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Top 4 causes for Dry Brittle Hair

Written by Johnna Hodges Sabree


Posted on December 20 2020

Hey Loves, 

Thank you for attending my discussion about “The Causes Of Dry Hair” Facebook and Instagram live sessions! For those that missed out here is a follow-up to answer all of your questions about dry dehydrated hair! 

With the New Year approaching, I know that many of you are preparing for your new regimen. As a matter of fact, I am ready to get my entire life in order- Mind, Body, and Spirit!  I know that I am not alone, so for those of you who have healthy hair at the top of your list for 2021, let's get to it!

Top Causes of Dry Hair:

1. Heat Styling – Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can singe and weaken your hair over time. While they help you achieve a desired look, they also weaken the natural protein in your hair.

2. Hot Water - Shampooing your hair using hot water can strip the natural oils from your hair; it is similar to how taking hot showers can dry out your skin.  

3. Products & Chemical Services - Shampoo's with sulfates will clean your hair, however, sulfates overly clean the hair. Sulfates remove everything from your hair, the good and the bad stuff. Furthermore, chemical services such as relaxers and color, bleach especially, can cause your hair to become brittle and dry because they breakdown the composition of the hair in order to change the color or texture of the hair. Finally, pay attention to styling products like gels & sprays, as most contain chemicals that are great for styling, but hard on your hair.

4. Hair Type/Skin Type - 4c/3c hair types tend to be dryer because of the natural curl pattern of the hair. Tight-coiled, kinky, or curly hair tends to be dryer on the ends because the natural sebum that our scalp creates gets trapped at the root, which makes it harder for it to make its way down the hair shaft. Sometimes dry hair is simply an extension of our skin type, or simply put, it is what it is. Indeed, some hair is just drier than others are, and genetics and/or internal factors are the cause. 


Here Are Solutions to Repair Dry Hair:  

1. Use sulfate free shampoos and always condition your hair. If you are prone to having dry hair, you should give yourself deep conditioning treatments at least twice per month. You can do this by: (1) apply conditioner to your hair; (2) cover your hair with a plastic cap; and then, (3) sit under a warm hooded dryer for 30 minutes. In lieu of the hooded dryer, you can sit under a steamer for 30 minutes, but do not use the plastic cap.  

The key is to never skip your leave-in conditioner and, depending on your desired style, also apply your favorite oils to your hair while wet and again, when your hair is dry. This type of conditioning process protects your hair from heat damage and strengthens your hair. My go-to leave-in conditioner and multi-use hair oil is Honey Love Leave-in and Joyful Strands from the Johnna Sabree Hair Care line.

2. Take your vitamins, drink plenty of water, and eat your veggies. As we age, we become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals and this will cause your hair and skin to lack luster. We must remember that our hair does not serve a major medical purpose so most of our nutrients go to other parts of our bodies that need them the most. Thus, loading up on the good stuff, especially as we age, is necessary! 

3. Always use a thermal protection product when using hot tools. As I mentioned, heat has a way of breaking down the proteins in our hair, which makes it prone to dryness and breakage. The Johnna Sabree Honey Love Leave-in is packed with protein to protect your hair from heat damage, and packed with honey to replenish lost moisture. Treatment oils, like argan and jojoba, are great for thermal protection and hydration as well, which is why I created Joyful Strands, which is argan oil based and can be applied to wet or dry hair. 

4. Make sure you are truly protecting your hair when wearing protective styles. Satin or silk scarves or pillowcases are a must when it comes to maintaining hydration and preventing dryness. If you wear wigs, consider using a wig wrap or band instead of a stocking cap. Also, avoid using super strong hold gels and sprays to secure your wigs or styles. Finally, kanekalon hair is extremely drying so if you must use it to braid your hair, double up on your hair oil and conditioning beforehand and don't leave your braids in too long. 

To wrap up, we have to think about how important having healthy hair will be for us in the long run. When we neglect our hair or use certain products just for a “look,” we have to ask, “Is this healthy for my hair?”  I know how easy it is to go for the quick fix and put a wig on or get braids, but nothing tops the embarrassment of someone seeing how damaged your real hair is or better yet, not being able to wear your real hair when you want to. My last tidbit-keep your ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks because split ends and dry hair go hand and hand! 

I hope this helps you start your new hair care routine off right! Please check out my product line; every product promotes growth and hydration, and is the jumpstart you need for your healthy hair journey! 

Until next time,
Johnna Sabree, Your Hair Care Specialist


Johnna Sabree