Dry hair can be caused by a number of factors, from medication and genetics to something as simple as the weather condition. It’s unsightly, but there’s a bigger side effect to dry hair—it can lead to premature hair breakage and loss. “Fixing” dry hair will take some trial and error, but it’s vital for the long-term health of your hair.
If you’re ready to remedy your dry hair once and for all, listen up! We’ll start by letting you know some of the potential causes of dry hair.
If you live in a region with severe temperatures (particularly where there are four seasons and your hair/skin has to adjust to swings), dry hair can be common, as the varying temperatures can strip your hair of its moisture. Colder weather, in particular, can make your hair become dull, increase the likability of split ends, and you may even experience hair loss due to your hair being stripped of its hydration.
Numerous medications may cause dry or thinning hair including anti-depressants, antibiotics, acne medications, antifungal medications, chemotherapy drugs, high blood pressure medication, weight loss drugs, gout medication, and many others. Never stop or change a prescribed medication without consulting with your doctor—but do talk to your physician about your concerns, symptoms, and possible alternatives. Sometimes simply changing the medication can work wonders for dry hair.