As much as you can show your strands TLC with what seems like a solid hair care routine, it isn’t always automatically all soft hair and smooth strands. And by that, we mean you can still deal with dry, stiff hair. While it’s easy to panic if your hair has a straw-like appearance, there are a few things you can do to restore and strengthen your mane. From swapping out specific hair styling products to making subtle lifestyle changes, stiff hair is something you’re equipped to handle—if you know how. Interested? Keep reading to learn what causes stiff hair plus six tips that will help keep your strands in tip-top shape.
WHY IS MY HAIR STIFF?
Simply speaking, there are a few different factors that can lead to stiff hair. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), using blow-dryers regularly can dry out your hair. And the rest of your heat styling tools aren’t so innocent either. Further, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), shares that chemicals in relaxers, dyes, and other hair styling products can contribute to dry and stiff hair.
Your summer beauty habits can play a part in hair stiffness, too. The Cleveland Clinic shares that prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your hair cuticles and dry out your hair. In turn, this causes your strands to feel brittle and stiff. The AAD also states that failing to wash chlorine out of your hair can cause your hair to become dry.
HOW TO MANAGE STIFF HAIR
Now that you have the full scoop on what causes stiff hair, you can take the necessary steps to protect your strands. Below, we’re sharing six tips to keep your hair healthy-looking and flexible.
1. USE A NOURISHING HAIR CARE SYSTEM
One of the easiest ways to improve stiff strands is to incorporate a hydrating hair care system complete with shampoo and conditioner into your routine. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Formulated with rosemary, this sulfate-free duo works to replenish dry strands leaving you with soft and luminous hair.
2. REACH FOR A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
If stiff hair is the bane of your existence, you’ll want to opt for lightweight products that work to protect your strands. Pop open the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion, which works to moisturize your hair, add slip, and give your mane a natural shine without weighing your hair down.
3. AIR DRY YOUR HAIR
Like it or not, heat-styling tools can wreak havoc on your strands, which can lead to stiff hair. So, give your tools a break and try air-drying your hair. Feel free to take things up a notch with the help of a mousse, hairspray, or styling cream, and you can style your strands while keeping things heat-free. Trust us, your hair will thank you!
Editor’s tip: If there are certain occasions that require using heat-styling tools, you still can. Just be sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, on your strands. For extra protection, use your heat tools on their lowest heat setting, so you’ll only need to make one pass over each section of your hair.
4. PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM THE SUN
Just as excessive exposure to the sun can harm your skin, the same goes for your hair. Protect your mane from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella when outside.
5. LIMIT YOUR HAIR COLOR SESSIONS
As much as you may love to dabble (and sometimes more than dabble) in the world of hair color trends, dyeing your hair too frequently can have adverse effects on your strands. Make sure you are waiting the appropriate amount of time between coloring sessions, and consider opting for a low maintenance option like balayage.
6. MINIMIZE YOUR STYLING PRODUCTS
While it can be easy to load up on different hair styling products to achieve a specific style, you may want to scale it back a bit. Coating your strands with various products can offset your moisture levels and cause your strands to feel hard and stiff. Try using multi-tasking products so you can cut down on how many products you’re applying, and decrease how much product you actually use. Most of the time a small dollop will do!