorb moisture?

When you shampoo does your hair get 'wet' quickly? Does it absorb water readily? Does it hold on to the water?

Someone would answer no to this question

if it takes a while to get their hair fully wet. Almost like the water slides off the hair.

2. Does your hair get tangled?

Wet or dry, does the ends of your hair get tangled? Does your hair knot easily, especially in a pony-tail or bun?

Someone would answer no to this question if they can always easily brush their hair without knots, catches or breaking ends.

3. Does humidity ruin your style?

So it's a humid day in the summer. Do you dread going outside? Do you not bother styling your hair in the summer because you know as soon as you do the curl will drop, the volume flattens and why bother?

Someone would answer no to this question if they feel like their hair style stays longer in humidity.

What does it mean? If you find your self mostly answering 'yes' to the 3 questions that means your hair is porous. In other words, it accepts moisture easily but also drys out easily. Porous hair needs deep hydration and moisturization to look and feel its best. If your hair is dry, dull and porous you may need to change your whole hair routine. Look for products that contain oils, butters and superfoods to deliver and lock in hydration.

If you answer mostly 'sometimes' your hair has normal porosity. That means you may experience occasional dryness and dullness in your hair which can be remedied by adding in one product to your routine. We recommend this hair type add in a hydrating conditioner, or a leave-in treatment. Creams, sprays or oils are fine. Sample a few and choose one that works for you.

If you answer mostly 'no' then you hair is non-porous. That means your hairs cuticle is tight and compact and has a difficult time absorbing moisture. This hair type is easily weighed down by moisturizing products. We recommend avoiding creams and oils and sticking to a light-weight spray if you your non-porous hair is dry. Too many moisturizing products on this hair type will create build up as it just sits on the outside.

It's important to remember that everyone's hair is different and no one product is a solution that fits everyone. What works for a friend may not work for you. We hope that these questions help you understand your hair a little better and help you when choosing the products for your routine.

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