7 Unexpected Things That Make Your Hair Dry AF

Greasy roots are one hair issue that I’m constantly battling, but I hate dealing with dry hair just as much. Sometimes it seems like my hair goes from silky smooth to a dry, frizzy haystack in a matter of days. I look in the mirror and ask myself what the deal is and wonder how I can get the situation under control again ASAP.

There are lots of things that can dry out our locks. Dyeing your hair is a big one that a lot of people think of, but there are lots of smaller everyday things that can suck the moisturizer from our strands without us even realizing.

If you want to keep your locks looking their best, it’s important to know what culprits can take the moisture from your mane so you can stay away from them or fight them. Take a look at seven things that make your hair dryer.

Super Hot Water

Do you turn the nozzle in the shower to as hot as it will go as soon as you jump in? It might feel good, but that hot water isn't doing anything good for your hair. Very hot water can actually dry out your strands. You might think that water hydrates your locks, like it does when you drink it, but that isn't the case with steamy water. So, you might want to turn that temperature down.

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Your Heat Styling Tools

Tongs, blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, crimping irons. You name it, they can make your hair drier. That's why it's very important that you're always using a heat protection spray with your styling tools. And remember to never leave your iron in one spot for an extended period of time. Do that and you won't just end up with dry hair. You'll end up with burned, broken hair.

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The Cold Weather

We complain about the cold weather a lot, but you can now add something else to the list: The way it dries out your tresses. You really shouldn't be surprised about this one. If the weather is cold enough to freeze water and make our skin a flaky mess, how are our poor manes going to stand a chance?

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The Sun

Do you put SPF in your hair? No, never thought about it? You actually should be. The sun's rays can do a number on your hair, especially in the heat of the summer. That's why it's good to protect your hair with a spray sunscreen or by putting on a big, floppy hat, at the very least.

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Over-Washing Your Hair

Washing your hair is supposed to be good, but there are problems that can be created if you're washing your hair too frequently with the wrong shampoo. Over-washing your hair can strip your locks of their natural oils, leaving them dry and brittle. If you're noticing that your hair is feeling dry post-shower, check out your shampoo and conditioner to see if they contain drying ingredients like alcohol or sulfates.

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The Heating

For those of us who don't live in places where we have roaring fireplaces in every room, indoor heating is a savior in the winter time. As good as it is at stopping our bones from freezing, it doesn't have the same benefits for our hair. Indoor heating is known to be very drying on both our hair and our skin.

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Your Hair Products

Hair products are supposed to make our locks better, right? So, how could they make them drier? Well, some hair products contain alcohol, which is known as being drying. If you're constantly spritzing your locks with an alcohol-based product, you might be getting those beachy waves, but they're coming at a cost.

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How do you moisturize your hair? Let us know in the comments!

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