When trying to diagnose our hair and the level of moisture it has, we immediately go to our ends. If our ends are dry we figure our hair needs more moisture. But determining how well your hair is moisturized is not by your ends but your roots.
There are a few factors to consider if you do have dry roots, so let’s discuss those first and then come back to how to keep your roots moisturized.
As I have always stated, healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. If your scalp is severely damaged, be it, psoriasis,alopecia, eczema, chronic dandruff, itchiness (even if your hair is clean) it is not possible for your hair to be healthy. Healing these issues is quite easier than you may think. A lot of these issues stems from allergens, and or our intolerance to dairy and cheese.
Allergens: If you become very mindful of the products and ingredients that you apply to your scalp and skin, that will help to eliminate some of your issues. Ingredients like, dyes, perfume, certain preservatives, parabens, phthalates and sulfates should be eliminated. Also, note that hair weave has formaldehyde to preserve and so washing the weave before use will greatly help.
Dairy and cheese are those foods that mostly everyone is allergic to. Why? Because the protein in these foods are not compatible with our digestive system, which means they are indigestible. This leads to a lot of issues within, and these issues start to show outward. One way they show is through our skin (acne and scalp (alopecia, dandruff, itchiness..etc))
I can tell you personally that once I gave up dairy and cheese I immediately saw improvement in my skin and hair. My roots used to stay dry, now, they are very hydrated and soft. Reason behind this is because foods that are not compatible with our body uses a lot more water to try to digest them, and so while you may be drinking the required amount of water you may be still dehydrated because the water you drank went towards trying to digest something that cannot be digested. Therefore our body is on a drought and now your hair is not receiving the adequate nutrients that it should be and your roots become dry.
Side note: This may not be the case for everyone. A person who eats horrible can still grow long hair and the person who eats healthy may not grow long hair. But long hair does not mean healthy, just like shorter hair does not not mean unhealthy. Our genetics plays a lot in the length of our hair.
This is how you allow your products to work the best, by addressing the things inside first. Once you tackle that, then you can know what products best work for your hair.
Our ends are going to be drier than the rest of our hair. Not only because it is the oldest part, but our ends needs some toughness to them so they will not break all the time. We think it is a bad thing when our ends are more drier and brittle than the rest of our hair, but if they were soft they will break so much more, because they are hanging down a lot and incur a lot of stress due to styling. So do not be so quick to clip the ends more than you have to.
Onto the roots. As I mentioned, if all is well with your scalp than you should have no issues with your roots, unless you are just using poor products. If you want to know if your hair needs moisture, than check to see the softness of your roots. If your roots are dry that means you need to incorporate using a softer shampoo, a deep conditioner and a great daily moisturizer.
That’s it! Hope this helps!