Do you have dry, brittle hair and feel like the hair strands are breaking so easily? The reason why hair gets so dry is because it is simply not getting enough hydration. According to WebMD, one of the common causes of dry hair is that the scalp is not producing enough oil to moisturize the hair. Hair strands do not produce oil on its own so it relies on the root of the hair to distribute the moisture down. WebMD also notes “since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp goes along with dry hair.”
Another reason why hair becomes dry is that the moisture is escaping from the hair. The hair has a layer called a cuticle that protects the hair strands and once it is damaged, the hair is unable to keep moisture in. WebMD states “in a healthy cuticle, the layers lie tightly together and keep moisture in.” So, with a weaken cuticle, hair cannot not retain oils and moisture. Some ways to damage the cuticle layer is by hair dyeing, and excessive use of heat.
Instead of going to salons, or buying serums and conditioners to hydrate your hair, consider including vitamins A, E, K, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet to save money and while also improving your health. According to a post from The Recommended Daily, “vitamin A helps produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off.”
Try changing your eating habits by including vitamins A, E, K and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. According to Melynda Sorrels, from Livestrong, carrots, broccoli, rice bran, avocados, dairy, and soybeans contain vitamins A, E, and K, and omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water fish, flax oil, pumpkin seeds, and dark green vegetables.