Dry, brittle, breaking hair can be characteristic of a number of problems with your hair. The most common reason most hair breaks is that it lacks moisture. Since the ends of the hair are the oldest hair on your head, they need more moisture than the hair at the scalp.
To eliminate dryness you want to use products that penetrate the hair shaft because not only is the surface of the hair dry but the innermost part of the hair is also dry. Products like petroleum and mineral oil are a dead giveaway that they are not penetrating your hair because after you apply them, anything that touches your hair gets stained by these products. This is a sign that moisture is not getting where it needs to be.
So there are a couple of tips that you should follow when you consider moisturizers for your hair:
- First, water is moisture and should be the first ingredient in a good hair moisturizer.
- In addition to moisture, our hair needs lubrication. Since oils lubricate, they should be second after water in a good moisturizer. Neither of these oils should be petroleum or mineral oil because they sit on top of the hair and do not penetrate the hair shaft.
- Finally, start at the ends of the hair then work your way up.