Hair that is dry, frizzy, brittle and prone to breakage usually lacks moisture. Dry hair with high porosity loses moisture to the air pretty quickly and needs constant help to stay hydrated and look manageable. If left unchecked, dryness can further lead to issues like split-ends, dandruff, unattractive texture, dullness, fragility and just plainly tired-looking hair. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective ways to add moisture and hydration to dry hair to keep it looking soft, supple and bouncy. Here are some major reasons for a dry mane and some tips on how to moisturise hair.

Causes of dry hair

As seen above, there can be many factors that are contributing to the dryness in your hair. But no matter the cause, the end result is more or less the same - your hair is lacking moisture. Here are some ways to moisturise dry hair to help retain hydration and keep those thirsty tresses satisfied for days on end...


1. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner

Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner

The most important step for moisturising dry hair is to pick the right hydrating shampoo and conditioner which have been specifically formulated for this hair type. Hydrating formulas are creamier in texture rather than clear ones, and contain ingredients like aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, shea butter, honey, glycerin, avocado oil and olive oil. These ingredients are rich in compounds like vitamin E and essential fatty acids that help dry hair retain moisture for longer hours and remain hydrated.

Use these hydrating essentials 2-3 times a week, to prevent stripping your hair of its natural moisture too much. If you are in the habit of washing your hair daily, skip the shampoo and just conditioner your mane from mid-lengths to ends to maintain the moisture integrity of your hair.


2. Use leave-in treatments

Use leave-in treatments

Leave-in treatments work towards inhibiting moisture loss from your hair and keeping them nourished till your next wash. Leave-in conditioners are used on wet hair to help detangle them without breakage, moisturise open hair fibres from the inside and seal in the hydration generated from washing your hair. The result is a smooth and thick mane with lots of lovely volume.

Leave-in conditioners come in the form of thick creams, lightweight sprays and even airy foams; so you can pick the one that gives you your desired end result. Leave-in treatments also come in handy to protect against heat damage on your hair while styling. Leave-in sprays are formulated for styling needs to inhibit thermal damage and also moisturise your hair at the same time. They are also useful in avoiding UV damage on your hair and preventing moisture loss on a day-to-day basis.


3. Use a deep conditioning mask once a week

Use a deep conditioning mask once a week

Coarse, dry and porous hair needs added TLC in order to feel hydrated and look good. Deep conditioning hair masks are formulated to coat your hair for 15-20 minutes and deeply condition it to keep dryness at bay. They can be used once a week, during the day or as a leave-in treatment while you sleep to replenish dry and damaged hair and also to smoothen frizzy and brittle hair. Look for ingredients, in both over-the-counter products and in DIY remedies, like bananas, eggs, almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, yoghurt, and keratin to get the most benefits out of a weekly deep conditioning session.


4. Do a hot oil treatment

Do a hot oil treatment

The hydrating benefits of hair oils, like olive, coconut, and castor oils, are pretty well-known among regular users. However, given that oiling your hair can take some extra effort, the process is often completely skipped, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. The major benefit hot oil treatments offer your hair is to seal in the cuticles with hydration and moisture. They are also a safe testament to apply on our scalp, hydrating it from within and alleviating issues like dandruff, flyaways, and split ends. Hot oil treatments also help hydrate and repair colour-treated hair for long-lasting shine and vibrancy. Here is a step-by-step guide on doing a hot oil treatment properly:

Step 01: Heat up the oil: Lightly heat a hair oil of your choice in a non-metallic container; some of the best oils for dry hair are - coconut, olive, avocado, almond, argan and certain combinations of carrier and essential oils.

Step 02: Section your hair and apply: For proper distribution and application of the hot oil, section your hair into 3-4 cm wide strands and apply the oil, starting from the roots and gently spreading it down to the ends.

Step 03: Cover up for 1-2 hours: Once you have applied the oil all over your hair, cover it up with a hot towel for 1-2 hours. You can keep warming up the towel or apply light steam to it in order to maintain the warmth.

Step 04: Wash and air dry: Take your hair out of the towel and section and wash with a gentle, sulphate-free shampoo; follow up with conditioner. Use a frizz-protection serum and let your hair air-dry and for best results.


5. Get regular salon treatments

Get regular salon treatments

Regular salon treatments are really good for excessively dry and unmanageable hair. Some of the hair treatments that you can get on a regular basis are -

1. Keratin Complex -

Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair fibres and is responsible for maintaining the strength of your hair. Keratin Complex treatments help turn curly and frizzy hair into straighter and smoother tresses. A keratin solution is able to deeply penetrate your hair and make it glossy and silky from within. A Brazilian blowout is a form of advanced keratin treatment that coats the hair shaft with protein, locking in moisture and giving it a straighter look.

2. Scalp Facial -

A scalp facial is a treatment where your scalp skin is exfoliated using a scrub in order to get rid of dirt, dandruff and product build-up. This helps your hair products penetrate your scalp better and oxygenate it from the inside, moisturising your hair in the process. The treatment is especially good for dry scalps that might be too sensitive to home treatments like oils or serums.

3. Moisture treatment -

Moisture treatments are usually combined with hair dye sessions to reverse damage caused by pigments. But anybody who is in need of saving their parched tresses can opt for a moisture protein treatment. A thick, nourishing cream is massaged into your hair and scalp to repair dry, damaged hair while giving you a relaxing experience at the same time. The treatment is affordable and often used as an add-on with other services like hair dyeing, straightening or perming.


FAQs about moisturise your hair

FAQs about moisturise your hair

Q. What is the best natural moisturiser for hair?

A. One of the most popular hacks for moisturising dry hair is to use flat beer as a rinse. The malt and hops content in a stale brew is full of proteins that help repair dry, damaged hair and add volume. The sucrose and maltose sugar content in them also make your hair silky and shiny and help create shine.

Q. What is the best serum to hydrate dry hair?

A. Lightweight and shine-boosting serums help hydrate dry hair and keep it tangle-free for many days. Look for oil-based formulas consisting of Moroccan argan oil, rosehip oil, grapeseed oil or jojoba oil to help deeply moisturise excessively dry hair. Make sure to apply it from mid-lengths to ends on damp hair and scrunch it in for better absorption.

Q. What is the best way to use hair cream to moisturise dry hair?

A. Hair smoothing creams or oil-in-creams are supercharged leave-in treatments that help hydrate dry hair. They can be used on a daily basis or just for styling to add some softness to your mane. Apply a liberal amount focusing on the ends for best results.